Despite the beauty of technology and the ability I have to catalog and cross-reference all my recipes online, I still keep a big, honkin’ three-ring binder full of recipes I collect from various places. I don’t know why. I guess I’m a tactile kind of person. I need the tangible product; the book, the magazine, the sheet of paper.
With some regularity, I add to the file, or go through it for inspiration I’m just not finding on the internet. That’s hard to believe given how much great cooking and baking there is out there in the vastness of the web. Anyway, being in an old-school kind of mood, I was flipping through clippings the other day looking for something to bake. I haven’t baked in a while. It’s summer. It’s hot. I swore not to turn my oven on until October.
But I have yet to master baking on the grill. And we needed something to occupy us as the days of summer wind down and the start of school looms. And what better way to take a little girl’s mind off the looming start of school than by baking. With Nutella!!!!
These cookies are simple and delicious and it’s taking all the willpower I can muster not to eat more than one. A day, that is. They’re brownie-like and chewy and that Nutella center is heavenly.
Nutella Sandwich Cookies (recipe courtesy Radically Simple)
- 13-ounce jar Nutella
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (not melted)
- 1 extra large egg
- 1 1/4 cups self-rising cake flour (I used regular self-rising flour)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Beat together 3/4 cup of the Nutella, butter, and egg. Slowly add the flour until a wet dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead gently, adding more flour if necessary; the dough will be sticky. Divide the dough into 18 pieces and roll each into a perfect ball, flouring your hands as you go. Place several inches apart on the baking sheet.
Bake 10 – 12 minutes, until firm. Cool 10 minutes on the sheet.
Using a serrated knife, split each cookie in half horizontally. Spread each bottom half with 1 tsp Nutella. Replace the tops, pressing lightly.
***Baker’s Notes: On the baking time, err toward the lower end. My first batch stayed in closer to 12 minutes and I thought they were a little harder to slice in half because they were crisper. For a softer cookie, I’d recommend 10 minutes. Also, next time I’d use all-purpose flour on my hands to roll them into balls. Self-rising flour contains salt and rolling them with the self-rising flour gave the outer part of the cookie a hint of salty flavor. That’s not a bad thing if you like the sweet/salty combination. Just a head’s up to anyone who would rather not taste a hint of salt in their cookie.