Chocolate Chip and Hazelnut Biscuits

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Earlier on the in the year we finally had to capitulate and buy ourselves a new refrigerator.  It had been long overdue but we kept putting it off not seeing anything we liked, and having a very small fridge space in our kitchen, not finding the right size.  So when we bit the bullet, we got a lovely little bonus which was a massive food hamper. Full of delights like couscous, fresh coffee beans, arborio rice, spices, italian pasta… the good stuff you could say.  And in amongst those goodies was a packet of pre-mixed cookies that just needed some butter and milk to bake.  Feeling lazy one day I decided to give them a go and was surprised with a lovely hazelnut and choc chip cookie.  Since then I’ve been thinking of trying to recreate the mix, finally today I decided that I should give it a shot.

I borrowed idea’s and quantities from other recipes, (in particular this walnut and coffee biscuit recipe) seeking textures I know I love, with the practical balance that I know is needed in baking to make a recipe work.  And I’m delighted to say, this was the result….a light, flavoursome and morish biscuit to treat yourself with.

Chocolate Chip & Hazelnut Biscuits.

  • 125g soft butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used milk, but I think next time I’ll try dark choc)
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut meal
  • 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • zest 1/2 orange

Cream your butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, add the vanilla and orange zest.  In a separate bowl sift your plain flour, cornflour and baking powder.  Then add your other dried ingredients: wholemeal flour, hazelnut meal, choc chips.  Combine your butter mixture into the dry ingredients rubbing in to blend well, then add the milk to complete the dough.  This should end up quite a firm mix that sticks to itself.

Place teaspoon sized balls of dough onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for approx 15 mins or until golden brown.  Will make approx 30 biscuits.

Happy Cooking & Happy Eating.

Leah

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