Saturday, May 7, 2011

Hazelnut Blondies w/ Italian Nutella (Nocciolata)

What is going on with the Nutella craze? Cupcakes, cakes, spread on bread, you name it.
It seems everyone loves Nutella.

But people, listen up. I have found something even better. It is the Italian version of Nutella called Nocciolata. My friend brought me a jar back from Rome, and now I need it in my life. It is similar to Nutella but is made from Italian hazelnuts and organic cocoa. No disrespect to Nutella.

My friend Janet made these and posted them on her facebook page, and everyone went crazy.
I omitted the chocolate chips (too much of a good thing) and concentrated on the toasted hazelnuts and the Nocciolata spread.

These were delicious and so easy to make and satisfied that sweet craving I was having.

Hazelnut Blondies: (thank you Janet)

Non-stick cooking spray
* 8 tablespoons (one stick) unsalted butter, melted
* 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
* 1 large egg
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* Pinch of salt
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
* 3 rounded tablespoons Nutella or Nocciolata spread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil or parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides. Spray with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix melted butter with brown sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.

Add salt and flour. Mix until just combined. Add hazelnuts and mix until evenly distributed in batter.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Plop three rounded tablespoons of Nutella onto the batter. Swirl into the batter with a knife.

Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, or until the middle is set. Do not over bake. Lift using the foil or paper and transfer the blondies to a rack to cool completely.

Remove the foil or paper and cut into squares.

Eat and enjoy! (I didn't even wait for these to cool!).


girls who like to gorge said...

OHHH WOW! this all looks so fabulous! xx

The Food Hunter said...

I've had this version of Nutella and really liked it. Got to try this recipe

Anonymous said...

I'm presently engaged in a hotly disputed legal action against the makers of Nutella. My 14 year old son's life has been turned upside down by his cocoa/hazelnut addiction. The money down the drain for endless tubby white lidded jars. The mornings I've found him passed out with brown dribbles smeared on his face & pillow. Police have been called to break up fights between him and his brothers over last licks. The evil is spread(ing).

LaDue & Crew said...

Wow Stace, you sure did make them fast, LOL! I have *got* to find this hazelnut spread. We go through Nutella like water! Thanks for the mention, my friend. I always find out such neat stuff over here at your place ;)

Kathy Mercure said...

They do look good! I got a recipe for a homemade Nutella that I believe beats it by a hundred miles. I have made it several times, giving away jars for gifts. Everyone loves it. Here is the link to my blog, in case you want to try it yourself.

Joanne said...

I've been addicted to Nutella just about since I could walk! These blondies look amazing...I need to seek out this nocciolata!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

So, how do I get this Italian Nutella version in my life? I'm not a brownie fan, but I love blondies. The hazelnuts take this to a whole new level. You picked a winner! Bookmarked!

jp in FL said...

Where can we find this Nocciolata?

Aline said...

Nutella is great. I too would like to know where to get Nocciolata. Brownies are one of my favorites. Like blondies better.

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Stacey Snacks said...

There is a link in the post to where to buy the Nocciolata. Just click on the highlighted word/link that says Nocciolata.

All Things Yummy said...

just added a jar of this to my Amazon wish list. yum!

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious! Thanks.
FYI-Nutella IS an Italian product and is owned by Ferrero Co in ALba where we've seen Nutella plants. Jar in my cupboard says made in Canada.
(Sadly, the owner of Ferrero just dies recently).

tasteofbeirut said...

I used to eat nutella in France and loved it of course; but i find it way too sweet now and don't care for it. I will gladly try this new spread when I can find it and your blondies.

Stacey Snacks said...

I knew Nutella was made in Italy back when I first tried it (Nutella was created by Pietro Ferraro in 1963, before that it was called Supercrema), but it is now made in Canada.

Nothing against Nutella, I just liked this version of hazelnut better!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Another neat product you are showing us.

Janna Renee said...

i bet those are amazing, but if you want an option where you don't have to feel guilty eating them, then make them with cannelini or kidney beans instead of flower...seriously awesome substitution and the hazelnut goes sooo well with them!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I would dive right into this whole pan!