A Weekend of Gluttony and Frivolity

Saturday, March 15, 2014

This weekend, we made the most delicious cookies.  Seriously.  They are some of the best cookies, ever.  Adam found them and because they had Nutella and chocolate chips in them we decided we needed to try them.  You should probably fill your weekend with gluttony and make them, too.  You might eat the entire batch in one sitting... 

Nutella and Chocolate Chip Cookies (original recipe from Ambitious Kitchen)
slightly adapted by Adam and me

2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tsp milk

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 jar of Nutella
Coarse sea salt for sprinkling

Melt butter in a saucepan or frying pan, stirring constantly.  Butter will begin to bubble and continue to stir until the butter at the bottom begins to turn a golden brown and have a nutty aroma.  Remove from heat and pour into a stand mixer.  Add sugars and stir until blended.  Add egg and egg yolk, vanilla extract and milk.  Mix until combined.  
Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.  Once combined, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture while your stand mixer is running.  Once combined, add chocolate chips and mix.  
Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours, or if you can't wait that long, freeze for 30 minutes.  The dough will be quite hard and crumbly after it is chilled.  Press dough between your hands to soften.  Form dough into a 1/4 - 1/3 inch thick rounds and then put about 1 tsp of Nutella in the middle of the round.  Fold the dough around the Nutella until none is showing.  After placing on the cookie sheet, sprinkle sea salt granules over cookies.  Cook in a preheated over at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.  When edges are golden brown, pull out of the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes on the cookie sheet.  Move them to a cooling rack, if you like.  Decide never to make any other kind of cookie.  

As for some good old-fashioned frivolity, you should probably watch this totally ridiculous and awesome video while you are eating these delightful cookies.  Adam does a pretty good imitation of the awesome gumby leg action, I still have yet to get it on video... maybe some day.  

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