“Chocolate doesn’t ask silly questions…it understands.”Â I don’t know who came up with the ingenious quote, but whomever the person is, he/she is my hero!
It was a rainy day and I had a couple of jars of Nutella that have been sitting in the pantry to collect dust. So I decided, why not bake a cookie with them? After a few minutes of browsing,I found the perfect recipe in www.cleobuttera.com.
These feel-good-chocolate-cookies are soft and chewy, studded with chocolate chips (optional), stuffed to the brim with Nutella, and you can add an extra sprinkling of sea salt for another layer of decadence.
These cookies have also proven to be instant spirit lifters. When my little sister got poor grades in her Islamic Studies (I know, right), she cried because she was too paranoid if her sophomore year’s scholarship will be revoked. I gave her one cookie, and presto!– I can see a faint curve on her lips started to form. It’s that good.
Please note that these cookies have several freezing steps, so plan ahead. This recipe yields 16 cookies, and you can always alter the measurements to make more. Happy baking!
- 16 tablespoons Nutella (Chocolate Hazelnut Spread), preferably slightly cold
- 1Â½ cups all-purpose flour (7Â½oz)
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- Â½ teaspoon baking soda
- Â½ teaspoon table salt
- Â¾ cup unsalted butter (1Â½ sticks/6oz), softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar (7oz)
- Â½ cup granulated sugar (3Â½oz)
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Â½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder* (1Â½oz), sift if lumpy
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat. Using a tablespoon size ice cream scoop or a round measuring tablespoon measuring, scoop out 16 rounded tablespoons of Nutella onto the prepared baking sheet. Freeze until solid, at least one hour or overnight.
- Line another baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl and using a hand mixer), beat the butter on medium high speed until soft and slightly lightened in color, about 1 minute.
- Add both sugars and cream together until lightened in both color and texture, about 5 minutes.
- Mix in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla until well blended.
- On low speed, mix in the cocoa powder.
- Add the flour mixture and mix just until combined, leaving a few streaks of flour behind. Do not over mix.
- Stir in the chocolate chips, scraping down the bottom and sides of the bowl to make sure that everything is well combined.
- Using a Â¼ cup measure ice cream scoop, scoop out the dough onto the lined baking sheet, forming 16 equal dough balls.
- Using the back of a wooden spoon handle or your thumb, make deep holes into the dough.
- Get the Nutella scoops out of the freezer and working quickly, peel the Nutella scoops from the baking sheet and place them in the middle of the dough holes. If you’re working in a warm kitchen, you might want to keep them in the freezer, taking only one by one as you work, to avoid them melting.
- Gather the dough up over the Nutella scoops to completely cover them. Roll the dough into balls and place on the baking sheet.
- Loosely cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 2 hours, then bake immediately.
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C and adjust oven rack to middle position.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mat. Place 8 cookie balls per sheet, spacing them at least 2 inches apart.
- Bake until the cookies flatten with a slight dome, no longer have a hump in the middle, and the outer edges start to harden yet centers are soft and puffy, 11 to 14 minutes. Start checking at 11 minutes. The centers will feel undone, but they shouldn’t be shiny or sticky.
Cook’s tips: Do not overbakeÂ or you’ll get hard cookies. The cookies will continue to bake after they come out of the oven from the residual heat.Â Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 15 minutes before serving,or cool completely then store in an airtight container.MYNEWSHUB