Take regular chocolate chip cookies to the next level with donut shaped chocolate chip cookies, glazed with melted chocolate, and coated with finely chopped nuts.
Happy June everyone! Do you have some great plans for the summer...a family reunion, a beach vacation, a tropical getaway, a theme park destination, a trip to the mountains, a staycation? Whatever they may be, I hope you have loads of fun and create lasting memories.
I am going to have a working summer. Aside from Independence Day holiday and two vacation days, my summer will be business as usual with little time for R&R. But don't feel too sorry for me...because later on this year, I will be embarking on a dream trip to.........Italy!! Woo hoo!! In light of that, this working throughout the summer thing is going to be SO worth it! I can't wait to see the rolling hills, the vineyards, and old farmhouses of the Tuscany region. And I am so looking forward to smelling the lemon scented air and the majestic beauty of the cliffside towns of the Amalfi Coast. It will truly be heaven on earth!
Has anyone been to Italy? If you have, I'd love to hear about it and any suggestions you might have. Where and what do you most like to eat? What activities or tours do you most enjoy? I'd welcome your comments, and if you don't want to leave them here on this post, feel free to send me a private email.
As far as the food, I plan to do some serious damage. Isn't that the whole point of going to Italy? Heck yeah! I can go on and on, but I better get to the reason we are here today—these awesome cookies!
For starters, I must say that I have not had so much trouble with a recipe in a while. It took seven cookie batches before I was happy with the result. You see, these cookies were supposed to be pretzels, Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies, to be exact. I know! How awesome is that idea? But in order for it to work, I needed a cookie that held its shape during baking. I threw every trick in the book I knew to make it, but the batter did not hold together enough to produce a proper looking pretzel cookie. I reduced the amount of butter; I used 50/50 of shortening and butter; I added cornstarch; I reduced the amount of sugar; I chilled the dough. The result was not exactly what I wanted because of the spreading. And I didn't want to change the recipe so much that it couldn't really be considered a real chocolate chip cookie.
In the end, I switched to plan B because I was up to my eyeballs in chocolate chip cookies and had to MAKE IT STOP! Errrr!! All's well that ends well though. Thank goodness for the switch, because I'm loving plan B. These Donut Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookies are the bomb! Instead of forming the dough into pretzels, they were baked in donut molds. Beware: the cookies do not puff up like a regular donut batter. And if you're looking for soft and chewy, these are not it. They are somewhat firm and slightly crumbly. The cookies are filled with mini chocolate chips on the inside and a coating of chocolate on the outside. For extra pizzaz, they are coated with a layer of chopped nuts. You can use the standard walnuts or other varieties such as pecans, almonds, cashews, peanuts...any other kind of nuts you like. Just don't use the ones you find in the yard—they are probably poisonous. Haha! I used a combo of walnuts and pecans in these pictures simply because I ran out of walnuts.
Maybe someday you will see Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies here, but for now, I leave you with these tasty little morsels. Try them out when you want to make something new out of something old.
Until next time...addio miei amici!
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