Imagine a cookie that is soft, delicate and cakey made with the best semisweet chocolate and the creamiest Nutella chocolate spread. A rich blend of hazelnuts and chocolate, Nutella seems to be one of those food items found in everyone's pantry these days; some of my friends & family swear it's a separate food group. This particular chocolate cookie is a delicious brownie batter dropped onto cookie sheets with an ice cream scoop, which is then baked to perfection. Nutella is added to the recipe for a boost in flavor, in addition to being spread onto the tops of the finished cookies once they've cooled.
For chocoholics everywhere, my Nutella Brownie Cookies are a joy to eat and they're the type of treat you'll want to reward yourself with whenever the craving for chocolate beckons. Other than the rich, delicious flavor of a good quality semisweet chocolate (imported or domestic), I love how quickly and easily these cookies come together. Everything is mixed by hand without the need for a mixer. Let's start baking so that you can enjoy one now!
|Nutella Brownie Cookie Ingredients
• 8 oz. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 3 large eggs, room temperature
• 2/3 cup granulated sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
• 4 tablespoons Nutella, plus more for spreading
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Yield: approximately 24 cookies.
Position oven racks in the lower third of the oven.
Line several baking sheets with parchment or silpats.
Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C)
- In a double boiler, or a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt the chopped chocolate and unsalted butter until it's smooth and glossy. Set the mixture aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until lightened and thick. Add the vanilla extract & almond extract; mix well.
- Add the creamy nutella and whisk until the mixture is smooth.
- With a sieve set over the bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and fine salt. At this point, mix the batter with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon. You want to almost incorporate the dry ingredients completely. It's OK if there are flecks of flour still visible.
- Add the cooled chocolate/butter mixture. Scrape every bit of it and leave nothing behind! Now begin to gently mix everything until the batter is smooth and thick.
- A rich, smooth batter is what you want to see. Let it sit for 5 minutes so that it firms up a bit.
- With a 1 1/2" ice cream scoop, drop the batter onto the prepared cookie sheets, spacing them about 3" apart. You will only be able to fit 6 cookies per sheet.
- Bake for approximately 10-11minutes.
- The cookies will be crackly on top and just slightly set. Don't overbake these! Repeat with the remaining batter.
NOTE: you will need 4 baking sheets for the recipe. If you only have 2 cookie sheets, gently remove the silpat or parchment along with the cookies onto a cooling rack and run the cookie sheet under cold water until cool; wipe dry, reline and portion out the remaining batter.
Let the cookies sit for 5 minutes on the sheets before removing them onto cooling racks. It's important to let them rest for this time because the cookies are very delicate at this point; they need to firm up. I find it easiest to remove the cookies with a wide metal spatula. Let them cool completely.
The cookies can be kept in an airtight container (without any nutella spread!) for up to 3 days. Place pieces of wax paper or parchment paper between the cookies to prevent them from sticking.
When ready to enjoy, generously spread nutella on each cookie and devour at once! A most delicious afternoon treat.
Easy peasy cookies rich enough to satisfy the most discerning chocolate connoisseurs can be made by each and everyone of you. I used to bake a variation of this cookie for one of my nephews and he swore to all his friends that Uncle David made the best cookies on earth. If I can get a review like that from one of the brightest kids I know (I'm biased, I know), then these cookies must be good. Make a batch soon for the little ones and don't forget to have plenty of Nutella on hand to generously spread on each cookie. These are sophisticated enough for a dinner party accompanied by a cup of steaming cappuccino or espresso for your guests to enjoy at the end of the meal. Remember, these are best shared.