Friday, March 11, 2011

Two Is Better Than One!

In celebration of the birthday of my favorite twins, I made these Nutella cookies and sent them all the way up to Wisconsin for them to enjoy!  It was hard to give them up, I won't lie.  They're gooey and soft, and really hard not to eat two.. or three...or the whole batch. 
Start by beating the butter and both sugars together until well combined.  Make sure your butter is very soft, otherwise you're going to get an arm work out... and who wants that.  Beat for around three minutes, until light and soft.
With the mixer on low add eggs, vanilla and finally the Nutella.  Yum!  Nutella might be a little sticky and hard to get off the spoon, but don't fret, it's great by itself.  Dip your finger in there and have a taste, it'll give you a preview of how good these cookies will be!
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.  Then add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix on low speed.  Increase to medium until the dough is smooth.
Fold in mini-chocolate chips.
Place the cooking sheet in the freezer for around ten minutes before baking - this helps make sure the cookies don't get too thin.  Scoop dough, roll into a balls, and place on the cookie sheet.  Bake for around seven minutes at 350 degrees F.
They're supposed to be a little thin, but they are still soft and taste amazing.  Nutella tastes good in so many things, it was only a matter of time before there was a cookie.  I got this from Erin's Food Files, who always has new innovative food. 
I hope you guys have a great day, and that you (and Ellie) enjoyed the cookies.  One more surprise... I know, despite our efforts and very long discussions about it, we didn't have time for Chick-fil-A while you were in Texas.  Luckily today, someone brought in the chicken biscuits for breakfast, and I was able to snap a quick photo.  I know it seems weird, but they are the best things ever... next time, next time.  :)

Nutella Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Nutella
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream butter with mixer and add both sugars.
Beat for around three minutes until light and fluffy.
With mixer on low add eggs and vanilla, then Nutella.
In a small bowl mix flour, baking soda and salt together.
Slowly add to wet ingredients while beating on low speed.
Increase to medium speed until dough is smooth.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Put pan in freezer for around 10 minutes before baking.
Scoop the dough and form into balls and place on baking pan.
Bake for around 7-8 minutes.

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