Monday, September 29, 2008

white chocolate hazelnut cookies

A long time ago, Boyfriend mentioned in passing that he thought that the white chocolate macadamia nut cookies from his office cafeteria were the Best Cookies Ever. Of course, I mentally vowed to find a recipe that blew those office cookies out of the water as soon as possible. And I intended to--I really did. But it's been a long time since then (we're talking years here) and I just haven't managed to get around to it yet.

Enter last week--I wanted to bake him something, and I suddenly remembered his comment about the office cookies. Inspired, I raced off to the grocery store, two item list (white chocolate and macadamia nuts) in hand. I selected some Green & Black's organic white chocolate and then headed over to the display of mixed nuts where I purchased.....


In my mad rush, I had apparently located the macadamia nuts....and then grabbed the container of hazelnuts sitting next to them. I didn't realize my mistake until I got home, and by then it was too late.

I decided to go through with the cookies anyways, using the hazelnuts instead of macadamia nuts. The verdict? Good enough that I gobbled up three right out of the oven--I ended up really liking the hazelnut flavor. Still, I don't think they're the white chocolate cookie to end all white chocolate cookies. I guess I'm going back to the drawing board, though I might be bringing the hazelnuts with me. Looks like Boyfriend will have an incentive to keep going to the office for at least a little longer.

White Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

11 T butter, room temperature (A little under 1 and a half sticks)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
6 T white sugar
1.5 eggs (I added one, then cracked a second in a bowl, beat it, and added about half of the liquid)
2 t good quality vanilla extract
scant 2 cups flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
7 oz good quality white chocolate, chopped (next time I would use more)
1 cup hazelnuts, toasted, skins removed and chopped

Beat butter on medium speed. Add sugars and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla. Mix flour, baking soda and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until incorporated. Stir in chocolate and hazelnuts. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it down onto dough. Chill (I left them in the fridge for about 6 hours). Let dough come to room temperature. Spoon golf ball sized mounds onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12 minutes, or until golden.

NOTE: If I were making these for myself, I would have sprinkled them with some coarse sea salt. Since Boyfriend does not like his cookies too salty, I didn't.


Prudy said...

Those look fabulous!

SiHaN said...

hmph.. i can already imgaine them all packed up in a cookie tin for xmas. Fabulous! I'm bookmarking this recipe! and i'll add in that extra coarse salt as well... thanks!

Lael said...

White chocolate and hazelnuts sound like a very happy accident!
You've got a very cute blog, with a lot of recipes on here that I think I would naturally gravitate toward anyway. I look forward to coming back!

AmyRuth said...

I love the kind of accidents that you wind up really loving, don't you??? Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Anyhow, love hazelnuts and your cookies look delicious
Amy Ruth

LyB said...

I love hazelnuts, I think this is a great idea for a cookie. :)