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Olive Oil Spelt flour Cookies with Chocolate and Hazelnuts

Nicoletta February 12, 2020

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Olive Oil Spelt flour Cookies with Chocolate and Hazelnuts. Delicious and fragrant, these cookies are butter-free, egg-free and have no yeast nor baking powder.  The olive oil, cocoa, dark chocolate, and hazelnuts give these cookies a rich taste while keeping them light. They have little sugar (raw cane sugar) and spelt flour which provides an additional nuttiness and wholesomeness. 

Song of the day: Love – Imagine Dragons 

Olive oil spelt flour cookies with chocolate and hazelnuts

If you are looking for cookies that are light and yet do not give up on taste, try this recipe for Olive Oil Spelt flour Cookies with Chocolate and Hazelnuts. Fragrant and wholesome, they are butter-free, egg-free, and have no leavening. They are delicious, perfect also for those who don’t like sweets that are too sweet (me!). They are crumbly, with a beautiful crunch from the hazelnuts and the dark chocolate chunks. Try them at breakfast or with an afternoon tea!

 

 

How to Make Olive Oil Spelt flour Cookies with Chocolate and Hazelnuts

The Ingredients

A good rule in the kitchen is to have all the ingredients ready. To make these cookies you can use a stand mixer or go the old way by hand, as I did. You will need:

  • spelt flour (you can use all-purpose flour if you prefer)
  • unsweetened cocoa
  • raw cane sugar (you could also use honey but you have to reduce the amount by 20%)
  • olive oil (I used e.v.o. oil)
  • milk (any kind, also plant-based)
  • dark chocolate (chips are fine, I prefer to use dark chocolate –fondente in Italian- with at least 72% cocoa that I roughly chop with a knife)
  • hazelnuts (I used a food processor to chop the hazelnuts. Don’t grind them too fine, it is nice to have the crunch from the bigger pieces of hazelnuts).

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  • In a large bowl, I added the flour with the cocoa, and the sugar. Gave a quick stir, then added the coarsely chopped hazelnuts.
  • After I blended in the hazelnuts, I added the olive oil and gave a quick stir.
  • Then, I added the dark chocolate chunks (or chips). I mixed with a wooden spoon until a granular mixture was obtained.
  • Slowly I poured the milk in.
  • Then I mixed with a wooden spoon until combined. 
  • Lastly, I finished kneading lightly with my hands until I got the consistency of a short pastry.
  • On a lightly floured work surface (my usual wood board), I rolled out the dough with a rolling pin to a thickness of about 5 mm. Since Valentine’s day is fast approaching I decided to use a heart-shaped cookie cutter, together with a round cutter.
  • I cut out shapes with the help of the cookie cutters (you can use any shape you like), re-rolling the scraps of dough until all the dough was finished. TIP: Use a spatula to lift the cookies from the board to the cookie sheet.
  • I placed the cookies, spacing them apart, on my new KitchenAid non-stick cookie sheet (you can use any baking sheet lined with parchment paper).
  • Lastly, I baked them in the preheated oven (350°F/180°C) for about 15-20 minutes.

These Olive Oil Spelt flour Cookies with Chocolate and Hazelnuts smell so good! It must be the fragrance from the olive oil, the cocoa, the chocolate, and the nuts! I am not used to baking for Valentine’s day but I think they look pretty and wouldn’t be a bad idea to celebrate love.

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The Taste Test

These cookies are delicious! Perfect for those who don’t like sweets that are too sweet (like me!). They are not crunchy but crumbly, the crunch coming from the hazelnuts and the dark chocolate chunks. The olive oil gives a light earthy note and the spelt flour a lovely nuttiness. They would also be good with a touch of cinnamon, or vanilla, or a citrus zest. We had them at breakfast and also with afternoon tea. Equally delicious. As usual, I brought some to work to share with my co-workers, and they were very much appreciated.

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This time of the year I am always in Rome, back at work, so I cannot spend Valentine’s day with my husband. I am pretty sure, though, Loreto would have loved these cookies. I can see him pop open our tin cookie box. I would be upstairs sleeping and be woken by the pop of the tin lid. It’s our ‘cookie monster’ (aka Loreto) out for his late night snack. In the morning I would notice a few cookies missing. A few, meaning more than two, and the milk stained glass in the sink. I am smiling because it is so cute; would like to catch him on camera dead in the act with his hand in the cookie tin. That would have been a great way to finish this post!

Loreto claims it’s not his fault, it’s the cats’ fault because they wake him up at night. He also says that if I didn’t make such scrumptious goodies he would not have the urge to eat them, lol.

If you have a cookie monster who lingers late at night near the cookie jar, make some of these Olive Oil Spelt flour Cookies with Chocolate and Hazelnuts, and get ready with your camera, lol.

Enjoy!

  Song of the day: Love – Imagine Dragons 

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Olive Oil Spelt flour Cookies with Chocolate and Hazelnuts

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 35 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

  • 300 g light spelt flour
  • 100 g cane sugar
  • 100 g hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 80 g extra virgin olive oil (or a light olive oil)
  • 40 g unsweetened cocoa
  • 80 g dark chocolate, chopped (or chocolate chips)
  • 135140 ml milk (any kind)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (180°C)
  2. In a large bowl, sift the flour with the cocoa, add the sugar and the coarsely chopped hazelnuts.
  3. Add the olive oil and dark chocolate chunks (or chips), stirring until a granular mixture is obtained.
  4. Slowly pour the milk in, mixing until you get the consistency of a short pastry.
  5. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough with a rolling pin to a thickness of about 5 mm.
  6. Cut out shapes with the help of a heart shaped cookie cutter or any shape you like, re-rolling the scraps until all dough is finished.
  7. Place the cookies, spacing them apart, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them for about 15-20 minutes.

Notes

If you use a plant-based milk these cookies are also vegan.

You can add some flavoring, like vanilla, or cinnamon, perfect compliment to both the cocoa and hazelnuts.

Stored in a tightly closed box, the cookies will remain crumbly for about a week.

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18 Comments

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    Reply Alexa February 17, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Cookie Monster 🤚

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 18, 2020 at 12:47 am

      He’s active especially at night 😉 .

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    Reply LaKita February 20, 2020 at 10:42 am

    I’ve never given spelt flour a try but this recipe definitely makes me want to try using it to make a batch of these for breakfast!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 21, 2020 at 2:39 am

      Hi Lakita, thank you! Spelt flour is amazing in baked goods and so much more digestible than regular flour. Hope you give these cookies a try!

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    Reply Pam Greer February 21, 2020 at 7:04 am

    I bought some spelt flour for a banana bread recipe and didn’t know what to do with the rest of it!! Now, I can’t wait to make these cookies!! Perfect!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 22, 2020 at 11:47 pm

      Ohhh I love spelt flour banana bread! Hope you try, it’s pretty good to make cookies.

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    Reply Tatiana February 21, 2020 at 7:59 am

    This came just in time for my weekend! I’m going to a small party and had no idea what to bring – those cookies will be a sensation, I just know it!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 22, 2020 at 11:48 pm

      Thank you! These cookies would be so nice to bring to party!

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    Reply Amanda February 21, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    I’ve never made cookies with spelt flour, but they came out so delicious! The olive oil adds such a nice richness. Love them!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 22, 2020 at 11:49 pm

      Thank you so much! They are rich and decadent while being wholesome and light.

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    Reply Marisa F. Stewart February 22, 2020 at 11:42 am

    I’ve never used spelt flour in desserts, I’ve always used it in breads. We like the taste so now I’m going to give these cookies a try. I also like the use of olive oil in the dough. Can’t wait to taste them, from the looks and description I know they’ll be out of this world good.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 22, 2020 at 11:50 pm

      Spelt flour is amazing! I make cookies, cakes, bread, pasta, brioche, etc. Hope you try, you are going to love it! Thank you!

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    Reply Danielle February 23, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Ah, these are so cute. I really like how they look and I am excited to make a big batch of these some time next week!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 24, 2020 at 2:36 am

      Thanks! They are cute and tasty.A great option for a wholesome cookie.

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    Reply Debbie February 23, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    I have never tried spelt flour but I want to give it a try with these adorable cookies. These sound perfect with afternoon coffee, I can not wait.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 24, 2020 at 2:37 am

      They go so well with tea and coffee! thank you!

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    Reply Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life February 23, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    I’ve made spelt bread before but never spelt cookies. I’m definitely going to have to give this a try. The chocolate/hazelnut combo sounds heavenly!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 24, 2020 at 2:38 am

      I make spelt cakes, cookies, pasta, bread, loaves, everything. It’s truly amazing. Hope you try!

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