Asha Gomez' "My Two Souths", the reigning 2017 Piglet champion, combines the flavors of South India with Gomez' upbringing in the South of the United States. Her traditional chewy chocolate cookie gets a smoky kick in the pants from smoked sweet paprika—plus a generous handful of toasted hazelnuts for a nutty finish.
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
2 teaspoons smoked sweet paprika, divided
2 large eggs
1 cup (8 ounces) Nutella, at room temperature
1/4 cup (2 ounces) hazelnuts, roasted, skinned, and chopped (see Editor\'s Notes)
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
Step 1Heat the oven to 350°F.
Step 2In a medium bowl, using your hands, mix together the flour, sugar, 1½ teaspoons of the smoked paprika, and eggs to form a crumbly dough. Mix in the Nutella and hazelnuts and work to form a smooth dough, no more than 2 minutes.
Step 3Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
Step 4Separate the dough into 10 equal parts, using your palms to roll them into round balls. Place the balls on the cookie sheet, 1 inch apart. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the cookies are flat discs, crisp around the edges. Remove the cookies from the oven; dust with the remaining smoked paprika and confectioners’ sugar. Eat them immediately or after they have cooled down.