Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Nutella, Sea Salt, and Browned Butter

Say hello to the best cookies I've ever made.  Imagine the perfect chocolate chip cookie - slightly crispy edges, soft and chewy interior, buttery, sweet, with just a little bit of salt.  Now imagine that it's made with browned butter.  And sprinkled with a bit of sea salt.  Oh yeah, and stuffed with Nutella.  Did you just run to your pantry to see if you have everything you need to make these?

There are certain food trends that I am over... or never got behind in the first place.  But nutella, sea salt, and/or browned butter will always be loved by me.  And apparently Joey.  And Caroline.  And Smith.  And I'm sure if Henry and Tucker could eat cookies, they'd love them too. :)

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Nutella, Sea Salt, and Browned Butter
adapted from Ambitious Kitchen, via Annie's Eats
makes about 24 cookies

  • about 1/2-3/4 cup Nutella (or other chocolate-hazelnut spread)
  • 16 Tbs (1 cup, 2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fleur de sel, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbs sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Spoon the nutella into a pastry bag or sandwich bag, and squeeze it all into the corner/bottom.  Snip off the end, then pipe into 1-2 tsp dollops on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Transfer the baking sheet to the freezer, and freeze 1-2 hours, or until the nutella is firm and frozen through.

Meanwhile, brown the butter.  In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.  Once it's melted, it will foam and bubble a bit.  Begin whisking it very often, and continue to cook until the butter turns brown and smells nutty. Immediately remove from heat and set aside to cool.

In  a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

To make the cookies, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Beat at medium speed until well-combined.  Add the egg + egg yolk, vanilla, and sour cream and mix well.  Reduce the speed to low and slowly add the flour, mixing until just incorporated.  Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips.  Transfer the bowl to the refrigerator and chill for about 30 minutes.

When ready to shape and bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

Measure out about 2 tablespoons of the dough, and roll into a ball.  Flatten the dough ball in the palm of your hand, then place a dollop of the frozen nutella in the center.  Fold the edges over the nutella, enclosing it in the dough.  Transfer to the prepared baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the dough balls about 2-3 inches apart.

Bake 13-15 minutes, or until the edges are golden-brown the the cookies are set, rotating the pans halfway through baking.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the sea salt.  Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack (or before eating them!).

Note:  These are best eaten warm, and will harden the following day.  To enjoy, just reheat in the microwave briefly (about 10-20 seconds).


Laura said...

How are you baking cookies, momma? You rock.

And, I know these cookies do too. Been thinking about them since Annie posted them, aaaannd I did just happen to buy a vat of Nutella :)

Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough said...

These look like they would be just about the best cookies I've ever tasted! Love this combo of flavors!

Jessica @ Sunny Side Up said...

When I saw these on Annie's blog last week I swear I almost licked the screen - same thing just happened when I opened your post! These sound so fabulous and I am even more impressed that you're already back to baking cookies. :)

ErinsFoodFiles said...

I bookmarked these as well. And DANG GIRL, how are you finding time to blog?!?! You are super woman!

Amanda said...

These look so yummy!

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

Oh my gosh, these are my FAVORITE cookies ever!!! I made them awhile back and am absolutely in so delicious!

Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction said...

These sound fantastic! They will be making an appearance in my kitchen soon!

Cuparoons said...

These sound delicious! You can't beat Nutella! Definately on my list of things to bake!

Katie said...

yes please... these look amazing!

Michelle said...

You have my address right? Feel free to send me some of these cookies.

Tracey Wilhelmsen said...

I made these shortly after Annie posted them and you aren't kidding - they really are amazing! I wish I had some left to enjoy for dessert tonight :)

Joanne said...

I've had these bookmarked since Ambitious Kitchen posted them and STILL haven't made them! What is wrong with me?

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

I am digging this HARD! Looks awesome!

Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) said...

These are, most certainly, the greatest cookies on the planet! I completely agree with you on that! :)

Tiffany, aka Streusel said...

oh my! Three of my favorite things wrapped up in one cookie? Too good to be true! Thanks for sharing.

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