Baking is my solace these days, so I’ve gotten into baking several times a week, pawning the extra sweets off to whoever will take them. Honestly, it’s amazing Andrew and I aren’t incredibly overweight with the amount of dessert that comes out of my kitchen. My self control is always engaged! Ok, I’m lying to myself, but we’re lucky that my baking hasn’t totally overtaken us yet. Just the pantry and all of the cabinet space…
I’m excited to share these really easy white chocolate chip Nutella cookies that I made recently, and I really had to resist my temptation not to eat the whole batch. Like most people these days, I love Nutella, especially with banana bread or on some wheat toast with banana on top, so I tried something different this time by baking my beloved hazelnut spread into cookies. They turned out really well, with a soft center and a just-barely-crunchy outside with a blend of white chocolate chips. On to the recipe now!
Ingredients (makes 12-15 cookies):
- 1/2 cup butter, soft
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup Nutella (or equivalent hazelnut spread)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Cream together the butter and sugars. Add in the egg and vanilla, and beat well. Mix in the Nutella. Mix in the flour, salt and baking soda until just barely mixed. A little bit of white showing is good. Stir in the white chocolate chips with a spoon or spatula.
Chill the dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Then roll into 1-inch balls (I used a cookie scoop) and bake several inches apart on 350 degrees for 9-12 minutes until the edges have formed. Because of their dark color, it’s hard to see the “browning,” so carefully touch the corners to see if they have formed properly, and remove to cool.
Once cooled (or even better, when they’re still a little warm), serve along side a glass of milk and prepare to fall in love! They’re so good when still a little warm and the white chocolate is slightly melted. I know it’s practically summer now, but these would pair so well with hot chocolate for those chilly evenings. Enjoy!