Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Foodie Files

You are so unprepared for today's Foodie Files.  So grossly unprepared.  I came across a recipe for (brace yourself) Nutella stuffed brown butter and sea salt dark chocolate chip cookies and  Chocolate chip cookies will never be the same.  If you only follow one piece of my advice in your whole life, let it be this: make these cookies!  Your family, friends and taste buds will thank you.  

2¼ cup all-purpose flour
1¼ teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon of salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
1¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
1 ten oz package of dark chocolate chips
1 jar of Nutella, chilled in refrigerator
Coarse sea salt for sprinkling

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside.  Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk constantly as the butter begins to foam.  The butter will begin to brown on the bottom of the saucepan and give off a nutty aroma after 5-7 minutes...when this happens, remove it from the heat.

Immediately transfer the butter to a bowl to prevent burning.  Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
With an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugars until thoroughly blended.

Beat in the egg, yolk, vanilla, and yogurt until combined.  Add the dry ingredients slowly and beat on low-speed until combined.  Gently fold in all of the chocolate chips.  Chill covered dough for 2 hours in the refrigerator.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Once dough is chilled, measure about 1½-2 tablespoons of dough and roll it into a ball.  Flatten the dough ball very thinly into the palm of your hand. Place 1 teaspoon of chilled nutella in the middle and fold dough around it; gently roll into a ball.

Make sure the Nutella is not seeping out of the dough...add more if necessary.  Place dough balls on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart and flatten the tops with your hand very gently.  Bake the cookies for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, then turn off the oven and let the residual heat cook for another 3 minutes.

Sprinkle with a dash of sea salt, then do a little happy dance cause these are about to revolutionize your life!


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