Hazelnut Mochaccino Cookies! These rich, supple treats blend hazelnut and chocolate, infuse espresso, and are topped with smoked salt or chocolate drizzle. And 100% gluten-free, vegan/plant-based and refined sugar free!
Baking with Nut Flours and Grain Flours
I love baking with nut and grain flours. Besides creating the opportunity for making gluten-free goods, they provide great sources of plant-based protein and other vital vitamins and minerals. They add so much richness and dimension to the overall flavor of anything to which they are added.
Since these flours/meals are not filled with preservatives and stabilizers, it is necessary to pay close attention to the expiration date if you are purchasing them. If you choose to grind your own, that is one way to assure freshness.
But sometimes eliminating that extra time investment makes the difference between making something healthier versus reaching for the less desirable store-bought version.
How to Keep Flours Fresh
Given that for most of us refrigerator space is often scarce, I recommend storing the products that you use most frequently in your pantry. Refrigerate the products that are only occasionally in the rotation. And making sure that expiration dates are far enough in the future will help with freshness.
Don’t be afraid to reach to the back of the rack! I will often compare the expiration date of those products to the products placed in the front. I can’t tell you how many times this has bought me a full extra year of product life.
While developing this recipe I first used an older bag of hazelnut flour. In a subsequent batch I used a brand new bag. And the taste was notably different.
The flours and meals that have higher fat content are likely to spoil quicker as the fats can become compromised from warmer temperatures.
Hazelnut Mochaccino Cookies
Imagine the earthiness of hazelnut meal joined with the velvety sweetness of chocolate, while wrapped in a dark cloak of espresso.
Well, imagine no more . . . only 20 minutes start to finish! I drizzled half of my cookies with chocolate. The other half I sprinkled with Falksalt’s Smoke Crystal Sea Salt. The smoke brings a caramelesque note to the party, but plain sea salt can be enjoyed as well.