Cooking with Hazelnuts

Homemade Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

This decadent spread is easy to make, requiring only a few ingredients and a few minutes of your time. It's perfect for spreading on toast, topping ice cream, or just eating by the spoonful (we wont tell).

photo credit: Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom

Ingredients:

2 cups raw hazelnuts
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
3 Tbsp hazelnut oil

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread the hazelnuts evenly over a cookie sheet and roast until they darken, about 10 minutes. Transfer the hazelnuts to a damp towel and rub them to remove the thin outer skins.

  2. In a food processor, grind the hazelnuts until they are smooth and butter-like. Scrape the sides as needed so they blend evenly, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add cocoa, sugar, vanilla, salt and oil to the food processor and continue to process until well blended, about 1 minute. The finished spread should have the consistency of creamy peanut butter. If it is too dry, add in a little extra hazelnut oil. Put in a container, cover and refrigerate until needed. It will keep for at least a week.
    Because it thickens when refrigerated, let the spread come to room temperature before using.

Want to learn more about hazelnuts? Find out more about Oregon's state nut here!

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