Monday, November 29, 2010
yummmmm..... nutella cookies
My kids LOVE Nutella and they come by it honestly. We always have it in the house and my kids actually prefer it to peanut butter when it comes to lunchbox sandwiches. Many of their friends have been confused over the years by their "chocolate sandwiches" and many more have been converted to Nutella fans after having lunch at our house. But, back to the cookies. I found this recipe several years ago, on the Food Network-it was actually for Halloween but we love them anytime and especially at Christmas.
Here's how they looked last Christmas after we piped some snowflakes onto them and added those sweet little round sprinkles:
You can find the original recipe here: Giada's Hazelnut Chocolate Smoochies I have made a few changes and don't usually use the kisses because we like the cookie in its natural state.
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (recommended: Nutella)
1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup orange sprinkles, or orange sugar
1 (9-ounce) package of chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped (recommended: Hershey's)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In another medium bowl, place the chocolate hazelnut spread, butter, and both sugars. Using a hand mixer, cream the ingredients together, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and blend until incorporated. Stir in the dry ingredients, just until incorporated.
Shape the cookie dough into walnut-sized balls. Rolls the balls in the orange sprinkles or orange sugar, pressing to adhere. Place the cookies on a heavy cookie sheet about 4 inches apart. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven. Quickly place a chocolate kiss in the middle of each cookie. Return the cookies to the oven and bake for another 3 minutes. Cool the cookies on a wire rack.
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