Monday, October 15, 2012

Chocolate Cookies

We always decorate cookies at Christmas time but when I saw this posting I figured it was time to create some monsters. 
I wanted to use a dark cookie since I thought it was more appropriate for Halloween. Since the cookies are pretty plain tasting by themselves, I wanted a sweet filling. My daughter just happen to place the jar of Nutella on the counter. I think she thought she needed to take a spoonful to make sure the newly opened jar still tasted good. After I assembled the cookies with the Nutella filling, we created our monsters using candy corns, Reese's pieces, marshmallows, and other candies. The kids loved it. Don't be afraid to make some crazy cookies!
Chocolate Cookies (1 1/2 dozen cookies)
3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
3/4 tsp coarse salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
1 egg yolk
4 oz semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  1. In a medium  bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder.
  2. In another bowl, cream the butter with the sugars until fluffy.
  3. Into the creamed butter, add the egg, egg yolk, chocolate, and vanilla until incorporated.
  4. Slowly, add the flour and beat until just combined.
  5. Shape into a disk and refrigerate for 1 hour. (The dough will feel really soft.)
  6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  8. On a lightly floured surface, roll the chilled dough to 1/8 thickness.
  9. Cut out 2 inch circles. 
  10. Space the circles onto the parchment paper 1 inch apart.
  11. Bake the cookies for about 7 to 9 minutes or until set.
  12. Allow the cookies to cool before filling.
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's Cookies

Nutella Filling
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup Nutella spread
1-2 Tbsp milk

  1. In a medium bowl, cream the butter.
  2. Add the sugar and incorporate well.
  3. Add the Nutella to the butter mixture. Mix well.
  4. Add 1 Tbsp milk and mix. Add more milk until the desired filling consistency. 
Recipe by Jen of Sweet Morris. 

One year ago I made................Sloppy Joes (even with a funny face).
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-The fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia.
-The fear of the color black is Melanophobia.
-The fear of teenagers is called Ephebiphobia.
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