Until about a year ago I didn't even know nutella existed. My youngest daughter introduced me to it. It has such a different flavor and tastes delicious in so many things. In the time that I have discovered nutella I have made crepes with nutella, nutella loaf bread, nutella crumb bars and these cookies that can also be filled with jam instead if you like. I was in the mood for a little something sweet and these are just the right size to satisfy.
Nutella Thumbprint Cookies
3/4 cup nutella or jam of your choice
2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 large egg
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350. Set one oven shelf in the middle and one oven shelf on the bottom. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat. Fill a small ziplock bag or pastry bag with nutella. Whisk the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together in a medium bowl.
2. In a large, beat the butter and sugar together with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-6 minutes. Beat in cream cheese, egg and vanilla until combined about 30 seconds, scaping down the bowl and beater if necessary.
6. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely about 30 minutes before serving.