salted chocolate nutella cookies

April 3, 2012

Crispy, salted chocolate cookies with a thick smear of Nutella sandwiched between them. I don’t mind if I do.

Do you bake? Some of you must as I’m sure you come here to look at recipes but others of you might just like pretty pictures of food (one of the biggest reasons I enjoy looking at food blogs). If you like to bake then maybe you understand me when I say that baking soothes my soul. If I have something on my mind or feel stressed out, then baking some simple cookies or quick bread lets me breathe.

Something about the familiar motions of creaming butter and sugar with a wooden spoon and sieving flour comforts me. The predictability of combining certain ingredients in a particular way and knowing what the outcome will be helps my mind wander through whatever is bothering it. It’s really a wonderful thing.

These got the thumbs up from my co-workers who got treated to them though I will say that you shouldn’t be shy with the Nutella. I was fairly conservative and but you really want a good, thick smear.

Salted Chocolate Nutella Cookies
adapted from The Faux Martha and my post on Homemade Oreo Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Nutella
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter at room-temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • Coarse salt

For the filling

  • Up to one 13oz jar of Nutella

Directions

  1. Set rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375°F.
  2. In a bowl sieve and whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream together butter, Nutella, and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg.
  4. Slowly add in the flour mixture until evenly incorporated; the dough should come together in a mass.
  5. Take rounded teaspoons of batter and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet approximately two inches apart. With moistened hands, slightly flatten the dough. Sprinkle a little sea salt on top of each one. Bake for 9-11 minutes; the cookies will spread significantly while baking. Set baking sheet on a rack to cool.
  6. Spread Nutella onto cooled cookies with a butter knife. Place another cookie, equal in size to the first, on top, sandwiching the Nutella in the middle. Lightly press, to work the filling evenly to the outsides of the cookie. Sprinkle with more sea salt, if desired. Continue this process until all the cookies have been sandwiched with Nutella. Chomp. Makes about 15 sandwich cookies (or about 30 plain cookies).
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la domestique April 3, 2012 at 8:14 am

I love a sandwich cookie- and these look so good!

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Kelly April 3, 2012 at 8:27 am

Wow – that could’ve been me describing how the methodology of baking is so relaxing! I like baking for that reason, and cooking because you can wing it. The ying to my yang. :)

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Evan Thomas April 3, 2012 at 9:11 am

Um, these look mouth-wateringly delicious

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Emily April 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

My mind is blown… these sound amazing. I’m definitely jotting down the recipe, I want to wait for a special occasion to make them.

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Em (Wine and Butter) April 3, 2012 at 10:51 am

I WISH I found baking therpeutic.. really I just find it stressful, although I’m hoping my culinary course will change that. Cooking and hiking are my therapy. :)

I wanted to stop by to say I know you have a Mexican Choc cookie recipe and seem to be generally a spiced chocolate kind of fan. This past week I have been enjoying LOTS of Mexican chocolate ice cream and, as a bona fide, frozen dessert expert its probably the best ice cream Ive ever had. If you ever see it on the menu at some fancy ice cream place you MUST order it. Something about chili in ice cream is insane. (Apologies if you already knew all this, and Im just massively late to the party…)

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Em (Wine and Butter) April 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

That comment had horrible grammar. Sorry!

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Deanna April 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

So last week’s 30 Rock was all about meditation and creative inspiration and where it strikes and I realized it strikes for me while I’m baking. Maybe the shower principle should be called the cookie principle instead.

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Lynne April 3, 2012 at 8:18 pm

These look fantastic and are certainly going to compete with your Mexican chocolate cookies. I’ll bake up a few dozen of both for a taste test and let you know who wins! =)

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Kari @ bite-sized thoughts April 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm

These look absolutely amazing. I love the idea of pairing these ingredients…definitely one to try :)

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Brittany @ Brittany Cooks April 4, 2012 at 2:23 am

Saw these cookies on Pinterest. So glad I came across your blog! I just bought some Nutella today for the first time ever! I’ve had it before, but I never buy the stuff. I love all the interesting recipes you have on your blog. I’ll be back for sure! :)

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holly April 4, 2012 at 11:47 am

yes, yes and yes.

i cannot even tell you how much i want to smear one of these cookies all over my face! i forgot to tell you this weekend how much i also want that corn and gruyere bread you made. looks heavenly…maybe smeared with some honey butter?

also, it was so, so lovely to catch-up with you this weekend! i had a top time (that’s what they say in the UK, right?). by far one of the highlights of the weekend.

mucho love!

holly

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Steve in ORD April 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm

So, I just made these cookies. I added some chopped up semi-sweet chocolate (the really good stuff) to the mix and used a small ice cream scoop. Sprinkled the top with some flour de sel salt.

I got about 32 cookies, or 16 “sandwiches”. They will without a doubt be packaged up before the afternoon is over and passed out to the neighbors. These are addictive. Definitely err on the lower side of the cooking time and let the cookies rest and cool.

Awesome recipe and will surely be added to the list of favs that are worth sharing. Thanks for the post.

-Steve

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Kate April 16, 2012 at 8:03 am

I made these this weekend for a friend’s birthday and they were a huge hit!

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