You know the whole sweet/salty combination that all of America has now learned to love? Well I like to think I was on the forefront of this craze, circa 2004, thanks to my best friend in college. Potato chips in ice cream? Don’t mind if I do. 😉
Fast-forward to a few years ago, I was out for ice cream one summer night ordering my usual vanilla waffle cone with rainbow sprinkles, wishing I had a salt shaker nearby, and it dawned on me – the salt sprinkle! This is my path to fame and fortune, so keep your lips sealed, please… Salt sprinkles will look just like regular sprinkles but some of them will be salt instead of sugar (about a 5:1 sugar-to-salt ratio). People love salt & sweet (and if they don’t, I think they’re just in denial). People will love the salt sprinkle!
Somewhere between that thought and today, I got lost in regular life things like joining the real world, but after making these nutella cookies, my passion for patenting the salt sprinkle is back in full force!
When I first told my sister I’d be needing to think of a bajillion cookie recipes for 17 days of cookies, she kept repeating “nutella nutella nutella” like a broken record. I’m pretty sure she must have stock in the brand. I’m also pretty sure I could just gave her 5 jars of Nutella and sturdy spoon for Christmas and she’d be a happy camper.
Honestly, I haven’t eaten much Nutella in my lifetime (I know, I need to start living more), so I decided to keep things simple by not adding much else to the cookies. Except those gosh darn amazing salt sprinkles… which instantly make this cookie irresistible. 🙂
[print_this]Nutella Cookies with Sea Salt Sprinkles
Sea salt boosts the flavors of these soft, chewy chocolate hazelnut flavored cookies.
Makes 4 dozen
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 10-12 minutes per cookie sheet (~3 cookie sheets)
- 5 tablespoons sprinkles or granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 1 cup Nutella
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Stir the sprinkles/sugar and salt in a shallow dish; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the Nutella, butter and sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until mixed. In the same bowl, add the baking powder and salt and beat until mixed. Add the flour, 1/2 cup at at time, and beat on medium speed until mixed well.
Roll the dough into 1 1/4 inch balls, then roll each ball in the sprinkle/salt mixture to coat completely. Place two inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.
Bake 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheets and setting onto wire racks to cool completely.[/print_this]