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Nutella muffins (with peanut butter chips)

2 Jun

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you’ve probably picked up on my love for Nutella. Sadly, there just don’t seem to be enough recipes using it well – so I figured I’d do some experimenting with a basic muffin recipe to see if I could jazz it up a bit.

Let’s just say, these may be the prettiest thing I’ve ever made. Definitely worthy of an Instagram or two, and they don’t taste half bad to boot. 

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Nutella muffins (with peanut butter chips) – makes 12

2 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 cup butter

1 egg

1 cup milk

1 tablespoon vanilla

1/3 cup Nutella

1/3 to 2/3 cups peanut butter chips (depending on your preferences)

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a muffin pan with muffin liners.

2) In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Set aside.

3) Melt butter in a small, microwave safe bowl. Set aside to cool down slightly.

4) Combine milk and egg, and mix well. Add vanilla. Once butter is cool, add butter to this mixture. CAREFUL: if you add when butter is hot, it will cook the egg and be gross. 

5) Slowly add egg/milk mixture to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined. DO NOT over mix. 

6) Stir in Nutella – once again, you’ll want to just barely stir in so that you see Nutella swirls in your batter. 

7) If you want to add peanut butter chips, do it now – I think these work with or without, so I did 6 muffins with peanut butter chips and 6 without. 

8) Cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the top comes out clean. Let cool before eating. 

Nutella No Bake Cookies

29 May

Growing up in the Midwest, no bake cookies have been a staple of life for years. You don’t have to soften the butter, pre-heat the oven, or even have a clean cookie sheet – and they’re basically idiot proof.

While a traditional no-bake cookie is made with peanut butter, I decided to swap that out for Nutella for a more chocolate-y version. Enjoy!

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Nutella No Bake Cookies

1/2 cup butter (salted)

1/2 cup milk (I used skim)

1 3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup Nutella

3 cups quick cooking oats

1) In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter, milk, cocoa powder, and sugar together. Bring to a boil, and boil for one minute.

2) Add in the Nutella, and mix until fully melted.

3) Remove from heat, and in a large, heatproof bowl, combine the oats and the chocolate mixture.

4) On waxed paper, set out the cookies (I’d recommend making them standard cookie size, though honestly, you can make them as big or little as you want). Let them cool at least partially before eating.

 

Nutella Rice Krispie Treats

27 Mar

When I first moved to DC, rice krispie treats were my go-to baked good. Easy, cheap, and more importantly super-portable, I was pretty sure they were the perfect food.

As I’ve spent more and more time baking, I’ve realized that while regular rice krispie treats aren’t half bad, it’s the add-ons that make them truly special. In that spirit, I decided last night to make nutella rice krispie treats with mini chocolate chips, salted whiskey caramel chunks, chocolate drizzle, and of course sprinkles.

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Nutella Rice Krispie Treats

5 tablespoons butter (salted)

1 bag marshmallows

6 cups rice krispies

2 large spoonfuls Nutella

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup salted whiskey caramels (recipe)

Sprinkles

Preparation

1) Butter a 9×13 inch pan (Use real butter, PAM won’t cut it here).

2) In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, stirring regularly.

3) Add the bag of marshmallows to the melted butter, and stir until melted completely.

4) Remove pan from heat, and add two large spoonfuls of Nutella.

5) Stir in rice krispies.

6) Transfer the mixture to the 9×13 pan, and press down evenly. Wax paper works well for pressing down the rice krispie treats, or you can butter your hands and press down manually.

7) Add caramel chunks and mini chocolate chips, and press gently in to the rice krispie treats.

8) Melt chocolate chips, either stovetop or in the microwave, and drizzle chocolate over the top of the rice krispie treats.

9) Stick the entire tray of treats in the freezer for 10-15 minutes – this will help them solidify and making cutting them less messy.

10) Enjoy!

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