Friday Feast: Nutella Cookies
I haven’t had any pregnancy cravings, I don’t think. I’ve been wanting Doritos and doughnuts, but that’s nothing new. My interest in Nutella, though, has been piqued recently, especially after my cousin Rachael mentioned this recipe on Facebook. I had to try it, and it turned out quite yummy.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: no more than 10 minutes
Cleanup time: 10 minutes (cleaning a standing mixer is no fun)
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
½ cup Nutella or other hazelnut chocolate spread
½ tsp. vanilla
1 ½ cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Cream butter with an electric mixer about 1 minute until smooth. Add in both sugars. Beat on high speed about 3 minutes until light & fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- With the mixer on low, add the egg and vanilla. Then add the Nutella and mix well.
- In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and mix on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and mix just until the dough is smooth. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Using a small ice cream scoop (or a teaspoon) form the dough into balls and place on greased cookie sheet. To prevent my cookies from spreading too much, I stuck the cookie sheets in the freezer for about 10 minutes before baking.
- Bake 6-7 minutes (or 7-8 if baking from freezer). Let cookies cool about 5 minutes and transfer to a rack to cool completely.
I had a hard time baking them at the specified time. I think my ice cream scoop was too big… perhaps just a smaller amount would be better. Also, I made two batches, and the ones that I put in the freezer (so they wouldn’t spread) ended up burning more quickly without me realizing it. (eek!) I love the recipe though, but I’m glad I practiced before making them for a big event.
PS: Do you like that nice plate the cookies are sitting on? Yes, that’s my dad’s handiwork from a potter’s wheel class he took at Ponchatoula’s Art Station. You really should check out the classes. I bet you can at least try to be as talented as he is.