December 04, 2009

Hazelnut Thumbprints - Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club


For the holidays the Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club decided to do a cookie exchange! After I had already looked at several cookies online my new Cooking Light issue arrived in the mail and in it were these Hazelnut Thumbprints. I knew immediately I was going to try these. I mean, how could I not? There was nutella in the center! These cookies were awesome. They went to our holiday party at work and were definitely a favorite of one particular faculty member. His words were "if I can't stop eating these, then it is the best compliment you can receive - they are that good" as he ate the last cookie he stole from his spouse's plate! ;o)

Check out what the rest of our Virtual Supper Club Members created in their kitchens this month:

Jamie: Raspberry Strippers
Val: Orange Walnut Tassies
Aggie: Peppermint Patties

Helene: Maple Date Bars


  

Hazelnut Thumbprints


Ingredients:
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon instant espresso
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup finely chopped toasted hazelnuts
1/3 cup Nutella

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, and salt. Stir to combine.

Place butter in large mixing bowl and beat with mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Whisk egg yolk and espresso to combine. Add yolk mixture to butter mixer and beat at low speed until just combined.

Turn dough out onto pastry mate and knead about 6 times until smooth. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll sides of dough balls in chopped toasted hazelnuts, pressing gently to allow nuts to adhere to dough. Arrange on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press thumb into center of each cookie leaving an indentation. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove cookies from pans and cool completely. Once cooled, spoon about ½ teaspoon of Nutella spread into center of cookie.





29 comments:

  1. They look so delicious Shelby. A perfect treat for our virtual supper club!!!!I don't think I could stop eating them either!!

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  2. OH MY GOODNESS that looks good. :)
    Awesome,
    Susie

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  3. Wow, that cookie looks like it wants to jump off the computer screen into my mouth. Too bad we couldn't meet in person so I could have taken these home. Look amazing and I'm sure they taste amazing too.

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  4. Just when I was about to make your eggnog thumbprint cookies, you go and post something that looks equally fantastic! I'm off to the store to buy some nutella!

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  5. I am NOT making these! No way! Damn! I would eat them all. Gorgeous photo.

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  6. They are gorgeous! I adore hazelnut, so I know I would love these!

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  7. So these get your approval? :) I am baking today and want to make the best cookies, these might have it:)

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  8. I, too, was eyeing this recipe. I think you've convinced me. This is going on my "to try" list. On another note, may I ask how you get such amazing photos? I'm a total klutz at food photography myself. All of your pictures make me drool.

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  9. The minute I saw this months CL issue I fell in love with these too...I love love love Nutella!! Yours look exactly like theirs!! Great job! :) These wouldn't last very long at my house...

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  10. Yum! I'm gonna have to buy a super sized jar of Nutella and make these soon!

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  11. Oh my Shelby, I am going to a cooking exchange next week and these may be on the list. I'm a Nutella lover. Thanks for baking those cookies for our cookie exchange.

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  12. i remember seeing these and wanting them too! great cookies! i have an award for you on my blog!

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  13. Wow Shelby, that is one gorgeous photo!

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  14. droooooling over here!!! YUM!!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you had a nice thanksgiving!

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  15. Ya know HoneyB... I may have to be the Grumpy today. I don't like hazelnut or nutella. I know. I'm probably the only one in the world. But the photos look gorgeous!

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  16. I adore nutella! I think this is going to be the next cookie I bake! Now I just need to pick up some nutella

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  17. Shelby, of all the new cookie recipes I've seen this season, these have to be THE BEST and I'm not even a chocolate lover, but I do love nutella (go figure). Absolutely positively beautiful.

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  18. Ps Your picture is 100x better than the one on the recipe site!

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  19. Oh Shelby - those are gorgeous -- and you said the magic word: Nutella!!

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  20. oh my goodness! These are outstanding! I love hazelnuts and chocolate together.

    I'm baking some cookie bars right now. I'll have to try these next. :P

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  21. The chocolate in the middle looks amazing!

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  22. Oh Shelby - you have me drooling. They look absolutely delicious.

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  23. Beautiful, I happen to be going to a hazelnut farm today!!

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  24. Those thumbprints look amazing. And there is Nutella? Oh man, I need to crack open latest CL and check them out!

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  25. I missed these yummy looking cookies..the close up shot of them is making me drool! I think these would look wonderful on my cookie platter for Christmas!

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  26. Argh! Chocolate hazelnut thumbprints! Argh! I want! They look fabulous and so chocolate-y great!

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