Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Hazelnuts & Sea Salt

These Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Hazelnuts & Sea Salt are inspired by the flavors of Oregon and intensely chocolaty, without being overly sweet.

These Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Hazelnuts & Sea Salt are inspired by the flavors of Oregon and intensely chocolaty, without being overly sweet. | platingsandpairings.com

These Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Hazelnuts & Sea Salt are inspired by the flavors of Oregon and intensely chocolaty, without being overly sweet. | platingsandpairings.comI’m really excited to be teaming up with one of my favorite local brands, Bob’s Red Mill, and sharing my Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Hazelnuts & Sea Salt as part of their United States of Cookies campaign. They asked one blogger from each of the 50 states to create a cookie recipe influenced by their home state. For me, it doesn’t get much more Oregon than hazelnuts and sea salt. Both ingredients remind me of my weekends – On Saturday and Sunday you’ll most likely find me at a local vineyard or on the beach.

Here in Oregon, you’ll find lots of hazelnut groves that pop up amongst our local vineyards – And, for good reason. Hazelnuts and pinot noir grapes both love the volcanic soils and temperate ocean, mountain and river climates in the area. Did you know that Oregon produces a staggering 99% of the entire hazelnut crop in the United States? We win at hazelnuts.

These Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Hazelnuts & Sea Salt are inspired by the flavors of Oregon and intensely chocolaty, without being overly sweet. | platingsandpairings.com

And then there’s the sea salt. That stuff that makes everything at our beach house rust away also adds some pretty amazing flavor to so many foods. Last winter, during a stormy day at the beach, Rick and I took a short drive up to Netarts Bay where we were able to check out some local sea salt production in action. It was such a windy day that the power was actually out at the production facility. But, through the limited bit of sun that was peeking through the windows, we were able to check out the salt making process. Large vats, that reminded me of those tanks you see at fisheries, held loads of shiny salt crystals that are formed through evaporation. The size of some of the crystals was amazing – The salt fiend in me found my happy place.

But let’s not leave out the Bob’s Red Mill Organic Unbleached All Purpose White Flour. It’s also produced right here in Oregon. As a kid, I remember my dad making the 2-hour drive from Eugene to Oregon City just to stock up on Bob’s Red Mill products – Cornmeal, flour, beans. Nowadays, you can just buy their products in your local grocery store. Which is awesome, because I love using their flour in my baked goods. It’s the same high protein flour used by professional bakers and it always does its job at producing light and airy cookies for me.

These Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Hazelnuts & Sea Salt are inspired by the flavors of Oregon and intensely chocolaty, without being overly sweet. | platingsandpairings.com

Let me present you with The Oregon Cookie: Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Hazelnuts & Sea Salt. Intensely chocolaty, without being overly sweet, salty, buttery and crisp. I’d say that they’re the perfect cookies – Even outside of Oregon.

Be sure to visit Bob’s Red Mill to check out the entire lineup of  the United States of Cookies!  They’ve chosen one blogger from each of the 50 states to create a uniquely  delicious cookie recipe. Which one is your favorite?

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Hazelnuts & Sea Salt

Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 3 dozen
Author: Platings & Pairings
These Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Hazelnuts & Sea Salt are inspired by the flavors of Oregon and intensely chocolaty, without being overly sweet.
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Ingredients

  • 12 oz . bittersweet chocolate finely chopped (divided)
  • 1 ¾ cup Bob’s Red Mill Organic Unbleached White Flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ tsp . baking powder
  • ¾ tsp . kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp . vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chopped hazelnuts
  • Flake sea salt

Instructions

  1. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar in a stand mixer, using a paddle attachment, until light and fluffy. Slowly add in the flour mixture, until just combined.
  3. Add vanilla and half of the chopped chocolate and beat until mixed.
  4. Lightly flour your working surface and divide the dough in half. Roll each half of dough into a log, about 1” in diameter. Wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until firm.
  5. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  6. Slice the cookie logs into ¼-inch thick rounds and place on cookie sheets.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Divide the dough in half. The cookies will still be slightly soft to the touch. Let sit for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  9. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  10. Microwave the remaining chopped chocolate in 30 second intervals until smooth. Dip each cookie in chocolate, then place on parchment paper. Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle each cookie with chopped hazelnuts and a sprinkling of sea salt.

 

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These Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Hazelnuts & Sea Salt are inspired by the flavors of Oregon and intensely chocolaty, without being overly sweet. | platingsandpairings.com

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18 comments

  1. Heather Kinnaird

    oh how I love hazelnuts!! these cookie sound wonderful

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  2. Bill Volckening

    Those look delicious! A real treat for hazelnut lovers in the NW.

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  3. Erin

    Those sound (and look) delicious!!

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  4. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    Yum! Oregon hazelnuts are the best!

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  5. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    Those look so decadent! Also, I love Bob’s. Their products are always of such high quality.

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  6. Elaine @ Dishes Delish

    I love shortbread, I love chocolate and I love cookies. It’s a win-win!!

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  7. michele

    Id love to make these…. Im going to pin them to make for Valentines day as my holiday baking is “finally” finished! But these are so beautiful and the hazelnuts seal it!

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    1. Erin

      Awww – Thanks Michele – I think these will be perfect for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!

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  8. Kaleigh @ Lively Table

    These sound heavenly with sea salt and hazelnuts! Love everything about them!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks so much Kaleigh!

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  9. Amy

    These sound wonderful! I have been seeing some of the different state options and think your idea is so great for Oregon! Can’t wait to try them!

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  10. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    The cookies look delicious! Love chocolate!!

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  11. Linda Leone

    I need to ask, why is there baking powder in these shortbread cookies? Shortbread never has a leavener.

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    1. Erin

      I find that it makes them a bit more airy, and delicate, which I prefer. You can definitely leave it out though!

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      1. Linda Leone

        If you want to make them more delicate, substitute 1/4 cup flour with 1/4 cup cornstarch

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