Into My Kitchen: Chocolate-Hazelnut Thumbprints

As noted in my last post, I’m feeling a little bit under the weather…that’s tough to do these days, as the weather is kinda under itself at the moment!  Anyway, I don’t feel too much better than yesterday (okay, when I woke up, I felt like a train hit me, probably the E train), but now I’m a little perkier so we shall see.

Back on track:  When I feel a little sniffly, I like to bake.  I don’t know if it’s the comfort of baking or just the fact that I feel like I should be doing something instead of just sitting on the couch, but it’s something that I do.  Not saying it makes me better, but it sure does taste good.  I tweeted last night that I wanted to bake, but I couldn’t decide between cupcakes and cookies.  Allie responded by saying that I should make the cookies I made her when I traveled to Durham last year to visit her, Sara, and Sarah.  The cookies were delicious, and I realized that I never posted about them!  That’s probably because I finished making them at two in the morning before I left…oops.

Anyway (fast forward a day…I couldn’t find the cord for my camera so food blogging went on a standstill, which is why I’m not a full time food bloger….moving on), the cookies that I made for Allie were quite delicious and due to be replicated.  I mean, who doesn’t like Nutella?  Off to the store I went.  The grocery stores in NYC never fail to impress me with their selections, as I was able to find hazelnuts!  All of this comes with a price, of course…who knew how expensive butter could be??

On with the cookies, as that’s why you’re really here.

Now presenting Chocolate-Hazelnut Thumbprints, recipe from Cooking Light:

Hazelnut Nutella Thumbprints Feb 2010 (1) On the cooling rack, waiting to be eaten alive.

Hazelnut Nutella Thumbprints Feb 2010 (2) Close up of glory!!

Best eaten when dipped in extra Nutella, which is how all foods should be eaten.

Make these!!  They’re easy, delicious, and since you have to toast hazelnuts (which is really easy, don’t be scared!), your kitchen will first smell like toasted hazelnuts before the baking smells come in for the second act.  Oh so good.

What’s your favorite food to put Nutella on??

Christmas Cookies 2010

One of the activities I look forward to the most during the Christmas season is being able to see my friends, especially the ones who I have had for a long time.  You should all know by now that I am a huge cheese ball and I like silly activities, so of course I would love doing something like decorating Christmas cookies.  I believe the tradition started during my sophomore year of college when I invited all my friends to come over and decorate cookies with me, and we’ve done it every year since (except last when I couldn’t make it home for Christmas).  I think we all look forward to it these days, and it’s always a good time that reminds us of previous years and the jokes that have developed over the years.  I won’t bore you with all the words, but here is photographic fun from Christmas Cookies 2010:

DSC00609 One of my friends went to the University of Illinois, so we never allow her to make orange frosting…and we stole all the orange M&M’s this year so she couldn’t use them.  :)

DSC00611 Stealing the orange M&M’s…yearly joke!

DSC00613 The decorating crew!

DSC00616 Hard at work!

DSC00625 Some finished products.  :)

DSC00624 Snowflake with a scarf!

DSC00623 Mr. Christmas tree!

DSC00633Maryland mitten!!

DSC00630Mitten with snow on it.  ;)

DSC00631  Bill’s 3D cookie, of course!

They’re delicious, let me tell you…I may have had one (or two…) for breakfast.  It’s my holiday diet! 

Do you have any Christmas/holiday traditions with your friends?  I look forward to cookie decorating every year and I love that I have something to look forward to with my friends each year!

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I always LOVE running when I come home!  I hopped off the plane yesterday morning, visited with my family for a little, and then hit the road on one of my old running routes.  I’ve run these routes a million times, I could probably do it in my sleep.  When I started off, I realized I was running kinda fast, and then the next mile was even faster…so I decided to turn it into a tempo run since I was due for speed work anyway.  :)   I love flying through my old stomping grounds!

Wedesday, December 23
7.05 miles in 49:05, avg pace of 6:58 (woo woo!)
Splits:  7:29, 7:17, 7:04, 6:48, 6:48, 6:56, 6:34

Ah, I do love running fast, and those last four miles were awesome.  :)   Time to finish wrapping presents and to hang out with my family!

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