Sunday, October 17, 2010

Something to Do With Nutella

It does not seem right to eat cookies for breakfast. Even if they are salted Nutella peanut butter cookies. Even if they are thin, chewy, sweet with a hint of salt, perfect with a cup of tea or coffee on a brisk fall morning.

But then again, it's Nutella. And if you don't know what Nutella is by now, get yourself to a supermarket, charge down the peanut butter aisle and scoop up several of those little European pots of chocolate hazelnut spread. You have some studying to do.

I've been looking for something to do with Nutella other than eat it out of the jar with a large spoon. Typically I will make some crepes, spread them with Nutella and roll them up for dessert. A chopped banana is good in there too, but don't try to pretend it's healthy at all. The crepe just becomes a sort of edible vessel to transfer Nutella to your mouth.

But I'm not always in the mood for making crepes, primarily because I eat them far faster than I can make them. So recently after I spotted a recipe for Nutella cupcakes, I started searching for other Nutella desserts. That's when I came across this super easy cookie recipe. Very few ingredients, nicely balanced in texture and flavor. So don't tell me it's wrong to eat cookies for breakfast. What's wrong is not making Nutella a regular part of your breakfast, in some form or another.

Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies
Yield: 2 dozen

  • ¾ cups Nutella
  • ¼ cups smooth peanut butter
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ teaspoons kosher salt plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup flour

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix all the ingredients together until just combined.
  • Roll the dough into ½ inch thick balls (you can vary the size). Place balls one inch apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten slightly, then sprinkle each cookie with kosher salt.
  • Bake 8 minutes. Let cool on the parchment for one minute and then transfer to a wire rack.

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