Monday, March 23, 2009

Take Me Out to a Ball Game Nutty Cluster Cookies

Fun Fact: Today is World Baseball Classic Finals Day, one of the most amazing scenes from the Twilight movie is when the Cullen Clan take Bella out in a rainstorm for "America's Favorite Past time, Baseball, of course. Here is a recipe for the humans, Take Me Out to a Ball Game Nutty Cluster Cookies. Just make sure there are no vampires around to smell this nutty creation, they might just want to convert.

Take Me Out to a Ball Game Nutty Cluster Cookies
4 squares of chocolate, divided
1 cup of granulated sugar
½ cup plus 2 Tablespoons of butter or margarine
1 egg
1/3 cup of buttermilk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 ¾ cup of flour
½ teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of mixed salted nuts, chopped
2 cups of powdered sugar
2 to 3 Tablespoons of water
Directions: Place granulated sugar, ½ cup of butter or margarine in a large bowl and blend until smooth, with an electric mixture. Next beat in the melted chocolate, gg, buttermilk and vanilla extract, then stir in the flour and baking soda until blended, then add the nuts. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart onto a cookie sheet. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, quickly transferring to a wire rack to cool. The icing is made from the remaining 2 squares of chocolate and 2 Tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until melted. Add the powdered sugar and water to the melted chocolate and top cookies with chocolate frosting.