Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Chocolate Nutella Surprise Cookies {Recipe}


Apparently I'm a little late getting in on the action, but it seems that the rest of the world has already long been enjoying the rich, delicious, eat-it-straight-from-the-jar chocolatey goodness of Nutella.

It's not that I hadn't heard of it before (and I'm pretty sure I had it in a crêpe in Paris many, many years ago), but why I hadn't picked up a bottle right there off the shelf at my local grocery store until recently? It'll remain a mystery, I guess.

Nutella recipeBut as well as just eating it off of my spoon (even though I was having a good time doing that), I wanted to take things a step further and found a recipe for Nutella Lava Cookies that I had to try.

I didn't find that they turned out much like lava, so I think a better name is Chocolate Nutella Surprise Cookies because it's like a yummy surprise burst when you bite into them. I've already eaten far too many, but really, is there ever too much chocolate?

Chocolate Nutella Surprise Cookies

1 cup butter
1¼ cup sugar
2 large eggs
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1½ cups large semi-sweet chocolate chips
Nutella for filling

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

If you're a snazzy baker, line your baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. If you're like me, just brush off your regular old cookie sheets and you're set to go.

Cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Blend in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed. Mix in the cocoa powder at low speed until well blended.

Add the flour, salt and baking powder to the bowl and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Original instructions: Scoop up about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll it into a ball. Flatten the ball in the palm of your hand and put about ½ tbsp of Nutella in the middle of the dough. Then wrap the edges around to form a ball and to cover the Nutella completely.

My take: My dough was like normal, sticky cookie dough and there was no way that I was going to be able to roll it into a ball, even if I added some flour. Instead, I took about 1 tablespoon of dough and flattened it on the sheet, added a dollop of Nutella, and then placed a second tablespoon of dough on top. Using the spoon, I ran it around the edges to form enough of a seal that the Nutella wouldn't leak out when baking.

Continue placing balls about 2" apart. Bake about 13-16 minutes, but don't overdo it because you want the centers to still be soft. Serve while warm. Leftovers can be kept in a container and popped in the microwave for around 5 seconds to enjoy the next day... and the next... and the next...

Nutella Cookie recipe


Nichol said...

You are not normal mama, never having Nutella. I am addicted and have all the love handles to prove it lol. These look and sound so darn good mmmmmmm

LeeAnn said...

I'm sure the main ingredient in Nutella would keep me from having it in my house, but I sure would like to try those cookies. Could you send me some at my office, pleeeaaaase? ;-)

Lisa Noel said...

i have 2 jars of nutella in my work. I MAY need a 12 step program soon. I want to make these cookies but I'm sure I won't want to share lol

*just stumbled and 'pinned' this recipe!!!

StatuePerson said...

OMG,I have to try to make those! Thanks for the recipe...I was raised on nutella but never baked with it.

Curt said...

Oh my! These look really chewy and gooey! I love all the chocolate in there.

blueviolet said...

Now that you have my address....make it happen. I insist.

Tabby Large said...

I a not surprise that people love Nutella, I myself enjoy it and cant get enough of it. Much more if they are made to cookies. The crispness and the chocolatey flavor are hard to resist. Thanks a lot for the recipe.

Doll Big said...

These cookies are out of this world! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!

Spinet Schoenhut said...

Hi! Using Nutella as filling for chocolate cookies is both delicious and a great idea. I remember when I was in Italy few years ago, I used to devour several spoons of it everyday and eat it along with hard panini (bread). Thanks for sharing the recipe! I will surely try it during the weekend.

terri said...

i cant believe all the recipes i have been seeing lately using 'nutella'. you cant go wrong with anything that tastes like chocolate. my grandsons love the stuff. they like to spread nutella and marshmallow fluff on a warm flour tortilla.