All You Need Is Love {Day Four}

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chaos Theory

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You guys are awesome,
you know that right?
You have surprised me with your posts day after day!
I'm so!stinkin!happy! that so many of you are joining us!

I seriously cannot wait to read all the delicious recipes today!
It may just be my favorite day out of this whole challenge...
If only I had a kitchen here and didn't have to wait till June to cook all these things!

Day Four
For Valentine's Day I {LOVE} To Bake/Cook/etc...

Let's be honest, here, for a second.
I LOVE to cook and bake and try awesome new things.
(perhaps a new food blog is in my future, you know, once I have consistent access to a kitchen again).

Actually, I have no idea where my food-adventureness comes from, seeing as my parents (whom I love dearly) are not that adventurous with food. Sometimes they look at me like what on earth are you cooking that for?

So, needless to say, there are a bazillion things I would cook for Valentine's Day if I had the opportunity to cook this year. What I will share with you is a recipe that I found the other day on Love&Olive Oil (my new, most favorite food blog in the world - seriously, I am going to make it a plan to cook EVERYTHING on her website someday):

Nutella Chip Cookies

You need:
½ cup unsalted butter (soft - room temperature)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup Nutella (or other hazelnut chocolate spread)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

to make:

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

- Cream butter with an electric mixer about 1 minute or until smooth. Add in both sugars. Beat on high speed about 3 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

- With the mixer on low, add the egg and vanilla. Then add Nutella and mix until well combined.

- In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and mix on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and mix just until the dough is smooth. Fold in chocolate chips.

- Form the dough into almond-sized balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 6-7 minutes or until set. Let cookies cool about 5 minutes and transfer to a rack to cool completely

- for fun: frost with chocolate/white chocolate frosting, add sprinkles or chocolate chips, decorate for Valentine's Day - the possibilities here are endless!

Oh my. I cannot wait to get home and bake these.
Someone, please cook them and let me know how amazing they are.
Please?

xoxo,
until tomorrow!

12 comments:

  1. Ok, that recipe sounds amazing... I'm definitely going to have to try it!

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  2. sounds good, but I am definitely not a cookie person, but I love making them!!

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  3. That sounds delish, thanks for sharing!

    Love,
    B

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  4. This is the recipe that is going to push me to buy Nutella. I keep hearing amazing things about it but have never had more than a sample.

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  5. Those sound delicious! Nutella can solve nearly any problem in my life!
    ; ) Yum!

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  6. Those sound DELISH! :)
    and you are right...would be wonderful with the ice cream! ha!

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  7. I have never ever had nutella. I hear people talk about it all the time. Now I really need to try it!

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  8. Thanks for the comment Courtney! I am right there with you--all these recipes are making me hungry! Not to mention giving me the urge to bake!!! Those Nutella cookies sound amazing--my mom-in-law LOVES Nutella and is coming to visit soon. I might have to whip up a batch for her!

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Thank you all so much for your comments! I'm only happy when I have comments. Really. You are contributing to my future happiness right now! XOXO