Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Happy Merry “after Christmas” y’all! I hope you are not sick of cookie recipes quite yet. After all, New Years celebrating is next!

Any plans to roll in the new year? For us we like stay cozy inside with our little family. I know, I know… really exciting. My hubby and I stay up late watching movies until the ball drops. Once that ball drops we write out our new years goals and look at our lists we wrote the previous year. It is really fun to see what goals were met and what might transfer to the next year.

Only this year we decided to change it to New Years Objectives rather than Goals.

Goals can decrease drive when they are not met. But Objectives are a different story. It means the same as a goal only an objective as a adjective means: not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice; based on facts; unbiased (source).

Objectives take off internal pressure which sounds way better to me! Anyways my husband and I have so much fun putting together a list of things we want to accomplish. And look back at all the previous lists we wrote out. And during our crazy list making night and celebration of the new year I am sure we will be eating a delicious batch of these flourless chocolate cookies!

I planned to get this recipe to you sooner but with two kids home and holiday fun going on… well it just did not happen. So guess we all get to eat these scrumptious flourless cookies now!

We made them for Christmas and it was one of my boys favorite cookies! They choose these flourless chocolate chip cookies over my adorable decorated gingerbread cookies and even chocolate chip cookies! Guess what else is so great? There is no guilt because they are make with protein packed egg whites, hazelnuts, maple syrup and and bunch of chocolate cocoa powder. Leave out the chocolate chips for a lower fat, dairy free cookie. Cookies shouldn’t make you feel guilty anyways. Life is too short not to enjoy delicious cookies! Just make sure to remember, “Everything just in moderation!”

How to make egg white & hazelnut flourless chocolate cookies

STEP 1: Soak the nuts and dates in water for about 3 hours. In a blender combine the hazelnuts and cocoa until super fine. Add the dates, water, maple syrup, vanilla and blend until as fine as you can get it.

STEP 2: Whip egg whites in an electric mixer until super fluffy, about 10 minutes. Fold in the date and nut mixture. Add the chocolate chips and fold in. Scoop on a prepared pan and bake for about 28 minutes at 35o degrees F.

I hope that is not too confusing and I probably should have done a video but I assure you these are easy to make even if scrolling through the recipe they seem hard at first. It is just a process of whisking the egg whites first, using a food processor or blender for the nuts and sugars, then folding them all together. One that is done it is easy-peasy baking time!

These cookies are truly amazing! There is no flour, no gluten, no processed sugars (except that of the chocolate chips) and they are packed with protein! If that doesn’t convince you enough I assure you these flourless chocolate cookies are also fluffy, chewy, chocolaty and delectable in bold sweet flavors!

Extra hazelnuts? Be sure to use them and make homemade nutella!

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