Who doesn't love cookies? Nobody I know. There's something so comforting and homey about warm cookies and a glass of ice cold milk that makes everything in the world disappear for just a bit.
For as long as I can remember, my mom and I have made shortbread cookies at Christmastime. Tiny little bites of shortbread perfumed with almond extract and then rolled in powdered sugar... so delish. I decided to tweak the recipe and bit and turn it into a chocolatey treat. It was a great decision, I have to say.
These Nutella shortbread cookies are little bites of Heaven. Don't believe me? Make 'em. I dare you not to love them. I rolled half of them in powdered sugar, and half of them in a combination of powdered sugar and cocoa powder. These babies are dangerously yummy.
Nutella Shortbread Bites
| Yields: approx. 48 cookies | Prep Time: 10 mins | Bake time: 15 mins. |
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 c Nutella
1/2 powdered sugar
1/2 c cocoa powder
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c flour, sifted
1/2 tsp baking powder
Beat butter and Nutella until light and fluffy. Sift the powdered sugar and cocoa powder into butter mixture and mix thoroughly. Add in the egg yolk and vanilla, beating until smooth. In a small bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Then add to the wet mixture and mix until a soft dough is formed. (Dough will be a bit crumbly.) Knead the dough lightly. Chill for several hours.
To bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Form the dough into teaspoon sized balls. Note to self: take off your wedding rings prior to ball forming. Bake for 15 minutes. While the cookies bake, prepare two small bowls for rolling the hot cookies. In one bowl pour about a cup of powdered sugar and set aside. In the other bowl, pour 3/4 cup of powdered sugar and 1/2 cup of cocoa powder. Stir until completely mixed.
The hot cookies are extremely delicate. Gently roll the cookies a couple at a time in the powdered sugars, then set the cookies out on a baking rack to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container.