These feel-good-chocolate-cookies are soft and chewy, studded with chocolate chips, stuffed to the brim with Nutella and sprinkled with sea salt. They have proven to be instant spirit lifters. Plus…recipe VIDEO included!
“Chocolate doesn’t ask silly questions. Chocolate understands.” I have no idea whatsoever who’s behind those words of wisdom, but all I know is that this person is my hero!
These cookies are dedicated to those dreary days, when all you want to do is curl up in fetal position and talk to a box of chocolate.
Because when all else fails, chocolate will always prevail…oh that rhymed!
And if you’re in the “I don’t like chocolate” camp, I’m so sorry I don’t have a solution for you, but my advise would be to still eat chocolate. Medication can’t always taste good. Wait…What am I talking about?! It so freakin’ good!
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1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat. Using a tablespoon size ice cream scoop or a round measuring tablespoon measuring, scoop out 16 rounded tablespoons of Nutella onto the prepared baking sheet. Freeze until solid, at least one hour or overnight. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Mix flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl and using a hand mixer), beat the butter on medium high speed until soft and slightly lightened in color, about 1 minute.
4. Add both sugars and beat together until lightened in both color and texture, about 5 minutes.
Mix in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla until well blended.
5. On low speed, mix in the cocoa powder. Add the flour mixture and mix just until combined, leaving a few streaks of flour behind. Do not over mix.
6. Stir in the chocolate chips, scraping down the bottom and sides of the bowl to make sure that everything is well combined.
7. Using a 1/4 cup measure ice cream scoop, scoop out the dough onto the lined baking sheet, forming 16 equal dough balls. Using the back of a wooden spoon handle or your thumb, make deep holes into the dough.
8. Get the Nutella scoops out of the freezer and working quickly, peel the Nutella scoops from the baking sheet and place them in the middle of the dough holes. If you’re working in a warm kitchen, you might want to keep them in the freezer, taking only one by one as you work, to avoid them melting.
9. Gather the dough up over the Nutella scoops to completely cover them. Roll the dough into balls and place on the baking sheet. Press a few extra chocolate chips on top of each dough ball then sprinkle with sea salt flakes.
10. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 2 hours, then either bake immediately (from frozen) or transfer to a large zipper lock bag and freeze until needed, overnight or up to 1 month.*
11. Preheat oven to 350F/180C and adjust oven rack to middle position. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mat. Place 8 cookie balls per sheet, spacing them at least 2 inches apart.
12. Bake until the cookies flatten with a slight dome, no longer have a hump in the middle, and the outer edges start to harden yet centers are soft and puffy, 11 to 14 minutes. Start checking at 11 minutes. The centers will feel undone, but they shouldn’t be shiny or sticky. DO NOT OVERBAKE or you’ll get hard cookies. The cookies will continue to bake after they come out of the oven from the residual heat.
13. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 15 minutes before serving. Or cool completely then store in an airtight container.
- If you don’t have a kitchen scale to weigh the flour, use the Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to lightly fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained, then sweep access with the back of a knife.
- Make sure that the brown sugar used here is the soft kind that feels like wet sand and packs to itself, like Dominos brand or Red Path.
- I used Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa in this recipe for its pleasant milk chocolatey flavor that doesn’t overwhelm the Nutella.
- I prefer equal parts semisweet and milk chocolate chips but use what you prefer.
- You don’t have to bake all the frozen cookie dough all at once. Keep them in your freezer up to one month and bake only the amount you need even if its just one, or for when a chocolate emergency strikes.