These guys have been there for me through every triumph, breakdown, and mess I've gotten into since my first day in Boston. We all got lost in the stress of last semester, but this semester we are taking charge. We are making time for ourselves and our sanity, and pulling this family back together.
As the baker in the family, I decided my role for dinner each week will be to bring dessert. Last week I made brownies, and this week, I decided to make cookies. I didn't have time to go grocery shopping, so I searched my magical box of baking supplies and found some chocolate chips, Nutella, and toffee pieces. I couldn't pick just one, so I decided to use all three. It may have been a little too ambitious, and I ended up underestimating the adaptability of one of my favorite cookie recipes. The cookies came out of the oven looking like chocolate pancakes. However, I didn't have more supplies, or a whole lot of time to bake another batch before dinner. I got creative, and decided to cut them up into cool shapes so no one would notice how ugly they were. This did the trick with aesthetics, but to my surprise, no one even cared what they looked like, because they were so addictingly delicious.
Nutella Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe way too adapted from here
Yield: about 2 dozen cookies
4 oz semisweet baking chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup toffee pieces
|In a double boiler, melt chocolate, Nutella, and butter together until smooth|
|Stir in eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla until combined.|
|In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into chocolate mixture.|
|Stir in chocolate chips and toffee pieces just until incorporated.|
|Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.|
|They looked a little like chocolate pancakes...|
See? In the end, they were beautiful AND delicious! Although I will definitely try this recipe again, and play with increasing the flour and butter to give the cookies real structure.
Thank you to my Boston family for being there when I need you. You always know that perfect combination of love, food, and alcohol to make any bad week better. I love you guys. Here's to many more family dinners (and new cookie recipes) to come!
Love and cookies,