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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hazelnut and coffee chip cookies

Chocolate-chip cookies are old news. They should move over and make room for our new sensation - coffee chip cookies :D. For all the coffee lovers out there who like a bit of flavor tang in their sweets. These biscuit-shaped cookies are warm, with a slightly soft consistency in the middle while crunchy on the edges, with a lovely coffee flavor and hazelnut crunches.
The secret to achieving the coffee chips and the overall coffee flavor is to use instant coffee granules, that mixed through the dough will not dissolve, but remain somewhat whole. In addition, a tablespoon of liquid strong coffee is added to make the flavor spread beyond the coffee chips. You'll really enjoy this at breakfast or as a tea afternoon treat. 
Also, for cookies, these are quite light. Not the lightest possible, but not a scandalous treat either. 

Ingredients (makes a batch):

  • 150 g flour
  • 85 g butter
  • 110 g sugar
  • 120 g hazelnuts
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules + 1 teaspoon 
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice (pimento)
  • 1/2 vial vanilla essence (or 1/5 teaspoon extract)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice:

Melt the butter in a small pot:

Mix well with the sugar. Add 1 tablespoon of the instant coffee granules:

Mix well (you'll see that they don't dissolve because they need water for that). Add the egg, vanilla and the flour mixture and mix well. Dissolve the remaining coffee granules (1 teaspoon) in 1-2 tablespoons of hot water and add to the batter, mixing. Finely grind the hazelnuts and add them:

Mix well. That's the final batter:

Put it on a plastic wrap and give it a log form. Wrap it up in the plastic:

Refrigerate for a couple of hours until it gets firmer. Then, preheat the oven at 180 degrees C and cut it in slices. Shape the slices with our fingers, if needed, to round them up a bit, and place on a tray lined with baking paper:

Bake for 12 minutes until slightly golden. Take out, allow to cool and dig in! :)

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