Thursday, December 2, 2010

Chocolate Nutella Thumbprint Cookies



Eating nutella straight out of the jar is always a dessert option, but there are several other ways to incorporate nutella into dessert as well. When I saw the recipe for thumbprints filled with nutella I thought it was genius! The chocolate cookie itself taste somewhat bitter, but with each bite you get a taste of creamy chocolate nutella, which helps to balance all the chocolate flavors together, creating one sinful cookie. For anyone needing their fix of chocolate, this cookie will not disappoint your chocolate desires!

Chocolate Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

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1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup powdered sugar

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 large egg yolks

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 to 3/4 cup Nutella

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, and salt. In a separate, larger bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer until it’s light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add egg yolks and vanilla and beat well. Mix in flour mixture at low speed, just until combined.

Turn dough out onto a sheet of wax paper and knead a few times until it is smooth and shiny. Shape dough into 24 1-inch balls. Arrange balls 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Press thumb into the center of each cookie, leaving an indentation.

Bake one cookie sheet at a time for 10 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks. Spoon a generous teaspoonful of nutella into the center of each cookie.

Source: RecipeGirl, originally adapted from Cooking Light

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