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Nutella- Stuffed Banana Cookies

Please tell me you love Nutella as much as I do.  I’m certainly not the only one, right?  I introduced it to my kiddo a few years’ back and he’s just crazy about the stuff.  It has a prominent place on the shelf in our pantry, it’s sometimes enjoyed with a spoon and a tall glass of milk (eek!), and it’s most definitely used in baking ventures too.  Our latest fun find for Nutella is stuffing it into cookies:  Nutella- Stuffed Banana Cookies

The Nutella people need to listen up real good here:  the world needs Nutella Baking Chips!  Hello?  Are you listening Nutella People?  We need baking chips and we need them bad.  It’s not easy to add Nutella to cookies when it’s of a peanut butter consistency.  How hard can chip- making be?  Do it!  I’ll show you how I made my own…

Since the Nutella People are clearly behind the times, if you just take spoonfuls, drop them on a baking sheet, and then freeze them- BOOM- you have temporarily hardened Nutella that you can use for baking.  In this case I used those frozen spoonfuls to place in between two layers of banana- oat cookie dough and then sprinkled a few mini chips on top.  It’s not that tough- you just have to plan a little bit ahead and freeze some of the Nutella.

Then they bake up wonderfully- cookie dough surrounds and encloses the Nutella while baking.  And when you bite into the cookie, you get banana flavor and a Nutella surprise.  Yay!

Yield: About 14 giant cookies

Prep Time: 30 min + freeze/chill time

Cook Time: 15 min

Nutella- Filled Banana Cookies

Semi-soft banana cookies stuffed with a rich filling of Nutella.

Ingredients:

Nutella (or another chocolate hazelnut spread) (about 1/2 cup)
1 cup All Purpose Gold Medal® Flour
1/2 cup Whole Wheat Gold Medal® Flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup ripe banana, mashed
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
About 1/4 cup miniature chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Drop about 14 heaping teaspoonfuls of Nutella onto a nonstick baking sheet (or one lined with waxed paper). Place in the freezer until totally frozen.

2. Whisk together flours, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl.

3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with an electric mixer; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add egg & vanilla; mix until combined. Mix in the banana. Add the flour mixture; mix just until combined. Stir in the oats. Refrigerate the dough for at least a couple of hours, until fairly firm.

4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper (or silpat), or spray with nonstick spray.

5. Drop dough by tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheets (or use a small cookie scoop), spacing about 3 inches apart. Place a frozen piece of Nutella on top of the cookie dough, then drop another tablespoonful of cookie dough on top of the Nutella. Use your fingers to surround the Nutella with the cookie dough. Sprinkle a few mini chips on top. Bake cookies until golden brown and just set, 14 to 16 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks; let cool completely.

Tips:

*Be sure to use a banana that is well on its way to the trash can. The darker it is, the softer and sweeter it becomes.
*Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 2 days. They also freeze well.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from this recipe)

Other delicious Nutella Cookies on the blogs:
Nutella Chunk Cookies by RecipeBoy
Giant Nutella- Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies by Two Peas and Their Pod
Fudgy Nutella Cookies with Sea Salt by Ambitious Kitchen
Chewy Nutella Cookies by Country Cleaver 

41 Responses to “Nutella- Stuffed Banana Cookies”

  1. postedMar 11, 2013 3:22 AM
    lisatberry

    I think I would’ve had a hard time not eating them before they were cooked, that dough with the frozen Nutella looks awesome!!!!

  2. postedMar 11, 2013 4:06 AM

    I have a banana-nutella-chocolate chip bar recipe…I have never attempted it in cookies! Banana cookies never work so well for me, but you just cracked the code. They look awesome!

  3. postedMar 11, 2013 4:54 AM

    Love this Lori. I wish Nutella had baking chips, that would be awesome!!!

  4. postedMar 11, 2013 5:11 AM

    Haha. I love your pleas to the Nutella people. Hopefully they’ll listen!

    Great use of whole wheat flour here. :) With that and the heart healthy hazelnuts in the Nutella, this is practially health food. Yay!

  5. postedMar 11, 2013 5:46 AM

    Oh how these are making my mouth water!!! Yum!!! xoxo

  6. postedMar 11, 2013 6:00 AM

    Oh yes, I am a huge Nutella fan. I remember when Erika of Ivory Hut made Nutella chips a couple of years ago…brilliant! But I agree that the Nutella people need to jump on that and start selling them. These cookies look fantastic, Lori!

  7. postedMar 11, 2013 6:13 AM

    Banana and peanut butter was my former weakness, but it looks like I just found my new weakness! These look incredible, Lori!

  8. postedMar 11, 2013 6:58 AM

    I always spread Nutella on bananas as a snack (though I have been known to make this a lunch too) so this is genius! Love the flavor combination. Whole wheat flour, bananas, oats, they are practically a health food!

  9. postedMar 11, 2013 7:01 AM

    Nutella chips – now that’s a brilliant idea!! And these cookies? I totally need one right now.

  10. postedMar 11, 2013 8:09 AM

    Great flavour combo … especially with the centre surprise!

  11. postedMar 11, 2013 8:44 AM

    Yummm! I have to try these nutella chips–imagine all the places I can stuff them!

  12. postedMar 11, 2013 9:16 AM

    Oh, those cookies look gigantic and delicious! I love banana, and with that Nutella center, they have to be sensational!

  13. postedMar 11, 2013 9:40 AM

    These are so genius, Lori! Banana and Nutella just belong together!

  14. postedMar 11, 2013 9:42 AM
    Kate @ Only Cake Pops

    Oh huminah huminah. The texture for these must be so soft, yet give off a strong, sweet flavor that’s not overpowering. Not sure I could trust myself with a tray of these, mind.

  15. postedMar 11, 2013 10:36 AM
    Avis

    I love your recipes and can’t wait to try the nutella with bananas. You would think by now Nutella’s marketing dept. would have thought to make the chips by now. You should write to them since it was your idea. It is something I would do but you thought of it. Good luck. I look forward to viewing your recipes.

    Avis

  16. postedMar 11, 2013 10:47 AM

    Thanks for the link love! I seriously have been thinking about banana cookies for a while, and of course, I love that you stuffed them with Nutella! Yummm.

  17. postedMar 11, 2013 10:49 AM
    Pat Harmon

    MMMMMM…..baking chips sound like a GREAT idea!

  18. postedMar 11, 2013 10:55 AM

    Freezing the Nutella…..Yep, that’s totally genius!!!!! These look scrumptious Lori!

  19. postedMar 11, 2013 12:09 PM

    I just bought a HUGE jar of nutella and I think nutella chips are what it is destined for. Love how large those are!

  20. postedMar 11, 2013 12:42 PM

    Where was this when I ripe bananas? Haha. And seriously, the world does need nutella chips.

  21. postedMar 11, 2013 1:08 PM

    Nutella and banana are faboosh together. Especially with a little marshmallow fluff ; )

  22. postedMar 11, 2013 1:37 PM

    Yum Yum…I like the tip on those nutella chips. Still have yet to buy nutella!

  23. postedMar 11, 2013 2:47 PM

    Oh Lori! I love this idea! Banana and Nutella are my favorite toast toppers! YUM!

  24. postedMar 11, 2013 3:40 PM
    Bianca

    Lori, these look great. Just curious, about how long did the nutella take to freeze?

  25. postedMar 11, 2013 8:14 PM

    Oh yes, I totally agree about Nutella baking chips. We so need them!

    These cookies look awesome! Makes me hate that I don’t have any Nutella around right now!

  26. postedMar 11, 2013 9:38 PM

    Oh my, I am about to lick the screen! I have been known to keep a hidden jar of nutella in my house to eat after the kids go to bed. Out of the jar with a spoon of course.

  27. postedMar 11, 2013 10:57 PM
    Maegan @ The BakerMama

    We so need Nutella baking chips! Hopefully, the Nutella people are listening to your plea! In the meantime, I think it’s brilliant that you freeze spoonfuls to bake with. Such a great idea! These cookies look so yummy!

  28. postedMar 12, 2013 4:39 AM

    I totally love Nutella. I can’t keep it around because I always eat it with a spoon! My husband actually takes jars I buy to work and I let him know when to bring it home. The I send it off again. Kind of pathetic, eh?

  29. postedMar 12, 2013 5:56 AM
    Ozzie

    Nuttella is horrible product to give to kids, it is no better than straight chocolate candy bars. There is a raw nuttella that is made naturally and healthy that I would recommend.

  30. postedMar 12, 2013 8:08 AM

    I would make these right now; if only I had some bananas! These sound amazing and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into one. Bye for now. I am off tho the market on a quest for very ripe bananas.

  31. postedMar 12, 2013 10:12 AM

    Love banana Nutella combo! These cookies are going to be a huge hit with our kiddos! :)

  32. postedMar 12, 2013 2:26 PM

    Oh, I love these. banana and nutella, perfect!

  33. postedMar 12, 2013 7:52 PM

    I love these! I could eat the whole batch by myself.

  34. postedMar 12, 2013 8:31 PM

    Love Nutella? I’ve been contemplating and I *spoon* Nutella tattoo to express my devotion – these cookies would send me over the edge I’m sure!

  35. postedMar 12, 2013 9:40 PM

    My children have now grown up. I cannot keep nutella in the house. It seems to disappear mysteriously whenever the pantry door is opened. These look like really great cookies. Those go to the cookie monster.

  36. postedMar 13, 2013 5:51 AM

    Lori,
    These look yummy. Clever of you to freeze Nutella! I keep adding it to muffins, and the taste is wonderful, but there’s no surprise.
    Thanks!

  37. postedMar 13, 2013 11:52 AM

    These are SO delicious! I added a little bit of cinnamon to mine.

  38. postedMar 17, 2013 1:23 PM
    Lisa Cornely

    These were delicious. Now I am dying to try the same technique with the nutella in nutella chocolate chip cookies. I sure wish they would make nutella baking chips. Would be amazing in so many recipes.

  39. postedMar 19, 2013 11:24 AM

    I think I need these in my life! Nutella stuffed in cookies=heaven. :)

  40. postedApr 5, 2013 5:30 AM

    Can one ever go wrong where nutella and banana are involved? These look yummy! :)

  41. postedAug 15, 2013 8:56 PM
    Carly

    Did this. Was awesome. Beautiful recipe. Thank you.

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