nutella thumbprint cookies.

i had such a fruitful conversation today with a good friend/colleague of mine today over crepes and coffee. she asked me what i was my research interests were. it’s always a hard question for me to answer, because i’m not a strong researcher. so, i don’t think about what my research interests are. i’ve learned to kind of reframe that question in my head to what areas of student affairs draw you in to learn more.

i have a passion for student identity development. how will identity-specific centers look five years from now? two years from now? will they exist 10 years down the line? should they?

i’m interested in holistic identity development and making space for students to make meaning from their intersections of identity and not feel separated by their individual identities.

she asked me what kind of verbage i would put around a center that was focused in on authentic wholeness if there are students that don’t see themselves that way when entering college. she also asked me how i would balance creating a space for wholeness but honoring individual identities.

so many questions, so many curiosities. there’s a lengthy answer to both of those questions that go far beyond what i could even start sharing here. what i will say is that the conversation reminded me why higher education and student affairs is my calling.

it wasn’t just because these spaces for authentic wholeness are needed. but, it’s that understanding our whole selves provides us a deeper understanding in the ways we interact with the world and how the world works.

identity work is messy.
but, messes are signs of genius.

or so i’ve been told.

nutella thumbprint cookies
printable recipe – adapted from martha stewart

yield 1.5 dozen cookies

10 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
sprinkle of ground nutmeg
sprinkle of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla bean, optional
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract*
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

*if not using ground vanilla bean, use 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

preheat oven to 350. line baking sheet with parchment paper.

in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix butter, vanilla extract, sugar, spices, and salt until well-incorporated. add flour and blend until a dough starts to come together.

roll dough into small balls and place on baking sheet. bake for 9 minutes. remove from oven and make the “thumbprint.” i used a melon baller, because the cookies were too hot to actually use my thumb. you could use the end of a wooden spoon. make sure that your indent is pronounced, because cookies will continue to rise a bit while in the oven. put cookies back in oven for another 5-7 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.

place on cooling racks to cool completely.

using a pastry bag or ziplock bag with a corner cut off, fill the thumbprint with nutella. eat.


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