Posted by: hilsrecipeoftheweek | September 17, 2010

Marzipan Hazelnut Cookies

These delicious American-style chocolate chip cookies contain small chunks of marzipan that melt to give yummy chewy bits

(Waitrose recipe http://www.waitrose.com/recipe/Marzipan_Hazelnut_cookies.aspx)

Ingredients

175g butter, at room temperature
175g caster sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
75g Waitrose Hazelnuts
100g plain flour
100g self raising flour
75g Renshaw Brandy Marzipan, roughly chopped (I could not find Brandy Marzipan at Waitrose, so used Waitrose Golden Marzipan, it was delicious – H)
75g Waitrose Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5.
  2. Using an electric mixer, whisk together the butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and fluffy.
  3. Place the hazelnuts in a dry frying pan and lightly toast until golden. Allow to cool slightly, then roughly chop.
  4. Sift the flours over the creamed butter then fold in the marzipan, chocolate and nuts.
  5. Shape the mixture into balls and place on two baking sheets, roughly flattening them with the palm of your hand and leaving room for them to spread slightly. Bake for 15 minutes until lightly browned.
  6. Cool for a few minutes  then transfer to a wire rack. Eat while still warm or cool completely and store in an airtight jar.

Hils comment: Wonderful! Don’t chop the hazelnuts and marzipan too small, you want to get the crunch and taste of the nuts and marzipan chunks. Throw in a few extra hazelnuts, if you love nuts as  I do, and use a good quality dark chocolate.  These might just be the best chocolate chip cookies ever!

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