Updated: Dec 23, 2021
I had a weekend that really tested my social anxiety because I had not one, but two, social gatherings back-to-back! And wow, after those two events, I was completely exhausted. I reached my social interaction limit. Having social anxieties on top of being an empath, I typically don't do well around large groups of people, especially after this pandemic. I feel like I forgot how to interact with people in-real-life since we've all been behind a screen for over a year.
But I digress. So I had these events coming up and I needed some baked goods to bring with me. I started thinking of party food, the easy grab-and-go kind, which led me to thinking about cookies. Then I considered what I was in the mood for, and honestly what could perhaps boost my spirits to help me get through these social engagements (lol). I love chocolate chip cookies, and I love Nutella (who doesn't?), so I figured, why not combine the two in one beautiful bite?
Alas, I hopped on Pinterest and found this amazing recipe from a website called Janes Patisserie. Only problem was, the measurements were all in grams and I also needed to double the recipe to make enough for both gatherings. I decided to challenge myself and throw some light math into the mix - I had multiply by two for doubling, then convert that number into cups. But, it all worked out because WOW, these were a huge hit. People at both parties kept asking me why I, quote, "brought crack to the party," aka these Nutella stuffed cookies that people were gobbling down.
All the math I had to do was certainly worth it. You can also use an online converter calculator which is what I did to convert the grams to cups or any measurement that you work with.
These were probably one of my absolute favorite cookie recipes, they were so good and I highly recommend them. It's a more complex and transformed chocolate chip cookie. Great balance of flavor, and they taste amazing with a glass of milk. They're rather large, and the recipe only makes about 15 cookies, so if you need more, make sure you double it.
To start, you freeze heaping teaspoons of Nutella in the freezer for about 60 minutes - the colder the better, it'll be easier to work with! Then make your dough. When that's ready, you flatten some dough in the palm of your hand, plop the frozen lump of Nutella down and form the dough around it, covering it entirely.
This recipe yields about 16-18 cookies.
15 tsps Nutella (heaped)
1/2 c Unsalted Butter (softened to room temperature)
3/4 c Packed Light (or dark) Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1 Medium Egg
1 1/4 c All-Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Corn Starch
1 c Finely Chopped Chocolate or mini chocolate chips (I added regular chocolate chips to the top right when I pulled them out of the oven!)
1. Scoop heaped teaspoons of Nutella onto a lined tray, and freeze till solid. This usually takes 30-60 minutes!
2. Once the Nutella has frozen, make your Cookie Dough!
3. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F
4. Beat together your Butter and Sugar until fluffy, and then add in your Vanilla and Egg and beat again till smooth.
5. In a separate bowl, whisk together your Flour, Salt, Baking Soda and Cornflour, and then gradually add it into the wet ingredients.
6. Add in the finely chopped chocolate or chocolate chips and mix till combined.
Scoop your Cookies with a cookie scoop to portion.
7. As you scoop each cookie, flatten the dough slightly into a disc shape, and add a frozen lump of Nutella to the middle and then wrap the cookie dough around the Nutella fully so its covered! They will be balls of cookie in the end.
8. Line 2-3 LARGE trays with parchment paper - and add 6 cookies to each tray. Each cookie might spread a bit whilst baking, so you want room for them to grow!
9. Bake in the oven for 11-13 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. The more you bake, the less gooey they will be!
- The freezing of the Nutella is important so it's easier to make and to form the dough around it, and also to keep the Nutella gooey when the cookies are done!
- These are best fresh so that they are still warm and gooey, but will last for 3-4 days once made - you can easily microwave them so that they are gooey inside again!