Whenever I have time, I like to wander around different grocery stores. I find ingredients that I haven’t tried yet and sometimes I get great ideas for recipes. That is how these fudgy hazelnut cookies came to be.
Not too long ago, I was in my regular grocery store looking for apricot marmalade for a recipe when I spotted the chocolate hazelnut spread. I had tasted it before, but had never used it in a recipe. Images of chocolate cookies started popping up in my head, so I put a few jars in my cart and got home as fast as I could.
After a long afternoon of several not so great results, I started over and simplified my ingredients. These fudgy hazelnut cookies are delicious and are exactly what was in my head when I saw the chocolate hazelnut spread.
Chewy with crispy edges and easy to make, they are perfect a perfect treat for whenever that chocolate craving hits you. They are especially nice with a cup of hot coffee or chocolate.
I make these cookies every holiday season for my cookie exchanges, gifts and our Christmas Eve celebration.
I never did pick up the marmalade. I guess that is another recipe for another time.
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