Monday, February 3, 2014

Nutella Chunks

I am always looking for new cookie recipes to try.  The ultimate in cookie recipes.  The best cookie that ever touched your lips.  The chewiest, the gooeyiest.  Hands down, the best darn cookie you ever put in your mouth.  I can't tell you how many recipes I've tried, pinned and still have in my archives to try.  Because, honestly, you can never try or have too many ultimate cookie recipes.

But it seems like when a search is done for the ultimate cookie, chocolate chips are always the ones the pop up.  When a search is done for the ultimate cookie there are thousands upon thousands of chocolate chip cookies recipes that show up in that search.  And don't get me wrong, I bookmark A LOT of them.  But the other day when I was doing one of those infamous searches for the best ever cookies something popped up that I had never seen or thought of before.   It was like magic coming across the screen.  "Nutella chunk cookies".  You read right, Nutella Chunk, just like chocolate chunks but instead of plain ol' chocolate (which I love deeply) it's chunks of that deliciously addicting Nutella. 

Once I read those words I was intrigued and had to find out more about the magic that is Nutella chunks.  Could they be bought?  If so, where?  I'd never seen them so I needed to know more.   When I clicked on that recipe it took me to a blog called The Ivory Hut.  I quickly read over the link and made my way down to the recipe and her step by step directions for homemade Nutella chunks.  Pure genius. 
It was only a matter of a day before I was in the kitchen to attempt making those little morsels of goodness for myself.  I couldn't practice self restraint with this one.  I had to make these and make them NOW.  I'm so glad I did.  They are so easy to make and only 2 ingredients.  Yes, 2 ingredients.  I think this may be the shortest recipe I ever shared with you, but it's 2 ingredients that will leave you with pure goodness.  So I won't keep going on and on, I'll just urge you to get up, go in your kitchen and make some of these now.  You may want to make a double batch, because like chocolate chips, these are so delicious and easy to pop into your mouth.  So make a big batch, some to snack on and the rest to bake with.        

Nutella Chunks

6.5 Ounces (half a small jar) Nutella spread
2 1/2 Tbsp Unsalted butter


Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.

Place nutella and butter in a microwave safe dish and microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each, until smooth and glossy.  Be careful not to overcook the chocolate.  Stir the mixture until smooth and combined.  Pour onto the prepared baking sheet.  Spread in an even layer that is about 1/4 inch thick. 

Place in the freezer for at least 2 hours.  Remove and cut into chunks.  Place in a freezer bag or airtight container and return to freezer until ready to use.

Recipe source: Slightly adapted from the Ivory Hut

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