What's ironic about this batch of cookies is that I wasn't even trying to find an extreme example of effortless baking. I was really just trying to accomplish two things: use up a giant jar of Nutella I had inherited without sufficient cabinet space to house, and make some cookies I could send to my best friend back home. So I Googled "Nutella Cookies" and lo and behold this diamond in the rough of approx. 2.1 million related sites was revealed. Find the original inspiration here.
And a last little note about who these very special cookies were sent to. My BFF and I have been baking since we could hold a spoon, and our kitchen adventures are as numerous as the years gone by. But there's one that perfectly sums up all the others. It was the holiday of Passover and we were baking special cookies that don't use flour because of the strict dietary rules that define the holiday. Since the recipe was so specialized we tried our best to follow it exactly. Until we popped the cookies into the oven and realized we had forgotten to add in the cup or so of orange juice that the recipe called for. Not ones to hesitate, we just took the carton of OJ out of the fridge, opened the oven door and poured juice over all the baking cookies and the entire baking sheet. And even though I distinctly remember a gigantic mess in the kitchen, I don't remember them tasting so bad. I love you Elizabeth!
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup Nutella
Preheat oven to 350F.
Mix together the egg and sugar. Add in the flour a bit at a time until well incorporated. Add the Nutella. Mix.
Once the dough has formed roll into 1 inch. (diameter) balls in your hand and place on greased or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake @ 350F for 7 minutes and then use a spatula to flatten each ball to about 1/2 inch. thickness and bake for one more minute.