Cookies/ Dessert

Chocolate Chip, Hazelnut, & Toffee Cookies

Hellllloooooooo, friends! Happy Sunday! How has your weekend been so far?

This weekend Brig and I picnicked at a beautiful spot on campus, cooked many a things for this blog, watched Exodus: Gods and Kings (verdict: it was okay! I’ll forever be loyal to 10 Commandments w/ Charlton Heston & Yule Brenner), got J-Dawgs (only the best polish dogs on Earth!!), snuggled, danced to T-Swift in the car, and laughed hysterically while taking pictures with Photobooth on my laptop. A typical weekend for us 😉

One time, when I was about 7 or 8, I was making chocolate chip cookies by myself and following the recipe on the back of the Toll House chocolate chip bag. The recipe said that I needed 3/4 cup of both brown and white sugars, and I couldn’t quite remember what 3/4 cup meant. After quite a bit of deliberation and overthinking, I measured out 3 and 1/4 cups of both brown and white sugar into the bowl and continued on with the recipe. THAT’S 6 1/2 CUPS OF SUGAR. Apparently that doesn’t work very well for a normal batch of cookies, huh?! Who would’ve thought! As soon as I noticed something was off, my mom helped me adjust the rest of the recipe to make up for how much sugar I had mistakenly added in. So many cookies, guys. SO MANY COOKIES.

There was also this one time where we accidentally made, like, 100 glazed donuts. But that’s a story for another day.

My parents were always so patient with and supportive of our creative adventures in the kitchen and that is something I am so grateful for! 

Today, I made you cookies. But not just any ordinary cookies! Chocolate chip, hazelnut, & toffee cookies. I do it out of love for you, I really do. I may or may not recommend that you eat this with Nutella. You know, to complement the hazelnuts. It really would be a shame to not invite Nutella to this party.

The TEXTURE in these cookies is unreal. The outside is crispy and the inside is chewy and thick. The toffee and hazelnuts contribute a beautiful crunch while the chocolate chips are just melty and ooey and gooey and delightful. The addition of cream cheese to the dough adds another level of richness & moisture which is AWESOME. I like my cookies thick, rich, & moist. How do you like your cookies? Thin? Chunky? More chocolate than dough? More dough than chocolate?

So, if you fancy, make a batch of these babies to end this lovely weekend, grab a glass of milk, and sit down with a good book! You deserve it.

Recipe adapted from here 

Makes 16 large cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 c butter, room temp

1 egg, room temp

1/4 c cream cheese, room temp

1/2 c light brown sugar, packed

1/2 c sugar

2 t vanilla

1 t baking soda

1 t corn starch

1/2 t salt

2 1/4 c all-purpose flour

1/2 c hazelnuts, chopped

1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 c chocolate-covered toffee bits

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line with a nonstick mat.

Combine butter, cream cheese, egg, sugars, and vanilla in a stand mixer and beat on medium-high speed for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add in baking soda, corn starch, and salt, and mix until well combined. Add in the flour on low speed, followed by the hazelnuts, chocolate chips, and toffee bits. Form large balls of cookie dough either with your hands or a large cookie scoop and place onto the cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes and let cool on a wire rack.

xo, Lucia

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Brittany M
    August 23, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    So, maybe you have insight to the situation. I currently only have hazelnut powder, not any helpful apps, I also only have chocolate chips and no toffee bits. naturally it would be better to have all of the ingredients but do you think it would add anything positive if I at least I added the hazelnut seasoning without thereal hazelnut and toffee bits ?

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      Brittany M
      August 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      oh grrr there was a typo I missed…I meant to say that I don’t have actual hazelnut just the powder

      • Reply
        Lucia
        August 23, 2015 at 3:46 pm

        Honestly, these cookies are great even with just chocolate chips and no other add-ins! I love hazelnuts and toffee bits for the textural component, but I think hazelnut powder would add a really interesting flavor, so I say give it a go!

  • Reply
    Tonya
    June 1, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Just tasted these, and Oh MY!!! They are so good they are dangerous. Make a batch today.

    • Reply
      Lucia
      June 1, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks, Tonya! 🙂

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