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Feb 05

Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies with Strawberry Hearts

Whew. I got this in in the nick of time!

Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies

It’s World Nutella Day people! A day to celebrate that wonderfully delicious spread that has caused me to go up many a pants size in my lifetime. I swear, I could be addicted to Nutella. I have it in my cabinet for baking emergencies (like this one) but I never, ever, ever let myself open the jar unless I’m baking with it. It’s too dangerous. One spoonful and I’m done – the jar is gone and I’m sick to my stomach.

I kind of love all these food holidays. It’s just too bad I forget about all of them until it’s (almost) too late. Want to know a few, so you can put them on your calendar?

There’s National Pie Day – January 23

And actual Pi Day – March 14 (I would never, ever, ever forget that one. Be sure to come by that day. I’m having a party.)

National Chocolate Mint Day is on February 19 (which is so weird because that’s Jordan’s birthday and she just asked me for a mint cake – kind of freaky).

National PB&J day is April 2.

May 25 is National Wine Day. (I think I can handle that one.)

National Doughnut Day is June 1, not to be confused with National Jelly Doughnut Day on June 8.

My anniversary, July 22, is National Penuche Fudge Day, which I think I’ll have to celebrate wholly and enthusiastically.

And my birthday is National Pecan Cookie Day, September 21. I’m glad I got a good one and not one like National Acorn Squash Day, which, no offense to all the acorn squashes, just isn’t very fun.

{FYI, you can read a whole list of dates here.}

Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies

Anyway, today is World Nutella Day and I’m celebrating with Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies. You all know how much I love pudding cookies. I’ve made lemon. And Almond Joy. And Fruity Pebble. And I’m not done yet. I’ll never be done.

Adding a box of pudding to a cookie is genius. Nikki is the one that showed me how. They are so easy and they work. Every. Single. Time. Soft, delicious pudding cookies, flavored with whatever flavor of pudding you use and whatever add-ins you like. They stay soft for days, and I’ve never, ever gotten a hard batch. They are pretty much fool-proof. (EXCEPT. Don’t use sugar-free pudding. That can have disastrous consequences. I need to test that in a recipe more before I can allow you to do it.)

I decided on chocolate pudding for these cookies. I added some Nutella, because it’s goooood. The idea for these cookies came to me when I was cruising the Valentine aisle at Target. The Dove candy section jumped out at me. These Strawberry Swirl hearts looked pretty, and I knew they’d add color and good flavor to a chocolate Nutella pudding cookie.

The beauty of this recipe is that, if you can’t find the Strawberry Swirl hearts, you can sub what you do find. Milk or Dark Chocolate. Reese’s Hearts, anyone?

Like with pudding cookies, the options are endless!

Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies

But you have to put Nutella in something today. Because it’s Nutella Day!

What is your favorite way to eat Nutella?

Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies with heart shaped centers

Ingredients:


  • 1 stick butter, softened

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup Nutella

  • 1 (3.4 oz) package instant chocolate pudding mix

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 2-1/4 cups flour

  • 1 package heart shaped chocolate candies, shown: Milk Chocolate & Strawberry Swirl Dove Hearts, unwrapped (Buy 2, just in case.)


Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. Whisk together baking soda, baking powder, and flour and set aside.

  3. Cream together butter, Nutella, and both sugars. Add the pudding package and beat until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour and mix until just combined.

  4. Scoop 1” balls and place on your cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a Dove Heart Promise candy on each cookie. Let cool completely before removing from cookie sheets.


You don't have to use the Dove candies shown, or even hearts. Use any chocolate candy - a Hershey's Kiss, another Dove flavor, or a peanut butter cup!


Nutella Pudding Cookies with heart shaped candy centers

Other Nutella goodness:

Strawberry Nutella Tart

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Peanut Butter Nutella Nutter Butter Pie

Nutella Peanut Butter Pie

Nutella Mousse for Two

Nutella Mousse for two

Sweets from friends:
Malt Whopper Pudding Cookies by Chef In Training
Nutella Brownies from Mother Thyme
Nutella Pudding Cookies by Something Swanky