Photos and Words by Kelsey Salamone
By now, I'm sure you've all heard of the website "300 Sandwiches," the pet project of New York Post reporter Stephanie Smith. Which, with its artful photos of gourmet sandwiches and accompanying playful commentary, would seem like just another run-of-the-mill recipe resource akin to our own TasteBUds. Except, Smith is making sandwiches not for her own enjoyment, but because her boyfriend loves them– and obnoxiously promised to marry her if she made three hundred of them. Clearly problematic, Smith's blog garnered a multitude of media attention and scorn from twitter users, feminists, and more over the past week, and even spawned an entertaining parody blog. So obviously, I thought this would be the perfect time to try out one of Smith's recipes! Which, as I would soon find out, are poorly adapted from other websites. Or at least, that was the case when I set out to make one of Smith's more simple recipes:
a 13-ounce jar of Nutella
2 tablespoons of softened, unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups self-rising flour
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Beat together 3/4 cup of Nutella, butter, and the egg.
- Slowly add flour until a sticky dough forms.
- Roll dough into balls, and place about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet.
- Bake for less than 10 minutes, waiting until the cookies are puffed but still soft in the center.
- Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes.
- Transfer cookies to cooking rack and let cool completely. This is important, because otherwise they will fall apart when you attempt to cut them.
- Using a serrated knife, split each cookie in half, and spread each bottom half with some more Nutella.
- Replace tops and press lightly together.
If you are wondering why this cookie recipe counts as a sandwich, direct all questions to Stephanie Smith because I certainly don't know. Although, with the boyfriend she's currently saddled with (in the blog entry accompanying this recipe, her love of Nutella is a "shameful secret" she has to hide from him), I suppose we should cut her some slack and let these deliciously simple sandwich cookies count for points on her ridiculous, yet arduous quest to matrimony.