Friday, November 18, 2011

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes. You read that heading correctly. NUTELLA CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. My mouth waters at the words.

As much as I love baking with apple butter as a star ingredient (bars, pies, breads, etc.) I'm pretty sure that Nutella is THE best special ingredient you can use to bake. There is just something about that creamy chocolate hazelnut spread that smells/tastes/looks amazing. I never realized how much I could do when it came to baking with Nutella. I've made Nutella Swirl Pound Cake, Nutella mini-brownies, and now, Nutella chocolate chip cookies (and I've saved a handful of other Nutella recipes to try in the future).

I've been having a serious craving for some homemade chocolate chip cookies because they're so much better than the kind you buy in the store. So when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it, and as the smell from the oven wafts through my apartment, I'm pretty sure that was a great decision. It's a very simple recipe with few ingredients, and all ones that I had on hand.

You start with 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt. Set it aside.

Cream 1 stick of room temperature butter (8tbsp), 1 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup brown sugar.

Once that is smooth and creamy, add two eggs and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla and mix until completely incorporated.

Then you mix in the flour mixture. I mixed about half of the mixture in first, and then once that's all incorporated, I mixed in the second half. This made sure that there were no flour pockets...or flour going all over my kitchen.

Now, in the past, when cookie dough was slightly dry, I just took it as it was and assumed that's how it was supposed to be. Obviously, I have consistently been wrong, so this time I decided to try something I had read online. I ended up mixing in a little less than 1/4 cup of water into the dough. This was perfect and got it to a nice consistency that I knew would spread how I wanted it to.

Then I added in a heaping 1/4 cup of Nutella, and mix it in for just a few seconds until there's Nutella streaks throughout the dough.

The final step is to add 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Mmm. More chocolate!

After putting the dough in heaping tablespoons onto the baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

And then you have yummy delicious sweet Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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