Scientifically Sweet: Hazelnut Espresso Cookies

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hazelnut Espresso Cookies

Do you have a minute? I promise this wont take very long.

I want to discuss something....something of great importance.

What makes a cookie breakfast-worthy?

      Does it have to contain fruit? How about nuts?

Does the first ingredient need to be either a) eggs, or b) bacon? Weird.

      Should you be able to spread peanut butter or jam on it?

Or, can it just have "espresso" in the name?

      Yes. I like the last one.

I have an addiction. I belong to a club where the only thing to eat for breakfast is cookies. Anybody else in that club? (or want to be in the club?)

If the cookie is somewhat lower in fat....and contains coffee...then it's legit right?

Please don't give me that look.

No. I'm not trying to pull you down with me....but I can't just talk about these Hazelnut Espresso Cookies without giving you the recipe. That would be mean, and I'm not a mean person.

So if you get addicted to cookies at breakfast too, then you have only yourself to blame. And maybe me...just a little bit.

These not-too-sweet cookies really are on the lower side of the fat's the truth. The combination of coffee, allspice and hint of cinnamon is kinda exotic and just delicious. The texture is more on the softer side, with slightly crisp edges.

I got the inspiration to make these cookies not only from my morning cookie-eating addiction, but from the delicious cappuccino my Dad made for me when we went down for a visit last weekend. The goof always gives himself extra foam though.

Not fair.

These are icebox cookies, in that you roll the dough into a log and then refrigerate it for as little as 1 hour or up to 3 days. When you're ready to bake, you just slice the log, lay the rounds flat on your baking sheet and Bob's your uncle! Easy, fast and damn tasty.

Dunk these guys in your morning coffee and I'll be seeing you at the next club meeting!

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  1. I think if it has any kind of "breakfast food" (including espresso) in it, it can be consumed for breakfast.

    And what is it about slicing icebox cookies that is so satisfying? It's one of my favorite things about baking.

  2. Cookies for breakfast?! yes!! I am a coffee addict. Those cookies look wonderful. I'll be giving them a try soon. :)

  3. Mmm, yeah, I'd like to be a part of that club. Sign me up! I love the idea of the espresso and hazelnuts together here, and they look delicious!

  4. Thats a delicious combination, I only recently tried coffee in my cookies. But I won't join the club, there is a risk of it becoming a habit:)

  5. I have a theory: Eat as many cookies/slices of cake/left over desserts as you want in the morning, because you'll totally burn it all off during the day.
    It works for me. :)

    These look amazing by the way! Definitely have to give them a try.

  6. Deliziosi con il caffè del mattino ♥

  7. coffee, cinnemon, hazelnuts...what else!! they're amazing !!!

  8. This is my kind of cookie! They almost look like shortbread. Oh, just delicious!

  9. Hello and yummy! great gorgeous blog.

  10. WOW! Those both sounds and looks divine! I could love a couple of those right now ;) Bookmarked!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  11. These sound amazing :)
    And for everyone looking to take the guilt out of eating a cookie for breakfast you could sub the butter for homemade applesauce.
    I'll be sure to try these out very soon.
    P.S. Your blurbs are lots of fun!


  12. I made these cookies and they were great, a big hit with the people for whom I made them. I did take an extra step and dip them in melted chocolate. Yum.

  13. I will make these for sure!!!! LOVE hazelnuts!

  14. i made these this afternoon for my best friend's birthday. she LOVES coffee and hazelnuts, so these were the perfect cookies. delicious!

  15. I made these for a cookie exchange with my co-workers and they were a big hit! I love these, they aren't very sweet at all, which I like, and the flavors are wonderful!


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