Pin It and Do It

PinitDoitMay2013My friend Trish of Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity created a Pinterest challenge, wherein participants actually do/make the things they’ve pinned. She’s been hosting the monthly challenge for a whole year now, but this is my first time to participate.

The Pin It and Do It challenge is open to everyone, so join in the fun!

I’m signing up at the Pinterested level, hoping to complete 4-7 pins.

I feel a little bit like I’m cheating, since this installment of the challenge runs for the month of May, and a couple pins I’ve already done (or at least started), but hey. She said it was OK, and she’s the host.

My first completed pin (for the challenge)

We (and by we I mean my husband, but I found the recipe) made these cookies last night. Chocolate chip cookies, but with browned butter, sea salt, and Nutella? How could they be bad, right?

And they’re not (bad). They’re actually really tasty. But they’re also complicated. And we’re not convinced that the Nutella actually adds to the experience, *gasp*! (We made some with and some without. They basically look the same, though, so you just get one one type pictured.)

cookie

I totally didn’t notice that Nutella seepage while taking the photos. Oops.

We did make a few modifications, of course. First, we subbed out the flour, to make them gluten free. I think that may be the cause of the giant-ness of them? They spread like crazy. And we didn’t have sea salt, we used kosher salt.

A cookie in hand is worth two?

Pictured here on my relatively large hand for scale.

Now excuse me while I go pin some things I have planned to make/do for A’s birthday party. I also have some projects I pinned months ago for my own birthday party that I’m planning to accomplish this month, too. Lots of party-related pinning and doing planned for this month, over here!

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16 responses to “Pin It and Do It

  1. They do look big but it doesn’t matter what they look like as long as they taste good. Good luck with the challenge!

  2. How do they taste? Melt in your mouth chewy or hard and crunchy?

  3. I was tempted by these, but now I’m not sure…

    • Why not sure? Even without the nutella, they’re super yummy and not your standard cookie. The browned butter makes a difference, as does the unusually high ratio of brown sugar to white sugar.

      • Sounds like a lot of effort… if you say its worth it then perhaps I’ll add it to my list.

        • A lot of the work disappears if you don’t do the Nutella (pipe, freeze, wrap cookie dough around rapidly thawing dabs of Nutella …) That way, browning the butter is really the only different thing.

        • Leave out the Nutella and the only thing out of the ordinary is browning/cooling the butter, which is totally worth it for the flavor. The recipe also says to chill the dough, but I have a feeling that’s only to make it easier to insert the Nutella.

          Also, it’s apparently common knowledge that letting your cookie dough chill overnight, or longer, gives you better cookies. If you have any dough left after that period of time that you haven’t snitched.

  4. I also didn’t add quite as many chocolate chips (about 1 1/4 cups, all dark, instead of 1 3/4). My plans for the next batch: Cool the butter all the way to room temp so it creams more nicely with the sugars, up the #gf flour by 1/4 cup to see if we can get them a little softer and leave the salt out of the batter. They’re just a little too salty on the back end after adding it to the top too.

    But, really, with the higher amount of brown to white sugar, lots of vanilla and browned butter, these might be the best tasting chocolate chip cookie I’ve EVER had.

  5. 1. I love how you opened this by calling me your friend. <3
    2. Yes, I totally make the rules and you totally followed. ;)
    3. I shouldn't mention this, but I don't love nutella. Just give me plain chocolate chip. ALTHOUGH I have been hearing great things about browned butter, salted cookies.

    ps–glad you're joining.

  6. I’m actually not that fond of Nutella either, but the cookies look good – I like that they’re giant. They look like they’re softly chewy and chocolately. Now I need to find some pins for Pin It Do It!

  7. Becca Lostinbooks

    Ack! I missed that another one was going on. I only got 2 things done the last challenge. Glad your cookies were good, even if you didn’t think the Nutella was necessary.

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