Deep Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

When Todd's away, cookie making's at play!

Produce On Parade - Deep Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Todd is in a of couple of ultimate frisbee leagues and when he has's Katie-time in the kitchen! Some kind of sweet is always involved. Usually chocolate and always delicious. This episode involves cookies. Well, a kind of a cookie.

Produce On Parade - Deep Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

These are adult cookies. They are cookies in a loose sense of the word. Kind of like a cross between a cookie and a chocolate-nut bar. There's not many combinations more delectable than hazelnut and chocolate, am I right? Also, these are sweetened only with dates and chocolate chips! No flour either! They are perfect as a breakfast treat or a snack after work. 

Deep Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Makes 12 cookies

  • Prep:
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 1 Tbsp. cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups ground hazelnut meal (about 1 cup whole hazelnuts)
  • 3 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1-2 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. melted vegan butter
  • Remaining:
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tsp. instant coffee granules (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

Begin by whisking together the ground flax seed and 1 Tbsp. water in a small bowl. Place in the fridge until ready for use. 

In a food processor, pulse the hazelnuts until finely ground. Just be sure not to turn into hazelnut butter! Transfer to a large bowl. 

Melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Add the pitted dates to the processor and pulse with 1-2 Tbsp. water until it forms a smooth date paste. Process in the vanilla and butter. 

In the bowl with the hazelnut meal, add the remaining dry ingredients, excluding the vanilla and chocolate chips. Whisk to combine.

Now add the flax egg and the butter/date mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix well to combine, then fold in the chocolate chips. 

Preheat oven to 350 F. Form dough into 12-14 cookies. Shape as you'd like them to be when done, because they won't change shape in the oven. Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes on a baking sheet.

Remove from heat and allow to rest for a minute or two on the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container. 

Produce On Parade - Deep Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies
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Last weekend I did the Alaska Run For Women, which raises money for breast cancer research. Over 7000 women ran it! A family friend of ours had a mammographer running for her for was me! Wishing all the women, men, and children affected by breast cancer peace and happiness in such a difficult time.

Those are real, wild Alaskan roses in my hair, picked from my driveway. And of course I am rocking my No Meat Athlete shirt that Todd got me for my birthday! *love it*

This is my new favorite song! Sorry, they didn't have it on Soundcloud, but check it out on Spotify! Star & Micey – I Can't Wait - Live Acoustic

German Word of The Day

Hazelnuts --> HaselnΓΌsse (pronounced: hahzel-noose) - one of my favorite German words!

Good Deed of The Day

"Under the current rules, a single slaughter line is allowed to kill a staggering 140 birds every single minute. That extremely fast rate causes workers to slam chickens and turkeys into shackles so quickly that the birds' leg bones often snap. Some birds are able to avoid the throat-cutting blades, which results in them being scalded alive in defeathering tanks." They are trying to raise the limit to 175. Do you want 175 chickens killed per minute? Me neither. Sign here.  


Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart - Birthday Fun's been a little while. Sorry 'bout that. I was on the East Coast for two weeks! My sister-in-law ran the Boston Marathon and Todd and I went down to surprise her! If you don't follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram you may have been wondering what I could be possibly doing that would warrant abandoning you for two weeks. While I may not have managed to whip out a full-blown blog post, I did do a lot of posting to social media. If you don't follow Produce On Parade on social media already, you definitely should! I think of myself as highly entertaining...maybe.

Anyways, we left on my birthday! Also, the 25th was Todd and my veganniversary and Produce On Parade's one year blogiversary! That's a lot to celebrate and I can't think of a more amazing way, gastronomically speaking, than with this Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart! I've missed you all so much and I'm so excited to be back.

Produce On Parade - Salted Caramel Chocolate TartHere's my gift to you, a creamy coconut caramel poured into a rich, chocolate crust all topped with a luxurious dark chocolate ganache and sprinkled with flake salt. A decadent dessert sure to impress anyone, vegan or not! 

Produce On Parade - Salted Caramel Chocolate TartSalted Caramel Chocolate Tart

Makes 1 9" Tart

  • Crust:
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 10 Tbsp. vegan butter, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 heaping cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • Caramel:
  • 1 1/2 cups vegan sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. light corn syrup
  • 5 Tbsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. coconut extract
  • 1/4 tsp. rum extract
  • 6 Tbsp. vegan butter, chopped
  • 1/2 cup canned full-fat coconut milk (give the can a good shake first)
  • Ganache:
  • 3/4 cup canned full-fat coconut milk
  • 8 oz. semi-sweet vegan baking chocolate, chopped
  • flake salt (to garnish)


In a food processor, using the dough hook attachment, combine all the dough ingredients. Process, pulsing and scraping down the sides occasionally until well combined and collects on one side of the bowl. 

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Press evenly into a 9" tart pan, ensuring to bring the dough all the way to the top edge of the pan. Poke with a fork several times and place in the refrigerator to cool for one hour. 

Produce On Parade - Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

Meanwhile, place all the caramel ingredients except for the butter and coconut milk in a small bowl. No need to combine. Set aside until ready to use. 

Produce On Parade - Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

When the tart has 10 minutes left for chilling, preheat the oven to 350 F. Remove from fridge and place pie weights or a sheet of aluminum covered with a thick layer of dried beans on top of the crust to keep it from ballooning while baking. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes, then remove the weights and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven, and chill until ready to use. 


Now, in a heavy bottomed soup pot add the bowl of caramel ingredients and bring to heat over medium. Continuously stir until combined, then allow to cook until it's reached 350 F and do not stir. It should boil, without stirring, until it's reached a dark amber color.

Produce On Parade - Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

Remove from heat, and stir in the coconut milk and butter until smooth.

Produce On Parade - Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

Pour into the chilled tart crust and place in the fridge.

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In a pyrex measuring cup or microwave safe bowl, heat the coconut milk for 1-2 minutes until very hot. Add the chopped chocolate and whisk until smooth.

Produce On Parade - Salted Caramel Chocolate TartPour the ganache over the caramel (careful it doesn't overflow!) and place on a level surface in the fridge to chill, at least 1-3 hours depending on if it was pre-chilled or not.

Produce On Parade - Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

Remove once chilled and finish with a sprinkling of flake salt. Slice and serve chilled. Store in the fridge as the tart will become oozy if let out of the fridge for too long, but will stay very firm if chilled.

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Freeze any leftovers for extended consumption and just place in the fridge to thaw before consuming. 

Produce On Parade - Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart One human birthday, one blog birthday and two veganniversaries?! Let the celebrating begin! 

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Produce On Parade - Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart Produce On Parade - Salted Caramel Chocolate TartWe found a beer in our basket! Produce On Parade - Salted Caramel Chocolate TartSo here's to being back!

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German Word of The Day: Birthday --> Geburtstag (pronounced: geh-boort-stag)

Good Deed of The Day: Sign this petition to stop gas chamber deaths for dogs and cats in the United States.

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