Nutella Cookies
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Serves: 24
  • 120g (or 4 ounces) semisweet chocolate
  • 40ml (or 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons) regular milk
  • 60g (or 4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 150g (or ½ a cup + 3 tablespoons) light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 80g (or ½ a cup + 2 tablespoons) all-purpose flour
  • 30g (or ¼ cup) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 130g (or ¾ of a cup) hazelnuts, chopped
  • 150g (or 5 ounces) Nutella
  1. In the bowl of a double boiler, gently melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally to make sure it completely melts. Once the chocolate has melted, take it off the heat and add the milk. Stir to combine, then set the mixture aside to cool.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix to combine.
  3. Add the cooled chocolate mixture, the flour, the cocoa, the baking powder and the salt. Stir until combined, using a rubber spatula. Once the flour has absorbed the wet ingredients, mix briefly with the mixer to make sure it's smooth. Finally, add the chopped hazelnuts and mix in.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. I usually use my hands to shape the dough into a rough rectangle before wrapping it in plastic wrap, as it allows me to easily divide the dough once it has chilled.
  5. As the dough chills, preheat your oven to 175°C/350°F and line a cookie sheet with baking parchment.
  6. Once the dough has chilled, divide it into 24 chunks, roughly roll each chunk into a ball and place the dough balls on the lined cookie sheet, placing them 5-cm/2-inches apart.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies are no longer shiny. Take out off the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, the cookies should be soft, chewy and cakey.
  8. While the cookies cool, gently heat the Nutella in the bowl of a double boiler until it's almost liquid. Plop it in a piping bag or ziplock bag, snif the end off the bag or a corner of the ziplock bag and drizzle the Nutella over the cookies. Allow to chill in the fridge or serve immediately. Enjoy!
Recipe by The Tough Cookie at