Nutella Stuffed Brown Butter & Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

February 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

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There are those Pinterest food moments where I literally find myself thinking- I would pay good money to have what I see on the screen appear in front of me, just so I could eat it right now. These cookies are just that. They’ve been sitting on my cookie pin board for months and I finally got the chance to make them this weekend. They are the epitome of ooey gooey cookie amazing-ness. The feeling of pulling them apart borders on the satisfaction I get from pulling apart a hot grilled cheese. Are you drooling yet?

These guys are admittedly a little more finicky to make than your typical chocolate chip cookie. Wrapping the dough neatly around the Nutella without having it seep out takes some dexterity, but just make sure your Nutella is really really cold- that makes a world of difference. Since they are a step above your traditional chocolate chip cookie, they’d be perfect for an at home Valentine’s Day celebration- the only kind of V-day celebration I care to partake in. Prep the dough the night before and then bake them up just before you serve one of these killer dishes. Ok? Got it? Great!

Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start.

More chocolate chip goodness: Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars & Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Nutella Stuffed Brown Butter & Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies adapted from Ambitious Kitchen
Makes approx. 2 1/2 dozen cookies

  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 jar of Nutella, chilled in refrigerator
  • Coarse sea salt for sprinkling
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. The butter will begin to foam. Make sure you whisk consistently during this process. After a couple of minutes, the butter will begin to brown on the bottom of the saucepan; continue to whisk and remove from heat as soon as the butter begins to brown and give off a nutty aroma. Immediately transfer the butter to a bowl to prevent burning. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
Using an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, yolk, vanilla, and yogurt until well combined. Add the dry ingredients slowly and beat on low-speed just until combined. Fold in all of the chocolate chips.
Chill your dough and Nutella for 2 hours in the refrigerator, or overnight.
Preheat your oven to 350°. Once dough is chilled measure about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten the dough ball very thinly into the palm of your hand. Place 1 teaspoon of chilled nutella in the middle and fold dough around it; gently roll into a ball. Make sure that the nutella is not seeping out of the dough. Add more dough if necessary. Place dough balls on cookie sheet, 2 inches apart and flatten with your hand VERY gently. (Really only the tops need to be flattened a bit!)
Bake the cookies 9-11 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. They will look a bit underdone in the middle, but will continue to cook once out of the oven. Cool the cookies on the sheets at least 4 minutes. Sprinkle with a little sea salt. Remove the cooled cookies from the baking sheets after a few minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.
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