Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter Cookies with Sea Salt
The only thing Superbowl Sunday does for me is gives me a good run for my money. Not literally since I could care less about gambling or football, but more so that I have to figure out THE dish to bring to the party every, single, year. I mean, it basically sums up your last year's worth of cooking/baking talent in one fell swoop and that's no easy feat!
This year I came out on top since I chose a cookie that is probably the best thing I've ever tasted: Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter Cookies with Sea Salt. Need a visual? Picture a Carol's Cookie on steroids with a pop of warm nutella in its center and a sprinkle of sea salt to make you extra excited. Feeling skinny? Make them. Feeling fat? I don't know what to tell you. Suck it up, what's an extra 1000 calories?
*Just a note, the dough is so thick and crumbly that I first made the balls and then after the refrigeration step, I warmed each one up with my hands, broke it half, made them into semi-flat circles, put on the dollop of nutella and covered it with the other side to form a ball. I cooked them for exactly 10 minutes and removed them from the pan after 2 minutes. I found that they started to burn if not and nobody likes burned chocolate. Not even Sexual Chocolate!
Recipe after the jump:
- 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 jar of Nutella, chilled in refrigerator
- Coarse sea salt for sprinkling
- Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. The butter will begin to foam. Make sure you whisk consistently during this process. After a couple of minutes, the butter will begin to brown on the bottom of the saucepan; continue to whisk and remove from heat as soon as the butter begins to brown and give off a nutty aroma. Immediately transfer the butter to a bowl to prevent burning. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
- With an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, yolk, vanilla, and yogurt until combined. Add the dry ingredients slowly and beat on low-speed just until combined. Gently fold in all of the chocolate chips.
- Chill your dough for 2 hours in the refrigerator, or place in freezer for 30 minutes if you are super eager, although I cannot promise the same results if you do this.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Once dough is chilled measure about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten the dough ball very thinly into the palm of your hand. Place 1 teaspoon of chilled nutella in the middle and fold dough around it; gently roll into a ball — it doesn’t have to be perfectly rolled! Make sure that the nutella is not seeping out of the dough. Add more dough if necessary. Place dough balls on cookie sheet, 2 inches apart and flatten with your hand VERY gently. (Really only the tops need to be flattened a bit!)
- Bake the cookies 9-11 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. They will look a bit underdone in the middle, but will continue to cook once out of the oven. Cool the cookies on the sheets at least 2 minutes. Sprinkle with a little sea salt. Remove the cooled cookies from the baking sheets after a few minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.
PC: Ambitious Kitchen