19 Feb 2011

Nutella Hazelnut Toffee Cookies


  • 3 cups plus 3 tbsp unbleached white flour,
  • ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 4 oz of a Heath bar chopped 
  • 1 cup of toasted and chopped hazelnuts

My family celebrated my grandmother’s 70th birthday last weekend, and the dinner celebration also turned into the big meeting aka introducing the boyfriend. Introducing the boyfriend to the family can be a traumatizing experience. For me, at least. I wasn’t worried that they wouldn’t like him, in fact, I’m pretty sure they like him more than they like me now. Our goodbye sentiments went something like this:

“You better treat him right,” my grandmother said. “Don’t screw this up.”

“I know, I know. Thanks, Mom-mom.”

“No. Seriously.”

            No, the reason it’s troubling for me is that my family tends to move fast and hypothetically marries me off to any guy who blinks an eye at me, scaring off all potential suitors. Too many conversations were started at dinner that night with “when you have babies.” I wanted to hide under the table, but my boyfriend handled it better than I did. (See aforementioned quote.)

            Now, he is very likeable, of course, BUT I believe the reason for him pulling ahead of me in the favorite grandchild race is the fact that he made my grandmother cookies. Nutella hazelnut toffee cookies. And I stand by the fact that if you have some good first impressions to make, bring these cookies, and you’ll definitely beat everyone else in the “favorite person” competition.


Nutella Hazelnut Toffee Cookies

Take 3 cups plus 3 tbsp unbleached white flour, ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp baking powder and combine in a medium sized bowl. Place to the side. In a larger bowl, beat together 1 cup unsalted butter, 2 eggs, 2 cups packed brown sugar, 2 tsp pure vanilla extract, and 1 cup Nutella. Now add the dry mix. Finally, fold in 4 oz of a Heath bar chopped up and 1 cup of toasted and chopped hazelnuts. Spoon onto a parchment covered cookie sheet in 1 inch balls, flatten slightly. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 4 dozen.