Cookies are somewhat sacred in our family. For as long as I can remember, we have always had cookies or cookie dough around for a snack. However, I must admit that we are a bit biased and unvaried in our desired cookie of choice. A good basic Chocolate Chip cookie is pretty much the only cookie that matters. That being said, I have recently been inspired by some random types of flours (Bob's Red Mill) that I came across in the pantry. I pulled out a bag of Hazelnut Meal, stepped out of the cookie comfort zone, and came up with the Hazelnut Coffee Cookie.
These cookies have a lovely flavor to them and a bit more of a cake-like texture. They are fantasic with either a cup of coffee or tea. But very few people are able to step completely out of the comfort zone so these lovely creations still have chocolate chips in them. What can I say, very few desserts are worth eating if they are sans chocolate!
3/4 cup softened vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
3/4 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
1/4 cup cane sugar
1/4 cup non-dairy milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon coffee grounds
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups unbleached flour
1/2 cup hazelnut meal/flour
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Cream softened or room temp butter with brown and cane sugar.
3. Whisk in non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened unflavored coconut milk).
4. Add the vanilla coffee, cocoa baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
5. Add in flour, half a cup at a time, mixing until smooth. Then add in hazelnut meal.
6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
7. Distribute dough onto cookie sheet in desired sized cookie balls.
8. Bake for 15-18 minutes
(Mixture should make about 20-22 cookies.)