Life is at full speed these days. Clinic or class 8-5, lots of extracurricular stuff going on, trying to make it to the gym a few days a week, and squeezing in baking whenever I can leaves me with little time to veg on the sofa watching TV. Sad, I know. But when I was asked to donate a batch of cookies for a bake sale Erin at The Spiffy Cookie was holding for her friend who lost his leg in an accident, I slowed down to think how lucky I am to be running around every day like a mad-woman and not thinking twice about cramming my schedule. And then the highest bidder for my cookies was a solider in Afghanistan looking to cheer up her fellow troops with some homemade cookies from the states. Needless to say my self pity-fest didn’t last long and I’m just entirely grateful to have my legs, my freedom, and an endless to-do list that keeps me happy and busy. Speaking of happy – peanut butter and nutella in the same soft, delicious and easy-to-throw-together cookie? Done, done, and done.
Just like the Cookies and Cream Cookies I posted a few weeks ago, these cookies are great because they’re easy to throw together. I originally made them for a weekday lunch meeting and I gladly offered to baked them up again for the auction because I knew I would have time to whip up a batch in no time. You don’t need to chill the batter for longer than 15 minutes, you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry right now, and the recipe instructions are straight-forward and quick. Waiting for the butter to come to room temperature is probably the hardest part. I love the specks of Nutella that are swirled in the cookies, and the criss-cross fork pattern is cute but also warns any PB-haters or allergics that these cookies are not for them (more for us!). They’re a great cookie to add to your cookie reportoire and are definitely a crowd pleaser! I’m hoping the troops love them as much as my classmates did :)
I know it’s a month early for thankfulness, but take a moment this weekend to slow down, bake a batch of cookies, and remember how lucky you are for everything good in your life. If for anything, feel lucky you now have this recipe!
Peanut Butter Nutella Swirl Cookies
Recipe adapted from Delightful Bitefuls
Yield: 40 cookies
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup Nutella
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. With mixer on low, slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the butter mixture until just combined.
Microwave Nutella for 20 seconds and then drizzle over the dough. Fold in Nutella with a spatula until well-distributed throughout the dough.
Chill the dough in the fridge for 15 minutes and then roll small balls by hand.
Place about an inch apart on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and use a fork to press down the balls slightly.
Bake until the edges are lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool on the pan for 2 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
PS – Monday was my 2 year blogoversary and I totally missed it, so stay tuned for a fun post next week to celebrate!!