Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies with Espresso Salt

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Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies with Espresso Salt

The holidays are steeped in tradition, from whether we put tiny villages on our fireplace mantles to the recipes we serve at family gatherings. I always look forward to the buckeye candies my friend makes, and my family has taken to driving around to look at the city holiday lights just like I did growing up.

Because we live so far away from the rest of our family, I keep an eye open for new traditions we can incorporate into our holiday. For me, that includes baking a new cookie each year.

While I love the standard spritz cookies and cheerful gingerbread men, I’m always looking out for something that will make a cookie “my” cookie, the cookie that will stay with me for the rest of my baking days.

I might have found it with this year’s cookie, y’all.

If you’re a Nutella fan these cookies might seem like a no-brainer to you. Hazelnuts? Check. Chocolate? Check. But is that enough to elevate a cookie and make it a mainstay of the season?

Enter the salt.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies with Espresso Salt

Not just any salt – these cookies are sprinkled with Fusion® Espresso Brava Sea Salt, giving you just the tiniest hit of coffee flavor that rounds out these cookies in a way you didn’t know was needed.

I have to admit, I didn’t know much about all the different varieties of salt. Sure, I’ve used Himalayan pink salt, chunky salt harvested from Galveston Bay, and the mainstay kosher salt. But I didn’t really realize how much of a difference salts can make, especially flavored ones.

SaltWorks sent me a box of their high-quality salts to try, and I couldn’t believe how just a small amount of the salt made every recipe I tried it in better. I’m hooked on their salts now, and I keep trying to plan my meals with the flavors in mind.

Because the products from SaltWorks are unprocessed and all-natural, you only need a little bit to make a big difference in your recipes. I love that the flavored salts are naturally infused, making for a pure product that is full of flavor, not additives.

The Espresso Brava salt on top of these cookies gives a salty-sweet hit of satisfaction. If you’re powering through the holidays like I am, you’ll need something special to get you through each day. Why not have it be these cookies?

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Each set includes 3 bowls, 3 spoons, and 5 of their Fusion® salts: Wild Porcini, Black Truffle, Spanish Rosemary, Vintage Merlot, and of course the Espresso Brava salt I used in my cookies.

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Now that you’ve entered, why not make some cookies? Reminiscent of pecan sandies, these hazelnut-studded cookies are topped with chocolate ganache before being finished with espresso salt. If you can’t get your hands on espresso salt, try it with large-flake sea salt.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies with Espresso Salt

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies with Espresso Salt
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • 1 cup whole hazelnuts
  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 ounces chopped chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Espresso Brava Sea Salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. If your hazelnuts have skins, toast them in a skillet over medium heat, shaking gently. The skins will slip off. Let cool before processing.
  3. Pulse nuts in a food processor until nuts are about pea-sized.
  4. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy, then mix in vanilla and egg. Stir in flour and hazelnuts.
  5. Scoop dough out by the tablespoon onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Gently press down slightly on each cookie. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  6. Melt chocolate and butter together in a small saucepan or in a microwave, whisking to thoroughly combine.
  7. Top each cookie with a spoonful of chocolate. Sprinkle with a pinch of Espresso Brava Sea Salt.
  8. Let cookies cool, and if desired, put in the refrigerator to firm up chocolate. Store in a covered container.


Disclaimer: I received a sample of products from SaltWorks for the purpose of review, and was compensated for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

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25 Responses to Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies with Espresso Salt

  1. Hector November 11, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Mesquite salt has a very special place in my heart. Thank you for the giveaway!


  2. Aimee @ Simple Bites November 11, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Cannot wait to try these, Megan. I’m totally pumped for holiday baking!


  3. Sarah November 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Artisan Fleur de Sel


  4. Andrea November 12, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    I think if I were to try the espresso salt, it would be my favorite!


  5. Reagan Foy November 12, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    These look amazing…can’t wait to give them a try.


  6. Linda November 12, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Gorgeous cookies! I love savory with my sweet.


  7. Kristina November 12, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    My favorite salt is the pink hawaiian ash or truffle salt hmmm it’s a toss up. I have never heard of those salts and I bet they would be super fun to work with. (Love the recipe you made) I will share this.


  8. Jennifer November 12, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    Spanish Rosemary!!!


  9. Reagan Foy November 12, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    I love Hawaiian Sea Salt!


  10. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies November 12, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    I’m boring, but I love Maldon as an everyday salt. That vintage merlot salt has me intrigued though!


  11. Kimberly Ann November 12, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Vintage Merlot sounds incredible.


  12. Allison November 12, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    I don’t use many specialty salts but would love to try them! I do have and enjoy the lovely Murray River Flake Salt.


  13. Morgan November 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    The Sea Salt would be a staple in my house but I’d love to try the Black Truffle and Vintage Merlot flavors too!


  14. shelby November 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    sea salt I guess. I’ve never really tried any specialty salts before…would love to win these!


  15. Kay November 13, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    What type of chocolate do you use? I know a rich, dark chocolate would be awesome with these cookies, but my kiddo favors milk chocolate. Or maybe I just use what I want, and if he converts to being a dark chocolate lover, all the better! :-)


    Megan Reply:

    @Kay, I used 60% dark chocolate chips because that’s what I had on hand, but I think milk chocolate would be great!


  16. Kay November 13, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    I’m already thinking about sprinkling scrambled eggs with truffle salt, and wondering how brie with a dash of Merlot salt would taste.


  17. Heather November 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Love the idea of espresso salt… could be used for sweet, like your cookies above, or as a rub for steak, pork, etc!


  18. kelly rae November 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    himalyan sea salt


  19. Kat November 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    I’d like to use celery salt on scrambled eggs.


  20. Mad Betty November 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I love fancy salt. We regularly use Pink Himalayan Salt, but when I want something really special I’ll use Smoked Black Sea Salt.


  21. Virginia November 14, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Salt…any kind of seasoning is amazing! Flavored salt makes it even better!


  22. angel November 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Sea Salt is what I use most but this espresso salt looks divine !


  23. Sarah November 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Just discovering flavored salts now, and am always intrigued by the sweeter varieties – that espresso salt sounds fabulous!



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