Wednesday, December 24, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Cookies - Day 12: Nutella & Caramel Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookies

Nutella & Caramel Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookies - made dough on December 13, 2014 from Jacquelyn Clark
Merry Christmas Eve! To cap off the series of Christmas cookies, in case you were wondering, you can stuff Nutella, chocolate and caramel inside a chocolate cookie. Yup, I looked into it for you. Merry Christmas :).
In other words, here’s the recipe for you if that’s something you find interesting. I personally found it fascinating. The chocolate and caramel portions of the combo are achieved by cheating with Rolos or cut up Milky Way caramels. Make the cookie dough, chill briefly if it’s too soft and sticky, portion out the chilled dough into dough balls, flatten a dough ball in the palm of your hand, drop a dollop of Nutella in the center (having 3 hands help but if you have to make do with two, just go slow), place a Rolo or chunk of Milky Way caramel over the Nutella then draw up the sides of the cookie dough to pinch the seams closed and form a ball that fully encloses the Nutella and the candy.
If you don’t want to cheat, you could drop dollops of Nutella and melted caramel in the center then put a handful of chocolate chips over them but be warned it’s potentially harder to keep this neat and fully enclosed. Take my advice and cheat. It’s okay. Time these cookies because you don’t want to overbake them and these don’t give off the normal “I’m done” signals in terms of how they look. They won’t look dry or crack or puff up. Just time them and take them out at the 9-10 minute mark.
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup good quality cocoa powder
2 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
flaky salt (fleur de sel or maldon), for sprinkling
nutella (for stuffing)
16 caramel-filled chocolates (I used Rolos and cut up Milky Way Caramels)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Remove from heat and stir in sugar & eggs. 
  3. Add the cocoa, salt and baking powder and stir until combined.
  4. Add the flour and stir well until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Using your hands or a cookie scoop, form 2" balls of dough. Make a hole in the center of each and stuff a rolo within the hole. Spoon approximately 1/2 a teaspoon of nutella into the hole, and seal everything within. Sprinkle with the flaky sea salt (if desired) and bake for 8-10 minutes.

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