Nutella chocolate chip cookies

Ok I know you all prefer the cookie recipes, so let’s throw another one into the mix.  The reason that I think the flagship bakery I would open would be primarily cookie-focused is I just naturally gravitate towards cookie recipes, and when you can come up with variations on the classic chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin, the possibilities really are endless.  This takes what would be a normal chocolate chip cookie recipe and heightens it with a kick of cocoa, cinnamon, and of course my perennial favourite, Nutella.  Honestly, how can you go wrong in any recipe when you add some Nutella.  They are dangerously addictive and particularly delicious when warm from the oven (although I doubt that’s news to anyone).  It’s also a great way to get rid of extra Nutella so you don’t eat it straight from the jar!

Nutella chocolate chip cookies (adapted from Lovin’ From The Oven)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter (1 stick or about 100 grams – which I realise is a bit less than 8 tbsp but it’s fine), at room temp.
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Do the usual with your butter and sugars – make sure the butter is softened and then cream it with the sugars until it’s light and fluffy.  Mix in the Nutella and vanilla extract, and then the egg.  Then add the baking soda, salt, cocoa, and cinnamon.  Add the flour in gradually and mix until just incorporated.  Add chocolate chips.

Chill the dough in the fridge for at least an hour.  Once ready to bake, preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F.  Scoop out little balls of cookie dough and place them onto parchment lined baking sheets (they will spread a bit).  Bake for about 10 minutes until the edges look set.  They will continue to bake a bit after you take them out and they will harden a bit more, so don’t overbake.  They obviously taste amazing warm but also they are fantastic the next day.

IMG_6327The usual butter and sugar combination

IMG_6328Mmmm adding lots of Nutella

IMG_6329Putting the cookie dough balls onto the sheet

IMG_6339Finished tray of deliciousness

This cookies really are amazing.  They are so easy to make but the addition of Nutella and the cinnamon makes them have a far more heavenly smell than your ordinary cookie while baking.  The aroma will fill your home for hours afterwards and it’s just really pleasant.  The Nutella adds a depth of flavour to the cookie that you wouldn’t normally get, and they are a bit crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside like all good cookies should be.  This is probably one of my favourite variations on the classic chocolate chip!

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