Dark Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

Picnic season is here! One of my very favorite things to enjoy with my family is a relaxing, delicious picnic. A successful picnic includes finger foods that are easy to eat and not too messy. Cookies are the perfect dessert to bring on a picnic because they transport well, are easy to eat and everyone loves a good cookie!

My boys are in love with Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams  spread! If you haven’t tried this delicious stuff, you need to. Think Nutella, only no dairy and made with peanuts – I literally have to stop myself from eating spoonful after spoonful! I decided to incorporate this chocolate spread into a cookie and the result was super yummy! I actually downed EIGHT cookies right in a row…I have a bit of a cookie eating problem, but I’ve embraced it. The Dark Chocolate Dreams is SO GOOD in a cookie! And the hazelnut meal adds a delicious nuttiness to the chocolate. These cookies are being packed for a picnic…if there are any left!

1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

3 tablespoons water

1/4 cup hazelnut meal/flour

1 cup gluten-free flour

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla

1/2 cup Enjoy Life mini-chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and set aside to thicken. In a medium bowl, whisk together hazelnut meal, coconut sugar, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, mix together Dark Chocolate Dreams, applesauce, vanilla and flax “egg”. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop dough on the prepared baking sheet leaving 1-2 inches between each cookie. Bake until set, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then move to a rack and cool completely. Makes about 20 cookies.


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