A very important holiday is here! No, I’m not talking about the important football game this weekend, a president’s birthday, or that sweethearts’ day where you have to buy flowers and candy. I’m talking about World Nutella Day!
You haven’t heard of it? It’s the (not so) official holiday for Nutella lovers around the world to unite and celebrate their love of Nutella! The lovely bloggers over at Ms. Adventures in Italy and Bleeding Espresso have declared that today, February 5th, 2010 is World Nutella Day. It’s exciting!
But, the excitement doesn’t stop there! Not only is today World Nutella Day, but it is also the launch date of my good friend Paula’s new site Bella Nutella! It is sure to be the new hot spot for drool-worthy Nutella photos and recipes. You won’t want to miss it!
So, let’s raise our spoons and get right to the celebrating, shall we?
As a Nutella lover and a food blogger, I try to keep the spirit of World Nutella Day all year long. I always have a jar of Nutella (the giant economy sized jar) in my pantry and a spoon handy. And, I love developing recipes using Nutella… I’m sure you’ve seen a few of them here in the past!
You are also probably familiar with my recent cookie obsession. This year, for World Nutella Day, I thought I’d combine my love of cookies and my love of Nutella into one recipe. I took my standard sugar cookie recipe and adapted it to make Nutella cutout cookies. They are delicious on their own and made into Nutella sandwiches (which I will share with you today!), but they also are perfect for decorating! I’ll be sharing some of the decorated Nutella cookies throughout the next week or so, so stay tuned!
Nutella Cutout Cookies
(Makes about 2 dozen 3 1/2 inch cutout cookies)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup Nutella
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Approximately 1/4 cup heavy cream
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet (or line with parchment/silicon mat) and set aside.
Beat together the butter, Nutella, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well incorporated.
In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and sea salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, mixing on low speed, until the dough begins to come together. If the dough seems dry and crumbly, add a small amount of heavy cream until the dough comes together.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll it out to about 1/4-inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes out of the dough and transfer them to the prepared baking sheet.
Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets, and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. If desired, frost with royal icing or make Nutella cookie sandwiches (shown below).
Nutella Sandwich Cookies
- Nutella cutout cookies, cut into 2-inch circles
- Jar of Nutella (you won’t use the whole thing… well, probably not)
To make the Nutella sandwich cookies, simply spread Nutella on one of the cookies. Top with another cookie, and you have a Nutella sandwich. Enjoy!