Epic Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bites Recipe

Indulge your taste buds in a heavenly fusion of rich, dark chocolate and the nutty goodness of hazelnuts with our delectable Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bites. This delightful recipe is a true testament to the magic that happens when you combine two beloved flavors in one bite-sized treat. Perfect for those seeking a touch of sophistication in their dessert, or for anyone simply looking to satisfy their sweet tooth, these little bites are as easy to make as they are delightful to savor.

Whether you’re preparing them for a special occasion or just to elevate your everyday snacking experience, our Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bites are bound to become a cherished addition to your recipe repertoire. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that’s as luxurious as it is delicious. Let’s dive into the recipe and create a bite-sized masterpiece that will leave your taste buds craving for more.

If you’re a regular reader of Singlerecipe.com, I’m sure you’re a fan of my friend David Lebovitz’s as well, And if you’re a fan of his, you must also know that he’s not only an über-blogger but a prolific cookbook writer, with many successful books under his proverbial belt. But the one that had my heart, and still does, is his first, Room for Dessert. A number of recipes in that book have made their way into my baking repertoire, and the book has coffee, butter, and molasses stains to prove that too.

The cookies I made last week are one of those recipes from this book. He calls it Black and White Cookies, made with ground almond and bittersweet chocolate, rolled in powdered sugar. These cookies are cute as buttons, and just about the same size too, absolutely the perfect size for just a bite or two of something bittersweet with your coffee. I must also admit that I don’t quite know how to leave a good recipe well enough alone, so I made mine with hazelnuts instead of almonds. The effect was really quite lovely, sort of like Nutella cookies for grown-ups.

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bites recipe

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bites Recipe
Epic Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bites Recipe 2

(adapted from David Lebovitz’s Black and White Cookies, originally published in Room for Dessert)

ingredients

  • 8oz bittersweet chocolate (I used half 72% Valrhona Araguani and half 99% Scharffen Burger for a super dark chocolate effect.)
  • 3 Tablespoon (1.5oz or 45g) butter
  • 1 1/2 T rum or whatever
  • 2 eggs at room temp
  • 1/3 cup granulate sugar 
  • 1 (heaping) cup hazelnut (toasted in a 350F oven for about 10-12 minutes, until fragrant, and then let stand until cool.)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of fleur de sel
  • more granulate sugar and powdered sugar for coating the cookies (I used about half a cup to one cup of each)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Chop the chocolates into small pieces. Melt the chocolate and butter together (with the liquor too if using.)
  3. You can do this in a bain-marie, that’s to say in a bowl rest over a pot of simmering water. I just nuke it in the microwave. 
  4. In a mixer, whip the eggs and sugar together until they turn pale and form a ribbon, about 5 minutes. Stir in the melted chocolate.
  5. In a food processor, pulverize the nuts with the flour, then add the baking powder.
  6. Add a pinch of fleur de sel, a big pinch if you’re me. Stir the ground nut mixture into the chocolate batter. 
  7. Chill the batter in the fridge until firm, 1-2 hours.
  8. Take two small bowls, fill one about 2/3 way up with powdered sugar, and do the same with the other but this time using granulated sugar.
  9. Roll the chocolate cookie batter into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball first in the granulated sugar, then the powdered sugar.
  10. Set the cookies on two parchment-lined baking sheets, making sure they are at least 1 inch apart. 
  11. Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes, swapping the top and bottom baking sheets about halfway through the baking.
  12. These cookies are done when they are slightly firm at the edges but still soft in the center.
  13. Don’t overbake them. Once they have cooled, store the cookies in an airtight container.

(For this batch, I forgot to roll my cookies in the sugar before they went into the oven. Not a problem really, I just did it after they were done baking. They were perhaps not quite as pretty, but no less delicious.)

In conclusion, our Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bites are a true culinary delight that offers a blend of decadence and simplicity. With the deep, velvety notes of dark chocolate harmonizing with the satisfying crunch of hazelnuts, this recipe is a testament to the notion that great desserts need not be complicated. Whether you’re whipping them up as a sweet surprise for friends and family or as a self-indulgent treat just for you, these bites never fail to leave a lasting impression.

From the very first bite to the lingering satisfaction that follows, the Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bites are a symphony of flavor that will have you coming back for more. They’re perfect for special occasions, cozy evenings, or anytime you’re in need of a little sweet escape.

So, the next time you’re in the mood for a delectable, homemade dessert that’s sure to impress, don’t hesitate to turn to our Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bites recipe. We hope you thoroughly enjoy crafting and savoring these delightful morsels as much as we do. Happy baking, and here’s to many more moments of culinary bliss!


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Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bites – A Must-Try Recipe!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 10, 2023

I recently stumbled upon SingleRecipe.com’s Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bites recipe, and it was an absolute revelation. These bites are a harmonious blend of luscious dark chocolate and crunchy hazelnuts, resulting in a truly divine treat. The instructions were clear and easy to follow, making it a delightful experience for someone like me, who isn’t a professional chef. I’ve already shared these little bites of joy with friends, and they were a big hit! If you’re seeking a delightful, guilt-free indulgence, this recipe is a must-try. Don’t miss out on this delectable masterpiece!

John

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