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World Nutella Day: Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Today, February 5th, is World Nutella Day! I was first introduced to Nutella back in high school when my sister was taking French. I, on the other hand, took only Spanish. So, while she was eating Nutella on baguettes during 2nd period, I was lost in the world of tamales and chicken empanadas.

Somewhere in there, she brought home a jar of Nutella long before it was readily available in the U.S., and the reasons why to love it were strong. Nowadays, many people love it. My friend Paula even made a whole site dedicated to the velvety stuff. I mean, how could you not love hazelnuts and chocolate in a delicious spread?

So, today I made hazelnut chocolate chip cookies to commemorate that classic spread, and then I sandwiched them together with a thin layer of the infamous spread to make Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Nutella Sandwiches. And the world was good.

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Nutella Sandwiches

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or 60% cocoa chips
1 cup hazelnuts, chopped
1/4 cup Nutella

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and eggs. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chips and hazelnuts.

Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until centers are set. Allow to cool slightly before moving to cooling rack to cool completely.

Spread the back side of one cookie with about a teaspoon or two of Nutella. Top with a second cookie. Eat. Enjoy. Smile.

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