Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nutella Cookies

Have you ever put the spoon or spreader you used to take and spread nutella on your bread straight to the sink?...............well.........I CAN'T. I have to lick it completely clean. (my kids too join me. So it is some special quality time that you spend with your kids!). It is a never ending love story. Every time you take nutella out of the jar, it has to be licked clean and neat. It is just awesome. Enjoying the rich, sweet, creamy chocolatey, hazelnuts - the flavors jumping around in your tongue and making your brain active  - it is impossible to express it in words. It is as if your are in heaven. It is addictive. Nutella lovers will just agree with me. If you haven't tried it, my sincere suggestion is PLEASE TRY IT.  When you crave for something sweet or when you feel a little sad, trust me all you need is a spoon (or more, if you love nutella like me) of nutella. (I am editing this post...guess what!..... I am doing this, eating a nutella sandwich cookies......just spread a little nutella between two nutella cookies - DOUBLE HEAVEN!)



I am a great NUTELLA lover. It is everything to me. I love it in any form..........smoothies, cakes, cookies, brownies, icecream....I make these quite often in my home. Bread and nutella is my favorite or even just a spoon of it is enough. I love to have it anytime of the day. Do you know that it's a great late night snack too?



I made these special cookies for a special friend of mine. Made and kept it ready when she came to visit me. She too loves nutella like me. She is a great fan of my nutella goodies. So another chance to make and enjoy it together.



Ingredients:

Nutella - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/3 cup
APF / Maida - 1 cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Flax seed powder - 1 tbsp
Milk - 3 tbsp
Butter - 1 stick (works good with 2 tbsp too)
Vanilla - 1 tsp

Method:

Cream butter and sugar. Add milk to flax seed powder and let it rest for 5 min. Mix all purpose flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl and keep ready.




Now add the flaxed egg, vanilla, Nutella and mix well. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade.



Slowly add the flour-baking powder mix, couple of spoons at a time, mixing thoroughly so lumps are there. Once you mix everything, you will get a smooth ball of cookie dough. Make sure to eat a few bites. It is always fun to do that with kids. I enjoyed that and they in turn helped me make the cookies and eat them too.

Make balls of small lemon size approx. 1 to 11/2 tbsp of dough. Line a baking tray with parchment and arrange these balls 2 in. apart. Slightly pat it flat and bake for 9 -10 min for a soft chewy cookie.



They spread a little when baking. Just watch how the cookie looks - when it crackles on top and edges are beginning to set, it is perfect to take them out of the oven. Cool on a wire rack. 



They were nutellicious just right out of the oven - warm cookies...............YUM!











Tips:


  1. This recipe was my first nutella cookies and it was a hit. Now-a-days, I have made them with 4 tbsp or 2 tbsp butter instead of 1 stick (8 tbsp). The cookies are equally delicious with reduced butter. When you add less butter, you can add 1 or 2 tbsp milk to make the dough. That works for me.
  2. Also for a crunchy cookie, let it bake for 1 more min. - awesome, yummy cookies ready to be had with milk.
  3. I like this cookie without salt. If you like you can sprinkle a little on top too.
  4. Also chocolate chips and nuts are a great choice to add. They add more yumminess to your cookie bite.

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