A Pinterest a Day: Nutella Cookies

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Okay. These Nutella cookies had promise, I was so excited to try these out. SO excited! But alas… they were not very impressive. I did make it with my homemade Nutella that I made, so that could just be the reason why. But these cookies lacked… muchiness. As the Mad Hatter would say, the Nutella were muchier until they got baked into cookies, then lost its muchiness. Mostly I just like saying muchiness. But I will have to give this another go around. With authentic Nutella next time. But in the meanwhile, you can find the original post here

 

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A Pinterest a Day: Mini Pies!

 

Well! Aren’t these just the cutest! I saw this post for bite sized pies on a stick, and all I could think was “aren’t these the bees knees.” Yes, I thought that.

But I also didnt want to do peanut butter, I wanted to use my homemade Nutella that I made just yesterday! So, I began.

Mini Pies! makes 12-24 depending on size

cream cheese crust:

2 cups all purpose flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¾ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

¼ cup cold cream cheese, cut into cubes

2 Tablespoons buttermilk (or milk with a splash of vinegar to thicken)

filling:

nutella

jelly (any type)

egg wash:

1 egg white

1 tablespoon milk

1 .Cut butter and cream cheese into flour, baking powder and salt that has been thoroughly blended. Add buttermilk and wrap in saran, refridgerate!

2. One cold, roll out to about 1/8” and cut shapes, depending on size, you may yeild 12-24 pies! YAY!

3. Fill and glue edges together with egg wash, cut cute decorative designs in the top (also funtional to let out steam) and bake at 375°F for 15 minutes, turning halfway.

Voila! Yummy pies! Easy peasy right? I opted out from the sticks, I mean, my pies dont last long enough to make sticking them worth it.

You can always rub in your fats instead of using a pastry cutter. Just quickly rub the cubes of butter between your fingers, eventually ending up with a crumb like consistency .

I also decided to experiment with open holes in the crusts. Well, the hearts worked out ok, but the honeycombs, not as much. They tasted fine, but weren’t as clean as the others.

These pies were yummy, but next time I would roll them a bit thinner, the crust to filling ratio wasn’t that great, I would aim for 1/16th of an inch, or make the pies bigger so you can fit more filling. Dont try with the small ones, they will just make sealing them frustrating. I like the mini mini ones, so I would just roll them out thinner. Look! So small! I hope you enjoy making these!!!

 

Two cupcakes Every Two Days: Moist Chocolate Cupcakes

Since I made three cupcakes the other day, does that mean its ok to post this the third day instead of the second? I choose yes. Ohhh,but these cupcakes are yummy! Adapted from Foodess’ Moist Chocolate Cake recipe down to a recipe for three!! Seeing as most recipes need an egg, and you cant really half an egg very well (or its a waste), most of these recipes are turning out to be for three. Oh well! Just one more to share (or eat)!

Lately I have made a lot of soup. As in three very full stock pots full: Carrot Ginger and Tomato Basil Soup. VERY yummy! Sometime I will share my adventures with those. 

I have also lately been obsessed with making doughnuts. Well, maybe anything you fry. But today I made Honey Crullers from Not So Humble Pie’s website. Except I cut down the recipe by about 1/4. Becuase who really needs 12 doughnuts on hand. Really. 

They started out like this. But some went really wrong…

Like this… so sad.

But then add this:

and you end up with these!!! Quite respectable for my first try.

… and quite yummy. You see, I had to eat the particularly mangled ones. I had to.

Anyways. This is not a post about doughnuts. Its about cupcakes. One day there will be a post on doughnuts though.

Two Cupcakes Every Two Days: Moist Chocolate Cupcakes for Three 

This recipe is Oh So Yummy. Very rich. For chocolate lovers only, which is why I didn’t make them for me. (I know I’m crazy, I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate) But I digress.

These ones are for my roommates. I made a first batch. They were terrible. I guess I was a little too liberal with my measurements. So I made them again, here they are.

Perfect shaped cucakes!!!! How delightful!!! P.S. This is my favorite muffin tin up top 🙂 the super old kind: it has the best shaped bowls. And yes it does have holes drilled in the bottom… we make a special chicken recipe in those tins!

I iced them with a chocolate frosting concoction of cocoa, icing sugar and whipping cream. Add a strawberry on top and you have the perfect cupcake for the chocolate fans! 

The Recipe

1/4 c sugar

1/4 c flour

1/4 c cocoa

a pinch of salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

3 tbsp buttermilk (or milk with a splash of vinegar to thicken it)

1 egg

splash of vanilla 

3 tbsp hot strong coffee (I use starbucks via and hot water) or just hot water

This is a one bowl shebang!!! Mix it all, bake it at 350° or 325° if you have convection for about 15 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean and your set to enjoy! Super easy cleanup. 

I think this calls for a late night exercise binge, all this baking and tasting…

Have a good night and see you in two days. Up next, classic vanilla.