Woah everybody, long time no post. I have a long list of excuses but I’ll skip those for now and cut straight to the chase. High-powered Occam’s Razor member Miranda “Randy” Van Iderstine has been gracious enough to come over and bake with me several times. Randy’s life is a secret to most. Not only have none of her friends in Chicago ever seen her face, but I never knew that she was also a kitchenthusiast. Only over spring break did I spy some delectable treats appear on her Instagram, only labeling the food and not specifying whether it was bought or baked. My inner-Sherlock kicked in and thanks to HeartBleed I was able to acquire some acquire the information I needed. Then I asked Randy and she told me that she likes to cook. The rest is history!

Thus far, Randy and I have created magic in the kitchen twice, so I will end up creating two posts. This post will include the first magical recipe. In all Randy’s infinite wisdom and technological mastery, she told me about a blog called Top with Cinnamon. The lovely young lady who runs the blog is some sort of wizard — QED — the magic she passed on to us. The first recipe was for stove-top double chocolate chip cookies filled with Nutella and caramel. There’s really no point in trying to imagine them because you won’t be able to conjure up vivid enough imagery to do the cookies justice, so here’s a pic:

Essentially the ingredients are combined over low heat on the stove and then filled. The dough is rolled into balls and flattened and made into a shallow cup of sorts. Randy and I had a good time burning our hands because we forgot that stuff that has been sitting on a gas burner is generally hot, so grabbing at near molten chocolate/butter/flour mixture immediately was not a good idea. We took a break, came back 10 minutes later, and burned our hands again (no high fives for a while :(   ). Finally, we shaped our little chocolate cups, added the nutella and capped the cups with another layer of the dough. The lil’ bad boys and gals went into the oven for 10 minutes and came out as mature, salty, chocolatey, delicious cookie men and women. I’m proud to say that I shared an afternoon with these heroic cookies. Oh yeah and Randy.


 

Here is Izy’s recipe with some of the tweaks Randy and I made:

Ingredients
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
3.5 oz milk or dark chocolate chips
flaky salt/ fleur de sel/ maldon salt, for sprinkling
approx. 1/2 cup (8 tbsp) nutella
15-16 caramel-filled chocolates (we used Rolos)
Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
Directions
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Take off the heat and stir in the brown sugar and eggs. Then add the cocoa, salt and baking powder and stir until well combined. Add the flour and stir until no floury patches are left. Lastly stir in the chocolate chips.

Take 1 heaped tbsp of dough, use your finger make a large indentation the centre of the dough (DON’T BURN YO’SELF); fill the indentation with a small blob of nutella (like 1/2 tsp ish), and top it up with a caramel-filled chocolate. Top with a flattened tablespoon of dough, and seal the edges.

Sprinkle with fleur de sel and bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!

 

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