Pinterest. The internet sensation. I would naturally assume that anyone tech-savvy enough to be following/reading my blog would already be fully aware of what is Pinterest. But let’s be real, it’s a big world out there, so I will enlighten those who are somewhat befuddled as to what I am referring to. Pinterest is a social media site designed to be like a large, organized, endless bulletin board of sharing. People who have accounts on the site can virtually pushpin pictures, articles, recipes, crafts, items, inspiration, and effectually anything else to ‘boards’. So, lets say you find a recipe you like on your favorite blog (*cough, cough Dormbakery…), but you don’t want to make it then and there, you want to save it, but you’re worried that if you take the time to write it down, or type it up it will just be lost in the abyss of your recipe collection. So what do you do? Drum-roll…….. That is where Pinterest comes in! With Pinterest, you simply click ‘Pin It’ and save it to one of your virtual bulletin boards. Then when you decide you are ready to bake you go to Pinterest, find your ‘Baking Board’ and search for that recipe for beignets, and voila, the pin you put there will send you back to the original site and recipe.
Okay, so now that I’ve given you the basic Pinterest low-down I can continue with my recent baking endeavors. This weekend I just wanted to bake something simple, and sweet, and not all-together time consuming. My friend LeeAnn suggested a recipe that she had found on Pinterest for Fudgy Nutella Chocolate Chip cookies. Well, I just so happened to have half a container of Nutella sitting in my room, so I said ‘Sure!’ The recipe called for:
I had all of these things very handy.
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine flour, egg and Nutella in a large bowl and mix together with a spoon until dough comes together and no flour lumps remain. Stir in chocolate chips until evenly mixed into the dough.
2. Make dough balls, about 1 1/2 inch in diameter. Place on cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. Press down slightly on dough so the dough balls are more like very very thick round disks rather than perfectly round balls. Smooth edges that may have cracked from the pressure of pushing down on the balls, so that you have thick round smooth disks.
3. Bake for about 10 minutes. Cookies should be mostly set, but might be slightly still soft in the middle. Let cookies cool on rack until completely set. Enjoy while still slightly warm or after completely cooled.
As we started the mixing I quickly realized that it would be handy to do the mixing in a blender, or food processor. But, we managed as best we could with a spatula and our hands; I added a little vegetable oil to help the dough stick together.
They made a nice small batch, and turned out quite palatable. A simple, tasty cookie, but nothing truly special. Great for when you want to make something quickly and with few ingredients. They would also be great for experimenting: adding peanut butter, or salted caramel to the mix. Try them out, and find a way to embellish these simple treats.