Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Taming of the Chew

Nutella Chews with White Chocolate and Pecans
On occasion, I like to bring little treats to my acting students. I find that the promise of a sweet treat during a scene critiquing session can help the feedback go down a little easier. On the scene menu for tomorrow? Scenes from (my least favorite of Shakespeare's works) The Taming of the Shrew. Maybe I'm the one that will be in need of a cookie. These cookies were put together with interesting ingredients I found in my pantry. The bold characteristic taste of Nutella with little hints of sweet, creamy white chocolate and salty pecans makes for one tasty treat! I think you'll be a fan.

- 1/2 c. butter, room temperature 
-  2/3 c. granulated sugar
- 1/3 c. brown sugar, packed
- 2 large eggs
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 c. Nutella
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 c. white chocolate chips
- 1 c. chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl cream together butter, sugars, vanilla, and Nutella with an electric mixer. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add eggs and blend until light and fluffy. 

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients slowly with the mixer running. When everything is completely blended, add the chocolate chops and pecans and mix thoroughly.

Drop tablespoon sized dollops of the dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheet, about 3" apart. Bake in oven about 10 minutes until cookies are cooked through but still chewy. Let cool on rack completely. Bake remaining cookies in batches. Yum!

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