Yield:  about 50 cookies

I made these last night-- yum!  I adapted a recipe from the Dec. 2009 Cooking Light magazine.

9 ounces unbleached white flour (about 1 cup, lightly spooned into cup)

2 cups organic powdered sugar

2/3 cup organic unsweetened cocoa

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup vegan butter, softened (try my homemade vegan palm oil-free Buttah)
2 tablespoons Ener-G or Orgran egg replacer powder

1 tablespoon instant espresso or 2 tablespoons instant coffee

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/3 cups finely chopped toasted hazelnuts

about 1/2 cup vegan hazelnut-chocolate spread  (NOTE: It's hard to find one without palm oil, but there's an easy homemade recipe in my new book, World Vegan Feast,  which I shared on my blog here.)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a bowl and whisk.

Place vegan butter in a large bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Whisk the egg replacer and the espresso powder with 1/4 cup water until frothy and add to the margarine. Add this and the vanilla to the margarine and beat well. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; beat at low speed just until combined, then, if you are using a stand mixer, use the cookie paddle to mix it until it is smooth and shiny.

if you don’t have a cookie paddle, turn the dough out onto a sheet of baking parchment and knead the dough 6 times or until smooth and shiny. Shape dough into about 50 (1-inch) balls. Roll sides of balls in the nuts, pressing gently. Arrange the cookie balls 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with baking parchment. Press your thumb gently into center of each cookie, leaving an indentation. Bake, 1 batch at a time, at 350° for 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the pans and cool completely on wire racks.

Spoon a scant 1/2 teaspoon of the hazelnut-chocolate spread into center of each cookie, swirling it to a peak.  Refrigerate the cookies until the spread hardens and then cover the plates.