Nutella has been the apple of my eye (if only I was eating apples, and not loads of sugary, luxurious Nutella — oh well, life’s short). I’ve made a Nutella chocolate cake, Nutella ice cream, Nutella dipped pretzels, Nutella ice cream cake (coming soon!), Nutella plain, Nutella in my brain, Nutella by the spoon. It has been my favorite spread to consume (and that says a lot considering peanut butter was my former lover — don’t tell him, I’ll be back soon).
I’ve been conducting a social experiment recently. I did something any twenty-year-old would say is insane. I deleted social media from my life. I got rid of Facebook in February when I found the platform to be overwhelming with strangers inundating my timeline. I never got a Twitter account because I found the character count too limiting. I download Snapchat, made an account, and then deleted it (the interface wasn’t friendly back in 2016, and I’ve never visited it again). The only form of social media I have used consistently is Instagram. I adore sharing photos and writing captions. It was a space I cultivated for myself, and I enjoyed having others join me for the ride. But two weeks ago, I deactivated my account and haven’t been back.
Why? I think for starters I just wanted space. I’ve been trying to decrease the amount of time I spend on social media and, really, my phone. It’s easy to spend hours online — and I want to just be present in my physical, real life. Also, there’s this dissonance I feel when it comes to engaging with modern technology, specifically the global impact technology has. There are a lot of social costs wrapped into technology organizations — I mean, just look at what Facebook is doing in Myanmar. I’m not sure where my responsibility lies in all of this. I continue to use technology that may be created in inhumane ways. How can I be ethical and human-centric, while also using modern luxuries? I feel like every promise I have elicits pain for someone somewhere else. Think about fast fashion — it’s cheap, but it’s manufactured in life-threatening ways.
I think and think and think about my role in this world way too much — and perhaps that much thought is threatening. They do say ignorance is bliss.
Anyway, with this newfound time, I have been reading — and I can’t believe how long it had been since I opened a book up for pleasure. My goal has been to complete a book a week, and so far, I’m going strong. I’ve read these books so far (and I would recommend all of them):
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and other concerns) – Mindy Kailing
- The Monk of Mokha – Dave Eggers (my personal favorite!)
- A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khalid Hosseini
- Normal People – Sally Rooney
- A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
- When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanith
These cookies pair really well with a book!
Nutella Button Cookies
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup Nutella
- Pre-heat oven 350 degrees and prepare cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, and salt. Set aside.
- In another bowl, cream butter for about two minutes. Add egg yolks one at a time. Stir in vanilla. Make sure the mixture looks fluffy.
- Gradually add flour-cocoa mixture to butter-mixture until a cookie dough forms.
- Roll dough into balls and gently press thumb in the center. Line on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until cookie is soft (but not completely baked).
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on cookie sheet for 30 minutes.
- Once completely cooled, spoon Nutella into thumbprint well or pipe in Nutella with a piping bag. Allow cookies to rest for 30 more minutes and enjoy.
- Recipe from here
- Store the cookies at room temperature covered for three days.