On a mundane Sunday afternoon, I decided I wanted to experiment in some baking. I like to eat, but I can’t cook or bake to save myself. But, lately, I’ve been having some real cravings for soft, chewy cookies. I had a disappointing run-in with these Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cup Chips Ahoy cookies and wasn’t a fan. It seems that the cookies have gotten smaller over the years (or I’ve just gotten huge) and the quality isn’t as great. So, I had been meaning to make some cookies from scratch to satisfy my craving. And, since I love all things Nutella, it seemed that adding Nutella into a cookie recipe would be a bonus.
On a random night where I was googling random Nutella recipes, I had come across a blog called “Sugar & Spice by Celeste” (http://sugarandspice-celeste.blogspot.com/2010/08/nutella-chocolate-chip-cookies.html). She has an awesome Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that looked amazing. I mean, look at thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis:
And, while you’re visiting her site, I would also highly recommend checking out some of her other fantastic recipes. She’s got a mouth-watering sugary temptation called Homemade Twix Bar. Yeah, this lady is pretty cool. So, check out her blog when you get a chance.
I finally decided to experiment and try out Celeste’s yummy Nutella cookie recipe. And, lately, I’ve been on a dinosaur kick. Everything dino decorated has tickled my fancy and upon rummaging around in Target, I found this cool dino sandwich cutter:
So, on this fine Sunday afternoon, I combined my two latest obsessions: Nutella and Dinosaurs! I halved Celeste’s recipe and substituted a few items.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- Moo Moo Note: The original recipe calls for vanilla extract but all I had was almond extract. Plus, I figured the nutty flavor would complement the Nutella.
- 1/8 cup Nutella
- Moo Moo Note: I eyeballed this. I love Nutella so I kinda just poured it in haha.
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- Moo Moo Note: The original recipe calls for regular milk chocolate chips, but I love dark chocolate, so I substituted.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and prep baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Full disclosure – I’m typically strict when it comes to combining ingredients slowly. However, it being a lazy Sunday, I totally plopped all the ingredients in together:
- Combine Flour, Salt, Butter, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Eggs, and Almond Extract.
- Add Baking Soda.
- Go to Step 4.
- If you want to do it the proper way, here are the steps:
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Cream the butter, the sugar, and the brown sugar.
- Add the eggs and the vanilla (or almond extract) until combined.
- Gradually add the flour until the mixture is combined.
- Go to Step 4.
- Mix in Nutella.
- Add in the dark chocolate chips.
- Use mini ice cream scoop or spoons to drop onto baking sheets and bake for 9-11 minutes.
- For my oven, 10 minutes was the perfect amount of time. At 5 minutes, I rotated the cookie pan.
So, how does this dino shape come in? Well, I made the not-so-smart decision of trying to shape my cookies before baking them. I kind of knew from what I had read in random sites that the only cookies you shape prior to baking are sugar cookies and not chocolate chip cookies. But, I did say it was an experimental Sunday, so I tried it anyway. Needless to say, it was a FAIL, haha.
I should’ve stuck to the standard cookie scoop on the baking sheet:
Shape aside, the cookies were very delicious. But it’s deliciousness was attributed to Celeste’s great recipe. As I was looking at my Dino-blobs, I decided to try one more experiment. With the cookies warm and quite soft, I used the sandwich cutter one more time.
And, success! Look at the happy dino troupe:
In order to recreate this, I’m guessing you can bake a sheet of the Nutella chocolate chips and then use a cookie cutter to cut out the shapes.
At the very least, I hope you enjoy the recipe courtesy of the Sugar & Spice blog. The cookies are delicious! And, if you’re adventurous, try making cookie shapes =) Enjoy!!!