Friday, October 4, 2013

Dessert Day - the vague and lazy edition

Today, Deidre and I held yet another Dessert Day. Due to both of us (read: me) being vague to the point of forgetting to print out the recipe, check the ingredients AND make a shopping list, we decided to go with only one recipe and a movie that requires negative infinity brain ability.

The recipe we chose to make was these Nutella stuffed double chocolate chip cookies. We made a couple of changes because we're lazy it's not Dessert Day if we don't. You'll need the following:

2 1/4 cups gluten free plain flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
250 grams butter, softened
3/4 cup caster sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chips
2/3 milk chocolate chips
1 large jar of Nutella

Start by creaming the butter and the sugars together in your handy dandy Kitchenaid. Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Mix in the chocolate chips and hang on to your Kitchenaid for dear life because you probably should have done this part by hand. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for two hours.

Meanwhile, take the jar of Nutella, and place teaspoonfuls onto a tray lined with baking paper. We did the one and a half teaspoonfuls recommended in the actual recipe, and it was a liiiiiiiiittle too much in each cookie, so knock it back to a teaspoon. You'll need between 20 and 30 spoonfuls. In case you care, an entire jar of Nutella in blob form looks like this:

Stick the Nutella in the freezer for at least an hour. We had it in there for the same length of time as the cookie dough was in the fridge.

While the cookie dough is hanging out in the fridge, go and watch a cheese-tastic movie. We went with Rock of Ages, which delivered us such gems as "Did you just sigh audibly?" and "Concrete Balls are very heavy" (both courtesy of Russell Brand). It also taught us that the 80s featured much less blue eye shadow than we'd been led to believe, and that men very rarely wore shirts because it interfered with showing off their nipples. Also that Tom Cruise isn't a completely terrible singer, but his back looks increasingly like an old man's. And that Malin Akerman deserved hazard pay for some of her scenes. Oh, and that Catherine Zeta Jones should always sing Pat Benatar.

After the two hours have elapsed, preheat the oven to 175°C. To assemble cookies, take about two tablespoons of dough. We used a cookie scoop to ensure ours were even:
Yes, that's an enormous amount of dough. I know.

Roll it into a ball, then make a hollow in the middle. (Deidre did the hard work on this while I stood around vaguely, manning the cookie scoop) Take a blob of Nutella from the freezer, press it into the centre, and mould the dough around it. Ensure that there are no gaps/holes, otherwise the Nutella will ooze everywhere in the oven.
Frozen Nutella blob

Smoosh it in the dough

Stick giant cookies on a tray

Bake for 9-12 minutes (ours were at the upper end of that due to being gluten free), then let them cool on the tray for about 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. The recipe says to sprinkle chocolate chips on the top of them before baking. We tried that with one batch and decided it was overkill, but if you want to, go ahead and add another 1/3 cup of milk chocolate chips for that purpose!

 The verdict? Holy crap, these are amazing. They're rich and gooey and Nutella-y and generally delicious in every possible way. They COULD stand to be a little smaller so that you feel marginally less like you're about to spontaneously develop diabetes just by looking at them, but on the whole they were a massive win. And really, when you're feeling tired and vague, what more do you need??? 

K xx


  1. Eurgh Pat Benatar.

    Send cookies now please.

    Thanks x

    1. You secretly love the Benatar. We both know it.

  2. These look amazing and I really need to try them. They do look a bit gigantic to be honest though.

    As I just ate my first cookie of the VEDA-recipe batch, they are pretty good. Maybe a bit too much cocoa in them but good and easy to make so thanks for the recipe.

    1. They were completely and utterly enormous. I would definitely cut back on the size in the future.

  3. I think what I got from this post is that I should hand model :) wait no, that's not it. Inspector Climate gave them his seal of approval...and also permission to post his sweater modelling pictures :) WIN

  4. Holy gooey Nutella balls! ::plonk::

    Those look amazing and beyond delish. If my stomach weren't threatening to explode (on account of Grill'd burgers and popcorn Igz and I had before and at the movies), I'd totally imagine I were eating them. Hee!

    Tom Cruise is indeed getting Old Man Back.


  5. I kind of like that "Rock of Ages" was the movie you watched during all of this.

    Like? LOVE.

    1. It's so good and so bad all at the same time.


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