Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nutella Swirl Cookies ( Eggless)


Nutella.........I was introduced to this heavenly goodness just a few days ago.  Living for 8 years now in NJ I had always seen the nutella jars at the supermarket  but I just thought of it as a spread that could be spread on bread or sandwiched between cookies until I bought my 1st jar few days ago for the Banana stuffed croissant  ( recipe already posted). And for those of you who do not know what Nutella is ( I am saying this coz I myself did not know ) it is a hazlenut spread with skim milk & cocoa  & sooooooo yummy ,better than any chocolate I wud say. And as I keep browsing the net for cookie recipe these days especially cookies that look fresh out a bakery .....I came across these Nutella pinwheel cookies, a simple butter cookie with Nutella slathered on it , rolled & baked......what more could I ask for. I tweaked the recipe a little by excluding the eggs & adding a pinch of baking soda .My husband who is not a big fan of sweets grabs a couple of these cookies as soon as he's back from work  & this makes me all the more happy. With very few ingredients these cookies are a real treat.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup all purpose flour
  2. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  3. 1stick butter / 120 gms ( at room temp.)
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 cup light brown powdered sugar
  6. 1/4 cup nutella 

Preparation:

  1. Start by beating the butter & sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment , beat until light & fluffy.
  2. Mix in the vanilla extract & start mixing in the flour combined with the baking soda. Mix until just well blended.
  3. Transfer the dough onto a work surface, roll it into a ball , wrap with cling foil & refrigerate for 30 mins. to make the rolling & cutting easy as the dough is very soft.
  4. Roll out the dough into a 1/4th inch thick rectangle inbetween 2 cling wraps to avoid the dough from sticking to the rolling pin, now remove the upper cling foil .
  5. Spread the nutella on this rectangular sheet of dough  leaving 1/4 of an inch on all sides so nutella dosen't ooz out when rolling the dough.
  6. Roll the dough into a log starting form the longest side , can also be done with the help of the lower layer of the cling foil....just holding the edges of the cling foil start rolling .
  7. Place the rolled dough log into the refrigerator for another 5-10 mins.
  8. Cut the dough into 1/3rd inch slices with the help of a sharp knife & place them on a well greased baking sheet.
  9. Bake at 350 F for 12-15 mins or until they turn golden brown, let them rest on the baking sheet for about 5 mins. before transferring them to the cooling rack. This recipe makes about 25-30 cookies .
Note: Sprinkle some coarsely chopped hazlenuts on the nutella spread before rolling the dough , I did not coz I wanted some plain crunchy cookies. Next time I will also be trying these cookies by adding some cream cheese.



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