Last night’s Family Film Fest selection was M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable. The kids really enjoyed the comic book angle and the way that Bruce Willis’s character, David Dunn, comes to understand his physical capabilities as heroic qualities. They weren’t so keen, in the end, as to exactly how he came to these conclusions. Still, the kids’ dissatisfaction led to a good discussion about the heroism necessitated by tragedy or violence as well as ways the kids can be heroic without being spurred by an “emergency” or “evil” situation.
To go along with the movie, I wanted to knock another achievement off of our Summer Love-to-Do List and make the kids a new kind of thumbprint cookie. Unfortunately, with the broken hand, it turned out to be really difficult to get a proper peanut butter dough going. The mixer is a must, but with pb cookies, not necessarily a great option. But, as we know, sometimes, a mistake turns out to be pretty tasty. Sure, the Peanut Butter Nutella “Thumbprint” cookies I made were as weak as the easily-broken bones of the Samuel L. Jackson’s Elijah Price in Unbreakable. Instead of thickening and rising, they flattened out and became sticky and soft, almost like a pull taffy. Still, like Price, there was a certain “evil genius” to them. They “became their own thing,” as Tobes said, flat, sticky, chewy, tasty cookies! So, we’re sharing the recipe below, dubbing them our “All-Thumbs” cookie.
Peanut-Butter Nutella All-Thumbs Cookies
- 1 c smooth peanut butter [sugar-added or light]
- 3/4 c sugar + more for dipping
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 20 tsp Nutella
- Heat oven to 350.
- Line cookie sheets with silpats or parchment.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix peanut butter, sugar, egg, and baking powder until sticky, shiny, wet and drippy.
- Form dough into 20 small balls.
- Roll each ball in sugar and place each ball a few inches apart on lined baking sheets.
- Press down on the center of each ball with the thumb.
- Bake for 7 to 8 minutes.
- Remove tray from oven. Cookies will have flattened out quite a bit.
- Use a large spoon to indent the centre of each flattened cookie.
- Place a dollop of Nutella in the centre of each cookie.
- Return to oven and bake for 3 minutes.
- Cool on wire racks.
- As cookies are cooling, separate, if necessary, with a butter knife.
- Enjoy slightly warm or at room temperature. Storing in a tightly locked plastic container will help retain soft, extra-chewy consistency.