Thursday, February 5, 2009

Gianduja Korova Cookies for World Nutella Day

Because no, I can't leave well enough alone. I took two of my favorite things - Nutella and Dorie Greenspan's World Peace cookies - and turned them into little gems of hazelnut and chocolate.

This is short and sweet, because I didn't realize until yesterday that today was World Nutella Day - oops! Not to mention that I've already made these cookies in one form or another here, here, and just two days ago here. Obsessed much?

Basically, I just took the base recipe, replace half of the butter with Nutella, and used toasted, chopped hazelnuts instead of mini chocolate chips. Unfortunately, there are two problems. Number one, these turned out crispy rather than chewy, and very very crumbly. Nutella does not equal butter, lesson learned. Number two, all my photo cookies are gone. Eaten. They were a very tasty sugar rush during the middle of my meeting-packed afternoon, mkay?

Takeaway messages? One, don't sub Nutella in for butter, two, bake more photo cookies. Then eat them. Wait, what? Oh, and thanks to Ms Adventures in Italy and Bleeding Espresso for hosting this year's World Nutella Day!

16 comments:

Jess said...

You are too much. Nutella Korovas? I'm sorry they didn't work like they thought you would, because if they had, I would be starting a batch right now.

pinkstripes said...

At least they were tasty...
Maybe instead of the chopped hazelnut (or in addition to) and the Nutella/butter sub, you can freeze little nibs of Nutella and use them in place of the choc chips.

April said...

How much of an adventurous baker are you?! Nutella is delish, sounds like a tasty experiment.

Barbara said...

If you keep on like this we will have to start calling them "Caitlin cookies!"

TeaLady said...

TWD and nutulla. Great idea. You will HAVE to make more so we can see them - before you eat them all.

Liz said...

Every word of your post title made me drool! Nutella + World Peace Cookies sounds like true love. I'm sorry they didn't turn out like you'd planned, but they still sound darn tasty! Maybe next time keep the butter the same, add the nutella, and add more flour to compensate?

Snooky doodle said...

Ha no photos!! :( I bet these were yummy even though a bit different. I love nutella :)

Netts Nook said...

More power to you. You go girl love it.

AmyRuth said...

Whoa Caitlin, have you seen Dorie's post
AmyRuth

Congrats! You are in the big time!!!

Leslie said...

I was so thrilled to see Dorie mention you as HER inspiration! Nutella WPC? I can't wait to try this variation.

Barbara said...

Congratulations on your mention on Dorie's site!

I have some suggestions on your next Nutella version. When you read the ingredients, Nutella is basically sugar, fat, hazelnuts (some fat), and cocoa. So, I'm guessing that if you substitute Nutella for butter, you're going to have to add back in some butter because Nutella isn't all fat. Also you might want to reduce the sugar a bit, and maybe the cocoa and flour a bit too. (The ground hazelnuts do have some "starchy" as well as "fatty" properties, so I'd consider them as being equivalent to some fat and some flour.)

As to exact amounts -- your guess is at least as good as mine! Let us know if you come up with a succesful version!

Jill said...

Congratulations! Dorie is baking your cookies now!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

You are so creative and inventive! I bet this would be good!

Beeb said...

Congratulations on your nod from Dorie. How cool!

natalia said...

Ciao ! Great results ! the cookies and Dorie !!!

jaysfavoritefoods said...

What a cool combination! I'm sorry I missed world nutella day!