Chocolate Hazelnut Slice-and-Bake Cookies

This post is sponsored in conjunction with Christmas Cookies Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the Christmas Cookies Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Are you prepping for Christmas early this year?

I was chatting about my pull to decorate early this year over on Instagram last week even though I’m usually a wait-until-Thanksgiving person – and just about everyone agreed with me. It seems like we all need a little extra holiday cheer this year!

If you are prepping ahead, add these cookies to your list! This slice-and-bake dough is freezer friendly so you can mix it up now, before all the holiday craziness, and then pull it out to bake late.

Fresh baked cookies on Christmas Eve with minimal effort? That’s definitely something 2020 needs!

I just love the convivence of slice and bake cookies so this recipe is one of my favorites. I just love the make-ahead potential. It’s so easy to have these made up in the freezer for whenever the need for cookies strike!

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Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate hazelnut spread + additional for topping
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened.
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon chocolate hazelnut extract, optional
  • Sprinkles, for topping

The chocolate hazelnut flavor of these cookies is enhanced by the extract, but if you can’t find it, omit it or use vanilla extract instead – the flavor will still be awesome! These are perfectly chocolatey with a nutty touch and have just the right amount of snap to them!

Making these for an occasion other than Christmas? substitute the sprinkles for chopped hazelnuts to make them appropriate for any season!

Directions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  • Using a mixer, beat together the chocolate hazelnut spread and butter. Beat in the sugar, egg, and extract.
  • Beat in the flour until well combined.
  • Transfer the dough to a piece of plastic wrap and pat into a 2 1/2″ log. Wrap in the plastic wrap, place on a baking sheet, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Unwrap the dough and slice into 1/4″ thick slices.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes, until set on the outside but still soft in the middle. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Frost with additional chocolate hazelnut spread and decorate with sprinkles.

You can make this dough in advance and freeze it, too. If freezing, I like to refrigerate for a few hours on baking sheet, then transfer the wrapped cookie dough to a freezer bag and pop in the freezer. Thaw in the refrigerator the night before you want to bake.

Prepping the dough now is a fabulous way to get a jump on holiday prep! This is especially clutch if you have kids that want to “help”. It’s easy to make the dough ahead and let them slice and bake!

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Monday Christmas Cookie Recipes

All this week, I’m joining up with some of my blogger buddies to bring you a glut of options for Christmas cookie baking! Here is today’s batch of inspiration!

Recipe

Chocolate Hazelnut Slice & Bake Cookies

Chocolate Hazelnut Slice & Bake Cookies

Yield: 3 Dozen Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate hazelnut spread + additional for topping
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon chocolate hazelnut extract, optional
  • Sprinkles, for topping

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Using a mixer, beat together the chocolate hazelnut spread and butter. Beat in the sugar, egg, and extract.
  3. Beat in the flour until well combined.
  4. Transfer the dough to a piece of plastic wrap and pat into a 2 1/2" log. Wrap in the plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Unwrap the dough and slice into 1/4" thick slices.
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes, until set on the outside but still soft in the middle. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. Frost with additional chocolate hazelnut spread and decorate with sprinkles.

Notes

Adapted from Vegetarian Times

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