Every now and then life just gets so good that all attempts to put words to your joy just seem completely futile. This is where you find me today. Rather speechless and feeling like it can't just be my vocabulary that is so lacking, but possibly language in its entirety that is just beyond my reach.
Oh, it's not the thumbprint cookies that have me so enraptured, although they were oh so incredible. No, the object of my joy right now is this...
We drove 8 hours in the night to be there for little Emmett John's arrival and got there just minutes after he was born. I am still here with my son and daughter-in-law doing what every Grandma dreams of with a newborn in her arms. By now I have learned how preciously fleeting these first few days and weeks of life are and am savoring each moment, holding on to this time with some kind of fierce grandma tenacity.
Interwoven into my grand-maternal inclination is the need to feed and nourish, and so it is that much of my time here has been spent happily cooking and feeding, which brings me back 'round to these scrumptiously amazing Nutella thumbprint cookies.
And once again, a big shout out to cousin Katie and nephew Eric who are the genius behind this one. It's been on my mind to make these ever since she brought up the idea, and they seemed like a perfect way to celebrate little Emmett's arrival.
The recipe begins with a basic thumbprint cookie, which traditionally gets rolled in chopped walnuts. I thought that since we were going to top these with Nutella instead of jam, it might be fun to roll them in chopped hazelnuts instead.
Well, you probably don't need me to tell you how good these were, because, I mean, how could they not be? But, yes, they were quite scrumptious and a lovely little celebratory treat for those of us spending our nights and days hovering and feeding and cooing and completely overcome with love and wonder at this tiny little guy who carries within him little bits of each of us.
I'm going to get back to snuggling, and then I think I'll have a cookie. Here's the recipe...
Nutella Thumbprint Cookies
Because Nutella is not quite as sweet as jam, these are not super sweet cookies. That may be one reason we loved them so much. But if you like yours a little sweeter, just add 2 or 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar to the nutella.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract.
In a small bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy. Place the finely chopped nuts on a plate. Roll the dough into 1 inch (2.5 cm) balls. Taking one ball of dough at a time, dip first into the egg white and then lightly roll in the nuts. Place on the prepared baking sheet spacing about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart. Using your thumb or end of a wooden spoon, make an indentation into the center of each cookie.
Just wanted to add here that I just made an amazing version of these that I thought you guys might like. After the cookies came out of the oven, I spooned raspberry jam into the thumbprint and then piped Nutella on top of that. There are no words to describe the deliciousness.