Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Resourceful Cook

Have you ever needed to make something to serve your family or take to an event, but you were missing a necessary ingredient, and you didn't have the money, the time, or perhaps a vehicle to go out to the grocery store and buy the missing item?  That is when we have the opportunity to develop creativity and resourcefulness as cooks!  We can look for ways to substitute ingredients and use what we have on hand, or we can find a recipe that uses the ingredients we have available to us.  The internet is an invaluable tool for searching for a recipe that uses what we have in our home pantries.  Did you know that allrecipes.com even has a search feature based on ingredients?? 

http://allrecipes.com/Search/Ingredients.aspx

Yesterday, I needed to make something to take to a meeting I was planning to attend, but I knew we were totally out of butter.  :(   Have you ever tried to make a snack or dessert without butter?  It is pretty hard!  After a bit of searching online, I discovered this recipe, which used ingredients that I had on hand (for the most part!) and didn't require butter!!


Chewy Nutella Crinkles

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (11 ounce) jar Nutella (1 cup)
1/4 cup shortening (Of course, I didn't have any shortening in my pantry, but I had some coconut oil!)
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped hazlenuts (I didn't have these either -- so I just omitted them!)

finely chopped hazlenuts
confectioner's sugar


Stir together flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

Combine Nutella and coconut oil in mixing bowl.  Beat with electric mixer on medium to high speed until well combined.  Add sugar.  Beat on medium speed for another minute or two.  Add vanilla and eggs.  Beat until thoroughly combined.

Alternately add flour mixture and milk to creamed mixture, beating on medium speed until just combinted. 

Gently stir in chopped hazlenuts.  (Optional -- I did not have these, so I left them out.)

Cover and chill for several hours.

*Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Roll in finely chopped hazlenuts, and then roll in confectioner's sugar. 

Place on lightly greased cookie sheets 2 inches apart.  Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.



*I used my mini cookie scoop to quickly and easily scoop out balls.  I then rolled the balls in confectioner's sugar alone, since I did not have the hazlenuts.




Make sure you place balls 2 inches apart, as these cookies will spread out and "crinkle" as they bake.





This ended up being a great discovery!  These cookies were delicious and looked pretty!  I look forward to trying them with the chopped hazlenuts one of these days!





I'd love to hear about a time when you had to be resourceful in the kitchen and either created or adapted a recipe to fit what you had on hand.

5 comments:

Rachel E. said...

These sound and look absolutely delicious.

I am constantly finding I don't have something. Once when I was craving Salisbury Steak, I needed Kitchen Bouquet. I have no idea what that even is. So, I looked on-line for a substitute and didn't even have those items. I tried something, but regardless, it turned out awesome.

That's the fun thing about cooking...you can do your own thing and still have a great dish.

Rachel E. said...

These sound and look absolutely delicious.

I am constantly finding I don't have something. Once when I was craving Salisbury Steak, I needed Kitchen Bouquet. I have no idea what that even is. So, I looked on-line for a substitute and didn't even have those items. I tried something, but regardless, it turned out awesome.

That's the fun thing about cooking...you can do your own thing and still have a great dish.

Rebecca's Refining said...

Looks great! :)
I keep wondering why you are doing all this baking NOW!!!!

Katie said...

Yum! I love nutella on almost anything. I'll have to try those!

Anonymous said...

I REMEMBERED THESE COOKIES! TODAY WAS THEIR DAY!! ALL TOO LATE I SAW REFRIGERATE!! MOST ARE IN THE OVEN COOKING, AND DO THEY EVER SMELL GOOD! HAD TO USE BUTTER...NO COCONUT OIL!!
THANKS FOR GREAT IDEA!!!
JANE :O)

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