Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mini Nutella Cookie Bites

I found this recipe on Pinterest recently and I can't resist any kind of dessert, but one made with Nutella! Come on! These cookie bites were super simple to make and so delicious. Of course like always I did not let them cool long enough so they were a little messy, due to the chocolate oozing out. :) That's what water and soap are for though right?

Mini Nutella Cookie Bites
Makes 3 dozen Cookies

1 c. shortening + 2 Tbsp water
1 c. white sugar
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Jar of Nutella(12 tablespoons per batch)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease your mini muffin tin (unless it is nonstick like mine).
Cream shortening and both sugars in bowl until light, smooth and fluffy! Beat in eggs and vanilla until fully incorporated. Gradually add dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda) until all the flour is mixed in!
Roll dough into balls 1.5 inches thick.
Pop them in the mini muffin tin and bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown but not too dark around the edges.
When done, remove from oven and let sit for about 2 minutes. Then make wells for the Nutella, I used a Children's Ibuprofen measuring cup, but  a similar object or a spoon would work too. Add 1 tbsp Nutella to each cup – once it starts to melt, you can swirl it around and make it nice and smooth.
Let cool 15-20 minutes in tin. Enjoy!

Notes: I always replace butter for shortening in my recipes because with shortening you end up with a perfect cookie each time. With butter you have to watch how much you mix the dough and make sure the temperature of the butter is just right; otherwise, it will all have an effect on the texture of your cookie.

Recipe slightly adapted from Daisy Chubbs Tea and Treats

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