Nutella-chocolate chip cookies

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Posted: Friday, September 21, 2018 6:15 am

My kiddo, Jack, celebrates his birthday this weekend, and he’s definitely grown up this past year. Physically, he may be 8 going on 9, but mentally, he’s more like 8 going on 29.

A few weeks before school started this summer, Jack ran downstairs, dropped a pile of clothes on the living room floor and announced, “I’m too old to wear cartoon characters on my clothes.”

“AND on my underwear,” he added for good measure as the hubby and I gaped.

Now, the hubby and I are 44 and 40, respectively, and between the hubby’s T-shirt collection and my Underoos for adults, you’d be hard-pressed to find one of us not wearing cartoon apparel on any given day of the week.

Jack also redecorated his room, exchanging his Avengers sheets for simple gray bamboo, and ditching his matching Avengers bedspread for a red, down-filled comforter.

“It’s kind of babyish to have superhero stuff in your bedroom,” he explained to his parents, who still sleep under the watchful eyes of the Justice League, as the master bedroom is adorned with prints and status of the superhero super group.

And recently, the unthinkable happened: Jack requested no theme for his birthday party. No decorations – “Save your money for the presents, lady” – and no decorated cake. “I’m not even really a candles kind of guy,” he added.

Jack requested a low-maintenance birthday, even going so far as to suggest gift cards instead of toys as birthday presents.

I’m not complaining; in fact, Jack asked for such little effort on my part that I definitely couldn’t turn down his one specific request: a freshly baked batch of his favorite cookies to bring to school to celebrate today (Friday).

I promised, even though I knew I’d be putting in an 18-hour workday Thursday and likely wouldn’t get the last pan of cookies out of the oven until at least 2 a.m. today. (This issue of the Banner is going to press long before the batch of cookies will be started.)

But a promise is a promise, and these are Jack’s favorite cookies ever. I’ve said that before with other recipes, but these have topped Jack’s charts for more than a year. I’ve made them countless times for Jack to take to school – once three times in the same week.

So I hope Jack and his classmates enjoy their cookies today. Considering they’ve likely been cooling just a few hours before the bell rings at 8:40 a.m., the cookies couldn’t possibly be any fresher.

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