Spiced Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

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Christiana George
Christiana Georgehttps://www.thetarttart.com/
Welcome to The Tart Tart, my not-so-tart take on food, writing, and photography. I decided to start up this sucker after repeated nagging from Chris, my fiance, who cannot understand why the sight of a farmer’s market would send me into ecstatic convulsions (okay, total overstatement. I can be quite the histrionic at times).With that said, my interests, though chiefly in food, also span fashion, design, literature, and photography. So don’t mind the seemingly non sequitur odds and ends I toss in posts at times.

My house is a real disaster zone right now.  I am up to my eyeballs in boxes, packing tape, and bubble wrap.  I have about three quarters of the house packed so far, and can’t wait to be done.  In an effort to keep sane, I thought I would take a short break and make some cookies.  I was in the mood for something dark and chocolatey.  When Oh! Nuts sent me those dried pineapple bits and sliced guava I used for my last recipe, they had also sent a huge bag of hazelnuts.  Dark chocolate and hazelnuts sounded like a great match!

I based this recipe off my Chocolate Ginger Cookies recipe.  I liked how soft and chewy they were and I liked the chocolate and spice combo.  But I didn’t want a ginger flavor, so I went for nutmeg this time around and I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa for a darker, deeper flavor.

The hazelnuts that Oh! Nuts sent were already skinned, so that saved me a lot of time.  They taste delicious right out of the bag, but I wanted to toast them a bit in the oven before adding them to the cookies.  It gave them a more woodsy flavor, which I thought would go nicely with the spices I was using.  I just laid them out on a lined cookie pan and toasted them for 10 minutes at 350ºF.

If you are looking for a different nuts, seeds, or nut butters, Oh! Nuts has a wide variety.  Just go to 

This picture just makes me want to dig in right now and eat the dough right out of the bowl.  

Wow!  I think I may like nutmeg more in my cookies than ginger.  It really brought the dark chocolate and toasted hazelnuts to a new level.  I love all the textures too, the chewiness of the cookies themselves, the gooeyness of the dark chocolate chips, the crunchiness of the hazelnuts. They were a hit with my daughter and husband.  I had to freeze some before we ate them all.  We are going to need snacks on moving day.

Spiced Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

by The Sweet Chick

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Keywords: bake dessert snack dark chocolate dark chocolate chips hazelnut nutmeg cookie American fall winter

Ingredients (36 cookies)

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped, toasted hazelnuts


Preheat oven to 375º F.

In a stand mixer, place the flour, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, cocoa and sugar. Mix on low speed for 2 minutes.

Then add the butter, molasses, egg, and milk. Mix on low until well blended.

Next add oats, chocolate chips, and hazelnuts. Mix on low until all incorporated.

With a cookie scoop measure out dough and place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

Bake 8-10 minutes at 375º F ( I found that 8 minutes was enough time to keep the cookies soft and chewy with a slight crispiness on the outside, but everyone’s oven is different).

Remove from the oven and place on cooling racks until completely cooled.

Grab a glass of cold milk or a mug of coffee and a couple of cookies and enjoy!

Disclaimer: Oh! Nuts did provide me with some of the products used to make this recipe, but I was under no obligation to develop a recipe for them nor provide a favorable review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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