Tuesday, May 07, 2013

chocolate hazelnut shortbread




Nutella...dark chocolate...shortbread...OH MY!!!

As a longtime follower of the unrivaled blog, Yummy Mummy Kitchen, the day Marina Delio's cookbook, The Yummy Mummy Kitchen, was released, I was in my kitchen patiently waiting, and listening for the sound of the UPS truck. I knew the truck would be carrying my much anticipated, pre-ordered copy from Amazon.







I anxiously ripped open the box!  I was immediately drawn to the front cover and "100 Effortless And Irresistible Recipes To Nourish Your Family With Style And Grace," which couldn't have been expressed more appropriately! Style and grace...not only describes the cookbook, but also the author!  A hand-signed bookplate from Marina (see bottom of post), which she graciously sent everyone with verification of their pre-order, arrived a few days later, and adorns the beautiful grass green inside front cover!









I literally created this "yummy" shortbread the day of my cookbook's arrival.  A simple recipe, with ingredients already in my pantry, I put the rolls of dough in the fridge to chill, and went right back to browsing the gorgeous cookbook!  Did you notice I said rolls?  As in two!  I doubled the recipe, knowing it was going to be fabulous, and had someone in mind to surprise with a special sophisticated baked gift!

Placing all the ingredients in a bowl, and mixing them up with my hands, as instructed, what a pleasure it was cleaning off my fingers afterwards!  Yum!!  The following morning, I removed the rolls from the fridge, sliced and baked!

Created with a couple of my best-loved ingredients, in one of my favorite cookie varieties, the distinctive hazelnut flavor of Nutella, the smooth, creamy chunks of deep, dark chocolate, and the tinge of saltiness from the fleur de sel (or sea salt), make this shortbread unforgettable.

Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread is absolutely delightful...for the most elegant of occasions, a lovely gift, or to accompany an afternoon cup of espresso.

Until next time...mangia!  xox

Carol






Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread
Makes about 15 cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup nutella
1 ounce or 1/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped (I used Scharffen Berger 62% Cacao Dark Chocolate)
1 teaspoon fleur de sel, or a good-quality course sea salt

Create the Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread:

In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients together with your hands.  Shape into a 2-inch wide log on a large piece of plastic wrap.  Tightly wrap and refrigerate over-night, or at least 2-3 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 1/4-inch slices.  Place the slices on the cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  The cookies should be just set, not crisp.  Cool on a wire rack.

Carol's note:

After taking my photos, I tried a little something extra.  Having a bottle of Frangelico on hand, an Italian hazelnut liqueur, I decided to create a Frangelico glaze, and drizzled it on half of my doubled recipe.  This is definitely not necessary, but an added sweet deliciousness to the shortbread, for a little change of pace! :)

1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Frangelico
1 tablespoon milk (or another tablespoon Frangelico)

Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl.  Add a little more or less of the dry or liquid ingredients to reach a desired consistency.  Place the shortbread on a wire rack with parchment underneath to catch the drippings.  Drizzle the Frangelico glaze over the shortbread, and allow to dry.





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54 comments:

  1. These look delicious Carol! And I happen to have all the ingredients too...I feel the urge to bake coming on! Martha

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    1. Hahaha, Martha! I get those urges too! You'll have to let me know what you think! ...and enjoy licking off your fingers after you mix it all together! ;} Thanks so much for stopping by, Martha, and enjoy your week!

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  2. Carol, the cookies are beautiful, but your photos are exceptional. Someday I'll be waiting for the UPS truck to bring me your photo book of beautiful recipes!

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  3. Wow Carol, these are some seriously gorgeous cookies. I can't tell you how lovely chocolate and hazelnut sound right now!

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    1. Good morning, Jocelyn! Thank you so very much! They are seriously delicious, too!!

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  4. These look fabulous Carol! I love Nutella and shortbread so this is a perfect combo for me. I think I need to get me a copy of that cookbook! I love your very sunny flowers, I have the very same ones in my garden but they got destroyed by the last snow fall.

    Nazneen

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    1. Morning, Nazneen! I totally recommend the cookbook...it's truly beautiful! My book automatically opened to the shortbread page, I read the quick, short recipe, and mixed it up in no time.

      I know exactly what you mean about the snow on the forsythia shrubs. The same thing happened to mine last year, so the flower buds were destroyed. Thanks for stopping by!!

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  5. Beautiful, beautiful photos! These cookies grabbed my attention. Sounds so easy and featuring two of my favorite ingredients. I bet they taste great, and make great gifts! (Do you really literally mix it all together with your hands?!)

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    1. Hi Monica! Thanks so much for stopping by, and also for your lovely comment! Yep, you literally mix it with your {clean} hands. With the ingredients being so creamy, it's the only way to have control over being sure everything is mixed together well. I questioned it from the cookbook, too, but when I made them, I could see why! :)

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  6. I'm a shortbread sucker from way back, I LOVE this! Everything about it, the chocolate, the Nutella, the way your rolled them, the photos, everything , I love it all!

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    1. Oh, so am I, Chris!! Thank you so much for stopping by, and for your kind words! So appreciated!

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  7. These look wonderful. I've never met a shortbread I didn't like!

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    1. Thanks, Jen! I haven't met one either...love shortbread!

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  8. I was drawn to these shortbread when I saw them in Marina's book too - they look irresistible, and now I really must try them :).

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    1. I TOTALLY recommend them, Laura! Obviously. :) My daughter tried them, and said it's now her favorite cookie...that's saying a lot!

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  9. Unfortunatelly we have no shortbreads and scones in Russian shops! But I love them so much...despite that I've tasted only scones))) Shortbreads look very eliciouse! Hope I'll prepare them some day)))

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    1. Oh, Elen...you MUST bake some shortbread so you can taste it! It's SO easy to make! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  10. These look great Carol! I also love the visual of you ripping open a book like its a Christmas present :) Sweet + salt elements are always my favorite.

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    1. LOL! Thanks for your sweet comment, Francesca! I get a little too excited at times...it's the little things! :)

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  11. Love it! I cannot get over how good your photographs look!

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  12. Wow! Love the photos - Want the cookies! :D
    (Don't you adore hands-on cookie dough!)

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    1. Thanks, Val! I especially like the clean-up of hands-on dough! ;)

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  13. GORGEOUS!!!! I looove these cookies, these photos, and Marina's blog!! And it helps that she is an absolute doll! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Kate! Isn't she adorable! She was one of my very early blog followers and I remember feeling so honored! :)

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  14. I recently learned about Maria's site (actually from IG). Just like I didn't know your blog for a long time, I miss a lot of good things!! I need to be more alert! I love how simple this shortbread is and like that the cookies are just right amount (otherwise I will eat them all!). Beautiful pictures, Carol!

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    1. Nami, you're so sweet! I'm so happy I found your blog too! ...and especially since your blog smiles just like your beautiful personality!!

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  15. Love your photography! And the chocolate nutella shortbread looks amazing!

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    1. Hi Donna! So happy you stopped by! Thanks so much!

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  16. Picture perfect as always! I have never eaten nutella but my daughter Libbey loves it. We already decided that we will have to make these. I love your blog Carol!

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    1. OH my dearest Fran!!! Buy a jar immediately, stick a spoon in it - and eat it off the spoon! Enough said!!! xox

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  17. A blob of nutella inside the shortbread, that´s fantastic Carol! And your pics are so so gorgeous! I get the same anticipation when I know a package from amazon carrying cookbooks is supposed to arrive.

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    1. Isn't receiving a new cookbook the greatest Paula? My daughter, son and I share a Prime membership from Amazon for instant gratification! :) Thanks for your sweet comment, and so happy things are going better for you! xox

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  18. Oh my is right! I love chocolate shortbread - it was one of my favorite cookies growing up, so it brings back such great memories. Adding nutella and sea salt is a great twist! Your pictures are beautiful, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Cate! I'm so glad it brings back fond memories...I love foods that create memories! My 27 year old daughter has now declared this her favorite cookie, so I guess it must be pretty good, and now start a nice tradition! :) Thank you for your kind words, and for stopping by!

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  19. Chocolate hazelnut shortbread sounds so yummy! It looks gorgeous too, your photos are so pretty!

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    1. Good morning, Rosie! Thank you!! I really enjoyed taking the photos with the espresso cups...they seemed to pair so well together!

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  20. So pretty, Carol! Have a wonderful Mother's Day Weekend...hopefully eating some of these cookies :)

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    1. Thanks so much, sweet Averie! I will be stopping by to see what's new on Averie Cooks, and to wish you a Happy Mother's Day too!!!

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  21. Your photos of these beautiful cookies are breathtaking, Carol! I bet they are every bit as delicious as they look!

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    1. You're too kind, Faith! Thank you so very much!!! They were wonderful cookies, highly recommend!

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  22. Carol, your photos are incredibly beautiful as always. Your right about how elegant and delightful these cookies are - they make me want to take out my lacy gloves, antique teapot set and gather some ladies wearing wide rimmed hats and pearls to nibble on them daintily. Then again, I'd also happily munch on these in my sweats at home, brushing crumbs off my lap. Happy Friday!

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    1. Good afternoon, Nancy! So happy you stopped by!! Thank you for the lovely comment! Eating the shortbread in sweats sounds really good right now! :) Have a great weekend!

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  23. I love shortbread, especially with any kinds of nuts! Your photos look absolutely stunning - I will definitely be pinning a few!

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    1. Hi Julia! Thank you for visiting a cup of mascarpone! Thank you for your kind words, and for pinning! So appreciated!!

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  24. Beautiful tea cups!!!

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  25. What gorgeous photos of these delectable cookies. And the Frangelico glaze pushes them over the top!!! xo

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  26. Just when I thought these couldn't get any better, you add Frangelico glaze! Perfect!

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  27. I have that same feeling of excitement when a book is arriving (any book, really:)I bet Marina's book is as gorgeous as her blog. Your cookies are fantastic and such pretty photos, Carol!

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  28. These cookies look absolutely PERFECT! What a great glaze and your photos are just stunning. Loving how simple they are yet so elegant and definitely have "Style and Grace"! Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!!!

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Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by a cup of mascarpone, and taking the time to leave a comment! I read, smile, and cherish each and every one of them! xox

Carol