Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Chocolate and Hazelnut Bars

October 5, 2021 at 10:40 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, cookies & bars, DC, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 8 Comments
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chocolate and hazelnut bars

These Chocolate and Hazelnut Bars should technically be made with walnuts, but I’m going through another one of those pantry purge phases again, and I’m not buying anything I don’t have if I can make a clean swap for something I do have. Seriously, I want everything in my fridge and cabinets to go away. And also all the stuff that sits on my counter because I don’t have enough space in my cabinets. Everything is giving me agita these days, but you are not here for complaining– you are here for cookies!

Some of Dorie’s cookies are more like cake that’s been baked or cut into cookie shapes, and this is another example. She based the recipe on a torte she had in Rome once upon a time, and it’s a separated egg and nut flour sponge with glaze on top. Cut it into bars and call it cookies! The recipe makes quite a large quantity, a 9×13 pan, so I cut it down to a third and baked it in an 8.5×4.5 loaf for the two of us. The hazelnuts worked great here, as they are a natural combo with chocolate, and my glaze was really some homemade hot fudge sauce (keeping in purge-mode) that was made with essentially the same ingredients. Be prepared to dirty every bowl and small appliance in your kitchen if you make these, but also be prepared for something very tasty.

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. This looks wonderful as a loaf!
    Good luck on your pantry purge!

  2. Pantry Purging at its best. Your photo is stunning, as always.

  3. I am with you on using what you have. I did have walnuts, but I changed the glaze because I didn’t have cream (the amount of cream I waste because I don’t use it much made my decision). These were delicious, but tons of work – hand me a brownie.

  4. Hear, hear to cleaning out the cabinets. I have been trying to do a little of that myself. Hazelnuts and chocolate are my favorite pairing, I bet that was good.

  5. I’m grateful for everyone’s warning that these use ALL THE DISHES. I don’t mind that, as long as it’s not a surprise. They look totally worth the work.

  6. I have to say your chocolate gaze had me at first glance! 😍

  7. I NEED to do a pantry purge myself! These look good and I suspect are excellent with most nuts!

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