Tipping the Scales

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Oh yea, this is happening.

Recently Josh has been tempting your tummy with tasty vegetarian dishes; so healthy that I can feel my arteries clearing as we speak.  But sometimes, within reason, it is okay to be a little naughty.  I am not talking about Lindsay Lohan dirty but more of Taylor Swift dirty.  I am just tipping the scales back to a little mischief.

One of Josh’s and my favorite restaurants is Flip Burger in Birmingham.  Josh mentioned this mecca of yum in his Burger Worthy of a Top Chef post.  This little gem of a burger joint has more than unique meats, they also dabble in amazing shakes.  One of their specialities is a Nutella chocolate shake with burnt marshmallow topping…yea, I said burnt marshmallow topping.  Don’t know what Nutella is?  It is a jar of chocolate-hazelnut love.   

Being that it is “winter” (winter meaning the time of year not that the temperature reflects that), I decided to turn this idea of Nutella and burnt marshmallow from a cold shake to a warm cookie to be enjoyed with a glass of organic milk from my favorite dairy – Working Cows Dairy.  Let’s get started on this yummy little adventure. 

Nutella Cookies with Burnt Marshmallow Filling
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/2 cup marshmallow fluff

Preheat oven 375° degrees.  Sift together flour, salt and baking powder; set aside.

Just sifting my dry stuff.

Cream butter, Nutella and sugars; beat in vanilla and egg.

Oh look! We have a guest in the kitchen. He is excited about using the mixer.

Stir in flour mixture, blending well.

Tip-o-the-day: Add the flour in a little at a time to ensure a well mixed batter.

Shape mixture into ¾-inch balls. Place on greased baking sheets and bake cookies about 10 to 12 minutes.

Totally advise buying a small server to dish out equal portions of dough.

Let those cookies cool on a cooling rack.

Let 'em cool!

This is the point where the real mischief begins…I get to use a blow torch.  Hold your hair or hair product back!  Add a tablespoon or so marshmallow to one side of a cookie.  Place it on a plate and light that bad-boy up.  I would advise holding the flame a few inches away from total cremation. 

Keep that flame moving or burning will occur.

So I warned you about keeping the flame moving — well, that doesn’t go for just the marshmallow, it goes for the napkins under the cookies.

Check out the burned napkin. Why do I keep setting things on fire?

You can eat these as open-face or as a sandwich.

Sandwich version

I did find that these can be a little sweet.  If you like a less-sweet cookie, roll the cookie dough ball in unsweetened cocoa powder and then bake.  I tried that in the picture bove and liked it better

It’s okay to be a little naughty.  Doesn’t mean you eat all the cookies, portion control is key;  but if you are lucky, you won’t catch them all on fire.  ;)

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