Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nutella Butter Cookies

I'm calling this recipe a change-up, in honor of the upcoming playoffs and eminent World Series in baseball; a sport my DH and Sis are addicted to.  My inspiration was a jar of Nutella and some hazelnut flour I purchased from Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards at our farmer's market this past Saturday.  Instead of the usual peanut butter cookies, I made a substitution to the line-up with these two hazelnut products.

Peanut butter cookies first showed up when George Washington Carver convinced farmers that peanuts could be a replacement crop for cotton, that was being infested with boll weevils.  The cookies were usually rolled and cut into pieces.  It wasn't until the 1930s when Pillsbury Flour Company started using a fork to make the recognized criss-cross pattern that we know today is a Peanut Butter cookie.  The reasoning behind this technique was because peanut butter cookies are dense and the criss-cross allowed the middle to cook through thoroughly.  I like the criss-cross pattern and kept it with my substitution of these beloved cookie.

Nutella Butter Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
1-13oz jar of Nutella spread
3 1/2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
2/3 cups hazelnut flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt

granulated sugar 

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together thoroughly.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and with the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between additions.  Add the Nutella and vanilla extract and beat again to combine.  Add 3 cups of flour, hazelnut flour, baking soda and salt and mix on medium to combine.  Remove bowl from the stand and stir in the final 1/2-cup of flour.  
Using a 2-Tablespoon scoop, measure out the dough and drop into a bowl of granulated sugar to coat the tops.  

Place on the baking sheet.  Using a dinner fork, make the tradition criss-cross pattern on the tops.  

Bake in the preheated oven for 9 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes before transferring to a baking rack to cool completely.
Makes 4 to 5 dozen

These cookies, with their familiar look, but unusual taste, go well with a tall glass of milk or on a cool Fall day, a mug of cider or hot cocoa.  I love the taste of hazelnuts--so sophisticated, and after taking a  bite, I realized these would also make great holiday cookies.  I would substitute the criss-cross technique with the "thumb-print" indentation and add a dab of raspberry jam.  Now, doesn't that sound yummy?  


  1. Yes, That is my kind of cookie! I grew up with Nutella and still can not get used to peanut butter. Raspberry jam sounds great with it, too.

  2. Pot of tea with mine please.Can't wait for the day we get to chat over a cuppa and some of your yummy delights.
    happy weekend darling

  3. My dear sweet Sister, you do know my every weakness!! Cookies are probably at the top of my comfort list along with soup. And as you know, I need a lot of comforting since the demise of my beloved Atlanta Braves! I checked the Hazelnut website but thought I would look first at our Cheese Shop since they do carry a lot of speciality items. Hugs, Barb

    PS---I love the baseball analogy!

  4. Mmmm! These would be fabulous with a Nutella hot chocolate. Can't wait to make them.

    PS - I see the print button lasted through another update! Maybe I finally got it right... xoxo

  5. Erica~You're a genius! What would I do without you??? XOXO

  6. Delicious! I have a jar of Nutella in my pantry waiting for a great recipe. I think I will try these!


  7. MMMM! I bet these are delicious!!! And the raspberry jam would send me over the edge!!! Must try!