Nutella Cookies That Need Chocolate Chips

Before I get to the aforementioned Nutella cookies, look what I bought.
Organic cranberries! I have never eaten a fresh cranberry so I popped one in my mouth. Holy tart batman! Not something I can just sit and eat as a snack, unfortunately. So, because I’m not sure how to use them yet (besides the obvious cranberry muffins), into the freezer they go! I tried to lay them flat so they wouldn’t freeze into one giant clump. I’d like to use them soon though!

As if I wasn’t busy enough on Thursday night (tofu stir-fry night), I decided to whip up a batch of Nutella cookies. I wanted to have some around for the weekend, and I had all the ingredients so I figured it’d be easy.

Except I didn’t have all the ingredients…it called for two eggs and I only had one.

(Dun dun dunnnn)

There are about a million egg substitutes I could have used (thanks, google!), one of which happens to be tofu. Guess what I had cooked with that very night? You guessed it, tofu.

So yes, I used tofu as an egg substitute. And you know what? It works! Tofu just kind of takes in whatever flavors it surrounds, so there’s absolutely no “tofu taste.” 

So these Nutella cookies have tofu in them. Deal.

The recipe comes from the lovely Monica and I figured you can’t really go wrong baking with Nutella, so I figured I’d give it a shot.

At this point I was super tired, so I didn’t take any photos of the mixing process. Ingredient list includes:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp brown sugar
2 eggs (or in my case, 1 egg, 1/4 cup smushed, mashed tofu)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp Nutella
1 cup chocolate chips

I didn’t have any chocolate chips, so I figured the Nutella would make the cookies chocolatey enough for me (I’m not huge on chocolate cookies). I will say that while they’re still very good, they’d be about a thousand times better with chocolate chips! So use them :)

Mix up the flour, baking soda and salt in one bowl. Mix up the butter, sugars, eggs/tofu, and vanilla in another. Combine, then mix in the Nutella!

The dough was awesomely swirled with the Nutella. Made the cookies look awesome! The dough almost didn’t change from batter to cookie. Bake at 375 degrees and here they are!

Like I said, they’re very good but could use some chocolate chips. Nutella is awesome to bake with though! Can’t wait to read more Nutella recipes.

We had a super fun night last night, even though I was in bed by 11 p.m. (I’m seriously getting old, folks). We went to two of my favorite places in Edwardsville, and I actually took my camera out for a few shots! Will update in a bit. 

My question:

Any good recipes for cranberries?

What are you up to this chilly, chilly weekend?

Comments

  1. Those look super yummy- they kind of remind me of snickerdoodles(my favorite cookie!)

    I’ve never had nutella before,but always want to try it. What IS it? All my friends when I lived in Spain LOVED nutella!

  2. Oh WOW those look good! I love sugar cookies and I love Nutella so these are probably dangerous. I think I’ve used applesauce as an egg substitute before?? It didn’t work out that well because I was supposed to add baking powder or soda and forgot. But isn’t it crazy how many things can be used in place of eggs!?

  3. @Mandy – Nutella is basically hazelnuts with cocoa. It’s really good, but I’m not too much of a chocolate person so I enjoy it mixed with things more (like peanut butter, or cookies, hehe).

    @Ella – I’ve heard of applesauce as a replacement for oil, but not eggs! There was a baking powder mixture I could have used for eggs too but I figured I had the tofu, so why not use it? It is crazy!

  4. Your cookies turned out amazing! Hooray for the tofu working out!
    I’m definitely determined to find more Nutella recipes!

  5. Oh dang you’re right – it was applesauce instead of OIL! My brain doesn’t work. And the substitution didn’t either.

  6. I’m going to have to make that Nutella pound cake again and try to figure out how to keep it from sticking to the pan. Once I do, I’ll send you the recipe, because it TASTES delicious…I simply can’t in all good conscience share a recipe that I have yet to perfect :)

  7. I love Nutella and this is definitely a new one to try…after my oatmeal cookies. :)

    - Vanessa
    The Project Zen

  8. Also, what better than to make cranberry sauce with your cranberries?

    Just boil an entire bag of cranberries with a cup of sugar and then simmer them so the cranberries can release their natural juices. Add a teaspoon of orange juice and a few hearty shakes of cinnamon to taste.

    - Vanessa
    The Project Zen

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