Notes: To brown butter, place in an 8- to 10-inch frying pan over medium heat and cook until lightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Pour into a bowl; let cool to room temperature. To toast hazelnuts, place in a baking pan and bake in a 350° oven until golden under skins, 10 to 12 minutes. Pour nuts onto a towel and rub to remove loose skins, then lift nuts from towel (discard skins). When cool, whirl in a food processor until coarsely ground. Store cookies airtight for up to 3 days.
1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) browned butter, cooled (see notes)
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup ground toasted hazelnuts (see notes)
How to Make It
In a bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat browned butter and sugar until blended. Beat in egg white and vanilla until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
In another bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, coffee powder, and baking soda. Stir or beat into butter mixture until well incorporated. Stir in hazelnuts.
Drop dough in 1/2-teaspoon portions, 1 inch apart, onto buttered or cooking parchment-lined 12- by 15-inch baking sheets.
Bake in a 350° oven until tops of cookies look slightly cracked, 8 to 10 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking.
With a wide spatula, transfer cookies to racks to cool. If hot cookies start to break, slide a thin spatula under them to release; let stand on pan to firm up, 2 to 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.