Italian Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies Recipe


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
4 teaspoons instant espresso powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, cubed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup hazelnuts – toasted, skinned and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons hot water
2 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Blend flour, brown sugar, cornstarch, 1 tablespoon espresso powder and salt in a food processor. Add butter and vanilla. Using the pulse cycle-or pressing on/off button on your food processor, process until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add nuts; blend until finely chopped. Transfer dough to floured work surface. Knead just until dough comes together.

Divide dough in half. Press each half into 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom.

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until deep golden brown, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool for 2 minutes then remove sides of pan. Cut each shortbread round into 24 wedges. Cool completely.

Mix 2 tablespoons hot water and remaining 1 teaspoon espresso powder in small saucepan. Add chocolate. Stir over medium-low heat until chocolate is smooth. Remove from heat. Cool slightly. Drizzle chocolate mixture over cookies. Let stand until chocolate sets.

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