“Tis the season for… baking!!!
And this year I am starting ahead of time… which means I have a little time to experiment with new and different treats while still leaving plenty of time for baking the seasonal standards in our house – decorated sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, spritz cookies, etc. etc. I came across this recipe for Chocolate, Hazelnut and Orange Cookie Bars a couple of years ago and had bookmarked it to try – I adore chocolate and orange together and the addition of the hazelnuts? Well, let’s just say that that pretty much sealed the deal for me… oh, and the fact that is no rolling or scooping required for these Chocolate, Hazelnut and Orange Cookie Bars!!!
The result? These were amazingly good and surprisingly easy to make and because they are so rich the recipe makes a lot so they are perfect for bringing to a cookie exchange or as an addition to your cookie platter!
In the interests of full disclosure, I admit that you will need a candy thermometer for these bars and I know that might be a bit scary – yes, I know “easy” and “candy thermometer” are generally not included in the same sentence. But seriously, don’t let this scare you!! A candy/deep fryer thermometer (l like this one from OXO) makes the process very, very easy… and pretty much foolproof. No, the only problem is going to be not eating these Chocolate, Hazelnut and Orange Cookie Bars all by yourself!