With this most romantic of holidays approaching, I wanted to share one of my favorite Valentine's Day recipes: A variation on the classic PB Kiss Cookies that I developed especially for the chocolate lover in your life. Even if that chocolate lover is you, give these lil' guys a try!
Nutella Kiss Cookies
- 4 oz butter; room temperature,
- 1/2 cup Nutella Spread,
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar,
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar,
- 1 egg,
- 1teaspoon hazelnut extract OR vanilla extract,
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour,
- 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder,
- 1 teaspoon baking soda,
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt,
- 1 package Hershey Dark OR Milk Chocolate Kisses; UNWRAPPED.
Cream butter, sugars, and Nutella in a standing mixer until light and fluffy.
Add egg, scrape down sides, and add extract.
Sift flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda into a bowl. Mix dry ingredients into butter mixture until combined.
Cover/wrap dough in plastic and chill for 1 hour.
Pre-heat oven to 325F.
Roll dough into balls the size of a ping pong ball; roll in granulated sugar, and place on a baking sheet (I always double-pan my cookies to prevent burning).
Rotate pans 180 degrees half way through baking.
When cookies are just turning brown on the edges, remove the pan from the oven and place a chocolate kiss in the center of each cookie, and return them to the oven for 15 seconds.
**It is very important that you time how long the chocolate is in the oven. If you leave it in too long, you will have a melted mess!
Understanding: By putting the chocolate back in the oven instead of just adding the kiss at the end, you are tempering the chocolate. This means when the cookies are completely cooled and the chocolate is set, it will have more of a truffle consistency that is easy to bite into instead of a hard piece of chocolate.
Note: They are delicious a few minutes out of the oven, but if you are going to package them, wait several hours for the chocolate to set so they maintain their kiss shape.
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