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Nutella Cookies

Nutella Cookies

I wonder if I’m trying to hypnotize you. With a big gluten-free cookie. Have you ever been hypnotized?

Well I have. It’s not anything like it is on T.V., but it was really quite nice. You’re really rather conscious and pretty lucid (well, as lucid as you otherwise are, if you’re me) the whole time. It’s like talking while you’re meditating or something. To the best of my knowledge, there was no clucking like a chicken. At least not by me. Or the chicken.

I was meant to relax. Find my happy place and stuff like that. So that I could summon it at will. Let me say for the record that when I found my Happy Place, not one single solitary person there was calling me “Mommy.”

I don’t think there were even any cookies involved at all. In fact, the man who hypnotized me didn’t even swing anything around backandforthbackandforth, edible or otherwise. But if he had swung a cookie, he just so happens to have celiac disease himself so I know it would have been a gluten-free cookie.

In hindsight, that’s a comfort.

I remember the whole thing. My Happy Place, what it felt like when I was “under,” the whole 9. Needless to say, I haven’t been to that freaking happy place even one time since. Not even one crummy time. Maybe I need to get one of my kids to swing a cookie backandforthbackandforth.

I might just choose these, if I had my choice of hypnotizing cookies. The aroma alone could do the job.

They bake up with the slightest smidge of a delicate crunch on the outside of the cookie, but they give when you bite them. Instead of crumbling. So, like my gluten-free Ice Cream Sandwich Chocolate Wafer Cookies, they’re just right for ice cream sandwiches.

Nutella Cookies
Recipe Type: Cookies
Author: Nicole @ Gluten-Free on a Shoestring.com
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 9 mins
Total time: 14 mins
Serves: 20
Thin and chewy gluten-free cookies made with nutella and chocolate
  • 1 cup (140g) high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (109g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons (74g) Nutella hazelnut spread
  • 1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 extra-large egg at room temperature, lightly beaten
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line rimmed baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper and set them aside.
  2. In a large bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, salt, granulated sugar and brown sugar, and whisk to combine (working out any lumps in the brown sugar). Set the bowl aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the butter and Nutella until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Mix until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Add the vanilla and stir to combine. Pour the Nutella-chocolate mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients, and mix to combine. Add the egg and mix until the cookie dough begins to come together. It will be wet but almost crumbly at first. Knead the dough until it is smooth.
  4. Pull off a piece of cookie dough that is about 1 inch in diameter (about 30g). Roll it tightly into a ball and then flatten it into a disk. Place the dough on the prepared baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough, spacing the pieces of dough about 2 inches apart.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the center of the preheated oven and bake, rotating once during baking for 9 minutes or until the cookies have spread and have a cracked appearance on top.
  6. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the cookies to cool until set before removing them from the baking sheet. When they first come out of the oven, the cookies are very fragile, but will firm up quickly.
  7. Freeze any leftover cookies.


P.S. You don’t need to be hypnotized to buy a copy of My Cookbook. Ask your gluten-free friends. They’ll tell you! Thank you so much for all your support.

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  • http://www.richinnerlife.typepad.com lettergirl

    I hope you can hear me ooh-ing and ah-ing all the way from Minnesota!

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      Of course I can, Gina! It’s probably because you’re a super hero, lettergirl.
      xoxo Nicole

  • http://celiackiddo.wordpress.com Dana

    I can’t keep up Nicole, just when I’m off to buy some zucchini, I am suddenly hypnotized by these insane looking cookies and I have a feeling I’ll buying some Nutella first! By the way, have you tried Justin’s hazelnut almond butter? I was thinking about trying to sub it in but there are only traces left. My husband knows better than to throw it out though, as I have perfected the technique of scraping the inside corners of the jar with my pinkie finger. (Um, did I just share too much? If so I blame it on hypnosis!)

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      I haven’t ever tried Justin’s hazelnut almond butter, but I have seen it, Dana. As long as it has a similar viscous consistency (sorry that sounds gross but I mean well) to Nutella, I wouldn’t hesitate to sub it in by weight. Oh, my husband is the jar scraper in the family. We go in with a small spatula, and next thing I know, he has the dogs licking out the inside. Now if I haven’t ruined your appetite, happy baking. ;)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Pernille

    You may have one the est pair up in the world with this one … chewy cookies and Nutella
    But only 2 Tbs …. I am so confused lol

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      Oh, no, Pernille! I hope no one has made these yet, because it’s supposed to be 4 tablespoons! I will fix the recipe right now (the weight measurement is right, but the volume measurement is in error). So sorry!
      xoxo Nicole

      • Pernille

        LOL you can never have too much Nutella :) Happy Nutella day everyday :)

  • Patti

    I just popped in to print the zucchini recipe and the post for the chocolate Nutella cookies is up.

    You are Wonder Woman!

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      Aw, shucks, Patti. I try. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Jennifer S.

    HOLY HELL! Making these TODAY! Thank you so much for your blog and cookbook.

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      You bet, Jennifer! Thank you for your support. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Rebecca

    Oh my goodness… if only I wasn’t driving back to California today, I would bein the kitchen baking these little chunks of heaven. Nutella in a cookie… hmmm… maybe I need to postpone the trip back.

  • http://www.glutenfreegourmand.blogspot.com Gina – Gluten-free Gourmand

    Those cookies look beautiful. Hypnotic, even. Thanks for the pointers about how to make the cookies so perfectly round. Making a dough ball first wouldn’t have occurred to me. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Maggie

    My children live on Nutella and are going to go insane with these!!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!

  • Erin

    Oh my! I can’t wait to make a batch of these! Looks like I need to make a trip to the store to get some nutella!!! Yummmmmy!

  • Margaret

    I am ashamed to admit that I have never tasted Nutella. But I have heard so much about it. And family members who shall remain nameless seem to be addicted to it. Maybe that’s my concern–that I could become addicted too. Is there a Nutella addiction gene? Well, I may just have to break down and get started on the addiction. At the top of my list for my next grocery trip? Nutella. But I am buying 2 jars. When those nameless people drop by, I might just end up with none. So I will hide one for cookies and leave the other one out in the open. I anticipate giant hugs with Nutella smeared hands.

    • Pernille

      I believe on Nutella’s website or thru other meens you may be able to get a VERY large can of Nutella .. just saying :) enjoy your new addiction :)

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      If there’s an addiction, there’s a support group to match, Margaret. Don’t worry. You’ll be in good company. :)
      xoxo Nicole

    • Peggy

      Love your willingness to join this Nutella addiction group. Enjoy!

  • Kathy C

    Hi Nicole,
    These are in the oven, and they look awesome. I have a glass jar of nutella that says “May contain traces of nuts, peanuts and wheat proteins!” (exclamation point on label, not from me) Mine seems to be from Poland. Does anyone else have that on their label? I’m eating it anyway, because the website said no gluten ingredients, so I’m guessing it’s no worse than a restaurant.

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      Hi, Kathy,
      My jar does not say that, and I’ve never seen a jar that does say that, in fact. Mine is made in Canada. Maybe you can get your next jar elsewhere (unless you live in Poland), I hope? I hope you enjoyed them and didn’t get sick!
      xoxo Nicole

      • Amanda

        The last jar I bought had the same “traces of” kind of language, so I have used Kroger brand, which claims to be clean. I also really like Justin’s, though I haven’t found it in a medium-to-large jar in my area.

        • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

          Hmm interesting, Amanda. I am going to contact Nutella about the “traces of” language, and why it is on certain jars and not others. Thanks for the tip.
          xoxo Nicole

  • Claire

    Drool! Recovering from a glutening, these may be just the cure I need :)

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