Friday, March 18, 2011

Nutella Chocolate Cookies



Dear Mr. Pietro Ferrero, 
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for inventing "Pasta Gianduja" or as we have come to know it, Nutella, in 1946. Because of your incredible creation you have brought me hours at the gym joy in eating, and just as much happiness baking with this wonderful chocolaty goodness. It is rare that something that is quite simple in ingredients would sweep nations and cause almost "mass hysteria" when showcased in a dessert. You have done an outstanding public service, and for that I'm eternally grateful!
Sincerely,
Susi's Kochen und Backen Adventures

Oh yeah, my love for Nutella is like no other. I'm hardcore and prefer it straight up, with a spoon, but also can't pass up a great dessert made with this stuff. So it was only logical when I came across today's recipe and saw it was utilizing one whole cup of the brown gold, that I had to make it. Another good reason (or justification), all three of my kids are on spring break and we all know that kids and cookies go together hand in hand, right? This recipe makes for pretty thin, crispy cookies, but the center stays semi-soft. Most of my family prefers big thick chewy cookies, but I haven't heard any complaints so far and the batch is almost gone. 
This cookie doesn't look fancy, but don't let that deceive you. The batter is kicked up with the addition of Nutella, chopped hazelnuts and chocolate chips. Both of the latter ingredients mimicking Nutella and with that, the cookie is full of flavor and depth. 

The batch makes quite a lot of cookies, but after sending some to work with my husband and countless neighbor-kids "passing by", there are only a handful left. I had a couple of 9 year old boys tell me that I make the best homemade cookies. That made my day and earned this recipe a permanent spot in my recipe files. So, if you are like me and harbor a quite unnatural love for Nutella and cookies, don't wait to make these little guys. There is never a wrong time to bake cookies and these chocolaty gems taste great with a big tall glass of milk or a cup of coffee.



Nutella Chocolate Cookies
 ~makes 6 dozen~

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

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter in an electric mixer for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the sugars and Nutella and mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl to ensure even mixing.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds between each. Add the vanilla and mix for 10 seconds.

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 on low speed until fully incorporated, scraping down the bottom and sides at least once to ensure even mixing. Fold in the chocolate chips and hazelnuts and refrigerate the dough for ten minutes.

Spoon tablespoon-sized drops of dough onto parchment or silpat lined cookie sheets. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes. Allow to cool on the sheets for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Adapted from: Simply Recipes

32 comments:

  1. Mmmm...a whole cup of Nutella...I am in heaven. Break out the treadmill!

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  2. I love those cookies! Thin, crisp and they are Nutella!

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  3. They will be baked as soon as possible!!!! Not only my kids will be in heaven, me too. Zum Glueck wohnen die Nachbarkinder zu weit weg, haha.
    Super Rezept. Danke Susi.

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  4. They don't need to look fancy if they taste good and just about anything with nutella tastes good! Yummy!

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  5. Do you ship..they look perfect! I love anything with nutella..and this one would be amazing with my morning coffee:))

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  6. Susi, schon nachgebacken. Das letzte Blech kam gerade aus dem Ofen. Die sind ja super lecker! Ich habe riessige Cookies gebacken. Habe erst spaeter das Rezept fertig gelesen, dass man nur 1 Tablespoon nehmen sollte. Oh, well, mein Eisportionierer war eben ein bisschen groesser.

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  7. YUM! And I got a good laugh at your "hours at the gym." So true!

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  8. Susi, I enjoyed your post about the history of the Nutella. I had no idea it's been around since 1946. You certainly made the most delicious, and beautiful looking perfect cookies...ever!
    Would love to make these, all I have to get is the jar of Nutella, which I don't normally keep around!

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  9. these look really yummy, i am not a huge nutella fan by itself but i love it in things.

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  10. Susi, another gorgeous photo! I am so inspired each time I visit...love these~

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  11. I am always on the lookout for new cookie recipes and having the recommendation of a couple of 9 year old boys is good enough for me. These sound great.

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  12. These cookies sound and look amazing! anything with Nutella is a winner in my book.Thank you for contributing to the Nutella craze!

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  13. Anything with nutella has to be amazing! I'm passing on the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award to you! Not sure if you have received one before, but you can find it here: http://theculturaldish.blogspot.com/2011/03/st-josephs-day-and-award.html

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  14. Those cookies wouldn't last twenty minutes in my house. What a great combination.

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  15. I love your letter to Sig. Ferrero! You could've signed my name too b/c I share the same LOVE. Grande amore! These look fantastic!! Happy weekend my dear Susi:)

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  16. Haha! I love your letter! And I love this recipe!

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  17. I'm Nutella obsessed and wish I had a dozen of these cookies right now! They look soooo good. :)

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  18. My dad loves crispy cookies, I'll have to save this for him!

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  19. Those do look very, very good. While I'm not a chocolate fan, I do admit that there is a draw to the stuff when it's combined with hazelnut. Even I feel the pull. The cookies do the same. :)

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  20. These are delectable Susi! And your letter is so cute! xoxo

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  21. These look absolutely scrumptious and they're so PERFECTLY shaped. Thanks for sharing.

    I LOVE CHOCOLATE!!! :)

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  22. Ditto on the letter. :)

    Is it bad that I want to take those cookies and dip them into that crock of Nutella???

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  23. SIX dozen ? That's a lot of cookies Susi. I can think of a grubby fingered 2yo cherub that might like these thogh. He's a sucker for chocolate cookies and I could bribe him for extra cuddles ;-)

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  24. Love Nutella! Cookies look delicious and lovely photos!

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  25. Yes, we all love il signor Ferrero. Great man, definitely! I LOVE THESE COOKIES!! Nutella rules! Nothing's better than Nutella when you feel blue. I'd love to rey these ones! :P

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  26. My best friend LOVES Nutella too. They give packets of it to dip zeppolis in at the San Genaro festival here in NYC. She got extra packets and just ate the nutella. I got the zeppolis. lol

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  28. Susi - I loved your comment about your husband and the Irish Nachos. So funny and cute!

    I love serving up cookies to the neighborhood kids. You can always count on them to give you an honest opinion and it sounds like they LOVED these cookies, I love the way you described them as being crisp on the edges and soft on the inside. They look (and sound) delicious!

    Hope you are feeling better!

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  29. Wow they look super delicious!

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  30. Those sound so good. I have to make these this weekend. I am also quite obsessed with nutella. Loved the creativity of this post!

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