Thursday, May 1, 2014

nutella and biscoff pocky sticks


I really like my job as a hostess because I get to see so many people in one day. Every shift, I probably see over a thousand people, and talk to all of them.


Yes, my job is technically just to say "good morning/afternoon," and simply jot down their name and number so I can call them when a table's ready.  I am supposed to show them to their tables, tell them about the brunch specials, and move on to the next party.

However, I approach it a bit differently.  I like to think that I give a little piece of myself away to every person I meet.


I'm the girl who talked to you about how weird bratwurst is.  You helped me pick up my fallen menus when it got windy, I thanked you.  Your kid kicked me in the shins, and I laughed it off. You told me about how your husband divorced you, and now you're going to be a "bad bitch"-- I listened.  People tell me these things while they're waiting in line.


Over winter break, I visited Providence with my mom.  We were exhausted, and decided to have dinner around five in a big empty restaurant.  I will never forget our waitress.  After we placed our orders, she just started talking to us.  She told us how she wanted to go into nursing or criminal justice, she told us about how she and her ex-boyfriend had joint custody of her dog, she talked about her big Portuguese family and showed us her Instagram.  I think many people would have been really annoyed by this, but I will never forget her.


Of course, I'm not going to give my customers my whole life story (I'm not tryna get fired...), but I want to leave an impression on them, figure them out a little bit, scratch the surface. I like to think that one day, when that recent divorcee is old and sitting on a park bench watching her grandchildren play on a tire swing, she'll remember me, the hostess she talked to for half an hour about her new lifestyle choices.

I don't know what this has to do with Pocky sticks, I just wanted to talk about it. Enjoy this recipe for jazzed up Pocky sticks!

With love,
Erica


Cookie Sticks
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg white
Nutella coating
  • 1 cup candy melts
  • 1/4 cup Nutella

To make the cookies, beat all of the cookie ingredients except for the egg white together in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until a dough forms around the paddle. If the dough is too stiff, add a tablespoon or two of water.

Transfer dough to a piece of plastic wrap, pat into a disk, and wrap tightly in plastic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 300 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

Divide the dough into 32 balls (divide into quarters three times).
Roll each ball into a thin stick, about 5-6 inches long.

Transfer each stick to the parchment-lined baking sheet and brush with egg white.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the sticks are golden brown. Cool completely.

To make the coating: Melt the candy melts either in the microwave or a double boiler. Once the candy melts are melted, stir in the Nutella (you can substitute Biscoff for a different flavor!). Pour this mixture into a tall glass.

Once the cookies are cool, dip each cookie stick into the candy melt/Nutella mixture and decorate with sprinkles. If the candy melt mixture is no longer smooth, add a drop of vegetable oil to the mixture until it is a good dipping consistency.

Repeat with the remaining cookie sticks. Refrigerate coated cookie sticks until just before serving. 
 
Enjoy!

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24 comments:

  1. These look so good! I think I would end up ploughing through the whole lot!

    FoodNerd x

    www.foodnerd4life.com

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, these are so easy to munch on!

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  2. I'm so excited about this recipe, I've already shared the link to the version on Food52 with several people (even before you posted it here!). I love how creative you got with using coconut, not just sprinkles (and of course with using biscoff/nutella instead of just chocolate). So many good things happening here. :)

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    1. Thank you! Thanks for sharing it as well, let me know if you end up making these!

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  3. Oh my goodness, yes please! I would have to try the Biscoff variation (LOVE Biscoff), and I adore the idea of making my own pocky sticks at home. They're absolutely addicting!

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    1. SO ADDICTING! Biscoff is my new addiction, and the biscoff pockys are to die for :)

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  4. Hand out your blog cards. And maybe they'll remember you when you are the food network star!

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    1. Haha good idea! I don't know how happy my boss would be with that :0

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  5. Wow!!! I can't believe you made your own pocky sticks! They look awesome!!

    And I loved this post--I've never worked in a restaurant, though I am very curious! This felt like a cool little inside-the-scenes moment. To date, I think one of the most memorable servers I had was at Macaroni Grill...ha. They just seem so friendly and awesome when you're a kid and they give you crayons (and free ice cream!)

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    1. They're surprisingly straightforward to make! (especially with the help of candy melts!)

      And I love love love Macaroni Grill, we used to go all the time when I was little! I actually have a pretty good copycat recipe for Macaroni grill rosemary bread (with the hole in the middle) if you want it I can send it to you!

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  6. Wow Erica - they look absolutely divine! I'm always so impressed by the consistent, aesthetically-pleasing content of your blog! I know how hectic high school is, yet somehow you make it all work! Keep up the amazing work - your blog is so inspirational! x

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    1. Thank you so much! :) This made me smile! It's readers like you who keep me on top of things!

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  7. Oh... What a great idea! I always looooved those pocky sticks. With nutella just makes them even more irresistible!

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  8. 1. These pocky sticks look to die for. Nutella AND Biscoff? C'mon now, so much goodness. I want to eat ALL of these.

    2. LOVE that you're the kind of hostess that talks to everyone. My dad is a huge talker, and talks to everyone we encounter, and I remember so many waiters, hostesses, drivers, and just random people we've encountered who have told so many important stories over the years. Everyone has a story, and I love that you're the kind of person who wants to know everyone's. So many people are so self absorbed in today's day, that I think we sometimes stop remembering or even caring about what's going on in other people lives. Keep doing what you do :)

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    1. Thank you Rachel!
      I love customers like your dad, some of them look weirded out when I try to talk to them and that's no fun! I couldn't agree more about people being oblivious to other people's lives in today's world where we have our iPhones glued to our palms!

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  9. awwww I was sort of like that when I hostess-d too! I'm so glad you're enjoying it :) and these "pocky sticks" look SO tasty! I mean...they're dipped in biscoff and nutella so they have to be, right!

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    1. Thanks! It's nice to hear from a fellow hostess!

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  10. This is why I love your blog so much - you have the best stories! I think it would be so much fun to be a hostess. I love talking/meeting new people!

    These look absolutely delish, btw. I can honestly say I've never heard of cookie sticks but they are so cool!

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  11. That's an interesting way to approach a job! And these pocky sticks look awesome--nothing that nutella doesn't improve! :)

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    1. Haha yes, it is definitely an unconventional way to look at it! But it makes it a lot more fun!

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  12. Can I use chocolate chips instead of candy melts? Because I'm not sure if we have melts around my area.

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    1. Totally! Just make sure to temper the chocolate correctly so it hardens!

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