Monday, September 12, 2011

Nutella thumbprint Chocolate Cookies



Do we need any occasion to bake cookies ? Absolutely not!!!!!! .......I feel we can bake cookies anytime & have them  anytime - just dunk em in tea or milk - anytime. I get so excited whenever I  see  pictures of any cookie especially one  that looks fresh out of a bakery I know i have to bake them. My love for fresh baked cookies dates back to my childhood ( as I mentioned in one of my earlier posts as well) & now that I have the luxury of having a big oven I want to bake something everyday. These cookies are kind of a replica of the Chocolate Bourbon cookies that we so used to love as kids. My father would bring that tin of Britannia  chocolate bourbons & it would be gone in no time. I saw the pictures for these cookies on the net ,topped with Dulce De Leche ( honestly all I know about Dulce De Leche is that it is some kind of a topping) , so avoiding a trip to the grocery store I topped them with "Nutella" Instead & they taste exactly like The chocolate bourbons.....soft & crunchy  at the same time & the little dab of nutella  makes  them.......make em.......I dunno what to say ( lol)



Ingredients:

I cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened  cocoa powder ( I used Hershey's)
1/8 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter at room temp ( 112 grams / 1/2 cup )
1/3 cup heaped confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tablespoons crushed pistachios.
1-2 tablespoons nutella

Preparation:

Mix the dry ingredients together, flour, cocoa, salt - keep aside
Beat the butter & sugar together in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer until light & fluffy.
Add vanilla extract , mix well.
Start adding the dry mix 2 tablespoons at a time until completely incorporated . Mix well. Do not overmix the cookie dough.
The dough will be soft , divide it into 20-24 equal portions( I scooped it out with 1/2 tablespoon measuring spoon)  roll into small balls & just flatten each ball slightly into the palms .
Now press one side of each ball into crushed pistachios & place them onto well greased baking sheet.
For the thumbprint you can either make an impression in the centre of the cookie with your thumb or a 1/2 measuring tsp ( I used 1/2 measuring tsp)
Bake at 325 degree F for 12-15 mins. You might have to adjust the bake time as every oven is different.
The cookies might puff up from the centre while baking , in that case just press them with a spoon again while they are hot & soft.
Let cool completely . Top each cookie with a little dollop of Nutella .




Note: Top them with nutella just before serving as they tend to become a little  soggy  from the moisturous Nutella.

Happy Baking..........Enjoy.









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