Chocolate Chip Nutella Candy Cane Cookies

While I associate Christmas with all kinds of foods and flavours – clementines and cloves, herbed stuffing and candied nuts, gravy and platters full of carved meat – I only associate it with me making one thing: cookies.  I’d bake them in the late evenings during exams, stack them in tupperwares and take them on the Greyhound, Ottawa-bound.  It’s a routine that’s stuck strong even this December, when I won’t be back to Ottawa at all.  Here’s my 2012 lineup: gingersnaps, sugar cookies, white chocolate Oreos, and my latest Pinterest-find, chocolate chip nutella candy cane cookies.

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What can I tell you about these cookies?  They are a beautiful thing.  Chocolate: check.  Excuse to buy Nutella: check.  Purpose for your broken candy canes: check.  Sugar quantity for the day: check.  I wish I could mail them out with our Christmas cards, but instead I must eat them while thinking fondly of my far-away friends who would love them.  Wish you were here.

Note: I want to try this again with all kinds of tweaks – swapping out some of the chocolate chips and adding chopped toasted hazelnuts instead to make a crunchier, less-sweet cookie, or swapping out some of the vanilla for peppermint extract to amp up the profile of the candy canes.  Report back if you try any variations!

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Chocolate Chip Nutella Candy Cane Cookies

from oh joy!

Ingredients

2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup Nutella
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups chocolate chips or chocolate chunks (semisweet or bittersweet)
1/2 cup crushed candy canes

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1.  In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

2.  In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium to cream the butter and Nutella with the sugars.  Mixing on low after each addition, add: vanilla; 1st egg; 2nd egg; 1/3 flour mixture; 1/3 flour mixture; 1/3 flour mixture.  Use a spatula to fold in chocolate chips and candy cane bits.

3.  Place a dozen dropped tablespoons of the batter onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 9 minutes at 375 degrees.  Allow to cool for a minute on the tray before removing to a wire rack.

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  1. So good! Everyone at the office loved these.

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