09.28.13 | A RECIPE

backstory: okay, so we got tv back last week. and one of my favorite things to watch, ever, is food network. i love most of the chefs on there and all of the reality competition shows are the best. one of my absolute fave chefs is giada. i've got almost all of her cookbooks simply because i love her and, i guess, because italian food is one of my favorites as well.

anyway, the day before i had just decided that i was quitting dairy altogether. no more of this "i'll have a tiny bit, it'll be okay" or "well, just a small amount of cheese probably won't affect me or claire". i put my foot down and finally said "no more!". and then, i decided to watch giada at home. and i started having butter cravings. and i texted justin and told him that i was going to say "screw dairy! i want cookies!" especially since giada just made some really delicious looking cookies with nutella. and let me tell you, i tried nutella for the first time last year and it's like my best friend. and i hate that they make it with milk. seriously. so i'm sure you realize my dilemma with having a dairy-free diet, right? 

so yeah, i decided i needed to make these cookies. and because we hadn't restocked our nutella supply because i was cutting out dairy, i made justin stop at the store on his way home from work to get some. i mean, it was kinda like a last hoorah. 

and then i made the cookies. let me tell you, the dough is way better than the cookies. it's like eating a nutella mousse. gosh, it's creamy. and it's egg-free! so if you're pregnant and can't eat cookie dough because of the eggs, well by golly, make yourself some of this! 

okay, here's the recipe:
saw on giada at home, searched and found on foodnetwork.com

chocolate hazelnut drop cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) room temperature butter
1/4 cup, plus 1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 cup nutella

//preheat oven to 350 degrees, like almost all cookies recipes.

//beat butter and 1/4 cup powdered sugar until light and fluffy, like two minutes. add in the vanilla and mix together. 

//gradually add in the flour (too much at once and you'll cover yourself in it) while the mixer is mixing. mix until it's all together.

//now add in the best ingredient: the nutella. mix it all together until it's all incorporated. resist eating the rest of the nutella in the container. 

//using a cookie scoop, or a spoon, place similar-sized balls of dough onto cookie sheet. bake for 10 - 12 minutes. 10 minutes worked for me. 

//let cool for five minutes on pan, then on wire cooling rack until completely cool. 

//roll the cookies in powdered sugar until coated. (i skipped this part. who wants to inhale powdered sugar in every bite?)

//eat! they're yummy, buttery, nutella-y goodness. or, if you're like us, only make one or two sheets of cookies and eat the rest of the dough. it's that good.

yeah, they aren't paleo.
we'll get there, i promise.

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thanks for the input!