Warm Cookie Sundae with Nutella Hot Fudge

Warm Cookie Sunday with Nutella Hot FudgeAlright, I admit it, I am not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day. There’s nothing like huge displays of roses and endless sappy happy facebook posts to remind you that you’re single (I’m not bitter)… But in all seriousness, I am happy for all my friends and loved ones who celebrate their companionship today. Besides, I always manage to find fun in even the most dire of situations. One of my life philosophies is to celebrate – whatever you have, whatever you’re given, celebrate it. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love doing anti-Valentine’s Day things when you’re single? Several years ago I found myself in a theatre in Times Square by myself on Valentine’s Day watching There Will Be Blood. What a love fest that wasn’t – perfect!

Putting aside anti-sentiments for a moment,  for me there are always two good things to celebrate on this day. The first is my parents’ wedding anniversary. That’s right, my mom and stepdad were married 21 years ago today. My lord how time flies. Here’s to 21 more! The other thing to celebrate is whether you’re single, happily married, or anywhere in between, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in some chocolate (not that I really need an excuse). I’ve been thinking for the past few days about what could make up a simple yet decadent treat that one could enjoy alone, with friends, or with a special someone. If you’ve read the title of this post, you already know what I came up with. Nothing says both decadence and sexiness to me like Nutella. I envision two people madly in love spreading in on strawberries and feeding them to one another…… sorry I just threw up a little…. but am I right? There’s something about the smooth silkiness that is just… well, sexy. But it’s not enough for the starving artist to spread it on toast and call it a day. How about we up the ante and make it into a warm thick hot fudge topping for a sundae… NOW we’re talkin’.

Here’s the Recipe: 

First, start with your favorite scratch-baked cookie recipe. If you’re in need of an idea, I highly recommend my infamous Dark Chocolate recipe – you’ll never make any other kind. To make the sauce, simply place 1/2 cup of Nutella in a small microwaveable bowl with 1/4 cup of whole milk or heavy cream. Give it a quick stir, then stash it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Grab a small whisk and whisk like crazy until it gets smooth. It will look like hell at first, but just keep stirring – trust me. Once it’s nice and smooth you can decide whether you want to make it thinner by adding more milk and microwaving it some more. I like it on the thicker side. To assemble the sundae, place one or two warm cookies in a bowl or on a small plate. Scoop on your favorite ice cream (I used french vanilla), then drizzle the hot Nutella sauce liberally over everything. Done. You can also add chopped nuts or anything else that tickles your fancy. It’s a perfect little indulgence to have before going out to the local bar for an anti-Valentine cocktail.

Speaking of anti-Valentine’s…

If you’re in Los Angeles and you’re looking to celebrate your singleness, I found this great article on the LA Weekly Blog that lists six bars/restaurants that are having anti-Valentine’s celebrations. One of them is Birds, which is right here in my neighborhood – yet another reason I love where I live.

So whether you’re single or happily partnered, I hope you all will enjoy celebrating on Valentine’s Day! Be sure to check out my facebook and twitter for more valentine and anti-valentine articles and ideas today.

Sexy Chocolate Chocolate Chip

Friends, I can’t be modest about this: I make the best cookies. Ever. As the weather gets steadily warmer in California, I get ever more reluctant to turn on my oven. However, for the entire past week our oven was broken. At first we didn’t notice, but the last two days we started to lose it. My roommate and I were coming home from the store with all kinds of things to cook in the oven only to realize moments before preparation that our oven in fact didn’t work. Life finally showing up to your office on time only to realize it’s Saturday. And what really threw us over the edge was when we decided, for the first time in months, that I should make a batch of my infamous cookies… in an oven that doesn’t work… the horror. So when Carlos our maintenance man finally came yesterday and fixed it, it was like Christmas. Immediately my roommate made eggplant parmesan and I ran to the store to buy eggs and butter for cookies. It was 1000 degrees in our apartment. Totally worth it.

I come from a long line of cookie monsters and this recipe is my gold standard, never-gets-old, perfect every time, loyal standby. I have been using it for years, to the point where I could probably do it in my sleep. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if I actually did a few times. What makes them so irresistible is the perfectly soft almost fluffy texture that has the slightest of crisp on the outside. That and the fact that the cocoa powder mellows out the sweetness while adding a silky chocolatey depth. Pure sex. Don’t even try to resist. If you bring these to a party you may want to consider making a double batch – they go fast. Personally, I recommend eating them warm from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I may need a minute….

Sexy Chocolate Chocolate Chip (Recipe PDF)

What tames your cookie monster?