I know that the title of this recipe is a little absurd and dramatic, but I couldn’t think of any other way to present this cookie to you.
Quite frankly, this is a chocolate chip cookie that will change your life.
These cookies came about when my friend asked me to bake something that he could bring to an event he was going to. Of course, anytime someone asks me to make a dessert I usually end up baking my famous brown butter + sea salt chocolate chip cookies (because they are absolutely phenomenal); however, I wanted to do something a little different with the cookies that would be surprisingly unexpected and delicious.
So off to the grocery store I went, where I proceeded to pace the baking aisle for a good hour. I kept putting things in my basket and taking them out. No real surprise there, the grocery store is my sick obsession. I think I want to live there.
Then I realized, that there is one delicious little nut butter that isn’t featured in any of my recipes: NUTELLA! I put that little jar in my basket and ran to the check out lane absolutely giddy about what was going to take place. I mean, was I really going to stuff Nutella in the middle of a cookie?! I couldn’t wait! I’m not kidding… I really couldn’t wait; I ate some Nutella on the way home from the store. After all, taste testing is really important.
Once I got home, I popped the jar of Nutella in the fridge so that it would be easy to scoop out and place in the middle of the cookies. Next I begin to brown some butter. I should note that browning butter is a crucial part to the flavor of these cookies; it brings out a nutty, caramel flavor. The French even call call brown butter beurre noisette, which translates to hazelnut butter. How perfect is that since these cookies are stuffed with a chocolate hazelnut butter!?
If you aren’t familiar with how to brown butter, I’ve created a step-by-step tutorial for you.
After letting the brown butter cool, I mixed my cookie dough and let it chill for two hours in the refrigerator –another VERY important step when it comes to making cookies!
Now you are probably wondering why you have to wait so long when all you want to do is devour a cookie. I’ll explain: putting warm, gooey dough in the oven will result in a thin and crispy, spread out cookie. Also the longer the dough spends in the refrigerator, the longer it has to relax and absorb the flavors of the butter, which in turn will result in a better tasting, chewier cookie.
So here’s where it gets a tiny bit messy: wrapping the dough around the Nutella; it can be tricky!
I rolled my dough into a 1 1/2 inch ball (top left photo), then I flattened it out very thin in the palm of my hand (top right). Next I took 1 teaspoon of the chilled nutella and placed it in the middle of the flattened dough (bottom left), finally I folded the edges over to enclose the Nutella and formed the dough back into a ball.
Then I placed them evenly on a baking sheet, and very gently pressed them down. Finally I baked them until the edges begin to slightly brown.
The best part? Sprinkling them with a little coarse sea salt for that sweet and salty flavor we all love.
Imagine: Warm. Gooey. Hazelnutty. Chocolatey. Sweet and salty. What more could you want in a cookie?
Basically I’m just saying they are the best thing evvaaaaaaaaaaa.
Believe me, I know they’re a little bit evil. Okay, and ridiculously unhealthy. But you know it’s sort of amazing at the same time.
This is hands down the best cookie I’ve ever made. It’s also my number one most requested recipe. So… save these for the holidays or just indulge now; I promise it’s completely worth it.
I hope you’ll try them out! AND if you don’t want to stuff them with nutella, then simply leave it out of the recipe and bake the cookies. Enjoy!
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