Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 10 mins
Nice fall type cookie. The recipe is from Nutella's Sweet Seasons of Taste Cookbook. The recipe calls for Halloween type decorations but any cookie cutter design of your choice is fine. Turkeys and autumn leaves for example for Thanksgiving.
- 2⁄3 cup shortening
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup nutella
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, sifted
- To make Nutella Spiced Sugar Cookies: In a medium bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar with a hand mixer on high speed for 2 minutes.
- Add the egg and vanilla and beat for 1 minute.
- Stir in the remaining dry ingredients on low speed just until combined.
- divide the dough in half and flatten each piece slightly (about 1-inch thickness), cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Roll out each piece on wax paper to 1/8-inch thickness.
- Use cookie cutters to cut desired shapes.
- For Halloween bats, pumpkins, headstones and owls are appropriate shapes.
- Bake on on cookie sheet for 10 minutes.
- Cool completely.
- To Make the Glaze: Heat the Nutella, milk and confectioner's sugar in a small pot over low heat until combined and slightly warm.
- Spread each cookie with the glaze and decorate as desired with jimmies, sprinkles, mini chips, or halloween candy.
- Allow to set on a wire rack.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Theese cookies can be baked ahead of time and frozen, unglazed for up to 6 weeks if stored in an airtight container.
These are okay if you like spicey, gingery cookies, but I was hoping they'd be a little more sugary and sweet. The nutella glaze would've been better if it was more nutella-y as well. Pretty easy to make though.
I made this recipe as part of the Pick-A-Chef game. These were SPECTACULAR! I don't have that many cookie cutters, so I just made hearts, stars, and circles. I replaced half of the butter with margarine, since butter is so expensive here. I was surprised that you could not taste the black pepper, it was not peppery hot like I thought it would be, just nice and spicy. Of course, my family goes through Nutella like there's no tomorrow, so these cookies were a huge hit. I am going to make some more tomorrow for my grandfather's 86th birthday! DELICIOUS! Thanks for posting.
I love you for posting this recipe!! These cookies are awesome! There was just 1 substitute I used, i.e., I used margarine as a substitute for shortening. Also, I was short on butter; so I used 5 tbsps. of melted(NOT SOFTENED) butter and for the remaining 7 tbsps, I used melted(NOT SOFTENED) margarine. This is such a wonderful recipe to work with, especially the part where after refrigerating the dough you remove it from the refrigerator, the dough is so firm like as though it was some bread---before cutting out various shapes, I sliced the dough and oh my, it was simply so good; it gave me the feeling that it was a loaf of bread that I was slicing! LOL:) EVERYONE who tasted these cookies asked for the recipe! I was 'COOKIE QUEEN' at the Halloween party I took these to. What an Honour, all thanks due to you! I shaped this dough into very unusual shapes(all born out of my mind). There were some twisted fingers, some bent fingers, some ghost rabbits, some half moons, some haunted trees with leaves, some long noses, some which I joint together to shape into a haunted house with a window missing, some which I shaped into faces with an eye missing! LOL. I've had such fun with this recipe I can't even begin to tell you. I wish I had the patience to click a snap to tell you what I mean. These cookies are great on their own too(i.e. without the nutella icing). The children enjoyed this with the icing, ofcourse, while the bigger children(my mom and dad included!) said they just loved the burst of black pepper flavour in this and they had these without the icing. My mom had some secretly too! (She is on a diet but this awesome recipe made her cheat!) This treat is now on going to be on my cookie tray for every Halloween! THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART for posting such a perfect and fantastic recipe!