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Nutella Cookies?

Can I interest you in a Nutella cookie?

cooking mess


No takers?

I can’t imagine why…

cooking mess

Are you sure???

All joking aside, I’d hoped to give you a Nutella cookie recipe today. After all, it’s World Nutella Day! But as you can see, this cookie recipe = a major fail. Major. If anyone was under the impression that my recipe experiments always work out on the first try, let the above photos stand as evidence to the contrary Confused smile.

It often takes me two or three (or four or five!) tries before I get something worthy of posting on the site. So I won’t give up on that Nutella cookie recipe yet. Hopefully the next batch you see will look a heckuva lot better than these! (They couldn’t look worse, right?) In the meantime…


Do try this recipe: Healthy Chocolate Nutella.

It’s really quick and easy, much better for you than regular Nutella… and it tastes way better, too! Just don’t turn it into cookies. Trust me. Winking smile

Question of the Day:

Have you had any recipe failures recently?

Tomorrow, I promise to give you a recipe that is not a failure. I’m just deciding which one to post first: Triple Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate-Chip Love Cookies, Raspberry Truffle Ice Cream…

Published on February 5, 2012

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  1. Jessica says

    Aww, thanks for sharing the cookie photo, now I feel less bad when I have recipes that don’t turn out either. It happens to everyone and its comforting that you shared it here.

    I’ll love anything that you post tomorrow, but I’m definitely looking forward to the Triple Chocolate Mousse. Everything I’ve tried on your site has been delicious, but mousse is one of my favourite desserts and I’ve love a healthy, dairy-free recipe from a good source!

  2. Alan Kleesattel says

    hehehe, they don’t look TOO bad, actually in all honesty they look okay. Don’t give up. Did you try them though?!?!?!? How did they taste?

  3. Michelle says

    I hate when recipes fail…yesterday I kinda failed at your granola bar one but I knew I didn’t put enough agave I think and time was a minute too long…ugh my hubby still usually eats things but I get so mad at myself…silly I kno. I kno you put a lot of work perfecting your recipes…we really appreciate it 😉

  4. Michaela says

    Usually, I am pretty lucky when it comes to creating new recipes.
    However, the last time I made hummus, I added too much liquid and then decided I could make hummus patties and simply added oats and grated carrots to the mixture. They turned out wonderfully and everybody asked for the recipe 😉
    But your cookies… I hope they at least tasted good 😀
    And I cannot wait to see you on TV, that is soooooooo exciting!

  5. Erin says

    I would still eat those; i’m sure they taste better than they look. 😉 For tomorrow, I vote either mousse or the cookies.

  6. Mich says

    It took my sis and I 3 tries to get Nutella cookies right. In the end we realized they only need to be in the oven for 4-5 minutes, or they’ll end up breaking your teeth. :/ Good luck with your recipe!!

  7. emma says

    I love that you posted a failed recipe – imperfections make people more endearing to me 🙂 And I already think you’re fab…..and now you’re fabber!! 🙂

  8. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says

    haha I always have recipe failures! I tried adding xantham gum to a gluten free microwave cupcake recipe, since I’ve seen it in a lot of gluten free recipes, and my cupcake came out like half the size as normal and a weird texture… Haha worth a shot I guess!

  9. Char @ says

    hahaha awww, it happens to the best of us, Katie! You should have seen my gluten-free vegan pecan pie I made at Christmas…I worked so hard on it, and the whole thing ended up being a giant mess when I tried to bake it. We can’t be perfect, it happens 😉

  10. Ann says

    Thanks for sharing your “failures” as well as your successes. I often feel discouraged when adapting/making new recipes and it’s good to know that even superstar food bloggers like yourself run into trouble sometimes! Now if I could only convince my kids to eat less-than-perfect products…

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Oh goodness, if only I could show you all the failures I have! There are a lot!

      But sometimes, failures turn into something awesome… like when I tried to make granola bars and ended up with really good cookies instead! 😉

  11. Sassy Stephanie says

    Hey, I would still scarf ’em down! I’ve made some before with nothing but Nutella and an egg. Comes out sooooo yummy. Like the crisp and chewy edges of a brownie.

  12. Sapphire says

    I made a vegetable soup in my slow cooker and made the big mistake at putting in pasta too early and it was absolutely horrible.

    World Nutella Day, eh? My kids (and husband) love Nutella. I’m not so much for it. I prefer maple almond butter myself. Or chocolate almond butter. I’m fixing “brinner” tonight so I am guessing Nutella waffles will be on the menu.

  13. sharon says

    Maybe you should go for nutella bars instead of cookies. To my way of thinking…it’s not so much if it looks like a cookie but does it taste like one? 🙂

  14. Kat says

    I know about recipe failures. I made your sugar free chocolate chip cookie dough dip. It was horrible. I thought I could salvage it and possibly make cookies by adding oats and baking them for 10-15 mins at 350. They came out ok because the chocolate was warm and melty and masked the flavor a bit, but I tried one cold and it was disgusting. I’m annoyed that a whole can of chickpeas was wasted. Good thing only 1/3 cup of chocolate chips was wasted in this recipe.

      • S. says

        Plus, I’ve made that recipe a million times now, and it rocks. Really rocks. It sounds like YOU did something wrong, because there’s nothing wrong with the recipe. So don’t go blaming the recipe for your wasted chickpeas :(.

  15. Albizia says

    I ruined the same soup twice because my mother forgot to share a tiny detail when she save me the recipe. I was just starting to think that I was a hopeless idiot when she finally told me what was wrong 🙂 .

  16. Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee says

    Fortunately no! Sorry your cookies didn’t turn out so good-looking. I’m sure they would have tasted good though. You can’t go wrong with Nutella! I didn’t know it was nutella day. Happy nutella day! I coincidentally did have pretzels with nutella though. I must have a 6th sense! 🙂

  17. Hannah says

    I fail with recipes all the time! Last night I tried to make an alfredo pizza without a recipe- but the sauce was too thin (and I stupidly didn’t attempt to thicken it), I added too much, the crust was too thin at the center of the pizza… I ended up eating it with a fork in a very pasta-fashion until I got to the crust (which were kind of breadstick-y I suppose?)!

  18. Amber K says

    I had a major flop just today. I made a bean dip I found online. While their bean dip came out thick and like refried beans, mine came out like bean soup. If anything I cut back on the amount of liquid they added, so I have no clue what happened!

  19. Katie says

    I adore the fact that you posted pics of your “failed” recipe (even though I’m sure they still tasted delicious!) I can understand wanting to show pretty food pictures of successful recipes, but the truth is, when most people try experimenting it’s tough to get it perfect on the first (or tenth) try! Thanks for reminding me that it’s a good thing to take risks and try new recipe combinations….we’d never discover the good stuff without all the experiments. Keep up the good work and looking forward to the next recipe:) Ps – I’m already working on batch #2 of your healthy nutella, definitely a favorite!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I definitely didn’t want to lead anyone on… People need to know that it’s perfectly ok to fail at a recipe sometimes. It doesn’t make you a bad cook, and it’s nothing to get upset over. (Ok, so I was a *tad* upset having to clean that giant Nutella mess! But at least I got a fun story out of it ;).)

  20. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says

    Oh we all have fails… I try to save them but sometimes it’s just impossible. I hate it though because I see all that precious sugar and nutella or peanut butter or whatever it is in just a soupy pile and I want to lick the cookie sheet…or at least figure out what I did wrong so I don’t have a fail repeat.

  21. natalie @ southern fit foodie says

    I can’t wait to try your Nutella cookies (I would try those in the pic)!

    I made your chocolate chip cookie dough last night (a double batch) for a small group fellowship this afternoon and a superbowl party tonight. It was a big hit!!!

  22. vogelstar says

    They actually don’t look that bad, maybe a bit squished 🙂
    Some of the ugliest food I have made has been the tastiest

  23. Emma says

    Ahahaha that’s great! The same thing happened when I tried using Nutella instead of peanut butter in the 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies (1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg). I think the millk in the Nutella caused them to run all over the place.

    If you wanted to be super sickeningly cute (a la Rachel Ray) you could call them “Not-ella” cookies.

  24. Jade C says

    Heyy Katie,
    Good luck with perfecting the recipe!!
    I was wondering, did you just try to make PB cookies but replace the PB with your “Nutella”?? Just wondering ;).
    I don’t know if you’re heard of these,
    they’re kinda new, but I think a “Nutella” cookie based on them would be awesome!! I know you could healthy-fy and improve these ((probably using about 1/4 the ingredients I bet!!)). Just an idea!!..

    ((P.S. – Sorry the link goes to Youtube – it was the only info on them that I could find online!! It’s basically a chocolate-filled cookie..))

  25. Jenny says

    My friend, her husband and I tried to make Nutella cookies a few years ago and they came out just terrible. I mean really, really bad. We ended up pouring the huge amount of leftover batter into a cake pan and baked that. It became a terrible cake. Her husband ate it all, though, because he said it wasn’t too bad and he hates wasting food. Looking forward to successful Nutella cookies!

  26. LizAshlee says

    Ah yes…of course! My pancake fell apart the other day..I didn’t have a small enough spatula to flip it..fell to pieces, but made a pancake truffle so it turned’ll get it next time!

  27. Mozzie says

    well, to tell you the truth i have really bad luck with the frosting shots recipe – but i’m still working on coconut milk, don’t worry 😀

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