firing on all cylinders May 31, 2011

While I’m not so much a baker…I am whole-heartedly someone who never comes to a dinner empty handed. My mother was the same way. Even if she just brought flowers or a condiment to go with dinner, I’ve come by my gracious guest complex honestly. We’ve so happily moved into a neighborhood in close proximity to several of our friends and the entertaining and group meals have been bountiful. Some of our dearest friends invited us over for taco night and Caipirinhas on sort of short notice – if I don’t have 48 hours to flip through cookbooks for inspiration and obsess about what to make, it’s short notice.

Our hosts are a gluten-free house…and since I’m always the one that provides the soups and salads…I went out on a limb and made cookies. Gluten free cookies. Oh yeah…and there was Nutella. Being able to provide a delicious sweet treat for our GF friends – for whom its often ice cream or bust with us – is a really special thing and made me extremely happy. Here’s the thing: these cookies are insanely peanut buttery and addictive whether you’re gluten free or not. The crumbly, crunchy texture and pure peanut butter taste of the cookie paired with the silky nutty Nutella is a match made in heaven. As someone who doesn’t eat a lot of chocolate, I always find the sweetness of Nutella to be a little overwhelming so I sprinkled the spread with a teensy bit of sea salt to take the edge off. It’s gorgeous. Everyone at the table had two to finish their meal…pining away not for another cocktail but a cold glass of milk to pair them with.

Flourless Peanut Butter Salted Nutella Thumbprint Cookies – makes 18-20 cookies – adapted from this recipe by Claire Robinson

  • 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 jar Nutella – I used 1/2 tsp. per cookie
  • 1/4 cup kosher or coarse sea salt – used to sprinkle each cookie

– Preheat the oven to 350 F & place racks in the upper and lower third of the oven. In a medium bowl, mix the peanut butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until well combined. Spoon 1 tablespoon of mixture about 1 inch apart onto parchment paper lined baking sheets. Flatten the mounds into even cookie shaped rounds about 1/2″ thick. Bake until beginning to brown – about 7 minutes. Using the back of a melon baller or small scoop, make slight thumbprint indentations in the dough. Rotate the baking sheet and bake for another 5-7 minutes until set and golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool and firm up – these cookies are fragile while warm and can break easily until they cool. Once cooled, drizzle 1/2  tsp. of well stirred Nutella into the thumbprint well of each cookie and top with a tiny sprinkle of sea salt.


Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) Jun 1, 2011 12:06 am

I love that you made GF cookies. And I have seen so many recipes lately for cookies without flour that only use nut butter, i.e. PB or AB in them. Must try it!

If you think Nutella is super sweet you’d die in my kitchen. I loooooove sweets and dont even think Nutella is that sweet. lol

Trish Jun 1, 2011 01:06 am

I am exactly the same. Be gracious with any invitation.

Trudy ~ Veggie num num Jun 1, 2011 01:06 am

Yep these do indeed look delicious!! love the addition of salt too, cookies can’t help but make us happy!!

Kimberley Jun 1, 2011 02:06 am

Oh Tami. Words fail me.

Maris (In Good Taste) Jun 1, 2011 04:06 am

GF or not these look so good and easy to make also!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen Jun 1, 2011 04:06 am

Peanut butter and Nutella make me a very happy woman!

Winnie Jun 1, 2011 07:06 am

Great looking cookies! I make a similar gf cookie with cashew butter, but I love the extra dimension of the nutella here. ps Sorry it’s taken me so long to let you know how much I loved meeting you at BlogHer Food :)

Cookin' Canuck Jun 1, 2011 01:06 pm

I swear that my mouth starting watering as soon as I saw those cookies. And your description of the taste and texture sealed the deal. You friends must have been thrilled.

janet @ the taste space Jun 1, 2011 02:06 pm

These remind me of a manic “I Can’t Believe It’s a Cookie Cookie” which I used to make as a kid – 1 cup PB, 1 cup sugar and 1 egg. Simple and delicious. But add in Nutella and vanilla, it sounds even better. :)

Kulsum at JourneyKitchen Jun 1, 2011 02:06 pm

American favorite spread peanut butter meets the Italian favorite spread nutella. Oh heaven!

Sneh | Cook Republic Jun 3, 2011 04:06 am

Gorgeous cookies! Adding them to my “Baking Now” list on Pinterest. Thnx for sharing!

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katie o. Jun 4, 2011 05:06 pm

Those look sinfully good. As if I need an excuse to eat more cookies…

Kelly Hartman Jun 5, 2011 01:06 am

Oh my. I can’t wait to try these. My husband is trying to go gluten-free so this recipe will be PERFECT.
Many thanks.

Ilke Jun 7, 2011 07:06 pm

So easy!! Who needs to be gluten free toeat these!
I am the same way, cant go without bringing something!
By the way, i always read the notes i took in your photo workshop! You all three gals gave me so much to work on!

MikeVFMK Jun 8, 2011 04:06 pm

PB and Nutella. A dangerous combination of addictive flavours and would please my GF neighbour so much that I just might have to make them for him. He’s usually left out of the goods that filter down our street so at least here he’d be able to share in the guilt. Lovely.

I can almost smell them through the screen. Makes me want to bake peanut butter cookies. That salty sweetness is SO GOOD.

Nami @ Just One Cookbook Jun 12, 2011 01:06 am

Hi Tami! You have lots of great recipes (and beautiful pictures) here and I love your site. I’ll be following you via facebook! :-)

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Sara K of Denver Dec 14, 2011 10:12 pm

Wow….thank you for these cookies. They are in the oven cooking right now. My boyfriend and I are having a blast waiting for them to be done and cooled so we can devour them :] I just started my gluten-free adventure and these cookies are going to be helping me out with all of my cravings right now! Thanks again :}

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