Nutella Cookies

It has been a lot harder then I expected to continue my blog while at college.  The fact that my dorm doesn’t have a kitchen, let alone microwave has made it quite difficult to cook. Luckily since I am close to home I am able to come back on a few weekends here and there this past weekend I was able to whip up a yummy batch of cookies.

This is Giada de Laurentis’ nutella chocolate chip cookie recipe that I got from here. lets just say these cookies do not disappoint.  They are a perfect mix of soft and chewy and slightly crunchy on the edges. They have a nice smooth nutella flavor in the cookie base and the chocolate chips just add another little dimension. They are so good I had to bring some back for my friends.

1/2 c butter, softened
1/2 c nutella
1/2 c brown sugar, packed
1/2 c sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven @ 350 degrees
get a small bowl and combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a standing mixer, add the sugars, the nutella, and butter. Stir until the ingredients are fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and stir until incorporated. Gradually add in the dry ingredients at low speed just so the flour doesn’t spray all over. Once the dry ingredients are incorporated in the batter add in the chocolate chips and stir. Add the dough to the cookie sheets and bake from 6-10 minutes. be sure to keep a close eye on them and take them out slightly before they look done. you do not want these to over bake.


Pumpkin Spice Cake

I seem to be on a fall kick. I think the heat is beginning to go to my head. This pumpkin spice cake is super moist and delicious. I have never really had to much success with pumpkin bread because it always seems to never bake all the way through or turns out too dense.  This recipe however turn out light fluffy and delicious.  I was a little disappointed with how the frosting came out because my seemed to resemble a glaze more then the fluffy frosting shown in the video and pictures.