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Chocolate-Hazelnut Thumbprints

August 28, 2011

Cookies are quite possibly the perfect dessert. They pack a lot of flavor (and sugar) into their small size, yet are extremely satisfying–whether you are making them to get your sugar fix at 11:30 pm or baking them to take to a dinner party. They can be elegant or messy, light or dense, crumbly or soft. In whatever form they take, I love to bake, and I love to eat, cookies. Because I love cookies so much, I’m always looking for new cookie recipes.

My sister is currently staying with us while she completes prerequisite courses she needs to get into nursing school. With her, she brought a whole box of recipes. Some are recipes I gave her, some are recipes my mom has passed down to both of us, but the ones I’m most excited about are the recipes that I have yet to try. She has recipes that I’ve never seen before and that make my mouth water as I read through their ingredients. The first one to catch my eye had to be made first: chocolate thumbprint cookies filled with Nutella. These are my kind of cookie. They are so rich and decadent, and they look very elegant. I’m thinking these will be one of the cookies I bake this holiday season to bring to my neighbors.

What do you think:  Do you prefer the Chocolate Hazelnut Thumbprint Cookies or the Nutella Cookies?


Chocolate-Hazelnut Thumbprints


1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup powdered sugar

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 large egg yolks

1 teaspoon instant espresso (optional)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted

1/3 cup Nutella



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, and salt; stir with a whisk. Place butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Stir egg yolks with a whisk, adding espresso, if desired. Add the yolk mixture and vanilla to butter; beat well. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; beat at low speed just until combined.

Turn dough out onto a sheet of wax paper; knead 6 times or until smooth and shiny. Shape dough into 28 (1-inch) balls. Roll sides of balls in nuts, pressing gently. Arrange balls 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Press thumb into center of each cookie, leaving an indentation. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks. Spoon a scant 1/2 teaspoon hazelnut-chocolate spread into center of each cookie. Serve and enjoy!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Monica permalink
    September 1, 2011 9:04 am

    These cookies are amazing! I loved the Nutella cookies, but I think these are better. They are more festive, and the dollop of Nutella on to doesn’t hurt either=)

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