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Chocolate Espresso Toasted Hazelnut Cookies

These Chocolate Espresso Toasted Hazelnut Cookies are rich in butter, soft, yet crunchy, and abundant in chocolate and hazelnuts that have been toasted to perfection.

Chocolate Espresso Toasted Hazelnut Cookies

I’ve recently taken up the sport of stalking the mall Santaland. I don’t have children, so that’s probably why I find it hilarious to watch the reactions of the kiddos as they see Santa for the first time. Some kids are in complete awe, others look horrified as they meet the man in the bright red suit. Some kids keep their cool at a distance, but once it’s their turn to sit on Santa’s lap, their composure quickly wavers. Their calm admiration makes an acute left turn somewhere along the road and suddenly all hell breaks loose.

I get it. Santa’s scary! Before their meet and greet with Santa, parents have been practicing stranger danger and then, all of sudden, it’s perfectly fine to go up to a complete stranger and (gasp!) sit on his lap. In any other situation that would be wrong on so many levels. If you found your kid sitting on a stranger’s lap any other time of the year, it would trigger an animalistic rage so fierce a parent could lift up a car in order to save their child from the bad, bad stranger.

Chocolate Espresso Toasted Hazelnut Cookies

Santa is the one exception. Parents wait in line for hours just so they can place their precious bundle of joy in Santa’s arms in hopes they’ll create a memory that will last forever. A memory they can pull out years down the road with the intention of embarrassing their child in front of their new partner in crime, “Wasn’t little Sally just adorable in her sequin-dipped dress and glitter-soaked shoes? She looks like a little Christmas ornament in Santa’s lap.” Or, “Little Donny was a stubborn little brat that day. He kept running away from Santa. He just cried and cried.”

Well, of course little Donny cried! I’d cry too if you were forcing me onto the lap of a fat stranger wearing a bright red suit.

Chocolate Espresso Toasted Hazelnut Cookies

I love watching the parents as they try to keep their children entertained in the long line that snakes around the entire mall, combing their child’s hair and frantically cleaning their little faces in order to get the chocolate they used to bribe them to stay quiet and tame as they weaved through the line.

Is it worth it? From what I can tell, you wait all that time and when you do finally reach Santa, poor Johnny is not having it, like at all. What you end up with is a picture of your kid screaming his/her head off. Some memory.

Chocolate Espresso Toasted Hazelnut Cookies

Kids, I feel for you. I really, really do! To apologize for your parents’ attempt at creating precious memories, I’ve made you cookies. You’ve earned it! And these are good–really good! Go ahead, take two.

I’ve made three batches of these Chocolate Espresso Toasted Hazelnut Cookies in one week. My intention was to gift the cookies, but I just keep eating them instead. They’re irresistible in every way. Double the chocolate, espresso-infused chocolate chips, and toasty Diamond Chopped Hazelnuts. In my opinion, the hazelnut is under-appreciated. They’re good all on their own, but magical things happen when you take the time to toast them, which is exactly what I did for this recipe. Trust me, it’s worth the extra 5 minutes worth of effort.

I used a combination of instant espresso powder, espresso chocolate chips, and coffee extract to give these cookies a boost of coffee flavor. The combination is delicious.

Chocolate Espresso Toasted Hazelnut Cookies

These cookies are ultra chocolate-y with a chewy, gooey center and a toasty crunch from the hazelnuts.

Chocolate Espresso Toasted Hazelnut Cookies

These cookies are rich in butter, soft, yet crunchy, and abundant in chocolate and hazelnuts that have been toasted to perfection.

Yield: 24 cookies

Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

Prep Time: 4 hours

Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room-temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coffee extract
  • 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup toasted Diamond Chopped Hazelnuts
  • 3/4 cup espresso chocolate chips



  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla and coffee extracts. Mix until combined.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk toghether flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, espresso powder, and salt.
  3. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour in three batches, scraping the bowl as needed. Fold in the hazelnuts and espresso chocolate chips. Transfer the dough to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat. Scoop out the dough using a 1-inch cookie scoop, placing the cookies 3 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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9 Responses to “Chocolate Espresso Toasted Hazelnut Cookies”

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — December 20, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    These cookies look so delicious! Like a mocha in a cookie :) Pinning!


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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — December 20, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    I will need a dozen of these asap! Love espresso in cookies! 


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    Carolyn — December 21, 2015 at 9:04 am

    You have so much going on here that I love…chocolate, coffee…HAZELNUTS!


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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — December 21, 2015 at 10:09 am

    My grandparents had this life sized Santa decoration they’d put right in the foyer in the nook of the stairs and it scared the living daylights out of me as a kid. I’d run past him every Christmas Eve at their house thinking he’d come to life and get me. So much for the jolly ‘ol guy, huh?! Totally get where those kids are coming from, can I have a cookie too? ;)


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    TidyMom — December 21, 2015 at 10:37 am

    LOve all the flavors that come together is one delicious looking cookie!


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    Liz — December 21, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    So much mocha goodness, these are some fabulous cookies!


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    Rachel Cooks — December 21, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    These look so rich and amazing!


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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — January 2, 2016 at 11:47 am

    If you think about it, Santa is kind of a creepy guy :) . These cookies look super yummy and decadent!


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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — January 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    You know…I really might not do the sitting on santa’s lap thing, at least not when my kids are babies–because yeah it’s just weird if they don’t understand!!!

    and these cookies…girl….you KNOW I love them. Chocolate and hazelnuts are some of my faaaves


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