I feel pretty confident to state that most people consider peanuts or peanut butter as the “go-to” nut item to implement into a dessert (especially desserts containing chocolate). Peanut butter cookies, peanut butter pie, and peanut butter and fudge brownies are just a few examples of classic dessert items that have morphed into something different with the addition of nuts. Unfortunately for me, my doctors found that I have a slight allergic skin reaction to peanuts. So, now I have to find different ways to satisfy my cravings for peanut butter or peanut-flavored desserts.
Luckily for me, I was introduced to Nutella two summers ago when I studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Instead of peanuts/peanut butter, Italians literally go “nuts” for Nutella. Now, I realize that was an awful pun, but it is completely true. And, just like them, I developed a deep love for Nutella as well.
So, this past weekend, I became elated when a friend and I saw a recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies in Ina Garten’s cookbook titled How Easy is That? So, to get us into the Holiday spirit, we put on some Christmas music and substituted normal cookie cutters for Christmas themed cookie cutters while baking.
Step 1: Toast Hazelnuts
Step 2: Cream Butter and Sugar, Add
Flour Mixture and Toasted Hazelnuts