Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ladies (and Gents), start your ovens...

I am not kidding you when I say that these are some of the best cookies I have EVER EATEN.
{You guys....I eat a LOT of cookies.}

Sure...they look all innocent.

And then...
These are Nutella and Sea Salt Stuffed Sugar Cookies from my friend Dara over at Cookin' Canuck.  I had the pleasure of meeting Dara in December...which was really cool considering I've bookmarked pretty much every.single.one of her recipes.

She's sweet as can be, totally adorable, and well, obviously a genius.  I mean, Nutella & sea salt stuffed IN a buttery, sugar cookie?!?  Only a genius can come up with that.

I'm going to send you over to Dara's for the recipe...because it's perfect...but I'll walk you through it.

First, you'll need a helper.  Preferably one who has just rolled out of bed, hasn't brushed his hair, but hopefully has brushed his teeth. (But, you never know with a 12-year-old boy.)

You'll need some Nutella.  You'll measure out little bits of it and plop it in the freezer.

In the meantime, you'll make the cookie dough.
{I love seeing my boy using the scoop & sweep flour measuring method.}

We used this flaky sea salt for our cookies.
The flakes were REALLY big, so we cut down just a bit on the sea salt flakes called for in the recipe. Otherwise, we just followed Dara's perfect recipe.

So, you'll scoop them out, fill with Nutella and sea salt, roll back up and then, roll in SUGAR!  {sigh}

I found it easier to scoop a bunch at a time with my cookie scoop, then split them, while my helper added the Nutella and salt.

Even so, your hands may wind up looking like this...

You'll want to cool them on a wire rack, but do me a favor...
...eat one warm?  Please?  For me?
 

Now, like I said, these are some of the most delectable cookies I've ever eaten.  The true test in our house is kiddo's nostril flare.  If the nostrils flare, you have reached deliciousness.  Let's check...

Yep.

Title this shot, "Mom, can we stop with the pictures now?" ;)

Want the recipe? Let me answer that for you. You do.
Click here to get it! 
Thank you, Dara, for your evil genius cookie skills!!!

67 comments:

  1. Love. What a sweet boy! These look perfect. Sugar cookies are a good way to highlight the nutella since they don't take over the flavor!

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  2. I have been drooling over these since I saw them on Dara's site, and now I really need them!!

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  3. WHAT?! These look amazing! Oh boy... change of afternoon plans. Making these instead of doing actual work.

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  4. This is adorable, hahaha. I love all the candid shots of your helper! ;)

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  5. I had to come over and agree. I nearly knocked on your door in the middle of the night after I'd eaten the last cookie you brought over. I didn't know cookies could be so sweet and so salty. So Nutella-y. As you can see, these cookies caused a moment of deep reflection and spiritual enlightenment.

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  6. Oh my - I'm speechless!
    Love your pics.
    These are fantastic.

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  7. Yes I too am a fan of Dara! She is a genius!! Okay that ladt shot of your lil man- adorable! But don't tell him I said that. Tell him we think he's cool or rad or whatever kids say these days. ;)

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  8. The cookies look amazing and I'll go visit Dara right after this comment.

    When I saw Kiddo towering over the KA in the background in the first photo I had to go back and look at your earlier posts of Kiddo in the Kitchen. Your first one of him making chocolate chip cookies, he has his forehead resting on the KA...man has Kiddo ever grown since then! He'd probably have to fold himself in half now to rest his forehead on the KA. Tall as he may be getting, he's still a *little* cutie :)

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  9. These look phenomenal! Hopping over to Dara's now :)

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  10. YES! I made these (minus the seas salt) just before Christmas after finding them on Dara's site. They are A-mazing! My only complaint was that mine turned out too large. I was following the 2 tsp. dough size and only got 18 cookies out of the batch, plus there wasn't enough nutella in each bite for me. But overall, SO YUMMY, flaky & crispy & soft all at the same time.

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  11. So sweet! (the cookies and your son) My daughters banned me from putting them in my blog long ago...

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  12. Now why doesn't my office have an oven, seriously??

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  13. Thank you so much for your sweet words, Bridget. You know I love you! I'm so glad you and your helper enjoyed the cookies. And hey, I'll take a nostril flare as a sign of approval any day of the week. Tell your sweet boy that he's a good sport!

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  14. Oh my goodness- yum! And love all the pics of your son baking- that nostril flare is too funny!

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  15. Oh my goodness- yum! And love all the pics of your son baking- that nostril flare is too funny!

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  16. Oh my goodness... I'm drooling! Love all the sweet pictures - the nostril flair the most!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com

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  17. I've got to make this for my hubby who LOVES nutella. Thank you!!!

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  18. I'm not sure what I love most about all of this: the cooperative 12 year old boy (mine would seriously disown me if I tried photographing him for my blog), the nostril flare, or the recipe.

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  19. I've had this recipe pinned for month, but after your ringing endorsement I'll have to make them tonight!

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  20. These do look amazing. The mild sugar cookies would work perfect with the nutella and salt genius! great pictures too!

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  21. Your son is such a good sport...and love the nostril flare :)

    Also the fact that these are some of the best cookies you've EVER eaten...that speaks huge volumes!

    Dara has such great recipes, as do you!

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  22. You made me laugh ( flared nostril test) and want cookies all at once! Fantastic cookies!

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  23. It looks like you had a great time baking with your son! I love the last picture! So sweet :) The cookies look amazing! Non-complicated, delicious, and just the type of cookie I could eat about 5 of per sitting!

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  24. STOP-IT-RIGHT-THERE! My mouth is literally watering...

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  25. These are the best! I have made then twice since Christmas! Love the pictures! Cute little kiddo!

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  26. Those cookies look heavenly, but seriously...the best part of this post is Kiddo! He is such a cutie! (Don't tell him, but I think we all want to give him a hug!)

    okay...now I'll go check out the recipe.

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  27. oh my goodness! I can not stop thinking about these cookies!! I HAVE to make them! like today-like now!!

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  28. So many things to say. Of course, these look absolutely amazingly delicious. Second, you've done something right with that little guy because not only does he help you in the kitchen, he'll actually let you take a picture of the nostril flare. Finally, that last picture is crazy to me. I've seen your little guy grow up through pictures on this blog and he looks more like a teenager in the last shot than a little boy. So scary!

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  29. HAHA "nostril flare". I totally am with him! These cookies sound so yummy! I think I bookmarked them a while back and forgot about them! Silly me.

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  30. The cookies look so yummy..and the "nostril flare" so funny :)

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  31. MY nostrils are flaring just reading about these cookies! Can't wait to try!

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  32. Love seeing how close you and your son are!! You are both so lucky to spend so much time in the kitchen together. He is so cute :) um. Handsome! Dara's recipes are amazing! These cookies OMG!!

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  33. your boy is so lovely!! and those cookies really look like the best ever, they look perfectly soft and buttery and with nutella? PERFECT

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  34. OMG these cookies are so cool!
    Have a great week end

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  35. WOW they look really great!!! Thinck I have baking plans for the afternoon!
    XOX

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  36. Good looking young man, reminds me of mine at that age.. And the cookies look fab, too! Definitely gotta try them! Thanks!!

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  37. Oh my goodness! These just look amazing!

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  38. I love Dara, and I love nutella too! Will definitely be baking these up soon!!

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  39. Oh my goodness. SO loving the post until I got to the nostril flare part and was laughing my butt off!!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing, I am going to head over to check out Dara's site :)

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  40. These. Look. Fabulous! Sugar cookies and Nutella, two of my fave's all whipped up in one delicious, mouthwatering cookie. Love!

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  41. lol lol lol..the nostril flare!!!! Too funny.
    I will be making these in the near dear future!

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  42. What a great flavor combination! And what a cute young man helping you in the kitchen.

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  43. I tried the recipe and they spread thin and flat. What did I do wrong? I still ate them and they were delish!

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  44. I figured it out! I used 1 3/4 cup of butter instead of 14 tbsp of butter...yes that is a lot of butter but it was still delicious! Haha!

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  45. As always, those looks beautiful! And Kiddo is so handsome:) He's a good sport! Hi HO!

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  46. Wow... These cookies look absolutely amazing! Heading over to get the recipe right away!

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  47. Your son is too cute. These look amazing. Anything stuffed with Nutella and sea salt would be, but that does look like a divine sugar cookie recipe.

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  48. OMG, i LOVE nutella. it truly IS evil to tempt me like this... :)

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  49. Can you BELIEVE I've never tasted Nutella!!!
    Do WHAT!
    I know...you thought you knew me~
    Even though I've never ever tasted Nutella I just KNOW these are a bite of HEAVEN!
    Kiddo's NOSTRIL FLARE convinced me.
    Love that flaky sea salt!
    Also LOVE that Kiddo helps you in the kitchen!
    Are these cookies SUGAR~FREE? Just askin'! ;)
    Yum x 1000!!!!!
    Would love to make these!
    xoxoxo

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  50. Wow, these look amazing.

    and LOL at nostril flare. not sure he'll forgive you for that ;)

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  51. I made these over the weekend for my family who all LOVE Nutella. I was scared I would over salt but I was a little too conservative so next time I will use a bit more but they were still amazing. All of the kids were asking for more and my niece has already requested I send her a care package with these cookies. Thank you for sharing and it was helpful having your photo tutorial as well.

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  52. OH these look fabulous!!!.......I love seeing kiddo help you in the kitchen too!!

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  53. I'm not sure where I went wrong, but they didn't look anything like yours. Maybe I didn't add enough butter and highly likely the balls I scopped were too big. Luckily, there's not such a thing as unedible Nutella cookie! ;)

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  54. Who could've guessed that there was Nutella in those cookies! They really DO look innocent :]

    http://daily-iphoneography.posterous.com

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  55. I just adore these "stuffed"type cookies. I think its the little surprises in life that make everything so worthwhile, like chocolate in your cookie or like a sweet little helper!

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  56. I totally made these, but mine didn't flatten out like yours! I have no idea what I did wrong... :[ taste amazing though!

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  57. These are delicious!!!!

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  58. OMG... Those are awesome! Absolutely delicious!

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  59. Sadly I had very poor results when I made these cookies today. They flattened out thinner than pancakes. Did you do anything different to your recipe to prevent that? (Because based on your photos, it doesn't seem like you had the same problem.) I'm sure they will taste delicious, but I honestly would not make them again since all the freezing, stuffing, covering, rolling in sugar, etc. is quite labor intensive for a such an unattractive finished cookie. But if you've got a trick to share, I might give it another go!

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  60. These innocent cookies are just the right pick for kids who obey Mom and help her out. I am honestly mouth-watering for these goodies! I only saw Nutella as bread spreads while growing up but with this recipe I can make something else that’s far better than my boring sandwiches. Thanks for posting.

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  61. :-( My dough did not turn out right!! it was too soft! Dont know what happend! I had round cookies with good taste. But I dont think I did it well!

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