Hazelnut & Peppermint Chocolate Cookies


Wow, I can’t believe Christmas is almost here. 3 more weeks to go! Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. Every year, I go back to Spain to celebrate the holidays with my family. This year I am also going with my baby girl! Exciting!

As many of you know, I love to bake. But around the holidays, I love to bake even more! Today, I made Hazelnut & Peppermint Chocolate Cookies. These cookies scream holidays! Bake them for someone special on your list or maybe just for yourself. You’re special too!

Ingredients (makes approximately 20 cookies):

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (SPOON the flour directly into the measuring cup from the container-  DO NOT scoop the flour from the container or bag directly with the measuring cup)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts (preferably roasted)
  • 9 ounces (1 bag) peppermint filled baking truffles (I used Nestle)


Whisk the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar together in a bowl until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the egg, vanilla and coffee liquor. Set aside.

In a large bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, baking soda. Pour the dry  ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix together.

Add the chopped hazelnuts and the peppermint filled baking truffles and mix together.

Put the dough in the fridge while the oven is preheating at 350F.

Line a large non-stick baking sheet. Scoop the dough into balls. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges appear set.

Cool cookies on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy, bon profit!

Hazelnut & Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

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Hola y Bienvenido/a! Hello and Welcome! My name is Ivette and I am a dual citizen! Originally, I from Catalonia, Spain but in 2014 I moved to the United States and I currently live in Maryland with my husband Richard (number 1 taster, thank you!), my baby girl Beulah my rescue dig Vicky and my two (big!) cutie cats Pintxo & Pastifa. Full house! I love Spanish food. In Spain there is always something to celebrate, gathering with friends and family… We have THREE dishes at every meal! Yes, 3! You will have a first full dish like pasta and for the second dish you will have fish/meat and then dessert, and after dessert coffee…. When I am in Spain and get together with my family (there are 31 of us!), we can start lunch at 2:30pm and finish it at 7pm… I have always loved cooking. My grandmother it is a great, great cook and I think my love of cooking is because of her. When I was in college, my favorite breaks, were getting into the kitchen and cooking or baking something. I was able to escape the normal daily routine of law school. In this blog, I would like to share some Spanish recipes as well as other delicious recipes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at joyofspanishcooking@gmail.com Bon profit!

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