If you are falling behind with your Christmas baking, and you are looking for an easy cookie recipe, hazelnut chocolate bars won’t disappoint you. They are crumbly, buttery, chocolaty, nutty, simply delightful, and all that with unsophisticated ingredients. What also makes them extremely attractive for the stressed baker is that the preparation time including the glazing of the baked cookies adds up to only one hour.
When doing your ingredients check, you will realize you already have everything in your pantry except for ground hazelnut may be. If so, rush to the nearest supermarket, get your nuts and try the recipe. You will enjoy making them for their simplicity. You will love them for their taste and the texture.
Hazelnut Chocolate bars
- 200 g sifted flour
- 200 g ground hazelnuts
- 100 g granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon dark cacao
- 200 g soft butter
- 150 g semi-sweet chocolate for the glazing
- Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and add the butter. Knead all the ingredients together into a smooth dough. Cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
- Heat oven (190 °C /375 °F) and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Divide the dough into 4 balls. Roll each ball on a clean surface into a rope of 1 cm thickness in diameter. With a knife cut 5 cm long bars. Arrange the bars on the baking sheets and bake for about 15-20 minutes depending on your oven. Make a check after 10-12 minutes by turning one cookie to see the bottom. Be careful, cookies are soft and might break. When the bottom is darker than the chocolate colour, baking time is over even if the top of the cookie feels a little soft.
- Cool 5 minutes on the sheet and then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Melt the chocolate in a Bain Marie and dip one end of each bar in the melted chocolate. Transfer onto a wire rack to dry. Keep well in an airtight container.