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Italian Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Rated as 3.67 out of 5 Stars

"These cookies have a rich shortbread taste."
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servings 180
Original recipe yields 24 servings (4 dozen)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. 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.
  3. Divide dough in half. Press each half into 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 180 calories; 10.8 19.9 1.9 20 77 Full nutrition

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Substituted the espresso with Ghirardelli chocolate hazelnut cocoa powder.

Unusual and delicious Italian pastry. Freezer friendly. One of my favorites.

While I love chocolate and hazelnuts, I found this cookie to have a certain unpleasant bitterness. It was too dense and not chocolatey enough for my American tastes.