Servings: 24-30 serving(s)
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Chocolate and hazelnuts and no Nutella in sight
Sometimes on vacation we’ll let our kids choose a little jar of Nutella, as an indulgence. In their opinion it’s the Holy Grail of treats so is a very simple pleasure to grant when we want them to feel a little spoiled. They’ll put it on anything and everything so it lasts about two days and that’s it — their twice-yearly Nutella fix.
Nutella holds no appeal for me, although I’m a big fan of the chocolate-hazelnut combo.
I have great memories of Icy Squares, those melt-in-your-mouth hazelnut chocolates that were an occasional treat when I was growing up. That was the start of my chocolate-hazelnut fixation. Then there was the Frangelico craze one year at university. After that I got into whole hazelnuts but never lost that love of the chocolate-hazelnut combo.
Which brought me to this cookie bar recipe. Tasting intensely of dark chocolate and true hazelnuts, chocolate chip hazelnut cookie bars feel wholesome and taste authentic.
Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookie Bars
Adapted From Kleinworth & Co
- 2-1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips (regular are fine)
- ½ cup chopped toasted hazelnuts
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 2.5 Tbsp cream or milk
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a 12”x15” cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda & baking powder in bowl.
- In a large bowl beat butter & brown sugar until fluffy.
- Beat in egg, molasses and vanilla.
- Stir in dry ingredients and combine well.
- Scrape onto prepared cookie sheet, cover with another sheet of parchment paper and roll as close to edges as possible but don’t worry about having a perfect shape. (This is tender dough and to keep its rich colour and lovely texture you don’t want to be adding more flour.)
- Sprinkle over hazelnuts and chocolate chips and bake 15 minutes.
Whisk together glaze ingredients & pipe on with a baggie (with the corner snipped) or with a pasty bag.
Let glaze harden then cut into bars.
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