Sunday, August 13, 2006

Nutella Cookies

nutella cookie

I first heard about Nutella 10 years ago when I working in a lab with two Swiss scientists. Both would tout the merits of something called Nutella and how it was superior to American peanut butter. Their comments never bothered me because everyone is entitled to their own opinion and they usually took the extreme view just for the sake of argument. Sure, they preferred Nutella to peanut butter, but everyone has preferences. Later, one scientist mentioned to me that peanut butter wasn’t entirely gross. Coming from him, "wasn't entirely gross" is pretty much the equivalent of a compliment. So I secretly declared victory for peanut butter.

I don’t know how a chocolate hazelnut spread like Nutella can even be compared to peanut butter. They are completely different. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. They both have their place in the kitchen. But it wasn’t until recently that they co-existed in my kitchen.

I bought my very first jar of Nutella a few months ago. A recipe for self-frosting Nutella cupcakes was floating around the food blogosphere so I had to try it. Fast forward 3 months later and I still had that same jar sitting around in my cupboard. So I was determined to finally use it up. Taking inspiration from various chocolate cookie recipes I’ve baked over the years, this Nutella cookie was born. I was so pleased with the results that I actually bought a Costco sized jar of Nutella yesterday.

Nutella Cookies
(makes 30 cookies)

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
7 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temp.
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2/3 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup toasted & skinned hazelnuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350F.

Sift together flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside dry ingredients.

Cream together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in Nutella and vanilla extract. Mix in egg.

Add flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. Add chocolate chips and hazelnuts.

Drop tablespoons of dough 2 inches apart onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for about 11 minutes until the edges look set. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes then carefully remove to cooling racks.

Extra tidbits...

I had some leftover dough from my peanut butter and jelly bars. I probably used too little of the dough for the bottom layer and therefore I was left with too much for the top layer. Instead of making my bars "top heavy", I saved the extra dough and made peanut butter cookies.

nutella and pb bpbjb xd2

My tiny garden is bursting with dahlias right now. Did you know that the dahlia is the official flower of San Francisco?



Tanna said...

Mary, I absolutely love the way the world turns and sometimes we turn with it - nutella really isn't like peanut butter and can't take it's place. Likewise, Peanut butter will never take Nutella's place. Love that you put the two side by side - that is the natual order of the universe!
And your dahlias - awesome. I hope you have that sitting where your eye wonders over them often.

Ivonne said...

Gorgeous cookies, Mary! There's no way a jar of nutella would last 3 months in our house so I'm glad you bought the Costco-sized jar!

clarice said...

ohh yum I love nutella !!!
I will be trying these soon !! Thank you Clarice

Anonymous said...

Yes, Nutella and peanut butter aren't really the same, but if they had to fight, Nutella would be the clear victor! I love the stuff and go through jars of it on a weekly basis, ok, that's a bit of stretch. I'm glad you tried it and have been converted to the jumbo-size. And the cookies look great!

Claire said...

These look great! I think my brother would really like these as long as I didn't put the actual hazelnuts in there. He doesn't like nuts in anything but LOVES nutella.

Rachel said...

Wow! Those look great! I never would have thought of Nutella cookies.

wheresmymind said...

I LOVE Nutella so much!!

Mary said...

Tanna - I spend so much time in the kitchen, so that's where I like to put my cut dahlias.

Ivonne - Now that I have the Costco sized jar I'll be looking for more ways to use Nutella.

Clarice, Natalia, & Wheresmymind - I'm quickly realizing that there'a huge Nutella fan base out there.

Claire - It's funny that he likes Nutella but doesn't like nuts.

Rachel - If it wasn't for food blogs, I would've never heard about the Nutella cupcake and then I would've never made a Nutella cookie.

Anita said...

I love nutella - these cookies sounds perfect!

orlena said...

Ah ha ha, the Swiss boys! Whatever happened to them?! Nutella rocks! And so do your cookies!

Dani said...

Wow! I really want to try those Nutella cookies.

Mary said...

Anita - Thanks!

Orlena - It's been a while since we've seen the Swiss boys, huh? I heard they moved to SD.

Dani - I hope you try making them.

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Mary. I just found your beautiful site and this recipe that I must try. I am as yet a Nutella virgin. I'm not even sure I can get it locally, but I've been on the lookout.

Anonymous said...

The problem with Nutella is that it is EXTREMELY high in saturated fat. I know how unfair it is! But it is almost like eating butter. Have a look at the ingredients label.

I am very sorry to say this because I love it so much and wish it was a health food. Right now I do not dare touch it. Or have it in the house. :( My wife feels the same way.
Nice pictures, very nice.


lobstersquad said...

Mary, thanks for visiting my blog. And btw, I´m very impressed that you could keep a jar of Nutella in the cupboard for so long!

Jan said...

Hi from Omaha -- I confess to having a jar hanging around the cupboard for a couple of months as well -- It's Dec and cookie season so I googled nutella cookies and found this recipe. I love it -- hope there's some left for the family when they get home.

Mary said...

Jan - Hello Omaha! These are great cookies for the holidays. And they keep well too (if people don't devour them all right away!).

hatima said...

Thank you for that recipie...I love nutella, and the other recipie I have called for shortning....Thank you so much, I can't wait to try those cookies!

Bonnie said...

Hi there,I just tried your nutella cookies,they turned out great.I wasn't sure at what temp to bake them,but anyways they're delicious.Thanks for inventing it.

Anonymous said...

I only recently tried Nutella, and I'm now obsessed. I've been looking for a good cookie recipe, and these look wonderful. I'm definitely going to try them. Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Hello! I tried your Nutella cookies and they were wonderful. I had a jar of Nutella at home that I wanted to finish off (but didn't want to eat with toast) so your recipe was perfect. Nutella is too sweet for me but the cookies were not diabetes-inducing. And my family loved them too. They usually complain when I make four dozen cookies but this time they just ate them all. Thanks so much. I am going to try your oatmeal toffee cookies soon!

Peter said...

Awsome recipe!

Me living in Sweden made me translate cups and whatnots, but oh boy was it worth it!

Cookies on the cooling, thanks for a great cookiedough!

Peter, Sweden

henry said...

Nutella is like a little jar of heaven. I yearn to try the cookies, unfortunately the only ingredients I have are Nutella and flour. Woe is me...

Anonymous said...

Like Claire's brother my daughter loves Nutella but not nuts. I too just discovered your blog and simply love it. Will try some of your recipes soon. Thank you for sharing them. Lena

Lauren said...

Thanks for the Nutella cookies recipe. I just made them and they are delicious!! I did add an extra tablespoon of butter because the dough was just a little tough to work with. But sooo yummy!!

Rumela said...

This Nutella cookies look great .. crisp, rich in flavor and taste. I am going to bake a batch of these melt in the mouth cookies.

Anonymous said...

hey, I am going to be baking this now! Hoping for the best.

Jessica said...

These sound delish! I did a post today on Nutella and how they are trying to market it as a healthful breakfast option. I would love to follow up with posting this recipe if its ok with you. Naturally I will give credit where its due! ; )
Thanks for the post. Can't wait to get baking.

Jessica said...

Hey there! Wanted to let you know that I baked your Nutella cookies last night and they were a huge success. SO GOOD! I posted about it today on my blog if you are interested. (Made sure to link back to your post)
Thanks again!

Mary said...

Jessica - Glad you like the recipe.

Anonymous said...

Jess (Australia) :
yummy nutella is soo good!
and im sure these cookies will be very yummy too!
going to make them right now :)
Thanks for the recipe!

Funny person said...

luv these cookies

Theresa said...

Just made the cookies- so yummy!!! I substituted about a cup of quaker oats instead of hazelnuts since they were nowhere to be found in my house!! Thanks for the recipe <3

becca said...

Just made these for a party im going to tonight - their fabulous! : ) really really good. so choclately. not sweet how i expected them to be, but BETTER. its like a chocolate nutella overload in the best way posisble. YUM

Anonymous said...

so i was looking for a recipie to use up my nutella and i found this one. i loved the cookies. well thin i looked through your other recipies and they looked great. thank you sooo much.

Sarah said...

Wonderful cookies! They were a great treat for hubby after working a 30hr shift! Having nutella in them totally legitamizes them as a breakfast item. ;o)

Angela said...

just baked these- they are fabulous! i substituted pecans for hazelnuts.

these cookies are so fudgey and chewy on the inside. delicious :)