May 20, 2015

Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

I recently visited Whisk, a bakery located in St. Louis, Missouri.  It is a sustainable bakery that was recently voted the number one bakery in St. Louis by Go! St.
Louis.  I love to check out bakeries wherever I go.  I had their Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookie.

This was Mother's Day weekend.  My hubbie, son, daughter-in-law, grandson and myself walked in a one-mile/three-mile walk for the American Heart Association which was sponsored by companies located in St. Louis.  We started at Busch Stadium, walked the one-mile route in downtown St. Louis, and then back to Busch Stadium, where we ended up walking on the "warning track" of the baseball field.  Very cool!  It was a great way to spend our Saturday morning.  Afterwards, we went to Rooster for brunch.  If you're ever in St. Louis, it is worth a visit, but I would definitely recommend call-ahead seating.

My son and I know one of the owners of Whisk, and since we were in the area, we decided to stop in for our first visit.  

If you like chocolate, and if you like hazelnuts (think Nutella), you need to try this recipe!
I don't usually use nuts in my baking, but I made an exception here.  I do think that if I make them again, I would toast the hazelnuts to take a little bit of the "raw" taste away.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies


2 cups self-rising flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup butter-flavored Crisco
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 ounces  (1/2 of 12-ounce package)  of Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
5 ounces (1/2 of 10-ounce package) of Nestle Dark Chocolate Morsels
3 ounces Chopped Hazelnuts

Sift flour and baking soda together in a small bowl.
Cream butter and butter-flavored Crisco until it lightens in color.
Add sugar, brown sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until creamy.  Add in eggs one at a time until incorporated.  Gradually add in flour and baking soda mixture.  Continue to mix until just incorporated.  Stir in chocolate chips, chocolate morsels, and chopped hazelnuts.

Cover cookie dough with a paper towel or waxed paper and refrigerate for a few hours.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and using a cookie scoop, scoop dough onto a cookie sheet.  Bake for 12 minutes.

Serve to family and friends.


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