Nutella-Filled Sugar Cookies

It’s December, which means we’re listening to Christmas music, buying Christmas gifts, and baking all the cookies we possibly can! We even went to our first Christmas party this past weekend! All his holiday cheer means one thing: an excuse to bake cookies! Although, we don’t really need an excuse, we just bake them, haha!

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Our grandma recently gave us a coupon for Nutella and that’s where this recipe came from: we had a jar of Nutella and didn’t want to eat it by the spoonful… So, what else were we to do then make it into some cookies?!? Plus, don’t these just look adorable for your next holiday party this season? We thought so, too! And if your making cookie tins this year for Christmas gifts (which is a great idea, by the way! Everyone always loves getting cookies), you can include these.

Sugar cookies are delicious. Nutella is delicious. Put them together and you get… Double Delicious? Yeah, lets go with that. We think that describes these cookies, double delicious.

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These sugar cookies are a recipe that we’ve been using for a long time. We use it for Decorated Sugar Cookies every year for Christmas and any other time during the year that we need some decorated sugar cookies. They don’t spread when you bake them, so they’ll keep the shape of whatever cookie cutter you’re using. Does anyone else have a ridiculous amount of cookie cutters? We didn’t realize we had so many until we spent 10 minutes rooting around in our tubs, looking for the cutters we needed to make these. Maybe we should go through those…

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Nutella-Filled Sugar Cookies

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Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature

1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla

2 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 jar Nutella

chocolate chips, optional, for decoration

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and powdered sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Divide the batter in 2, wrap each half in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  5. After the dough chills, roll it out on a lightly floured surface until it’s about 1/8 in thick. Using a circle cookie cutter*, cut out as many circles as you can. Take half of the circles you’ve just cut out and, using a smaller round cutter, cut out the middles.**
  6. Use the leftover scraps to roll out and make more cookies. Bake the cookies on an unlined cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly golden brown.
  7. Once the cookies are cooled, pair up the tops and bottoms. The tops are the cookies with the holes in them and the bottoms are the whole cookies.
  8. On the bottom of the cookie, place about 1 1/2 Tbsp. of Nutella and spread, don’t spread it to the edge or it will come out the sides when you put the top on. Place  the tops on and gently press down.
  9. Melt the chocolate chips and drizzle on top of the finished cookies.

*you can use any size you want, as long as you have a smaller cookie cutter to use to cut out the middle

**You don’t necessarily have to use a round one for the middle! You can use a star, a heart, whatever you want!

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Thank you for reading! Let us know what your favorite Christmas cookie is, we’d love to hear about them, so we can give them a try! You can chat with us in the comments here, on Instagram or Twitter. Don’t be shy, we love hearing from y’all. We hope you have an amazing week, safe travels, and may you always have a cookie in your cookie jar!

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