indulgences– the back to school edition

The first week back to school calls for a few indulgences.

When I asked Hans which cookies he wanted for the first day of school, he immediately replied, “Nutella!”

I don’t make Nutella cookies very often. The recipe requires a full cup of the luscious stuff and I’m too cheap to use up half the bottle for one batch of cookies. But they are so, so delicious. And after scouring the internet for the perfect recipe, I was forced to create my own: extra chocolatey, soft and chewy and full of that wondrous addictive hazelnut spread.

You may have tried the rest, but these are the best. What’s different? Less butter so they don’t spread and get too crispy (the Nutella makes up for some of the butter), more brown sugar and a little less white sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa to give them a darker color and richer flavor, and last, UNDERBAKING. Take them out of the oven after just 9-12 minutes. They should look just barely done. Everyone who walked through my house called them the best cookies ever. I just may have to make them more often.

Absolutely Perfect Nutella Cookies


1 cup butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

2/3 sugar

then add:

1 cup Nutella

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 tsp baking powder (or soda)

mix well, then add:

3 cups flour

and finally:

2 cups chocolate chips

(optional) 1 cup toasted hazelnuts

Place large spoonfuls on well greased cookie sheets and bake at 325 for 9-12 minutes. They should look just barely baked. Enjoy!

And Hans recommends you DON’T eat four of these cookies right before working out because you might feel extremely ill.

Next, not that Mary really needed a new backpack, but who can resist Matroyska dolls when your brother is in Russia? They have a ton of other styles on Amazon and they’re a steal at $15 SugarBooger Zippee BackPack.

Also, these Mini Lunch Notes have brightened lunchtime for everyone. I have a friend who cuts out a comic every day for her kids’ lunches– which would be awesome– but I find this much easier.

But the best indulgence comes when Mom walks you home from school with the puppy. After I did this once, Mary asked, “Can you come pick me up with the puppy every day? It made me so happy.”

I can scarcely think of anything I’d enjoy more.

September 5, 2014



  1. Kayci

    September 5, 2014

    Those cookies look amazing. I will have to get Nutella now and make them, because everything you have put on here that I have tried has been fantastic! Also Mary is looking more and more grown up. It is the same look my ten year old has, half little girl half blossoming beautiful young woman. It is wonderful.

  2. BonnieJean

    September 9, 2014

    This recipe has been on my mind ever since you posted it…one of my teenagers is always in a baking mood on Sunday afternoons, so when he asked me what he should make, I handed him this recipe and oh, is it delish! Thanks so much for sharing! We barely managed to save any for a FHE treat, and I have already had requests to “buy more nutella!” so we can make them again.

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