sweet saturday: peanut butter and nutella cookies

Posted on Oct 8, 2011 in Food


I’ve mentioned on here a few times that we didn’t really ever have processed junk food growing up. No chips, no sodas, no cookies or Little Debbies. My Dad would make us dinner on weeknights because he was a high school teacher and got home early in the evening and my Mama would make us dinner on the weekends. Even when I hit that time as a teenager where you sleep until noon, I’d come downstairs from my bedroom and see a bowl of oatmeal waiting for me on the stove be reheated from my parents’ 6am breakfast. We were cooks. And, of course, that family culture is the foundation for my current love of cooking (and eating).

When we did want a treat at home, that meant we had to dust off our apron and make them ourselves. We’d bust out the red and white gingham Better Homes & Gardens cookbook and flip through until we landed on something that (a) sounded good and (b) we had all the ingredients for. The closest mega mart was about 30 minutes away from my parents’ house at the time, and we sure as hell weren’t going to drive “to the city” to get Dutch-processed cocoa.

More often than not, the only cookie recipe that fit the bill was the recipe for peanut butter cookies. We always had those staples on hand and they were always a hit with the family. I couldn’t even begin to count the number of times I flipped to this recipe in this cookbook as a child. I remember making these cookies before we had a mixer and trying my hardest to stir in the flour with a wooden spoon, but eventually needing my Dad or Mama to take over. I remember giggling when Dad would take a cookie fresh out of the oven and say he had to eat it because, “It looked like a bad one.” You know, quality control.

He still uses that joke, by the way.

In other words, these cookies have history. And like any good American does with something of historical value, I went ahead and bastardized the crap out of it.

Okay, that’s a lie. I just added some city folk ingredients like whole wheat flour and Nutella. And it turned it into an equally amazing cookie. If you are a fan of the classic peanut butter and chocolate combo, you’ll love these cookies. But if you are living out in the country like my parents do, and Nutella is hard to come by, just leave it out. You’ll still get the peanut buttery, soft cookie of my youth. Tastes like a happy childhood.

Peanut Butter and Nutella Cookies

Inspired by Delightful Bites
Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

These cookies come together in almost no time. You can go from mixing to eating in less that 30 minutes. And considering they use ingredients found in most pantries, these cookies are a great project for when you get the spontaneous baking bug.

Makes two dozen cookies

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg OR 1 flax egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • Granulated sugar

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine peanut butter and butter and mix on medium-high until pale and well-combined.
  • Add in sugars, baking soda, baking powder, egg and vanilla. Mix until just combined.
  • Add in flours and mix on low until just combined.
  • Remove bowl from mixer and add Nutella to the dough. Stir until just distributed throughout dough. You want a “swirl” effect.
  • Form the dough into 1-2 inch balls, roll in granulated sugar to coat and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Using a fork dipped in water, press cross-hatch marks on the cookies to flatten.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes or until edges are just slightly brown. Let cool on sheet for an additional 5 minutes and then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Cookies will be very soft when warm.


Are there any recipes that you remember fondly from your childhood?

25 Comments

  1. I cracked up at “bastardized the hell out of it.” because that’s what I do too. And because it is an hilarious phrase. You have such a way with words! xoxo

    • Hahaha! I just thought it was funny that I was waxing on about how awesome and classic this recipe was….and then I changed it. :P Because I cannot leave well enough alone. <3

  2. Hahaha this is one of the cutest recipes I’ve seen! The next time I’m inspired to bake, I’m definitely going for these :)

    Both my parents are health nuts… I have nostalgic memories of mixing eggs, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, vanilla, and soymilk together (plus olive oil and sweet spices) for cakes that were so heavy they were more like breads, but delicious nonetheless ;)
    Oh, and one time my dad and I made meringues! I whisked the eggs forEVER while he and I chatted and they came out really good! those were the best meringues I’ve ever had… no others have even come close.
    My dad is (and always has been) a bit of a workaholic, so those times spent baking with him felt like stolen time…
    Thank you for reminding me of those moments <3

    • Both of my parents were working parents, so I definitely get how precious time in the kitchen was. :)

  3. Those sound delicious! I made a really simple peanut butter and nutella recipe today. Spoonful of peanut butter, spoonful of nutella, done and done.

    Apple pie will always taste like a happy childhood to me!

    • I love apple pie so very, very much. Although, probably the pie of my childhood is a tie between strawberry-rhubarb and cherry. Yum!

  4. Ha! I was in the midst of making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and while I waited I thought I’d check your blog for the day. And the, since I was already in the midst of cookie making madness I decided what the hell? And I made these nutella peanut butter cookies, too! Very good! Now I have chicken and veggies roasting in the oven for dinner…it’s just been one of those afternoons that I spend in the kitchen. Thanks for a lovely recipe…the husband is a fan of anything pb & chocolate. :-)

    As for childhood food memories: crepes and waffles. Something about big breakfasts always reminds me of childhood at my grandparents. Oddly enough, my sweetie made crepes this morning, which we served with fresh picked blackberries. OMG wow…good!

    Corrie

    • Definitely, big breakfasts remind me of my family, too!

  5. I thought these were even better on day two….however, at the hubby’s suggestion we shmeared a couple of them with nutella on the top. Talk about rich! Woo! I preferred them without the extra shmear….

    YUM!

    • We smeared some Nutella between two AND put in a dollop of vanilla ice cream. YUM!

  6. “…and bastardized the hell out of it”
    Love!!!

    We had that same cookbook, and I loved it growing up! I remember sometimes feeling lucky if we were able to buy the name brand peanut butter, good times :)

    I do love a good peanut butter cookie though, and these have my name all over them!

    • Hahah! We never bought name brand anything and it always drove me crazy as a kid! But now, I do the exact same thing. :P

  7. My dad totally uses the “it’s a bad one, I better eat it” joke too. Must be a dad thing!

    Also, these cookies look incredible. I’m definitely going to try them!

  8. are the soft/chewy?

    • Yes! I am not a cakey or cunchy cookie fan. :)

  9. just 2 weeks ago I made almost the same cookie…(peanut butter criss cross cookies were my “specialty” when I was kid lol). Any…I replaced all the peanut butter with just Nutella. but mine didn’t turn out. No Nutella flavor at all. Could you taste the Nutella in yours? I need find a “fix”. :) Your cookies look great. I love the swirl affect the Nutella gives them.

    • I wouldn’t say Nutella was the primary flavor, but it was definitely there!

  10. Cassie,

    These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them. Also, I loved your description, “They taste like a happy childhood.” How lovely!

    Meredith

    • Thanks Meredith! I hope you like ‘em. :)

  11. I was so inspired by your post that I knew that I had to try out this recipe asap! I just took a bite out of one fresh from the oven and it was delicious. My co-workers are going to be over the moon when I bring them in tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

    • Mmmmm! Fresh cookies out of the oven are the best. I hope your co-workers sang your praises! Anyone that brings baked goods into our office is king or queen for the day. :)

  12. My husband and I have decided November is our month to get on track and eat at home more. This evening was our inaugural dinner of roast chicken and vegetables. I had seen your cookies on Pinterest and thought they would be the perfect accompaniment. They were. So yummy.

    • So glad you liked them Michele! Good luck with eating at home. :)

  13. I just finished making these for our New Year’s Celebration and they are super delicious! Thanks for the recipe :)

  14. I made these cookies last Sunday (with red fife flour instead of whole wheat) and they were GONE within 36 hours. I’ve had so many requests for them that your recipe just might go viral. Thank you for sharing! (side note – I was in the middle of baking when I was called away to a funeral. I put the remaining half of dough in the fridge with plastic over the bowl, and they baked up fine when I got home that night – just warmed up in my hand from rolling).

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