Hazelnut Chip Cookies

Hazelnut Chip Cookies - No one will know these soft and chewy cookies are gluten free!

2015 better watch out. I’m coming at it full force. Not wasting a single second.

I spent all of last year working on my first screenplay. I’ve probably read it twenty times. It’s been reviewed by industry pros. I’ve used their (mostly positive) feedback to revise. And revise some more. And revise some more. After that, I revised it again.

Now it’s ready. Until someone suggests more revisions, but really, it’s ready. It’s already on The Blacklist, and I’m going to start sending queries to agents and managers. Hopefully it will be on the big screen soon.

Hazelnut Chip Cookies

I’m also revising my latest novel. Soon I’ll be querying agents about it too.

All it takes is one yes and everything can change. Hoping that yes comes very, very soon.

Plus, I already have plans for my birthday. And I never make plans for my birthday. But life is too short not to celebrate, especially when it’s with my fabulous friends to see my favorite comedienne, Kathy Griffin.

Hazelnut Chip Cookies

Oh, and I haven’t given up on match.com, even though I’ve had three not so good dates. You never know when love will strike.

I almost forgot. I’m making cookies too. Cookies that are gluten free, but don’t taste like it. Everyone gave rave reviews on these Hazelnut Chip Cookies when Dad took the leftovers to work.

Hazelnut Chip Cookies

They actually came about as I was trying to use up some things in my pantry. Lots of Bob’s Red Mill’s fabulous Hazelnut Meal give these cookies great soft, chewy texture and that distinctive nutty, sweet hazelnut flavor.

Then there are the pumpkin spice chips. The smell alone is intoxicating with all those warm spices. When combined with the meal, the flavor combination is out of this world.

If you don’t have hazelnut meal, feel free to use almond meal. And if you don’t have pumpkin spice chips, cinnamon chips are an awesome swap, but any kind of chip you like will work great and change the cookies up in endless ways. Tell the New Year who’s boss with these cookies!

Gluten Free Hazelnut Chip Cookies

Hazelnut Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 10-12 cookies


1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 ¼ cups hazelnut meal

1 cup pumpkin spice chips


In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I did this by hand, but feel free to use a hand or stand mixer. Beat in the egg and vanilla until once again light and fluffy.

Add the baking soda and hazelnut meal and stir until incorporated. Stir in the chips. Refrigerate dough for at least one hour and up to overnight.

When the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Using a regular sized ice cream scoop, scoop batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and somewhat set on top. Serve warm or cool completely on the pan. Cookies may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour or in the microwave for 30 seconds.


Recipe adapted from Bakerita


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  1. Hope you get to yes with both your screenplay and novel soon! The writing biz can be tough sometimes. Anyway, love these cookies — such a nice recipe. Thanks — and Happy New Year!

  2. Congratulations on your screenplay and novel! I hope you get your yes soon. I’ve never made it past the editing stage on one of my manuscripts, so I’m in total awe of your dedication.

    These cookies look amazing. I’m totally bookmarking them to make!

    • I know that I want to write, so I keep pushing forward even when it’s hard. There is no plan b – which is scary, but also motivating. Thanks, Kim!

  3. Wow you really are busy! I really wish you all the best with everything! These cookies look amazing and the hazelnut meal sounds delicious.

  4. Debbie Eccard says:

    I loved the screen play and can’t wait to see it on the big screen!! And would love to taste one of these cookies!
    All your hard work should pay off! All the best in 2015!!

  5. Great recipe for cookies Laura! They look delicious!
    Kisses and a Happy New Year!

  6. Amazing cookies! I love your recipes!

  7. What a unique cookie! They sound delicious!! Good luck with everything!! 🙂

  8. Wow, I’ve never heard so much GREAT news in one post. For real. Take these cookies when you meet with editors. You’ll be memorable, for sure. Break an egg! Or a leg!

  9. Why have I not had pumpkin spice chips before?? No bueno, Julie. The cookies look fabulous!

    And a huge congratulations on the screenplay!! That is beyond exciting! Quick clarifying question, from someone very ignorant of these matters – when you say it’s on The Blacklist, what does that mean? Because when you say that, I automatically think of the TV show on NBC, which I’m 100% obsessed with and addicted to, but it occurred to me you could be meaning something else entirely!

    Never lose faith on the love thing. It can literally strike anywhere. Case in point, I met my husband while on a girls’ trip to New Orleans. In a bar, on Bourbon Street. Very random. So yes, it can happen when and where you least expect it!

    • Well, the it is a step in the right direction with the screenplay, but I still need an agent/manager/producer/attorney/actor/financier/someone/anyone to back it. The Blacklist has nothing to do with the TV show, but is a good way to perhaps get some attention from someone in the industry with power. Many of the most recent Oscar winners have been on there including Juno and The Social Network. You can Google it if you want to learn more.

      Such a great story about how you met your husband. I am hoping things start to click for me in all aspects of life. Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Julie 🙂

  10. Just look at those decadent and amazing cookies. I could totally use one right now :).

  11. If only I could download one of these!!

  12. First of all, a huge congrats on finishing up the screen play!! GOOD LUCK! That is soooo exciting!
    Take these gorgeous cookies to bribe the directors! 😉 They sound incredible!

  13. MMm love the addition of hazelnut flour, and the pumpkin spice chips sound delicious!! So glad you liked the recipe 🙂

  14. 1-when your screenplay gets picked up let me know if you need an actress ;P
    2-Keep at it with match-I know so many people who have met their significant others/spouses on there but everyone agrees you have to wade through a lot of frogs before finding your prince!
    3-I LOVE hazelnut and this gluten-free cookie is genius!

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