The Nutella Challenge: Nutella Sandwich Cookies

by Ann on August 5, 2009

Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Oh, I have so many ideas for Nutella it’s not even funny.  It’s pretty dangerous for me to have a jar of it at my house as it is one of my many weaknesses.  But that did not stop me from stepping to the plate when bell ‘alimento suggested a Nutella Challenge (you see the pretty jar of Nutella in the side bar?).  I happily went and bought the two gigantic jars at Costco, which I’m sure is not necessary since a little Nutella goes a long way.  Originally I wanted to do some Nutella Swirls/Pinwheels (which I think I will still do soon anyway) but the cookie batter I made wasn’t quite right.  Previously, I made these hazelnut meal cookies– which are awesome.  I wanted an excuse to make those again, so I changed the recipe  to make flatter, crispier and less sweet cookies (since Nutella is so sweet).  Then, I tried to do a dollop of Nutella – sorta like the Hershey kiss cookies, but of course since I made this batter to be thin, it didn’t work out – my fault for changing the plan after making the batter.  However, the flavor was excellent so those are already gone:)  Then I burnt the first batch of  regular cookies by not checking the time.  But then, the last two batches worked!  Phew!  I thought they weren’t going to stick together, but once they cooled, they were just fine!  A little delicate, but completely tasty and delicious.  Yay! 

I received a gallon of palm oil shortening in the mail from Tropical Traditions, and I wanted to try out a recipe using it, there will be different recipes to follow and a giveaway as well.  I made these cookies with the intention of a healthier version of Nutella sandwich cookies.  With gluten-free oats, these are also gluten-free!  There are plenty of recipes out there for Nutella sandwich cookies, but I haven’t seen one like this yet.  The ones that usually catch my eye are the hazelnut meringue Nutella sandwich cookies.  Talk about melt in your mouth!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup palm oil shortening (non-hydrogenated) – you can also use coconut oil or butter – DON’T use hydrogenated shortening!
  • 1/2 cup sugar (I used organic)
  • 1 TB agave nectar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 3/4 cup hazelnuts, roasted, blanched and then finely ground in food processor
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Nutella

Method:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350
  • Toast the hazelnuts in the oven roughly 8 minutes or until you can smell them, don’t let them burn!  I like to toast extra in case of duds.
  • Remove the hazelnuts from the oven and with a towel, rub as much of the skins off as possible (on is okay if you don’t feel like doing this)
  • Grind them in a food processor until finely ground- it’s not going to look like flour- it’ll be slightly lumpy
  • Cream sugar with butter and shortening, add egg, vanilla and agave nectar and mix
  • In a separate bowl, combine oat flour, hazelnut meal, salt and baking powder, mix and slowly combine with wet ingredients
  • Refrigerate the batter for 20 minutes, try not to eat all the dough.
  • By small cookie scoop-full, place batter roughly 2 1/2 inches away from each drop since dough will spread.
  • Bake 5 minutes or until edges are slightly brown.  Allow to cool slightly and carefully transfer to cookie rack.  Allow to cool completly before adding Nutella
  • Take about 1/2 cup of Nutella and warm it in the microwave or stove until it’s easily spreadable (Nutella is too thick for these cookies and spreads much easier warm) – no need to measure, spread a little and sandwich those cookies!   

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Paula - bell'alimento August 5, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Ann your cookies look scrumptious! Brava!

2 Dawn (foodnfit) August 5, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Wow these look awesome–great recipe!

3 My Food and Life Encounters August 5, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Wow…This looks really good. I need to get some nutella. I have not baked with it yet, but this is the second awesome recipe I received using Nutella today!

4 Denise Muller August 5, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Oh, yum yum yum! I will be making these this week with the GF oats in my pantry so JH can taste them. I’m eating both of them before my dinner is even done. Thanks SO much :)

5 Cookin' Canuck August 5, 2009 at 9:39 pm

I bought that double-jar package of Nutella at Costco, too. My kids have been thrilled with the grilled the Nutella sandwiches that I surprise them with at times. These cookies really do look wonderful. My gluten-free dad will be thrilled!

6 Patty August 6, 2009 at 8:35 am

Ann! These cookies look INCREDIBLE! I am a huge fan of Nutella, so I’ll definitely be making a batch of these. Prior to reading your recipe, I simply smothered Nutella all over my toast or cracker. This seems a lot more interesting and flavorful! Thanks very much!

7 Nicole August 6, 2009 at 10:30 am

Those cookies look so light and airy – like I could have 15 and still not feel stuffed 😉 Great recipe!

8 cathy August 7, 2009 at 1:21 am

THese look so crispy and light. Fabulous.

9 stephchows August 7, 2009 at 8:55 am

I can just see the look on the check out persons face if all you bought were those two jars :) love it!!

10 cinnamonquill August 7, 2009 at 9:19 am

Love the hazelnut cookie + hazelnut spread, now that’s representation! Yum.

11 princessmisia August 10, 2009 at 1:21 am

they look soooo delicious!

12 ingrid August 13, 2009 at 11:15 am

I never heard or seen Nutella before I started reading and blogging myself. A little does go along way especially when you’re not a fan of chocolate. 2 Jars? That is a lot.

I think I would have thrown my hands up after the first mishap with the cookies.
~ingrid

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