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Chocolate Nutella Birthday Cookies

October 23, 2010

Today is my little sisters birthday!! Every year I try to send her a little package filled with yummy sweets.  This year I decided to go with Nutella, the chocolate hazelnut spread that is very dear to both of our hearts.  These treats embody Nutella in the cookie form, which was exactly what I was hoping for.  They smell and taste so much like the spread, and definitely make up for my last Nutella baking flop.  They’re great fresh, when the outside is crisp and the center still a bit gooey, but they also hold up well for a few days and ship well.  And most importantly, they lived up to the occasion as they birthday girl loved them.

Chocolate Nutella Cookies

from Simply Recipes (I made half the recipe, the full makes a crazy 6 dozen cookies)

  • 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of Nutella
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups, plus 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of chopped hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 350F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or use silpat.

1) Cream butter for 3 minutes until light and fluffy (in a mixer)

2) Add sugars and Nutella and mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl

3) Add the eggs beating for 30 seconds between each. Add the vanilla and mix for 10 seconds.

4) Sift flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl.  Mix into the butter mixture on low speed until fully incorporated, scraping down the bottom and sides.

5) Fold in the chocolate chips and hazelnuts and refrigerate the dough for ten minutes.

6) Spoon tablespoon-sized drops of dough onto cookie sheets.

7) Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on the sheets for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

 

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