The Nutella Heist… and a delicious recipe

Did you hear about the Nutella crime wave? Five tons of the delicious hazelnut chocolate spread was stolen in Germany. 5 TONS. Seriously. And this is the second article I’ve seen in a few weeks talking about people stealing Nutella. The first one was a bunch of college aged students who were swiping jars of Nutella from their campus (costing the school upwards of $5,000 a week at campus dining halls).

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People! We don’t need to steal Nutella. We need to use it to make amazing recipes. Recipes like those collected in the SPOON Nutella Pinterest board. Recipes like those in the NEW book, NUTELLA. Yes, there’s a cookbook. It’s adorable. You need to own it. Seriously.

NUTELLA® and Orange Whoopie Pies
Excerpted from Nutella by Ferrero

The combination of NUTELLA® and orange makes eating these little cakes complete bliss.

Makes 15 whoopie pies
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 10 – 15 minutes
Chilling time: 1 hour

For the cream filling:

1 orange
75 g (5 tbsp) unsalted butter
50 g (1/4 cup) caster/superfine sugar
1 egg
75 g (1/3 cup) Philadelphia-style cream cheese

For the whoopie pies:

125 g (1 1/4 cup) plain/all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
40 g (3 tbsp) unsalted butter
40 g (scant 1 cup) caster/superfine sugar
1 egg
100 g (scant 1/2 cup) NUTELLA®
20 g (2 tbsp) cocoa powder
100 ml (scant 1/2 cup) semi-skimmed milk
Pinch of salt

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F, gas mark 4).

2. Make the cream filling. Finely grate the orange zest and squeeze the juice. Melt the butter in a bain-marie or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Add the sugar, egg, and the juice and zest of the orange. Beat continuously until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Beat in the cheese and then chill for an hour.

3. Make the whoopie pies. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and sugar. Add the egg, NUTELLA, cocoa powder, and milk. Mix well, then add the flour and baking powder mixture.

4. Place 30 small spoonfuls of the mixture on a baking sheet covered with baking parchment paper. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, leave to cool on a baking rack, then sandwich together with the cream filling.

Nutella cookbook

From irresistible macaroons to tasty cheesecakes, discover new ways of using, cooking and enjoying Nutella with 30 mouthwatering recipes. 30 delicious recipes in a Nutella-shaped book for all the fans of the famous spread:

– little individual sweets: from a revisited version of bread with Nutella to Nutella and banana tartlettes
– generous Nutella cakes to share: cake roll, Twelfth Night cake or even a Nutella charlotte.
– creamy, ‘must have’ recipes: mousse and little cream
– surprising recipes to impress both young and old: macaroons, caramelized hazelnut stuffed truffles, little mango egg rolls