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vegan double chocolate hazelnut cookies

Posted on Feb 9, 2018 by in cookies, Dessert, Recipe Box

vegan double chocolate hazelnut cookies

vegan double chocolate hazelnut cookieOh So Fancy~ vegan double chocolate hazelnut cookies

These vegan double chocolate hazelnut cookies require a few more steps than most of my vegan cookies. Trust me when I say they are worth it. Roasting the hazelnuts for this recipe is essential for the true hazelnut flavor to shine through. Because these cookies are so indulgent they are perfect for Valentine’s Day! Instead of a box of chocolates, try these this vegan double chocolate hazelnut cookies instead. My Valentine, Mr. Hobbies So Fancy was quite pleased. I’m pretty sure your Valentine will be too. Be sure to check out more of my vegan cookies recipes too.

 

 

 

vegan double chocolate hazelnut cookies

 

Traditions that show love
vegan double chocolate hazelnut cookies

What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day traditions?  We usually have a special family night in with our boys. This typically includes a special dinner and a game. I look forward to it every year. I enjoy creating a fun and fancy dessert that will make them happy. I’m fairly confident I will succeed with these vegan double chocolate hazelnut cookies. All four of us enjoy the chocolate hazelnut flavor combo.The month of February was never a big deal to me growing up. Then one February, nine years ago, my most precious Valentine’s gift ever was delivered and it’s been special ever since. My oldest will be nine years old this year and I can hardly believe it! Time flies when you’re having fun.

 

vegan double chocolate hazelnut cookiesWe love because he first loved us

For many of us, VDay is a silly holiday that we really don’t celebrate. However, as a Mom of two little guys, it has become important to show them how to create a fun day full of lovable surprises. A day to reflect on God’s great love for us and why we were created to love one another in return. 1 John 4:19-21 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

 

A book that took me a year to read!!! Seriously!

handmade valentines

Some handmade VDay cards by my little guys. One loves rocks and one loves origami. Both are thoughtful and hard workers. XO

Mr. Hobbies So Fancy may not be outright romantic. But I assure you he is very thoughtful gift-giver. His romance is not so much in the delivery of a gift as much as it is in the content of the gift. My first Valentine’s Day as a (brand new) Mom, actually, my first day home from the hospital with our firstborn was emotional. As it is for most new parents, I would believe. As I was standing in front of the mirror juggling a baby and a toothbrush, Mr. Hobbies So Fancy rolled in and set a gift next to the sink. The timing was a little off, but it was very sweet! I carefully opened it up and discovered a book about a marine biologist’s  up close and personal journey with blue whales. A long time ago, I was considering becoming a marine biologist…. but life happens and it was not to be. As it also happens, blue whales are a passion of mine. Their sheer size and elusive behavior fascinate me! I was thrilled to dive into this new book! Truly believing I could read it in a week.

Excuse me for a quick moment while I die laughing! Uh no, of course, that didn’t happen. It was not until the following Valentine’s Day that I could proudly proclaim the book’s completion. So cute to reminisce about myself as a new parent. I had no idea the adventure I had just begun. Personal reading time took a backseat to things like diapers, feedings and staring deeply into those dreamy baby eyes of his.

Make these vegan double chocolate hazelnut cookies for the big and little loves of your life! Nothing says I love you quite like a homemade gift.

 

These vegan double chocolate hazelnut cookies are soft, chewy and bound to be a new favorite! The chocolate hazelnut combo is divine. They are perfect for holidays, bake sales, gifts or to treat yourself. Guaranteed to indulge and satisfy even the strongest of chocolate cravings.

Cook Time:7 min
Prep Time:15 min
Total Time:25 min
Category:Cookies
Yield:2 dozen
Ingredients
* 1 cup Spelt flour (may sub whole wheat, ww pastry, Kamut, Quinoa, gluten-free mix, etc)
* 1 cup almond flour
* 1/4 cup cacao powder
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup maple syrup (may sub coconut palm syrup, or agave)
* 1/3 cup avocado oil
* 1/3 cup brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped
* 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
Preparation
1. Toast whole hazelnuts in oven at 275 degrees for about 8-10 minutes (Keep a close eye, they can burn easily)

2. Rub slightly cooled hazelnuts inside a towel to loosen skins

3. Separate the skins and nuts, then chop hazelnuts and set aside

4. Place first six ingredients into a bowl and lightly whisk or sift together ~ set aside

5. Cream together maple syrup, oil, and vanilla in another bowl until well combined

6. Add dry ingredients to wet and fold together until lightly combined

7. Add toasted hazelnuts and chocolate chips and continue to stir until combined

8. Roll dough into 1-2 inch balls

9. Place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, evenly spaced and lightly flatten with the heel of your hand

10. Bake 7 minutes for a chewy soft cookie, or 8-9 minutes for a crispier cookie
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