Easy and addicting, these Chocolate-Cherry Hazelnut bars have dried cherries mixed right into the butter cookie dough. They are then smothered in chocolate and garnished with toasted hazelnuts. Few things in this world are better than hazelnuts paired with chocolate. You’ll find it hard to resist the temptation to have an extra piece of these Chocolate-Cherry Hazelnut Bars.
Seriously, these are super easy to make! And who want’s complicated when you’re trying to keep up with the holiday madness? Nobody. With this recipe you can create a lovely variety plate of Christmas goodies to share with friends, family and neighbors that won’t give you a holidaze….
I strongly recommend you use a food processor for mincing the dried cherries and the hazelnuts. Dried cherries are easy enough to chop with a chef’s knife, but you don’t want to try to chop hazelnuts. They roll all over the place and you’re likely to slice a bit of finger off if you try to hold them still to slice. I was struggling with this very thing when I noticed my food processor was staring me in the face. I had just used it on the cherries~ forget chopping nuts by hand, I’m dumping them in the food processor! Duh 🙂
Some of you may find it difficult to get your hands on hazelnuts. I can usually find them at Whole foods or Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage. If they are raw, you’ll need to toast them in an oven at 350 for about 10 mins. Dump all the nuts into a kitchen towel, close the towel around the nuts with one hand and gently rub the nuts together with the other. This will remove all the skins nice and quick and you’ll be ready to go. You’ve go to give these Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Bars a try, you won’t be disappointed.