Nutella Cookies – Must Nut Be My Thing

 

Nutella cookies…mmm, the idea sounds so delicious. You may not have noticed this, but there is A LOT of Nutella on Pinterest. I’m okay with Nutella, the chocolate-hazelnut spread from Italy, but it’s not something I always have on hand. Recently though, Target was having a sale, so I bought a jar, figuring I could use it in a recipe from the boards.

There are all kinds of things to make with Nutella, as I said, but I chose to go with these cookies. The photo on Pinterest looks like this:

Ingredients:

1 cup of Nutella

1/2 cup Sugar

1 cup Flour

1 Egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend ingredients together well. Form into 1″ balls. Place on cookie sheet. Press down firmly with the bottom of a glass. Bake 7-8 minutes until set. Cool.

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Something interesting that I found out right from the start: I had bought a Nutella container that claimed to have 13 ounces of product in the jar, but when I put the Nutella into a measuring cup, it only came out to 8 ounces and change. So, if you are planning to make a double batch of these, be sure to start with more than one small jar.

While the oven preheated, I placed all of the ingredients into the mixer,

and blended them together, though they never formed a smooth dough.

Then I took out the mixture about one tablespoon at a time…

It was like working with soil.

and formed little Nutella balls.

At this point, I just hoped they were going to taste better than they looked.

I tried flattening them with a glass, but they stuck to the bottom, so I ended up just using my hands.

They didn’t look much different going into the oven…

…than they did coming out.

The result was a dense cookie, kind of like shortbread in texture.

Overall, I was not impressed. The taste of the Nutella is nice, but I don’t like the way they look. I couldn’t get those edges to come out smooth. Plus, I’m also not keen on the texture of the cookie in general. It felt a bit strange to make cookies without using baking powder or butter, and I have to wonder if these cookies might have turned out better with those ingredients somewhere in the recipe, more of a drop-cookie than the rolled-and-flattened kind. If you are a huge Nutella fan, these cookies are fine, but if Nutella is not your favorite thing, you might want to go with a different treat.

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