It’s Gettin Hot Out Here! Nutella Tailgate Chocolate Cookies

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I don’t know about all of you people out in the world, but I’m ready for some football!  The first home game for my team is tomorrow and just in time for this football season and the many tailgates to come, I’m featuring a cookie sure to please.  An added bonus is that it will not spoil in the heat, it will only taste better.   I wish I created this recipe, although it is so simple it could easily be a basic recipe for a chocolate cookie with an add on.  The bonus ingredient here is Nutella.  I do not know about your household, but in our house the kids love them some Nutella.  I came across this cookie recipe while looking for heat tolerant desserts.  They are sure to please your crowd and be gone by game time.

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*I did not use hazelnuts in my recipe

 

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Chocolate Nutella Cookies

Yield: 6 Dozen

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

INGREDIENTS
1½ sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup of brown sugar
¾ cup of white sugar
1 cup of Nutella
½ teaspoon of vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups, plus 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup of chocolate chips
½ cup of chopped hazelnuts (optional)

Directions:

1 Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter in an electric mixer for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the sugars and Nutella and mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl to ensure even mixing.

2 Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds between each. Add the vanilla and mix for 10 seconds.

3 Sift together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda (do not skip this step as sifting eliminates clumps of cocoa). Mix into the butter mixture on low speed until fully incorporated, scraping down the bottom and sides at least once to ensure even mixing. Fold in the chocolate chips and hazelnuts and refrigerate the dough for ten minutes.

4 Spoon tablespoon-sized drops of dough onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes. 10 minutes was sufficient for convection baking. Allow to cool on the sheets for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Garrett McCord, www.vanillagarlic.com Chocolate Nutella Cookies


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