Saturday, July 20, 2013

Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

Here's a cookie for the chocolate chip cookie lover who wants to add a few embellishments to take their cookies to the next level. Between the brown butter (which adds a nice nuttiness) and the rich, creamy Nutella, it's already a winner. But sprinkling sea salt on top is what keeps them from being cloying and probably what makes them so irresistible. 

I don't know how often I'll make be honest, stuffing each dough ball with Nutella is kind of a pain-in-the-ass. Mostly because it's hard to get the dough very flat (since it's full of chips) and so it cracks. And the longer you sit there making them, the warmer (and oozier) the Nutella gets, so the harder it gets to encase it in the dough without it escaping through the cracks I mentioned earlier. Of course the more I eat them, the foggier my memory gets.

Yield: 1 1/2 to 2 dozen large cookies

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup Nutella, chilled in refrigerator
coarse sea salt for sprinkling

1.      Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. When it begins to foam, start whisking constantly. 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 large mixing bowl (to prevent burning). Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
2.      In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
3.      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.
4.      Chill the dough for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
5.      Preheat oven to 350º F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
6.      Once dough is chilled, roll into balls (about 3-4 tablespoons each). Flatten each dough ball thinly into the palm of your hand. Place 2 teaspoons of chilled nutella in the middle and fold dough around it; gently roll back into a ball (it doesn’t have to be perfectly round). Make sure that the nutella is not seeping out of the dough. Add more dough if necessary. Place dough balls about 3 inches apart on baking sheet and very gently flatten just the tops with your hand.
7.      Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes or light golden brown. They will look a bit underdone in the middle, but will continue to cook once out of the oven.
8.      Immediately sprinkle with a little coarse sea salt while still warm. Let cookies cool completely before removing from baking sheets.

slightly adapted from
melted butter getting foamy
brown butter
adding the sugars
adding the egg, vanilla & yogurt
adding the flour mixture
adding the chocolate chips

I used Ghiardelli...for some reason they're gigantic.
I think that might be one of the reasons my dough
was hard to flatten.
dough all mixed
chilled Nutella
Nutella on flattened dough ball
rolled back into a ball

I forgot to flatten the tops of mine
like the recipe says. Oh well.
sprinkling with salt

I was kind of generous with the salt
(I figured some of it would fall off).
Nutella Stuffed Brown Butter
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt


Elizabeth said...

I have a suggestion that may make it easier to stuff the cookies... I know it's not the normal way for cookies to be made, but whenever a recipe calls for chilling dough and then forming the cookies after for baking I reverse the order. I find it maddeningly frustrating to have the dough crack and crumble. So, if I were making these, I'd roll the dough into balls, fill them with Nutella, flatten them into cookies, and THEN chill them on a tray in the fridge for the 2 hours. I've never really experienced a problem with this method in terms of the quality of the final cookie. My favorite part of this is actually that I can make a whole batch of cookies, then freeze the prepped cookies, and bake them up in batches of 4 or 8 cookies at time as needed.

Susan said...

Great idea! I will definitely do it that way next time! Thanks!

Unknown said...

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