The recipe for dark chocolate and nut cookies has a special importance for me, as these are the cookies my mother always make during Christmas. I do not know if it is because I only get these cookies at Christmas but I simply love these small and crispy cookies. I think they just have the right amount of dark chocolate and nuts - they are just super delicious. Together with my brother, we always end up eating way to many of them when relaxing on the couch watching the Christmas shows on the TV.
When serving these cookies for family and friends it is my experience these cookies are the most popular ones. If there are any left over after a Christmas party, I am typically the first one to volunteer to take the rest of them with me home.
The recipe for these cookies is actually not that difficult to follow. In a large bowl, you start by mixing butter, sugar and eggs. Then you add chopped nuts and chocolate, all-purpose flour, baking soda and vanilla sugar. You can replace vanilla sugar with the equivalent about of vanilla extract or you can make your own vanilla sugar by following my recipe - find it on my blog.
When all the ingredients are well mixed together you let the cookie dough settle in the fridge for about one to two hours. Then you roll the dough into some 'sausages' and cut cookie thick slices. Place them on a parchment paper covered baking sheet and bake them in the oven.
It is a good idea to keep them in an airtight container to extend the time, which the cookies are crisp. Of course, this is in general always a good idea with all cookies.
Cookies with Nuts and Chocolate
A bunch of cookies
Preparation time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 120 minutes
Danish title: Småkager
200 g (7 oz) butter
200 g (7 oz) sugar
100 g (3.5 oz) chopped hazelnuts and almonds (half-n-half)
100 g (3.5 oz) chopped dark chocolate
250 g (9 oz) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla sugar (or equivalent vanilla essence)
1. In a large bowl; mix butter, sugar, and the egg together.
2. Add chopped nuts, chocolate, all-purpose flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar/essence. Mix/knead well together.
3. Let the cookie dough rest in the fridge for about 1 hour.
4. Divide the dough into two pieces and roll each into sausages about 4 cm (1-2/3 inch) in diameter.
5. Cut the thick cookies out of the sausages and place them side-by-side on a parchment paper covered baking sheet.
6. Bake the cookies in the oven at 200 C (400 F) for about 8-10 minutes. Always keep an eye on the cookies to avoid burning them.