March 27, 2014

Hazelnut Butter Cookies

Hazelnut Butter Cookies. Soft, chewy cookies made with creamy hazelnut butter!! It's like a Nutella chocolate chip cookie!!

So excited to share these chewy Hazelnut Butter Cookies with you today!! They combine sweet, rich, creamy hazelnut butter with just a hint of chocolate for one decadently dreamy cookie. They’re like Nutella in chocolate chip cookie form!

Hazelnut Butter Cookies. Soft, chewy cookies made with creamy hazelnut butter!! It's like a Nutella chocolate chip cookie!!

I am in love with the fabulously nutty flavor of hazelnuts. I mean, hello Nutella! Chocolate + Hazelnuts = best combination in the world. I wanted to incorporate the rich flavor of hazelnuts with just a hint of milk chocolate so the hazelnuts and cookie could really shine through. What I love about these cookies is that the chocolate doesn’t overpower the delicate flavor of hazelnut. They perfectly complement each other.

Hazelnut Butter Cookies. Soft, chewy cookies made with creamy hazelnut butter!! It's like a Nutella chocolate chip cookie!!

But here’s the most important part: I prefer my cookies without nuts! I have a strict no-nut policy in my cookies. I love nuts, but it’s a texture thing. I want my cookie to be soft and chewy. Fortunately hazelnuts are about the easiest thing in the world to turn into hazelnut butter, and the addition of hazelnut butter into the cookies makes them impossibly soft and chewy! They are seriously a dream come true.

Hazelnut Butter Cookies. Soft, chewy cookies made with creamy hazelnut butter!! It's like a Nutella chocolate chip cookie!!

Here’s all you’ll need for these cookies — your regular chocolate chip cookie ingredients plus two bags of chopped hazelnuts.

Hazelnut Butter Cookies. Soft, chewy cookies made with creamy hazelnut butter!! It's like a Nutella chocolate chip cookie!!

I found these in the baking aisle at Kroger. You can use chopped or whole hazelnuts, you just want to make sure they don’t have the skin on. They may be labeled as “blanched.” You can also look for Filberts — they are hazelnuts under a different name! :)

Hazelnut Butter Cookies. Soft, chewy cookies made with creamy hazelnut butter!! It's like a Nutella chocolate chip cookie!!

Add both bags to the workbowl of a food processor…

Hazelnut Butter Cookies. Soft, chewy cookies made with creamy hazelnut butter!! It's like a Nutella chocolate chip cookie!!

And just let it process for 2-4 minutes. By 3 minutes in, my hazelnuts had turned into pure, liquid gold.

Hazelnut Butter Cookies. Soft, chewy cookies made with creamy hazelnut butter!! It's like a Nutella chocolate chip cookie!!

Two 6-ounce bags produces almost exactly 1 cup of hazelnut butter, which is exactly what you’ll need for this recipe.

Softening butter with a KitchenAid convection microwave oven. Comes out evenly softened every single time!

You’ll also need one stick of softened butter, but I never plan far enough ahead of time to actually soften my butter on the counter. I love that my new Kitchenaid Microwave has a setting for softening a stick of butter. It comes out evenly softened every single time. It’s not like my old microwave which would give me a mostly-solid stick with some completely melted holes, lol! And I no longer have to constantly watch the microwave or start and stop to turn the butter over every five seconds. I can set it and forget it.

(P.S. See our kitchen makeover and new appliances here!)

Hazelnut Butter Cookies. Soft, chewy cookies made with creamy hazelnut butter!! It's like a Nutella chocolate chip cookie!!

Perfectly softened in just one minute and I didn’t have to stand there and watch it to make sure it didn’t melt! :)

Hazelnut Butter Cookies. Soft, chewy cookies made with creamy hazelnut butter!! It's like a Nutella chocolate chip cookie!!

Mix the butter, hazelnut butter, sugar, flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and chocolate chips together to get one seriously fabulous cookie dough!

Hazelnut Butter Cookies. Soft, chewy cookies made with creamy hazelnut butter!! It's like a Nutella chocolate chip cookie!!

Bake it at 350 for 10 minutes until the edges just starting to turn slightly golden.

Hazelnut Butter Cookies. Soft, chewy cookies made with creamy hazelnut butter!! It's like a Nutella chocolate chip cookie!!

Love the chewy decadence the hazelnut butter adds to these cookies!!

Hazelnut Butter Cookies. Soft, chewy cookies made with creamy hazelnut butter!! It's like a Nutella chocolate chip cookie!!

Make these cookies ASAP!! :) Hope you enjoy!! :)

Hazelnut Butter Cookies

12 oz chopped or whole hazelnuts without skin
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 bag (10-12 ounces) chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add the hazelnuts to the workbowl of a food processor and process for 2-4 minutes until liquified and smooth.

2. Beat butter, sugars, and 1 cup of hazelnut butter on medium-high speed for 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt then add to wet ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined. Add chocolate chips and stir until just combined.

3. Use a medium (1.5 tbsp) cookie scoop to form dough into balls. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes until edges just start to turn golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.



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Averie @ Averie Cooks March 27, 2014 at 4:57 am

Hazelnut butter! WOW! It looks so drippy, creamy, and just heavenly! Wow….just speechless! And then, making cookies with it. Genius!! pinned

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Chloe @ foodlikecake March 27, 2014 at 6:35 am

These cookies look awesome! I love the combination of the milk chocolate and hazelnut butter :-)

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh March 27, 2014 at 7:59 am

You know, I haven’t made treats for the Mr’s office in a while. I’m thinking I could swipe a few of these before sending them out. If I don’t, you’ll find me passed out in a corner with a cookie goatee and jeans zipper busted!

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Tieghan March 27, 2014 at 8:04 am

These look amazing!! I love the hazelnut butter, what a great idea!

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Angie | Big Bear's Wife March 27, 2014 at 8:32 am

Amanda!! Those cookies look amazing, I literally wish I had a plate of them right now. I love soft and chewy cookies like this!

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Katie S. March 27, 2014 at 9:30 am

These look amazing, I can’t wait to try them, thanks for sharing!

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Beth @ bethcakes March 27, 2014 at 10:03 am

Love these! Especially because I prefer cookies without nuts as well. But I love Nutella so these are perfect! :)

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Beth @ bethcakes March 27, 2014 at 10:07 am

Meant the flavor of Nutella, since there isn’t Nutella in this recipe. haha. Love that you pureed the hazelnuts!

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Katrina @ WVS March 27, 2014 at 11:57 am

These cookies sound soooo good!! Also, your oven is straight up magic.

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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes March 27, 2014 at 3:40 pm

I need that microwave and I need to make these cookies!

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Jenny Flake March 27, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Ok, these look perfect girl!! Gotta try them!!

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bridget {bake at 350} March 28, 2014 at 7:17 am

What PRETTY cookies! They look utterly delicious!

And, man…what a fancy microwave!!! Nice!

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Emma March 28, 2014 at 8:35 am

Do you still use ziplist? I went to save this recipe but couldn’t find the icon.

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Robyn | Add a Pinch March 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

I need these cookies in my life. They look fabulous!

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lesliemac23 March 28, 2014 at 10:19 am

I wonder if you could use speculoos in place of the hazelnut spread… might need to be thinned down but would also taste amazing!

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MaryJo March 29, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Hi. Your cookies look wonderful. Could walnuts, or pecans be made into the nut butter. Mum gave me a huge bag of walnuts and I wonder if it would work.

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Amanda March 29, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Yes, any kind of nut butter would be great here! :) See the post below for a cookie I did used roasted pecan butter. :)

Secret Ingredient Christmas Cookies

Hope this helps! :)

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Laura@ Laura's Culinary Adventures March 30, 2014 at 10:50 pm

Hazelnut and chocolate are the perfect pairing!

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Lindsay March 31, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I’m so with you on no nuts in cookies!! Blending them into a butter first to impart the flavor without the crunch is genius, girl!!

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Laura Dembowski April 1, 2014 at 7:46 am

These cookies are so creative! They also look so soft and chewy. I have been obsessed with almond butter, so I’d love to give these a try with it.

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Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer April 1, 2014 at 11:47 am

Oh, girl. These are my kind of cookies. Love everything about them!

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Valerie April 6, 2014 at 6:48 am

I made these and absolutely loved them. I actually used chopped hazelnuts that had the skins still on. and the “butter” I made from those didn’t get as creamy and glossy as yours. in addition, the 12 oz of nuts came out to more than 1 cup, so I saved the excess for another batch some other time. anyway, back to the cookies… they came out so well. totally addictive. unique flavor, perfect texture.

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John April 9, 2014 at 12:24 am

I love cookies alot, specially butter cookies. Thanks for such a great recipe.

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laly April 14, 2014 at 11:19 pm

healthy one for my kids! thank u. i had always trouble in buying this.

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marla April 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm

LOVE these cookies! Sharing on FB later this evening & pinned!

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Stephanie June 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I really wanted to try these, but I’ve had the hazlenuts in my foodprocessor for a long time and they don’t seem to be breaking down to anything more than oily crumbles :(

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Katie B. July 14, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Stephanie, it might be the kind of food processor you have. My mom has a Ninja Mega Kitchen System, and I could only ever get “oily crumbles” too. I added a couple of tablespoons of peanut or canola oil to get it to a good consistency. (Don’t add much more than that, though.) I have a Ninja Master Prep (same brand!), and that works wonderfully–no extra oil needed.

I also roast them for a few minutes for a stronger flavor. Maybe the heat helps, too… I’m not sure.

Also, if you buy hazelnuts with skins on, do NOT use the boiling and blanching method of peeling them. This strips them of some of their oil. I tried it and I think I added like a cup of canola oil… it was a disaster. Instead, roast them and rub them in a towel to get the skins off.

I hope that some of that was useful to you!

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