Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Nutella & White Chocolate Cookie Sticks for World Nutella Day!

Did you know it's World Nutella Day on Thursday?! I'm not really sure why we need a specific designated day to eat Nutella...because if you know me at all, you know I eat Nutella every day without hesitation! but hey, I love national food days as much as the next food blogger and so I jumped on the bandwagon to show you one of my favourite recipes involving one of my favourite treats incase you want to whip them up for your own little Nutella celebration!

The first time I made these last year I made them twice in one week! I've made them several times since but they are THAT good that they have never made it to the photography stage before being completely devoured.  So this time around I restrained myself for long enough to get a few shots in! The observant ones out there among you will notice that I never usually photograph more than 4 of the things I've baked.  The reason? because they are the only ones I have left because the rest have been scoffed! You know those bloggers that take beautiful pictures of every portion of their bake straight out the oven, they show you the whole pan of cookies or the whole batch of cupcakes? Well, I just don't believe they are real legit food bloggers - because who can resist tasting your baked goods the second they come out the oven? Not me! Just keeping it real over here!

You know how else I keep it real, by doing away with things like rolling up each cookie - because that takes time! Precious time, that I could be using to catch up on the latest episode of Grey's, or catch up on Instagram or watch my sleeping baby - she's too adorable not to! So in place of rolling out individual cookies, you dump your whole bowl of cookie dough in a brownie pan, and spread it out using your hands, flatten it down, stick it in the oven and call it done! 

You'll wonder why you've never baked every batch of cookies like this!!

The pudding makes them super soft, so I recommend you don't leave it out! Most large supermarkets now sell the little jello pudding boxes in their American grocery section and it's not too pricey.  The little melty pools of white chocolate compliment the hazelnutty undertones of the Nutella perfectly and you'll be wanting to make your next batch before you've even finished your first - they are THAT good!

and don't even think about leaving out the warm Nutella drizzled on top! I even kept the rest that I didn't use in a piping bag in the tin of cookies after and everytime I popped one on a plate I would give it quadruple drizzle before zapping in the microwave for 15 seconds - do it, you won't be disappointed! 

Nutella & White Chocolate Cookie Sticks:
Makes 16
Adapted from Inside BruCrew Life

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 box jello instant chocolate pudding mix (3.4 ounces)
2 cups white chocolate, chopped

16 cubes of white chocolate
3 tbsp Nutella

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease an 11x7" pan with butter.

In the bowl of a freestanding electric mixer, beat the butter, Nutella, and both sugars until creamy.  Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and dry pudding mix.  Slowly beat into the creamed butter mixture until completely incorporated.  Do not over mix.

Chop up the white chocolate into chunks, stir it into the mix with a spatula.  

Spread the batter into the pan.  Bake for 12-14 minutes.  

Once out the oven, immediately press the 16 white chocolate chunks into the top of the cookie.  Put in the freezer to stop the chocolate on top melting.  After 20 minutes, take the cookie out.  Heat the Nutella in the microwave for 30 seconds and drizzle diagonally across the cookie. Cut it into 16 sticks.

Eat and enjoy!

If cookie sticks aren't your thing - I have you covered in other areas of Nutella amazingness!

or my personal favourite, THE Fudgiest Nutella Brownies ever! 

and who can say no to S'mores & Nutella combined in this S'mores Fudge Pie?

and the goodies that kickstarted my obsession...Nutella & Peanut Butter S'moreos!


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