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AAAANNNNNDDDD...cooking! I love it, really. I bake fairly often and take it to share with my co-workers. I love sharing my cooking with others.
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
13 ounces chocolate-hazelnut spread (Nutella)
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
2 cups finely chopped hazelnuts (yes, you really need all these!)
Preheat oven to 350. Toast nuts for 5-10 minutes and cool. Raise oven temp to 375. Cream Nutella (or other hazelnut spread) and shortening. Add sugar, mixing well. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until blended. Combine the dry ingredients together. mix into the Nutella mixture alternating with milk (dry - milk - dry - milk - dry). Stir in 1/2 cup hazelnuts. Scoop the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in chopped hazelnuts and then in powdered sugar. Place on a baking sheet or stone. Place stone in oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until set. Allow to cool for 2 minutes then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!