Step 1: Ingredients
Makes: 3 dozen
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
I couldn't find hazelnuts in my local grocery store, so I got some whole ones and decided to toast and chop them myself. I'll show that process in the next few steps.
Step 2: Preparing whole hazelnuts
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Lay your hazelnuts out in a single layer on a baking sheet. No need to grease the baking sheet or add anything else to it.
Step 3: Toasting the hazelnuts
Pull the hazelnuts out a little and stir them around a bit.
Put hazelnuts back in the oven and toast for another 3-4 minutes, until they look brown and toasted, like in the picture here.
Step 4: Removing the skins
Using the original towel or a a smaller washcloth, rub the hazelnuts against each other and against the towel. This helps to remove the skins. Remove the unskinned hazelnuts and put them in a bowl. A little bit of skin left doesn't hurt.
If you are like me, get frustrated with trying to remove the skins and bag up the rest of the hazelnuts for possible later use.