Meat On The Side Cookbook

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I am a chef, mom, TV host, cookbook author, blogger, professional voice over artist and terrace gardener. I cook in a way I call "Meat on the Side" which focuses on veggies, making them unique and the star of the plate. 

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    Brown Butter Nutella Stuffed Cookies 



    As a society we like things on a stick, things that are fried and things that are STUFFED! 


    The idea of something stuffed inside of something else is a simple but exciting idea. It's a mystery and a surprise. 






    You have something already delicious, like a doughnut, a potato or a turkey and then you take these things to a whole new level. You stuff the doughnut with jelly, load up the potato and then of course there is the ingenious idea of stuffing a turkey with a chicken and a duck! 




    You have made something new! You have taken something and not just made it the best it can be, but even better. You have STUFFED IT!!






    Now let's talk about cookies. We all like cookies and many times I judge my cookies like I do my its cover of course. 


    I look at the outside, I see if it's thick or thin, smooth or bumpy. And far before I bite into it I have made a certain judgement about this cookie.




    If it's too thick it probably won’t be making the favorites list. Too many nuts and it's going on the saddest list of all, the "do not make, even though I love cookies" list.


    But sometimes you have to bite into a cookie before you can even begin to understand it. You need to see the depths of its little Nutella filled soul and see what it has to offer inside and out before you can possibly begin to say if your love together will last forever or not. 





    And so I bring you a mysterious little cookie. A brown butter chocolate chip nutella stuffed cookie. A cookie with a deep nutty flavor from browning the butter and best of all a cookie that is stuffed with Nutella.


    It couldn’t get better.   








    Based on : Ambitious Kitchen

    1cup Nutella

    1 cup unsalted butter

    2¼ cups all-purpose flour

    1¼ tsp baking soda

    1/2tsp Kosher Salt

    1 cup light brown sugar

    ½ cup granulated sugar

    1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk

    2½ tsp vanilla extract

    1 tbsp greek yogurt

    1 cup dark chocolate chips



    Place tsp size dollops of Nutella onto parchment paper, a silpat, or tin foil sprayed with cooking spray. Approx 35 dollops. Place in freezer while preparing the dough. Put butter in a small skillet and cook on a medium high heat until browned, 5-8minutes and then let cool. Combine browned butter and sugar in a mixer and mix until well combined. Add the eggs, vanilla and greek yogurt to the butter and sugar mixture and mix until just combined. Add the salt, baking soda and flour and mix till combined. Add in the chocolate chips and mix gently until well distributed. Cover dough and refrigerate for 30minutes. Grab a 1.5-2inch ball of dough and flatten in your hand, add 1 now frozen dollop of Nutella to the center and close the dough around it so the Nutella is in the center of your cookie. Pinch top of the dough ball to rough it up and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350degrees for 10-12minutes


    Makes 35-40 cookies








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    Reader Comments (8)

    Hi Nikki Dinki!

    Great post! I'd love to try it but is there a substitute for Greek yogurt? I can't get my hands on those from where I am...

    And I love your video recipes! Do more soon!!


    *******Hey Zu! Sour cream would work great instead of Greek Yogurt. Thanks for the kind words too:)
    - Nikki Dinki

    April 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterzu

    Made these yesterday. Really delicious, especially warm. The dark chocolate chips keep it from being too sweet. I will definitely make them again!

    June 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

    Hi Nikki, congratulations on your showing tonight, Food Network, July 14th, lots of confidence and authority...your POV is definitely unique and they have no one right now cooking the way you go for it...good luck...loved the mushroom, pasta and shrimp dish...will you be posting it on your blog?

    July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi Basini-Herman

    Please post your awesome-sounding mushroom shrimp pasta. I wanted a bite REALLY badly! ;D

    July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Harrison

    Hey Nikki ! I'm a huge fan!!! You have been my favorite chef on NFNS since the very beginning! Now that I've checked out your site, I love you even more! I love all of your recipes, so much, especially the "meat on the side" idea. Honestly, out of every contestant of NFNS, I would watch your show, no matter what it was. Anyway, most of your recipes include dairy products, like in this one you include Greek yogurt, which really upsets my stomach(I'm lactose- intolerant) so, what would you recommend using instead? Also, in recipes, can I use almond, rice or coconut milk? Would that change the taste?

    Thanks Nikki!
    Much love!

    July 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna

    I am so sad that you were voted off last night! I love your point-of-view and was really excited to see your show! I think Food Network made a huge mistake last night!

    July 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

    Well if your name "Ambitious" is supposed to be a 'warning', I missed it!! ;) I think when I was measuring the 'dollops' of Nutella, I got ambitiously carried away because I had to make the cookies bigger to accommodate the Nutella, and WOW, did they come out lusciously filled with the decadent creamy treat! (and huge) Thanks for providing me with an addictive cookie that my whole family is still raving about. I normally take treats to friends when I bake (so we won't eat them all) but this time, They won't let me give any away!

    August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCocina4Me

    OMG I just watched food network stars and YOU were on! I love u so much and you deserve your own show on Food Network. You were amazing and you competed so well. How's your baby going? You said you were pregnant in the last show... Oh btw these cookies are amazing!!!

    April 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterZoe

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