With all of the talk of cookie exchange parties, I couldn't resist making one of my favorites, oatmeal with chocolate chips, hazelnuts and cocoa nibs. I love the texture of oatmeal cookies but can't stand them with raisins so I began experimenting with different additions. It started with only chocolate chips and slowly grew to other ingredients.
After many trials, the conclusion was clear: creamy chocolate chips, roasted hazelnuts, and crunchy cocoa nibs all nestled in a chewy oatmeal cookie. The nibs are not completely necessary, but do provide a more intense chocolate flavor without amplifying the sweetness. They are essential for any chocoholic. If you want to add a little more to your oatmeal cookie keep reading.
Original Recipe Ingredients 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened Directions Makes about 3 dozen.
Ultimate Oatmeal Cookie: Hazelnut Chocolate Chip
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
3/4 cup hazelnuts, roasted, finely chopped
3/4 cup Guittard Semi Sweet Chocolate chips
1/4 cup Scharffen Berger Cacao Nibs
1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
Makes about 3 dozen.