Prep 35 mins
Cook 13 mins
The crushed nut brittle in these cookies makes them different and delicious. Make then any time you want a yummy treat.
- 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts (filberts) or 1 cup toasted pecans
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ounces semisweet chocolate or 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
- Grease a large baking sheet with butter; set aside.
- Stir together the 1/3 cup granulated sugar and water in a heavy medium saucepan. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until boiling.
- Cook for 2 -/2 to 3-1/2 minutes more or until syrup is a deep golden brown. Remove from heat.
- Stir in nuts. Immediately pour onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Cool completely on a wire rack until firm.
- Transfer the firm praline to a heavy plastic bag.
- Using a rolling pin, crush the praline into small pieces; set aside.
- For cookies, beat the 1 cup butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
- Add brown sugar, the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and baking soda; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
- Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can. Stir in remaining flour and crushed praline.
- Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 13 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely.
- Drizzle melted chocolate over cookies.
What a resounding success these where at the DS's supported work place where they held an Australian Big Morning Tea to raise funds for cancer research. I got 84 cookies from the mix and used 3 oz chocolate for the drizzle. I baked the first test batch at 170C fan forced for 12 minutes and they were a little overdone, so lowered the temperature to 160C and baked for 10 minutes and they were perfect. I did have some of praline leech from some of the cookies so may not of cooked the sugar water quite long enough but it is the first time I had made it and it seemed the right colour. All I got back was an empty container, thank you Annacia, made for photo tag.