Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Chocolate chip hazelnut cookies and summer reads

Hello pretty people! Yes yes, another cookie recipe. I'm sorry, but seriously, these are WAY too good to miss. You're gonna want to eat them. All. With a glass of milk or without it. They taste like nutella, sort of. Maybe you'll eat them while reading a book?

I devour books in summer. I start by going through a book while I'm on my long plane flights on my way home. (Specially if annoying teenagers don't let me sleep). Then I just carry a book around everywhere I go. The beach, the park, the car (not if I'm driving that is). I read while I'm having breakfast, while I wait for my bread to rise, while my parents are taking naps. I just read read read.

This summer I'm going for the classics. Believe it or not, I have never read 'to kill a mockingbird' or 'the catcher in the rye', so I decided to give them a shot. Have you read them? did you like them?. I seem to be in the dark/mystery mood lately. My other two reads for vacation are 'Invisible' by Paul Auster and 'the beekeeper's apprentice by Laurie King. Too much information? Sorry, I love books!. Now you tell me, what are you reading this summer? Do you have any recommendations for me?

I think you should eat these cookies while you read. They are THAT good. My roommate claims they are the best cookies he's ever eaten. They have oats and chocolate chips and crunchy hazelnuts. They smell like heaven. You could add other nuts to them, but the hazelnuts and chocolate combination has a nutella effect to it that you can't beat. Plus they are made with whole wheat flour, which means they are healthy, right? right!

Hazelnut chocolate chip cookies
adapted from 101 cookbooks

5 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips/chunks
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cups hazelnuts chopped by hand
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup brown sugar

Preheat your oven to 350 F.

In a bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside. In another bowl cream together butter and sugar. Mix in the egg. Add the dry mixture and mix until combined. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and hazelnuts and incorporate into the dough with a wooden spoon. Drop the dough into a baking sheet by tablespoonfuls and press it down to flatten (they don't expand much when baked). Bake for 7-10 minutes until the cookies are fragrant and have golden edges.


Chef Dennis said...

wow...those are gorgeous cookies! so full of flavor, chocolate chips, hazelnuts and oats make such a great cookie! I wish I had a few to eat right now!

ajcabuang04 said...

These looks sooo good!! Nutella is one of my favorite things ever! I can eat it just on a spoon! I'm totally going to make these!
Would you mind checking out my blog? :D http://ajscookingsecrets.blogspot.com/



Anonymous said...

I loved To Kill A Mockingbird, and I think it's about time I should revisit it :) Currently I'm reading A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro, and I've got my eyes on The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

And I'm definitely gonna give these cookies a try, and devour them with my books! :)

Laetitia said...

I agree your roomate : it seems they are the best cookies! I particularly love when they contains oats, chocolate and nuts... and that's what you did so I could'nt love your recipe?!

redmenace said...

You had me at "nutella effect." Delicious! I would LOVE to try these! Must do it soon!

M. said...

I've red the "Invisible", pretty good and "To kill a mockingbird" used to be one of my favorite summer reads....but set that aside....those cookies....mouthwatering!!! just give me some milk:)

kickpleat said...

Ooh, you should join good reads which is where i post all my reads and pick up many recommendations (http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/89170-jeannette). But as far as cookies go, these look delicious!

Elizabeth said...

I just finished "The Kite Runner" and have moved on to "Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates"...interesting reads both of them! I have read To Kill a Mockingbird, but only because they made us in school..I watched the movie too.

Beautiful cookies, as my sister will only eat hazelnuts (she's "allergic" to other ones *eyeroll) I'll make these for her at Christmas! Thanks!

Betty said...

Empire Falls
American Pastoral
A Fine Balance
Ethan Frome
The Left Hand of Darkness
the Rabbit series by John Updike

Anonymous said...

love your photos - very interesting!

Adriana said...

awesome books guys! will post soon! thanks for the comments!

Octovus said...

Oh wow are these good! Just made them and they are so melt-in-mouth delicious. Must be all the butter...plus I did use 1/2 AP and 1/2 WW...thanks for sharing, am sure they will be a hit at the get-together tomorrow night!

Hasmita said...

How many cookies would this make? Thanks!

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