Chocolate-Nutella Lava Cookies

I think by now it’s pretty clear how much baby boy loves cookies, so here’s another dose of cookies for all of you, this time around it’s the super chocolatey nutellay kind. We’re headed home on Friday, which is like the day after tomorrow and all I’m still doing is happily popping pop corn and planning play dates. Oh that reminds me; the other day, baby boy had just come home from his friends place and I asked him if he and his friends had had a fun play date and he gave me surprisingly disgusted look and said “Mammaaa, we don’t have play dates, that’s for kids.” Ok so what do you do or have? And rolling his eyes he says “We just hang out.” And so it’s my turn for the eye roll; makes me wonder what I’ll have to put up with in the upcoming teen years; ah, well! Laden with cookies, we’ll cross that bridge, when we come to it.

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I came across these cookies on gastrosenses.com and I tell you, it was love at first sight. I knew the minute I saw the picture, I absolutely had to try it. I mean chocolate cookies are the best and chocolate cookies with chocolate chips are even better but chocolate cookies with chocolate chips and stuffed with luscious Nutella that comes cascading out when break open a cookie that is just the bomb! Now, because these cookies are to die for, they do require a little extra effort but only a little and I assure you it’s totally and absolutely worth it. You first need to drop tablespoonfuls of Nutella on a baking sheet and freeze it solid, so it’s easier to work with and handle; you can do this step way in advance so the cookies can get be stuffed straight away, I did it the night before. The nutella balls are then stuffed inside the cookie dough; living in the tropical heat, this step wasn’t easy as the nutella balls started to melt pretty quickly, so I had to keep putting it back in the freezer and working in installments, no biggie; and then frozen again for about an hour and then baked. The resulting cookie is soft, thick, chewy and fudgy all at the same time with a melting Nutella centre, it’s what chocolate cookie dreams are made of, give it a try and see for yourself if you don’t believe me.

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Ingredients

  • All purpose flour/maida- 2 cups
  • Unsalted Butter- 200 grams
  • Sugar- ½ cup
  • Brown sugar- ¼ cup
  • Eggs- 2
  • Cocoa powder- ¾ cup
  • Baking soda- 1 tsp
  • Cornflour/cornstarch- 3 tsp
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • Vanilla extract- 2 tsp
  • Nutella- 24 tbsp
  • Chocolate chips- 1 cup

Instructions

  1. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper/baking paper, drop 24 tablespoonfuls of nutella and freeze for about an hour, until solid.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the flour, cornflour/cornstarch, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt; mix and keep aside.
  3. In another large bowl, add the butter, sugar and brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2 mins). Add the eggs and vanilla; mix to combine, and then add the flour-cocoa mixture and mix everything together. Stir in chocolate chips, reserving a few to top the cookies with.
  4. Now you need to divide the dough into 24 portions. I found it easiest working with a tablespoon and scooped out about 2-3 tablespoons of dough per portion; you could also use a ¼ cup measure or eyeball it, whatever works for you.
  5. Once you have portioned the dough, roll it into balls then flatten the dough ball (I used my hands) and place a frozen nutella ball in the centre of each dough ball. Stretch the cookie dough from the sides so that the nutella ball in the centre is completely covered with the cookie dough. The nutella starts to melt pretty quickly so remove from the freezer in batches or just put it back into the freezer to harden.
  6. Place the cookies on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart, sprinkle with the left over chocolate chips and freeze for an hour.
  7. Preheat the oven to 175 C. Bake cookies straight out of the freezer, for 12-15 minutes. Cookies are done when they’re slightly crispy around the edges and still soft in the centre. Let the cookies rest for about ten minutes before serving.

Notes

*The nutella is easier to handle if it’s slightly cold. Put the nutella jar in the fridge 10-20 minutes before you start. Try to get the nutella balls as round as possible so it’s easier to stuff into the cookies, though not worry about it too much, mine with flat on one side and not round at all, it still works.

*You can make and freeze the nutella balls, the night before.

*You can easily halve the recipe but it’s so good, why would you want to.

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