>Cookies from Heaven


Nana cooked dinner for me Wednesday night, and it was delish!  She always apologizes for how simple her efforts are but let me tell you she nailed the Chicken Picatta, Parsley Potatoes and yes simple Green Peas.  It was beyond tasty it was delicious and even better because I didn’t have to make it.  Sadly, she didn’t photograph her efforts, she was too nervous about the timing!

After dinner there was one more surprise that truly blew me away! It was the cookies you see in the pictures!  The story is I saw them on the Simply Recipes blog. Turns out that they were posted by Garret McCord as a guest poster on Elise’s blog. Thanx to both of you!!

They sounded awesome, so I copied the recipe into Mastercook, printed it out and dropped it on Nana’s laptop on my way out the door with a note that we should try them someday!  I had no idea that she would pretty much run to the store to get the ingredients and surprise me with them!!  But boy am I ever glad she did.  They are sinfully good, they are the best chewy chocolate, chocolate chip, hazelnut cookie ever, oh did I leave out the Nutella??   What could be bad with those ingredients?

If you like any of those ingredients you must make these, then buy a cookie jar with a lock and key!  I’m serious, I can usually stop eating cookies after two, but these are in danger of disappearing all too quickly!  Here’s the actual post on Simply Recipes and here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Nutella Cookies

Recipe By : Garret McCord via Simply Recipes

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter — room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup Nutella
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups — plus 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts

1 Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter in an electric mixer for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the sugars and Nutella and mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl to ensure even mixing.

2 Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds between each. Add the vanilla and mix for 10 seconds.

3 Sift together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda (do not skip this step as sifting eliminates clumps of cocoa). Mix into the butter mixture on low speed until fully incorporated, scraping down the bottom and sides at least once to ensure even mixing. Fold in the chocolate chips and hazelnuts and refrigerate the dough for ten minutes.

4 Spoon tablespoon-sized drops of cough onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on the sheets for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Makes 6 dozen.
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