Friday, March 30, 2012
Banana Chocolate Chunk Nutella Filled Cookies!
My friend Lisa recently gifted me a giant jar of Nutella, which I always associated with Europe and my semester abroad, so I don't know a lot of uses for it. I'm not one to take a spoon to the jar and eat it by the spoonful - but I have liked it melted over ice cream. I've been meaning to try out making nutella cookies, which sounded like they would be good - I set to looking for what seemed like a good recipe and everything that was popping up seemed a little boring. Combine that with a way over ripened banana I threw in the freezer earlier that week and some pumpkin pie puree I had leftover from my Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal - and this was the result!
Banana Chocolate Chunk Nutella Filled Cookies (makes 24 good size cookies)
1 stick butter (1/2 cup), at room temp
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 banana, mashed
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup pumpkin pie puree/filling
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
dash of cinnamon
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
2. Add the egg and beat on high for a minute - you'll notice it gain some volume. Then add the banana and vanilla and mix again. Then you can add the last wet ingredient - the pumpkin puree, and mix together.
3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and white sugar.
4. Gradually add the wet to the dry ingredients.
5. After just mixed, add in the chocolate chunks and mix together with a wooden spoon, not with the electric mixer.
6. I think it helps to refrigerate the dough before putting it onto the cookie sheets - it helps to firm up the dough a bit.