Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Thursday, 16th December 2010

I finally started my Christmas Cookie baking with the ever so popular Spritz Cookie.  But I didn’t want to just share with you any Spritz Cookie; these are Chocolate-Hazelnut Spritz Cookies.

A photo of Chocolate-Hazelnut Spritz Cookies dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with pistachio crumb.

One of the biggest dilemmas I face around the Holidays is choosing which Christmas Cookies to bake. The varieties are endless!  And to make the choice even more difficult every food magazine declares they have the “Best Holiday Recipes” with a photo spread that will have you yearning to make each and every one!

The Spritz Cookie is basically a Swedish Butter Cookie.  Usually this rich, buttery cookie is put through a cookie press, but not this one.  I saw these piped Cocoa Hazelnut Spritz Cookies featured on Delicious Days I was instantly inspired to do the same.

A photo of a wooden spoon covered in luscious dark chocolate.

I set out with my normal enthusiasm but it didn’t take me long to realize there was a reason the dough was usually put through a press; piping these cookies was very hard work (tough dough).  I kept reminding myself that not only was I producing some delicious cookies; I was also working on my biceps!  Of course, the spread in Delicious Days was very impressive.  How Nicky was able to make hers look so perfect, I don’t know!

A photo of Spritz Cookies dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with pistachio crumb a small plate and in the background a cooling rack with Chocolate Hazelnut Spritz Cookies.

We were snowed in yet again yesterday and I thought it would be the perfect day to start my Christmas baking.  I was wrong!  The phone was ringing off the hook, the doorbell was chiming endlessly and the kids were full of questions.  It was all good but I was in cookie-baking mode!

A photo of a glass jar filled with Pistachio Crumb.

I realized I baked the first batch a little too long because they started to crack a little on top.  I was confident the next batch would be better, but then the phone rang and I missed the ding of the oven timer.  Did I get one batch perfectly baked?  Absolutely not!  But sometimes that’s life.  I’d rather have a crazy kitchen, loving family, caring friends…and over-baked cookies any day!

A photo of Chocolate Spritz Cookies dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with pistachio crumb with a jar of pistachio crumb off to the side.

Regardless of the complications in the preparation and baking process, this Spritz Cookie recipe is pretty forgiving.  The results were definitely worth the effort!  Plus, how can you go wrong with the classic pairing of chocolate and hazelnut? Especially when it’s combined with a mouthwatering buttery, tender texture and then dipped in luscious chocolate and sprinkled with yet another layer of nutty deliciousness. That’s better than visions of sugarplums any day!

I really enjoy the pairing of chocolate and nuts, not only the flavour combination but also the texture.  I baked these Dark Chocolate-Almond Crackles the other day. And we couldn’t possibly go through the Holidays without a batch of Chocolate Thumbprints with Chocolate-Vanilla Bean Ganache filling (family favourite).  I also plan to make a batch of Lime Meltaways for the citrus lovers (me) in my family.  And I am so anxious to try Marly’s (NamelyMarly) Chocolate-Topped Shortbread Cookies.  I love shortbread!

A photo of Chocolate Hazelnut Spritz Cookies displayed on a sheet of Christmas paper.

Don’t you just love this time of year, taste testing everyone’s family favourites?  What are your family’s most treasured Holiday cookie recipes?

A photo of Chocolate-Hazelnut Spritz Cookies on a Christmas Plate.

A photo of Chocolate-Hazelnut Spritz Cookies dipped in luscious chocolate and sprinkled with nuts.

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Comments (19)

19 Responses to “Chocolate-Hazelnut Spritz Cookies”

  1. Angela FRS Says:

    I am not usually a fan of spritz, but those look amazing. Have to try these.

  2. torviewtoronto Says:

    delicious presentation and cookies happy holidays

  3. Sidra Says:

    I love the combination of chocolate and hazelnuts. Will definitely be giving these a try over the holidays!

  4. Evan Thomas Says:

    It looks like they were worth it! And anything dipped in a little chocolate becomes so much better :-)

  5. Grace Says:

    Evan I completely agree!

  6. Grace Says:

    Happy and A Safe Holiday to you and your family!

  7. TiffKey Says:

    I think if you get a work out while making cookies, then you can eat double the sweet treats! :)

  8. Grace Says:

    I agree with that 100%, anything to justify all the sweet treats I’ve been eating lately.

  9. briarrose Says:

    So pretty. A wonderful treat.

  10. SMITH BITES Says:

    BEE-YOU-TEE-FULL!!!! and I want one . . . that is all . . .

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  12. Lora @cakeduchess Says:

    Gorgeous cookies my dear! I would love to try these for Christmas:)

  13. Grace Says:

    Thank you Lora!

  14. juliana Says:

    OMG! i just find you, and i want more of your baking!
    excellent cookies… im going to try them sometime

  15. Grace Says:

    Thank you Juliana, Happy Holidays!

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  17. Marly Says:

    I love the addition of hazelnuts to this recipe. Looks yummy!

  18. Tamanna Says:

    oh wow…beautiful set of photographs to present this delicious looking cookie! they look really tempting

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