If you haven’t noticed my crazy obsession with cookies, you should check out the recipes tab. I just looked it over and couldn’t believe how much mileage I’ve gotten out of a single food item. And we’re not even talking gourmet concoctions, people. These are all recipes that can be made with very basic materials (and prodigious elbow grease).
This latest baking experiment occurred because I have two awesome friends. J was taking the GMAT test (to get into a graduate program in London) a couple of weeks ago. L had been studying with him and encouraging him all along. She called me up (as her baking expert – I was so proud!) and asked if we could make something special as a ‘you’ve finished the test’ celebration gift. I tossed out cookie ideas, and we eventually agreed that I would find something with Nutella in it, because Nutella is generally wonderful, and because it’s EUROPEAN-flavored. Or…something. It made sense to us at the time. *grin*
Chocolate Nutella 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 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup of chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Cream butter, the sugars and Nutella until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds between each. Add the vanilla and gently mix.
Sift together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda (do not skip this step as sifting eliminates clumps of cocoa). Mix into the butter mixture until fully incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips and refrigerate the dough for ten minutes.
Spoon tablespoon-sized drops of dough onto parchment paper lined (or non-stick) cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on the sheets for a minute or two before transferring to a wax paper or aluminum foil-covered table. Yields: 3-4 dozen cookies.
Chocolate + Nutella = amazing in all shapes and sizes. And these cookies are no exception. I heard a report that J walked around the house telling everyone how nice L and I were, all the while munching on cookies and smiling. THAT is what I call a good recommendation.