Molly’s Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies

This is the week that everyone returned to school, and I had the blessing of spending some time with our little Molly while her siblings were off for their first day of school.  We wanted to make them some cookies for them to celebrate and my idea was to make my Peanut Butter Honey Cookies, but Molly thought a Peanut Butter Nutella was what they would want.  She is the sweetest little sister to know just what everyone would love, so I had to get creative with my favorite Peanut Butter Cookie recipe. 

I used my basic recipe, divided the dough in half, added peanut better to one half of the dough and a big dose of the chocolate hazelnut goodness to the other half of the dough.  Then lightly swirled the two doughs together and baked.  Molly wanted to add a little extra chocolate with the colors of M & M's .  We had so much fun baking these special back to school cookies.  It only took an hour and they were gone in about that same amount of time!  

Here's the ingredients....

1/2 Cup Softened Butter
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
1/4 Cup White Sugar
2 Eggs
2 Teas. Real Vanilla
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Teas Baking Soda
1/4 Teas Salt
1/3 Cup Peanut Butter
1/3 Cup Nutella
M & M's

Step 1.  In a large mixer bowl, cream together the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy.

Step 2.  In a separate bowl, add the flour, salt, baking soda and sift together. 

Step 3.  Add to wet ingredients and mix together.  

Step 4.  Divide the dough in half and place in two separate bowls.

Step 5.  Mix the peanut butter into one of the bowls of dough and mix the Nutella into the other bowl of dough.  

Step 6.  Place the two doughs back into the mixer bowl and with a wooden spoon or dough whisk,  lightly fold the two doughs together.

Step 7.  Chill in refrigerator for a half hour and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  

Step 8.  After the dough has chilled for a half hour and the oven is heated, roll the dough into balls the size of a golf ball and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.  

Step 9.  Bake for 7 to 9 minutes.  Remove from oven when they are light golden on the bottom.  Let cool on baking sheet.  

Step 10.  Press an M & M into the center of each while cooling.  

Molly was a super smart and creative baker to come up with a special cookie with peanut butter and Nutella.  They were so good!  The kids had a great first day, and she had a big smile on her face when they all came home.  It's tough being the only little one at home.   We hope you enjoy this recipe.  These are super simple cookies to make and freeze well too.  Enjoy!

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