Friday, March 8, 2013

Brown Butter Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Nutella and Sea Salt

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Woah. So many words in the title! So many flavors!

I love simple foods and baked goods, and that is what these cookies are, but they do have a lot of flavors smashing together to create one crazy good cookie.

Basically, these cookies have a nutella center surrounded by a brown butter dough with chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. The finishing touch is the sea salt to balance out all these sweet flavors. The glob of nutella at the core is melty and great after the cookies come out of the oven, but once the cookies cool, the nutella gets hard. So, when you eat leftover cookies, just zap them in the microwave for a couple of seconds to warm them up a bit and soften the nutella.

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In order for the nutella to not just spread everywhere in the oven, freeze the nutella globs before you make the dough. Once you take them out of the freezer, they soften pretty quickly, so just take out however many globs you need per tray in order for them to be as cold as possible when they go into the oven.

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So, if you need a weekend baking project, go buy a jar of nutella and make sure you have enough peanut butter and chocolate chips on hand because you definitely do not want to miss out on these cookies.

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Brown Butter Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Nutella and Sea Salt
adapted slightly from Annie's Eats
makes about 24 cookies

Ingredients:
small jar of nutella
1 cup unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling 
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon greek yogurt or sour cream
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup peanut butter chips 

Directions
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the nutella in a plastic bag toward one corner of the bag. Twist the bag so the nutella does not come out of the bag. Snip one corner off of the bag and pipe small dollops of nutella on the baking sheet. You will need about 2 dozen. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and allow to freeze for about 2 hours. 
To make the cookies, brown the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. After the butter melts, whisk until it foams, bubbles and starts to brown. Be careful to not burn the butter. Then, pour in a small bowl and allow to cool. 
Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. 
Mix together the sugars with the brown butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until combined. Add the egg and egg yolk and blend until incorporated, followed by the vanilla and greek yogurt. Add the dry ingredients on low speed. Fold in the chocolate and peanut butter chips and chill for about 30 minutes. 
When ready to make the cookies, preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment. 
Working one sheet at a time, six cookies per sheet, form about 2 tablespoons of dough into a ball, and then make an indention in the center. Repeat until you have six disks of dough on your sheet. Then, take six dollops of nutella out of the freezer and place in each dough indention. Pinch together the edges of the dough around the nutella dollop and place back on the sheet. 
Bake cookies 14 minutes and then sprinkle with kosher salt. Repeat with the remaining dough. Make sure you only take out the number of frozen nutella dollops you need and then place the rest back in the freezer since they soften fairly quickly. 
Once the cookies have cooled, place each in the microwave before you enjoy them because the nutella will harden. The microwave will make them soft and melty once again. 

20 comments:

  1. Kayle (The Cooking Actress)March 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Ahhhhh shut the front door! I NEED these cookies!

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  2. The way the nutella oozes out in that top picture is incredible. <3

    I hadn't thought about freezing it first before stuffing. I have tried stuffing cookies before and it doesn't work nearly as easy, so I'll give that a go.

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  3. The nutella center is just oozing! Love it!

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  4. Oh my goodness, Oh my goodness, Oh my goodness - these look unbelievably incredible.

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  5. I just bought a HUGE jar of nutella because they were on sale (apparently it's seasonal to Easter/Passover?) and now I'm hoarding recipes to use it up...and these are pretty much now number one on my last. That ooey center = love.

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  6. you should totally make these! they are really wonderful.

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  7. Elizabeth, YUM!
    Thanks for the idea to freeze the Nutella--I never would have thought of that. You're quite clever.


    Thanks!

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  8. This is heaven in a cookie. All my favorite things in one cookie. That Nutella center is brilliant. Need to make these!

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  9. This is pretty awesome!

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  10. These look amazing! I love when baked good involve sea salt. It just combined all of the flavors together! The Nutella filling sounds magical.


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    M.

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  11. Those look crazy good with all that melty Nutella! I bet Biscoff would be great in the center too!

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  12. The flavor of these cookies must be heavenly. Betwen the brown butter, the peanut butter, the nutella, AND sea salt - these are PACKED with everything I love. I love adding sea salt to cookies!

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  13. Ooh, these look absolutely amazing! Everything delicious in one little cookie. :D

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  14. Well isn't that just the most mind-numbingly delicious thing I've ever seen! That chocolate is killing me right now. So good!

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  15. I love the gooey chocolatey goodness coming out of the cookies!

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  16. Monet@anecdotesandapples.comMarch 11, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Now doesn't that nutella oozing out of the middle look too good?!?! Thank you for sharing such a delicious cookie recipe. I love all the ingredients in here...I know theses would be winners in my house!

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  17. It's so hard to resist a cookie that's oozing in the middle! These look fantastic and I love the flavor combination...

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  18. I love all the flavors going on in these cookies! The nutella centers are nothing short of heavenly!

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  19. The photo is seriously making me hungry! What a lovely cookie recipe, I would eat the whole batch I'm sure :P

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  20. Oh yum ~ Cookies are my favorite to eat & bake ~ these look fabulous :-)

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