I was trying to come up with some kind of cute/funny/meaningful personal anecdote to share with you all to preface this recipe.  But quite frankly, who the hell cares when you’ve got NUTELLA COOKIES TO TALK ABOUT?!

Everytime I buy a jar of Nutella I tell myself “Erin, you are not allowed to just eat this straight out of the jar.  You need to find a recipe to make with it.”  Yet, 3 out of 4 times, I end up with a spoon in hand digging in.  I’ve search near & far of the good ‘ol interwebs trying to find THIS exact type of Nutella cookie.  I’ve seen PinwheelsSandwich CookiesNo-Bake CookiesChocolate ChipThumbprints, and more.  I’ve even seen some that seemed like they were what I wanted, but after scanning the ingredients or instructions, decided “No, that’s not what I want at all.”  Oy.  To be both picky & indecisive is a curse.

Anywhoo… As luck would have it, one day the recipe just came to me.  Not like, in my mind or anything… but in my Google Reader!  hehehe…  Creator of all things yummy, decadent, & delicious, Culinary Concoctions by Peabody posted this recipe, and I am ever so thankful.  I did a few adaptions in method, and used Frangelico instead of vanilla, and now this one’s a keeper!



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Nutella Cookies

adapted from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

Yields: A lot of delicious cookies. I can't give you an exact amount because quite a bit of raw dough was consumed and never made it into the oven, throwing off quantity estimates. 😉

Ingredients:

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
1 egg
½ tsp. Frangelico (if you have it, if not vanilla will work just fine)
1 ½ cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

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 Frangelico (or 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.