Nutella Crunch Cookies

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Posted on Dec 14, 2014 in Food

Nutella Crunch Cookies
Nutella Crunch Cookies12 Christmas Cookie Recipes from Back to Her Roots

Nutella Crunch Cookies

I have to admit—I’m kinda running out of things to say about cookies.

This is cookie #11, and the only thoughts running through my head at this point are, “COOKIES GOOD. EAT.” Spoken, of course, in Cookie Monster’s voice.

What, Cookie Monster isn’t the voice inside your head? Just me?

Nutella Crunch Cookies

It’s really unfortunate that I can’t drum up anything more eloquent to say about these Nutella cookies, because they deserve my absolute best write-up. They are absolutely delicious. They’re like if peanut butter cookie dough took one too many shots of Nutella, and then did a cliff dive into a pool of roasted hazelnuts. They’re crunchy and craggy on the outside, but soft and chewy inside, with an awesome crunch from a heavy-handed dose of hazelnuts.

Nutella Crunch Cookies

I would call these cookies a “workhorse” cookie. They aren’t going to win any awards at your office cookie contest, and I highly doubt they’ll be the next smash sensation to take over your Pinterest feed, but they are darn delicious, easy to make, and chances are, you have almost all the ingredients to whip up a batch right now. They’re also pretty much impossible to mess up. And, dare I say it, they’re almost a little bit kinda healthy. I mean, they have peanut butter and hazelnuts in them. Healthy fats and all that.

Nutella Crunch Cookies

I hope you’ll give these cookies the benefit of the doubt, and not blame them for my totally cookied-out brain. I swear, they are worth your consideration.

Enjoy!

Nutella Crunch Cookies

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Nutella Crunch Cookies

These easy-to-make Nutella cookies are crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted, plus more for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer fitter with the paddle attachment, cream together the Nutella, peanut butter and brown sugar, scraping sides as necessary.
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat to mix.
  4. Add in the baking soda, flour, and salt, a mix to combine. Remove dough from mixer, and fold in the hazelnuts by hand. Dough should be crumbly, but holds together when squeezed
  5. Form dough into 1-1/2 inch balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten cookies with the back of a spatula, then press in additional hazelnuts on top of cookie.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies begin to brown and crack. Let cool for 2-5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
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Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

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Posted on Dec 13, 2014 in Food

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies
Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

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Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

I’ve done a lot of hating on crunchy cookies over the past few weeks. It’s no secret that my preference is for chewy, gooey, soft cookies, but I do have a soft spot (hard spot?) in my heart for one crunchy cookie—the sweet, delicate, adorable spritz cookie.

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

I think part of why I love spritz cookies so much is that they are just so darn fun to make. I pull out my cookie press exactly once a year, but it is still one of my favorite things to do around the holidays. I mean. It’s a gun. That shoots out cookies. How awesome is that?

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

The name “spritz” comes from the German word spritzen which means “to squirt,” which refers to how the dough is squirted out of the cookie press to form the cookies. The standard recipe for spritz cookies is buttery and sweet, and delicious all on its own, but I tend to like to dress up my spritz cookies with a little bit of festive flavor. This version uses two classic holiday flavors—clementines and cloves.

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

I love having a couple of these cookies with a mug of tea. These are not decadent cookies. They are light, delicate, and just a little bit sweet. They’re the perfect cookie if you’re looking for a little bit of a treat, but don’t want to overload yourself with a sugar bomb.

Typically, you’ll find a lot of spritz cookies decked out to the nines with food coloring, sprinkles, and other candies, but I like to keep my spritz cookies pretty simple—I just sprinkle them with a bit of sugar right before baking. It gives them a really beautiful shimmer.

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

We’re spending this weekend with my family celebrating Christmas—I’m leaving my computer at home and enjoying my family! I hope you have absolutely wonderful weekend!

Enjoy.

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

Total Time: 16 minutes

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

A twist on the Christmas classic, these clementine and clove spritz cookies are full of bright and warm holiday flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Juice and zest of 2 clementines
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add in the egg and vanilla, and mix until well combined.
  3. Add in the cloves, juice, zest, and salt. Mix until well-combined. Add in the flour and mix until well-combined.
  4. Take a handful of the dough, roll into a log, and load into the barrel of a cookie press. Fit cookie press with desired die, and shoot dough onto ungreased cooking sheets. Sprinkle with granulate sugar or sprinkles. Then bake in preheated oven for 7-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies just begin to brown.
  5. Let cool on cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
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