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I keep all of my nuts in the freezer. I like to have lots of varieties on hand, and since I don’t want them to go bad, I keep them in the freezer to give them a longer shelf life. And because they are basically “out of sight, out of mind,” I often forget what I have in there. So, not surprisingly, sometimes I will go into the freezer to discover I have a TON of one kind of nut. And since they don’t last forever, even though they are in the freezer, I sometimes have to use some up, just so that I won’t lose them.

That is what happened when I decided to make these hazelnut cookies. Hazelnut usually screams out Christmas to me – and yes, I did find this recipe in a December issue of a magazine, but really, these cookies could be enjoyed year-round. In fact, I think they are a great chocolate cookie to eat in the summer, since the chocolate won’t be melting all over your hands in the heat!

The recipe doesn’t specify whether the hazelnuts should be skinned or not, so I decided to be lazy and leave the skins on mine. And I think that is why they have more of a gray tint to them instead of brown. And they didn’t hold their shape as well as the picture in the magazine, but they sure were tasty! If you are a fan of meringue cookies, this you’ll love this one!

Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringue Kisses
from Cooking Light December 2008

Makes 4 dozen

1/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
dash of salt
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325F.

Combine first 3 ingredients in a food processor; process until finely ground. Combine hazelnut mixture, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and cornstarch in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.

Place egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Add granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating at high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold hazelnut mixture and vanilla into egg mixture.

Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spoon egg white mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round tip. Pipe 48 (1 1/2-inch-round) mounds onto prepared baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes or until meringues are done and dry to the touch. (Meringues are done when surface is dry and meringues can be removed from paper without sticking to fingers.) Turn oven off; partially open oven door. Cool meringues in oven 30 minutes. Remove from oven; carefully remove meringues from paper.

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23 Responses to Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringue Kisses

  1. Maria says:

    Chocolate and hazelnut, my favorite combo! Love these!

  2. kristina says:

    Those look delicious. And I think chocolate and hazelnut are most definitely a year-round combination. Wouldn't want to be without Nutella! K x

  3. Ingrid says:

    Yup, I like meringue cookies and it's been since high school that I made any. I do believe I have hazelnuts in my freezer! :)
    ~ingrid

  4. Katerina says:

    I do this too, although I usually have the reverse problem and think I have nuts when I don't!

  5. Jean Bugs says:

    These really look good!!!

  6. Marly says:

    I love hazelnuts too, but I only eat them in heavy, chocolatey recipes. This is the perfect light dessert! I can' wait to try these.

  7. Talita says:

    I don't need to taste to tell how delicious these kisses are. I can see on the pics!

  8. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Those look absolutely delicious, Deborah! Hazelnut and chocolate is my most favorite combination! :)

    PS – I just checked out your family blog, and your daughter is just precious! :)

  9. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A great combo! always a winner! What pretty Meringue Kisses!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  10. PheMom says:

    Chocolate and hazelnut can't go wrong and your cookies look fabulous!

  11. Abby says:

    I love hazelnuts, too. And meringues are SO easy to make. LOVE them.

  12. eatme_delicious says:

    I'm just like you. I like having lots of nuts in my freezer so I can make any recipe! This reminds me that I have a big bag of hazelnuts so this is perfect. The next time I have some egg whites I will try to make it!

  13. Karine says:

    Your kisses look great! They make me hungry!

  14. Emily says:

    OOoooh baby! Those cookies look perfect. I love hazelnuts. I see myself definitely making these soon.

  15. Indigo says:

    I've never thought to keep nuts in the freezer; that's a brilliant idea! Thanks so much for that tip! And these look gorgeous; I'd love to sandwich them with nutella ^__^.

  16. kat says:

    Love chocolate & hazelnuts together!

  17. Grace says:

    in the past, i've found meringue cookies to be useless. however, the ones i ate didn't contain chocolate. or hazelnuts. that said, these would no doubt be highly enjoyable little nibbles. :)

  18. kamailesfood says:

    I love Nutella and I bet I would love these. Chocolate and hazelnuts are a great combo.

  19. Tangled Noodle says:

    These are so delicious! And I recognize the photo – I think we were side by side (or very close to each other) on Tastespotting! 8-)

  20. ♥Rosie♥ says:

    A great combo of flavours,chocolate and hazelnut. Your kisses look delicious.

  21. Zoe says:

    this is my favorite combo! I must make these!

  22. Chanel11 says:

    I made these and my husband loved them so much he made me make them again – except mine weren't as white and perfect as yours, they still tasted great though :)

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