He’s Everywhere

Bruce Willis is not our favorite actor. Really. We just happen to own an awful lot of movies that have Bruce Willis in them.

One of these technically isn’t ours. Over the Hedge is one of the kids’ movies. But it just proves that we can’t get away from Bruce Willis, even in cartoons.

Anyway, this isn’t really about Bruce Willis.

In Over the Hedge, there’s a scene where RJ (voiced by Bruce Willis . . . see, we can’t get away from him!) is encouraging Sammy (voiced by Steve Carell) to steal a red-wagon-load of Girl Scout-ish cookies, named “Love Handles, Skinny Mints, Neener-Neeners, and Smackeroons.” And the good spouse and I decided that, at the very least, the world needs Neener-Neeners. So we made them. Well, I made them, based on the good spouse’s recipe.

I made a batch so the GS could take some to a friend at work. Chris (the recipient) was generous, and shared them out with people. Several of whom came up to GS later and asked what kind they are, so they were apparently well received.

And now, I’m going to share the recipe, with you.




½ c. butter or margarine, softened
½ c. granulated sugar
½ c. dark brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 TB hot water (hot tap water is fine)
1/2 c. chocolate-hazelnut spread
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 to 1½ c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1 c. white baking chips
blue decorating sugar (I used about a whole 2¼ oz. bottle)

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Cream together butter and sugars. Mix in egg and hot water until combined. Stir in chocolate-hazelnut spread. Add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in baking chips.

Form dough into balls, about ¾” across. Roll balls in decorating sugar and place on ungreased baking sheet. Flatten balls with the bottom of a glass dipped in flour.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until set. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely before storing. Makes around 6 dozen.

Should keep for at least a week in a tightly sealed container, but they never make it that long in our house.

Now I’ve got to start thinking about making Love Handles.


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