Paleo Hazelnut Brownie Cookies


Dessert, Gluten-free, Paleo / Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Warm, decadent cookies made with raw hazelnuts and dark chocolate, reminiscent of brownie bites, these cookies will have you coming back for more!

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In my heart, I will always be on team chocolate chip cookies. I can say without a shadow of a doubt, that I will go to my grave, believing that chocolate chip cookies are my favorite dessert. However, after a few weeks of A LOT of chocolate chip cookies, I had myself craving something new, something different.

For awhile I had been eyeing brownie recipes on Pinterest. I’ve always loved brownies too. There’s something so comforting about a warm pan of brownies, fresh from the oven, gooey and decadent, just the way I like them. Over the years, I’ve tried my fair share of paleo and vegan brownie recipes, and I have found some pretty incredible ones! But I was in the mood to create, create a recipe that was new and my own.

While living in France, I really developed a liking to hazelnuts and all things hazelnut flavored. Between nutella-esc spreads, hazelnut butters, and hazelnut macarons, I had my fair share of hazelnuts, and I loved it! So, in honor of France, I decided to create these hazelnut chocolate cookies.

The cookies use a combination of raw, freshly ground hazelnuts as the base, along with almond flour. By melting dark chocolate, the cookies gain an extra gooey factor, that makes them taste just like brownies and the maple syrup and vanilla adds subtle notes of sweetness that marry perfectly with the hazelnuts and rich chocolate.

I kept the dough for these gems in the fridge for a few days, and would make 1 or 2 whenever I was craving a little chocolate pick-me-up. They’re rich, moist, fluffy, chocolaty, gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free… what’s not to love?

 

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Paleo Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Warm, decadent cookies made with raw hazelnuts and dark chocolate, reminiscent of brownie bites, these cookies will have you coming back for more!

Course Dessert
Cuisine brownie, chocolate, dairy free, dairy free dessert, gluten free cookies, gluten-free, grain free, hazelnut, healthy cookies, healthy dessert, paleo, paleo cookies, paleo treat
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 227 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole, raw hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp palm shortening
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or about 60 grams
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. In a food processor, pulse the raw hazelnuts on high for 5 minutes, until the hazelnuts have broken down.

  2. Add the coconut oil, palm shortening, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and pulse for a few seconds until well mixed. 

  3. Next add in the coconut sugar, cacao powder, almond flour, salt, and baking soda and blend until well mixed. Remove the blade from the food processor and momentarily set aside. 

  4. Melt the 1/4 cup of chocolate chips using a double boiler method. (I like to boil some water in a saucepan and then hold a bowl above the water, or gently set it above the water, and mix the chocolate until it has melted). Once the chocolate is melted, let it cool, so that the bowl is cool the the touch. I place mine in the freezer for about 5 minutes. 

  5. Next, add 1 egg white to the cooled melted chocolate mixture and mix well. Then add this mixture to the other mixture in the food processor. Stir with a spoon until the two are well combined. 

  6. Add in the chocolate chips and mix with the spoon. Then place balls of dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. The cookies will spread a little, but not much. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Bon app├ętit!

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