Cookies

December 13, 2021

Orange Hazelnut Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Orange Hazelnut Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies are a grown-up version of a classic chocolate chip cookie, with sophisticated flavor combinations, but satisfying nostalgia. 

These Orange Hazelnut Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies will make a classy addition to your holiday cookie plate, and a sure-to-impress cookie to gift to loved ones this holiday season. They’re big winners with everyone I’ve shared them with so far! Friend and family have been happy recipients of test batches of these cookies. They provided great fuel for a busy day of volunteering at a holiday bazaar in November. 

Again, I got this combination of flavors stuck in my mind this season, and I couldn’t rest until they came together in a delectable cookie for you. I love each of these flavors separately, and in varieties of combinations, but I had never before put all of them together. I may never go back to plain chocolate chip cookies again, as the espresso powder enhances the rich flavor so nicely…and then the bursts of bright orange zest cut through the richness of the butter and sugar…just wow. The orange also lends distinct seasonality to these cookies, as we head full on into winter citrus season. 

Make these Orange Hazelnut Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies this holiday season, for all the grown-up yet kids-at-heart loved ones in your life. 

Ingredients assembled for Orange Hazelnut Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
Assemble your ingredients.

Stages of making the cookie dough
Prepare the dough in a stand mixer or large mixing bowl.

Cookie dough on a baking sheet, side-by-side with baked cookies just out of the oven
Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to drop dough onto a baking sheet, then bake cookies until just set in the center.

Cookies cooling on a wire rack
Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Orange Hazelnut Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies on a wire rack next to a plate with cookies and a large mug of coffee
The flavor combinations in these cookies are sure to impress!

A stack of Orange Hazelnut Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies on a white plate
Orange Hazelnut Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies don't last long at my house!

Orange Hazelnut Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Orange Hazelnut Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies are a grown-up version of a classic chocolate chip cookie, with sophisticated flavor combinations, but satisfying nostalgia.

Author:

Kira Freed - The Joyful Plateful

Prep:

15

min

cook:

10

min

total:

25

min

Ingredients

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Zest of 1 navel orange

2 Tbsp. instant espresso powder

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. baking soda

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup hazelnuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside. 
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until fluffy. (Or, if you don’t have a stand mixer, use a hand mixer and a large mixing bowl to make the dough.)
  3. To the butter and sugar mixture, add the eggs, vanilla extract, and orange zest. Beat to combine well. 
  4. Add the instant espresso powder to the wet ingredients, and mix again to combine. 
  5. Add the salt, baking soda, and flour to the wet ingredients, and mix until just incorporated. 
  6. Add the chocolate chips and chopped hazelnuts, and mix again until they are evenly distributed in the dough. 
  7. Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to drop dough onto prepared baking sheet. 
  8. Bake at 375 degrees F for 9-11 minutes, until just set in the center. 
  9. Remove cookies from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. (Note: The baked cookies will appear quite dark, even overdone, but don’t worry! It’s the espresso powder that deepens the color.)
  10. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 
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February 28, 2024
Elisabeth
Worked great and made tons of leftovers!