Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Pie Bars, a recipe for a decadent and ooey-gooey cookie-pie bar that is the perfect Christmas or holiday dessert.
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These Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Pie Bars are a cross between chocolate hazelnut pie, chocolate hazelnut cookies, and chocolate hazelnut truffles. The recipe combines all the goodness of each for a cookie that is full of ooey-gooey dark chocolate and crunchy hazelnuts! I think it’s the best cookie recipe I’ve come up with! Or maybe until the next recipe. :) They’ve gotten rave reviews! You can cut them into small little bite-size cookie bars or for a more formal dessert cut them into larger pieces and top with whipped cream.
So who is ready to make these Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Pie Bars??? This is a very easy recipe! To start, preheat your oven then get your pan ready. I sprayed my pan with a nonstick spray (I love PAM Baking nonstick spray), then lined with parchment paper (not necessary but makes it a lot easier to take the bars out), then sprayed again lightly with the nonstick spray.
Prepare the chocolate crust for the cookies. Be sure to press the crust down. I used a fork to help make the crust even and flat.
Bake the crust for about 10 minutes or until very lightly browned around edges and slightly puffy. Mix your filling and pour over the crust. Put it all back in the oven and bake until browned on top.
When it’s fully baked, the top with be lightly browned and a bit crispy. Cool completely. I like to then put my cookies in the fridge to set a little quicker.
Cut the Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Pie Bars into any size you’d like. I like to cut the edges off but it’s not necessary. I like to cut the cookies into small bars, but you can cut them into large bars or any size/shape you’d like.
Even though there’s no Nutella in these cookies they have the same great chocolate and hazelnut combination! You can also substitute other varieties of chocolate and nuts too for a completely different flavor of cookies.
The top of these Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Pie Bars is kind of crackly over a soft gooey center! I think I’ll be making these more often!! They freeze really well too so they’re a great make ahead dessert!
Hope you enjoy!
Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Pie Bars
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray 13x9 inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Line pan with parchment paper if desired, then spray paper with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl mix together softened 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons butter and brown sugar until well combined. Stir in flour, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, and 1/8 teaspoon salt until just combined. Press dough down into bottom of pan. Bake crust about 10-12 minutes or until slightly browned around edges.
- Meanwhile, mix together granulated sugar, corn syrup, melted 2 tablespoons butter, vanilla, eggs, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, and 1/8 teaspoon salt until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips and hazelnuts. Place cookies back in oven for another 25-30 minutes or until slightly browned and crackly on top. Cool completely.
Looking for more cookie recipes? Check out my recent post about Food Bloggers and their favorite cookie recipes including a long list of cookies!