It’s time. You need these cookies in your life. I’m not going to lie, these are more time consuming than your basic chocolate chip cookie. But, they also kind of amazing. I created these a few years ago because we found most Nutella cookies just don’t have enough Nutella flavor. And I should be humble, but I just can’t– I guarantee these are the best Nutella cookies you’ve ever eaten.
Hang in there– the process takes about two hours (only 30 minutes active work), but you know, it’s well worth it. On the days I make Nutella cookies my kids think I am the smartest, best, most talented person on earth. And I enjoy that kind of attention.
24 T Nutella
Yep. You’re going to use most of a big jar. I don’t measure carefully. I just get a big spoon and glob them onto a tray covered with parchment paper. You need to freeze these for at least an hour. Told you this was time consuming. When Hans sees a tray of these in the freezer he says, “Oh boy! Nutella cookie embryos!”
Next mix together:
1 C butter
1 1/3 C brown sugar
3/4 C sugar
1 egg yolk
1 T vanilla
Mixture should be creamy and fluffy. Now add:
2 C flour
1 T corn starch
3/4 t baking soda
3/4 t salt
and last but definitely not least:
2 C chocolate chips
It should be a pretty stiff dough. Don’t leave out the corn starch! It’s just a small amount but it makes a big difference. Cover the dough with plastic and put it in the refrigerator. I just leave the dough in the mixing bowl because I see no need to create more dirty dishes.
Fun fact. I am a very tidy baker. I clean as I go. I’m definitely not tidy in every part of my life. I think it comes from when I was a teenager and I wanted to make brownies and my mom would say, “Only if the kitchen looks like it never happened.”
OK, leave the dough in the refrigerator for at least twenty minutes, but no more than 30 or it will get too hard. Told you this was a fussy recipe.
Now it’s exciting! Get out the cookie dough and the frozen Nutella globs. You’ll want to work quickly because the Nutella melts fast. Get about 3 T of dough, flatten it slightly and wrap it around the Nutella glob. This does NOT need to be perfect. Perfection will ruin your recipe! Just work quickly! Place them on trays and put them in the freezer for 20 minutes. Yes, again. People ask for my recipe and then they skip this step and then they cry.
OK, you’ve waited right? Now preheat the oven to 350ºF and when it’s nice and hot take the pan directly from the freezer to the oven. Depending on your oven, these take about 20 minutes to bake. They’re going to look underdone, but as long as they have several cracks across the top (and probably Nutella oozing out of a few) they are ready. You really don’t want to overbake.
Enjoy! And pace yourself– the Nutella cookie hangover is real.
Sending you love.