Sunday, February 27, 2011

Nutella: eating it, using it, measuring it

my favorite and go to snack in college was a nutella peanut butter sandwich. when i was only shopping for myself, i would buy the small tub but now that i’m back home... my parents like to shop in bulk which means costco. the best deal for nutella really is at costco... 2 large tubs (seen above) for like $7!!! they usually sell one of the small tubs for like $4 at safeway or any other grocery store... which is crazy expensive now that i think about it. so i had 2 large tubs sitting at home courtesy of my mom... but she was complaining that i wasn’t eating it fast enough and it was sitting on the shelf looking lonely. really mom?! i love her tho... she says the most random and weird things lol solution to my mom’s complaining: make cookies. these cookies have been a hit with family and friends... they’re crispy at the edges and soft/chewy in the middle. the nutella isn’t overpowering but it gives just the right amount of hazelnut flavor to the chocolate cookie.

-1 1/3 cup flour
-1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 tsp baking powder
-1/4 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp of salt
-1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
-2/3 cup white sugar
-1/3 cup light brown sugar
-2/3 cup Nutella
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-1 egg
-1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

so you may be wondering how to measure nutella (or anything spreadable like peanut butter)... my mom recently got this nifty gadget called the metric wonder cup.  


the yellow tube can be adjusted to reflect however many cups ( or whatever measurements you’re using) you need. all you have to do is slide the yellow tube down to the line of whatever measurement you need and fill the empty space with whatever ingredient you need, in this case, nutella. once you fill the empty space, push the yellow tube to empty your ingredient into your mixer/mixing bowl. super easy! you can buy this on amazon for pretty cheap! 

-sift together dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt)
-cream together butter and both sugars until light and fluffy
-add the nutella, vanilla, and egg
-add dry ingredient mixture in batches and mix until just incorporated
-add the chocolate chips.
-chill the dough for at least 1 hour before using
-drop tablespoons of dough onto lined baking sheets (i used a melon baller)
-bake at 350F for about 10 minutes until the edges look done (the middle can be slightly undercooked)
-let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes to finish baking before removing them to cooling racks

recipe adapted from sugar cooking

happy nutella nom nomming!

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