Monday, June 13, 2011

Secret Recipe Club

Today is posting day for The Secret Recipe Club!   I have missed the first couple of  round-ups for  this club,  but when I realized what  a fun idea this is, I signed  up right away so I could participate this month! In this club, we choose any recipe from the blog assigned to us and make or bake and keep the blog/blogger we are making from a secret until posting day

It came right down to the wire for me and the Secret Recipe Club!  We are just putting the finishing touches on our kitchen and dining room tile and we only got our new stove last weekend.
So, besides boiling myself some eggs, and heating some soup,  these great  Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies  (from Cupcake Muffin)  are one of the first things I've made, and the very  first I've baked in my new oven.
Speaking of  Cupcake Muffin, let me give a shout out to Sara and say thanks for the great cookie recipe.  It was fun to peruse your blog and see all the  great dishes. 
I have a horrible sweet tooth and I knew that had to be satisfied soon, and Sara has tons of great  'sweet treats' on her blog.   I can't wait to make the Sour Cream-Apple Pie with Lemon Cardamom Streusel!!   It sounded so good.
But I went with the Nutella cookies for a couple of reasons.

1.  I may be the only person in the world who has never tasted Nutella.  I bought some and it has just sat in my cupboard for a few months.  So, this was my opportunity to try it out.   (I love food and love sweets, but for some reason just can't get my mind around chocolate spread on toast  ?? )

2.  I've been really hungry for a good cookie and this one just called out to me.
I wanted a good cookie to go with my cup of good coffee.

The question is....did I find that good cookies?
I think I did!  As Sara said,  the Nutella flavor isn't very pronounced, but it does give for a smooth, slight chocolate, or understated 'Nutella' flavor.
The Handyman liked them too.  He likes a softer cookie and these were soft inside but a bit crunchy on the outside--that's a perfect texture, I feel.

I have to confess, I did eat them for breakfast with my coffee, true, but 14 hours later as I write up this blog post, I am having a couple with a glass of cold milk.
A truly versitial cookie if you ask me. Coffe AND milk.   (smiles)

Here is Sara's  recipe from her blog.
I didn't make any changes to the recipe at all.

Nutella-Chocolate Chip Cookies
from Cupcake Muffin

Makes 4 dozen small cookies

2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup Nutella
2 eggs
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips or coarsely chopped dark chocolate
1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts, optional

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with foil or parchment.

2. Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.

3. Beat together the butter and sugar, and then add the Nutella and beat until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Fold in the dry ingredients, followed by chocolate chips or chocolate chunks and nuts, if using.

4. Drop heaping tablespoon-fuls  of dough two inches apart on the cookie sheets, and then flatten slightly by hand.  Bake 8-10 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
If you would like to particpate in the Secret Recipe Club just follow this link to check it out.


Trish said...

Those Nutella cookies look fantastic! I've been searching for a variation on the chocolate-chip cookie and that just might be the one.

Barbara | Creative Culinary said...

I am one of the few that can not do Nutella by the spoonful though I love it baked into a sweet treat and these look perfect. I also see you're reading Dying for Chocolate; one of my favorite from the series. I love all of Davidson's books...light, fun and food!

Unknown said...

You've never tasted Nutella, really? Well, I'm so glad you went past that when you baked these cookies, for they do look truly delicious!

bermudaonion said...

What a fun club! I'm not crazy about Nutella on bread, but it might be good in a cookie. I love the idea of a cookie that's a little crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside. I may have to give these a try.

Unknown said...

oh nutella. It always adds a yummy flavour. I keep it at the far end of the cupboard so I don't accidentally do a "drive by" with a spoon.

Michelle B said...

I love nutella desserts! These do sound like they have the perfect texture.

The recipe club sounds like a great idea.

Kristen said...

Those sound like great cookies. I love the jar you have them in, too. Of course, in my house, that jar would be empty in two seconds flat with cookies like those in it :-)

Karen said...

The Secret Recipe Club sounds fun and these cookies sound good! I'd never tasted Nutella until 3 or 4 years ago!

Sara said...

Hi there, this is Sara from Cupcake Muffin. I'm SO glad you liked the recipe - this is definitely one of my favorite cookie recipes! :) I'm glad this recipe helped introduce you to Nutella! I actually have never had them with coffee...I may just have to try that!

mom in rome said...


I love nutella and I love cookies!!! :)

Laurie said...

Those look crazy-delicious!! There is absolutely nothing that Nutella does not make better!
And on another note: My blog seems to be getting tons of hits via your site. While I'd like to think that somehow people are just finding the link on your blog roll and rushing over to What She Read, I'm wondering if something "cookie"-ish (the electronic sort, not the delicious chocolate chip variety here!) might be happening and just wanted to give you a heads-up & find out if it's been happening to you too...
Have a wonderful week, and congratulations on your new kitchen. (I'd be jealous if I wasn't so happy for you!)

Barb Szyszkiewicz said...

Nutella cookies + Coffee = Breakfast of Champions for sure! I need to try this recipe :)

BigFatBaker said...

I am so with Barb, that is indeed the ultimate breakfast!

Lisa said...

I hope Nutella comes on sale soon because your pictures are now giving me some major encouragement to make them.

Julie said...

I love nutella. These cookies look melt in your mouth delicious. I've enjoyed my visit to your blog.

The Church Cook said...

I lived in Germany for four years and fell in love with Nutella! My children and I think this is one of the food groups! These cookies look fabulous!

Lisa~~ said...

This is my first month in The Secret Recipe Club and it's so much fun! I'm just loving all the new blogs and recipes I'm seeing. I love Nutella and am looking forward to making these cookies.

Megan's Cookin' said...

We love Nutella here and this is now on the radar. Your picture makes them look even better than they sound, and they sound excellent!

Chelle B said...

I haven't had Nutella since I was 6 years old. My taste have changed since then and I am sure I would love it. These cookies look delicious. Yummy! Happy to be in such good company in the Secret Recipe Club!

amanda @ fake ginger said...

What a fun twist on the chocolate chip cookie! Can't wait to give them a try!

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