Thursday, September 16, 2010

Day 45 with Nutella


Today I tasted the best cookies ever!  Chef Thomas Kozinsky made these delicious cookies.  He was a bit reluctant to give me his recipe but he finally agreed and now I get to share it with you all!  These cookies are made with a lot of love and a lot of Nutella...Love and Nutella do go together, after all!  I hope you enjoy them.  If you do like the cookies, please post a comment and I will pass it along to Chef Tom! 


Nutella Cookies


Ingredients:
1 cup softened unsalted butter
2 eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla
¾ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 26.5 oz jar of Nutella

2 ¾ cup Flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt – kosher

¾ cup toasted hazelnuts


Mix together the first 6 ingredients until blended very well. Set aside

In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Add this to the first 6 ingredients that are already blended. Mix everything together thoroughly. Add the toasted hazelnuts and mix in.

Take the dough and freeze until very firm. You want it to feel like almost as hard as frozen cookie dough.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Put the cookie dough in ¼ size balls on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for about 15 mins or until the cookies are firm but don’t overcook them or they will be too crunchy.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Day 44 with Nutella

It's been awhile since my last post...It's almost like I had to take the summer off.  While on my hiatus I was still dreaming of Nutella.  A friend of mine sent me a link to a recipe for Nutella Puppy Chow recipe and of course I was intrigued.  Nutella for dogs?  Surely not...  Turns out it's for humans, it just looks like it's for the dog...while not the most attractive thing I have ever made, it sure is delicious and is very popular with the kiddos....they all crack up about eating dog food. 

Here's a picture of my Nutella Puppy Chow
 



Like I said, it looks a bit like dog food...hence the name but, wait until you taste it.  You can't stop eating it.  Yummy deilish and pretty easy to make.









Nutella Puppy Chow Recipe ( my adapted version)

Ingredients:


• 1/2 cup butter

• 1 cup Nutella

• 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips (use semi-sweet)

• 2 cups Pecans

• 12 oz box of  RiceChex
• 3 -4 cups powdered sugar

Method:

• In a 350 degree preheated oven, roast pecans until fragrant and light brown, about 10 minutes.  Let them cool and then grind finely in a food processor.

• Put the cereal in a large bowl

• On a pan over medium-low heat, melt butter and chocolate chips stirring constantly - I use a double boiler so I don't scorch the chocolate

• When all is melted, remove from heat and add Nutella and stir until mixed in, then add pecans and stir well.

• Slowly pour over cereal and stir with your hands! It’s much easier than with a spoon.
• Add about half the mixture to a gallon sized plastic ziploc bag, add the about 1 cup of powdered sugar and shake. you can always add more powdered sugar.  You want it to coated to the point of it being light brown.

After it's all coated, I put the mixture on a cookie sheet for about 20 mins to let it cool more.  The put it in a bowl and serve.  It won't last long!