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Easy Nutella Recipes

Updated on August 19, 2012

Nutella is a thick chocolate-hazelnut spread with a consistency similar to that of creamy peanut butter. It's delicious just spooned from the jar, used in a variety of desserts and snacks or paired with fresh fruit, particularly strawberries and bananas.

This delicious confection was created by an Italian pastry maker in the 1940s. At the time, chocolate was rationed, like many other foods during World War II. Hazelnuts, which were in abundant supply in the area, were ground and added to the chocolate to extend the supply. Nutella was born.

There are many different recipes that incorporate this sweet treat. Some of the best Nutella recipes are for unique and delicious sandwiches, or you can melt it and use it as a yummy glaze for other desserts, or simply add a bit of the stuff to your regular dessert recipes. Think of it this way -- if you can add peanut butter to it, you can use Nutella.

Whatever you wind up doing with it, you're sure to love it as there is simply no way to ruin any recipe that has Nutella in it!

Easy Nutella-Strawberry Paninis

Nutella, strawberries and pound cake combine here to make a easy yet elegant summertime dessert. Think of these sweet sandwiches as a modern twist on old-fashioned strawberry shortcake. All you need are five simple ingredients and you'll be wowing your guests in no time.


  • Pound cake, Store-bought, frozen pound cake works well
  • Nutella
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Butter, melted
  • Powdered sugar, Also known as 10X or confectioners sugar


  1. Preheat a grill or panini pan to medium
  2. Rinse half of the strawberries (two to three per panini, depending on size) and slice them thinly lengthwise. (Reserve some whole strawberries for a garnish.)
  3. Slice the pound cake into 1/2-inch thick slices. Each panini will use two slices.
  4. Spread one side of each piece of pound cake liberally with Nutella.
  5. Top half of the coated pieces of pound cake with sliced strawberries.
  6. For each panini, make a sandwich by combining one slice of pound cake with the strawberries and Nutella with another slice that only has the Nutella on it.
  7. Melt the butter, and give each sandwich a light coat on both sides.
  8. Place the sandwiches on a heated grill or panini pan and cook until the pound cake is slightly toasted and the Nutella begins to soften, two to three minutes per side.
  9. Remove the paninis from the heat. Allow to cool slightly before cutting each sandwich in half. Dust with powdered sugar and garnish with whole strawberries. Serve.

Serving Suggestions

Serve your Nutella-Strawberry Paninis with a strawberry-champagne cocktail (a few crushed strawberries placed in a glass of champagne), or drizzle them with a little bit of chocolate glaze.

If you're serving a crowd, cut each sandwich into 8 to 16 squares. Skewer each square along with a small, fresh strawberry on a toothpick and serve. Makes a great addition to a chocolate fountain buffet.

3.3 stars from 8 ratings of Easy Nutella-Strawberry Panini

More quick and easy Nutella recipes!


Creative Sandwiches

You don't need a lot of additional ingredients to make a tantalizing dessert or snack. Use Nutella as a spread to make simple, sweet sandwiches:

  • Vanilla wafers or other simple cookies
  • Sugar donuts, split in half horizontally
  • Plain bread, cinnamon bread or a toasted English muffin
  • French toast (Spread the Nutella between two pieces of cooked French toast. Place it on the griddle until the inside is slightly warmed.)
  • Banana bread or other sweet breakfast breads

Fried Wontons

Separate wonton wrappers into individual sheets. In the center of each wrapper, place a small dollop (approximately 1 teaspoon) of Nutella and top with a slice of ripe banana. Use a pastry brush to moisten the edges of the wonton with a beaten egg mixture. Fold the wontons in half to form a triangle. Use your fingers to press the edges of the wonton firmly together to seal completely.

Preheat a deep fryer, or heat two inches of oil in a pan to approximately 350 degrees. Drop the wontons in a few at a time and cook, turning them over during the process, until they are lightly browned and cooked through, usually 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and serve warm.

Homemade Croissants

Open a store-bought tube of crescent dough. Separate each of the triangles and lay them flat. Brush one side with melted butter. Place approximately 1 teaspoon of Nutella near the bottom (wide side) of the triangle. Roll the croissants from the wide side up to the tip of the triangle and bend to form a crescent shape. Using a clean pastry brush, brush lightly with a beaten egg mixture.

Place the croissants approximately 1" apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15 minutes or until the croissants are golden brown. Remove from the oven, transfer to serving platter and dust with confectioner's sugar. These are best served warm.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Crepes

Use your favorite crepe recipe to make as many crepes as desired. One at a time, spread the warm crepe out and cover with a thin layer of Nutella. Fold the crepe in half and then in half twice more. If desired, you can also top these with sliced strawberries or bananas before folding. Drizzle with some warm Nutella and top with fresh whipped cream, or simply dust with confectioner's sugar.

Note: You can keep the bare crepes warm in a 225 degree oven until you are ready to assemble and serve.

Nutella S'Mores

Break a full-sized graham cracker in half. Spread each half with Nutella. Pop a marshmallow onto a stick or skewer and roast over an open fire until the marshmallow just begins to turn lightly brown. (If you're not close to a fire, you can simply substitute marshmallow fluff.)

Place the toasted marshmallow on top of the Nutella on one half of the graham cracker, top with the other half of the graham cracker making a sandwich. Squeeze firmly together and enjoy.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Espresso

The perfect treat for a cold winter night! Simple place 1 tablespoon of Nutella in the bottom of your espresso cup. Microwave for 10 seconds. Add your Espresso and top with frothed milk. Stir well before drinking.

This would work equally as well in cappuccino, regular coffee or hot chocolate. Just increase the amount to 2 tablespoons.

Delicious Eclairs

So simple, and yet so delicious! Simply make a batch of choux dough, pipe into an eclair shape approx. 3" to 4" long and bake. When the eclairs have cooled, split them in half lengthwise. Spread Nutella on the cut side of each half. Top the bottom half with sliced strawberries or bananas and place the top back on.

Heat up some Nutella until it is fairly liquid. Drizzle over the eclair, give it a dusting of confectioner's sugar and top with fresh whipped cream.

Did you know...?

  • Each year there is a "World Nutella Day" celebration. The next one is on the calendar for February 5, 2010.
  • What do Nutella and New York City's Central Park have in common? If you lined up the number of jars of Nutella produced in just one single hour, it would equal the length of Central Park.


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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Love all of these recipes with Nutella like the one with hot chocolate. Voted up for useful, since I'm going to try them all this fall.

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      Lee Ann March 3 years ago

      YUM! I love Nutella! Best way to eat it is straight off the spoon...but I think I might give the croissants a try.

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      LULU SUE1987 6 years ago

      I love nutella, and will save this recipe list.

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      lrohner 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Nikkidawn! I'll have to try your whipped cream idea!

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      Nikkidawn 6 years ago

      I made the nutella crescents. They were good, especially served with homemade whipped cream.

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      timonweller 6 years ago

      Yum, Love Nutella, I am hungry now..

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      Avory Shell 6 years ago

      Love the nutella s'mores idea!!

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      Kathryn. 6 years ago

      Two words: Nutella. Waffles. I pretty much live on them. They always are awesome because when its spread on warm waffles, it melts ever so slightly, but it is to die for!

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      lrohner 6 years ago from USA

      Sugar Loco - I would be happy to do a guest post for your blog, but it would be a bit more generic and would lead back to this article. If you are interested, you can contact me via my profile page here. I visited your blog, and I do love it!

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      Sugar Loco 6 years ago

      we'd love to use some of these ideas on our site. Can we get permission? They all look amazing!!

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      Courtney 6 years ago

      Wow these recipes look absolutly fabulous! Can't wait to test them all out, thanksss!!!! :)

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      Ariane 7 years ago

      At Christmastime a big hit was our new addition of Nutella Rice Krispy Treats to our cookie tray! Highly recommend - it gave them almost a Tootsie roll flavor - very very yummy!

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      jj-jess 7 years ago

      omg I love nutella and all this time ive been eating it out of the jar.i might try one of them now(:

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      IdeaMorphist 7 years ago from Chicagoland

      Mmmmmm Nutella is my favorite. I am allergic to peanut butter so I often substitute it for that since it has a similar consistency. It works esp. well for puppy chow or muddy buddies

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      Writing_Wine 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      I love the nutella smores idea! I am definitely using this next time I go camping Thank you!

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      lrohner 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the tip, Alloy!

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      alloy1028 7 years ago

      One of my favorite things to do with Nutella is melt it over a bowl of walnuts in the microwave and place the concoction in the freezer for a couple of hours. The frozen chocolate walnut chucks are sort of a cross between cookies, ice cream, and popcorn. You can eat a few by themselves for a snack or over ice cream.

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      jamiea 7 years ago

      my bf bought nutella a few days ago just tried it for the first time this morning now i'm here!!! kind of upset with my mother for growing up without it! i think i may call her lol thanks for recipes bf is gonna be sooo thrilled when he gets home!! already have a cake baking lol!

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      purpleangel47 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      Great sounding recipes lrohner (Chef Mom) ;)

      Every time I go grocery shopping I see Nutella - Giant, and Walmart - but I can't make myself purchase it yet. I'm a HUGE peanut butter fan but not so much a chocolate fan - UNLESS they splice it with peanut butter! ;) I'll keep these recipes in mind tho. My grandchildren would love them!

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      Heidi 7 years ago

      Yum! I just learned about Nutella! Guess I don't have to eat it right out of the jar anymore! My mouse recipe (altered from a Tupperware party recipe):

      1 cup whipped cream (whip it in the Kitchenaid)

      3/4 cup Nutella (gently fold in)

      1/2 cup sour cream (gently fold in)

      PUT in frig for 1 hour. You can serve it with strawberries or rasberries on top. YUM.

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      moonlake 7 years ago from America

      I was looking for Nutella recipes and found your hub. Looks like lots of good recipes.

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      rugsdynamic 7 years ago

      Fried wantons is looking yummy. I also love what you did for hazelnut-choco espresso. Lovely.

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      lrohner 7 years ago from USA

      Glad you enjoyed, sklipstein!

      ghnarly--I know that my local WalMart just started carrying Nutella. Have you tried there? If they don't, you can purchase it on Amazon. Buying a single jar is kind of pricey, but maybe you and some friends can split a 5-pack?

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      ghnarly 7 years ago

      I, too, love the stuff and I found it in Sedona AZ. However, in my home city of Indianapolis, I can't find it anywhere.

      Any ideas? thank you!

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      sklipstein 7 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      That definitely makes me want to go buy some Nutella! Those are some delicious ideas, I really liked the Éclair and Crepes idea and even simpler the Vanilla Wafers one for my kids! Yum! Thank you!

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      Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Nutella is so yummy. It combines my two favorite flavors. We have a farmers market here every Saturday, and one of the booths makes fresh crepes on the spot. One of the choices for fillings is Nutella. :)

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      lrohner 7 years ago from USA

      JSU7-Have some for me, okay? :)

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      Jesus_saves_us_7 7 years ago from Seeking Salvation

      Yummy, I think I am going to have to go and get some Nutella now...

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      lrohner 7 years ago from USA

      Sounds DEELISH! Thanks Mama B!

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      Mama B 7 years ago

      Try this easy recipe: take a tortilla, and warm in the microwave for 10 seconds. Spread it with a thin layer of Nutella. Lay a small banana in the middle, and roll up. Cut in 1/2 and enjoy! Super delicious!

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      lrohner 7 years ago from USA

      Great ideas, Kim and Bunny!

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      Bunny 7 years ago

      I make the panini often only I use a croissant instead of pound cake. Yum!

      Also, easy dessert: place dollops of nutella on a thawed pastry sheet, top with another thawed pastry sheet, cut between dollops, pinch edges, bake.

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      Kim 7 years ago

      Spread Nutella on a a whole wheat tortilla, lay apple slices on one side and sprinkle with cinnamon. Fold over and eat like a quesadilla.

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      bd160900 7 years ago from San Diego

      very interesting

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      skigranny 7 years ago

      What a deal!!!Just found a multi pack(two 26.5 oz) of Nutella at Costco(Reno,Nv)dirt cheap!!!

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      FashionFame 7 years ago from California

      i just love nutella. Its yummy yummy yummy. I will definitely try your recipes but you know what I can't wait to put nutella in my mouth once I see it. Thanks for a lovely hub. Im joining your fan club to stay and would like to invite you also.

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      Hendrika 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Oh no!!! Now a bottle of Nutella is not going to last more than 2 minutes in this house. We are already eating it with a teaspoon from the bottle! This is going to make it worse.

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      nutty4nutella 7 years ago

      WOW! Love your recipes for Nutella. I am on a journey to find 365 ways to use Nutella and your recipes have given me some wonderful ideas.

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      Kristina  8 years ago

      I just tried nutella for the first time Sunday. I am now sad for the years of eating it I missed out on! Thanks for all the recipes. Those croissants with a dab of cream cheese in there too sound to die for. As a mom of 6 kiddos we go through lots of sweets. I love finding new things to try.

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Thank you Broussard, Sunforged and Writer Rider. And keep telling yourselves it's low-calorie too -- I do! :)

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      Writer Rider 8 years ago

      Ummm, Nutella. I can eat it with everything. Thanks for the cooking ideas. I'm bookmarking this hub.

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      sunforged 8 years ago from

      Awesome, I will most likely try out each of these excellent nutella recipes I have an unused jar calling my name right now..I have used in the past in a desert pizza of sorts with good feedback (fried dough base)

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      Leslie Broussard 8 years ago

      OMGosh I love Nutella! I usually just eat it on Wheat Thins. So delicious!

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for stopping by, Tam, Jon, FK and Nicomp! Go forth and enjoy some Nutella delights! :)

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I always wondered where the stuff came from. Thanks for the informative hub.

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      Flightkeeper 8 years ago from The East Coast

      Wow, I only used Nutella in my hot chocolate. Now there's more nutella-eating opportunities. Thanks Irohner.

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      Jon Sterling 8 years ago from Houston Texas - United States

      I love Nutella - My Step-Monster brought me some from Europe when I was a kid - it was not available everywhere back in the 70s - now they have it at our grocery store down the street. Thanks for the great drive down memory lane!

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      Tammy Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      I'm like Lisa HW--I knew it was some sort of chocolate spread, but that was I HAVE to go out and get some 'cause these recipes sound fantastic, especially the croissants.

      Thanks so much for giving me some more snack options for my guys! :)

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for stopping by Lisa! Beth - that sounds deeeelish! I think I just might try that tomorrow!

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      Excellent recipes...I'd try them but our jars of Nutella seem to disappear between being put on the pantry shelf and the next morning! One of my favorite breakfast items is a lightly toasted bagel, strawberry cream cheese and nutella. Thanks for more great recipes!

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      Lisa HW 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      This Hub caught my eye because I've been walking by the jars of Nutella in my grocery store for years. I've never known what it is. :) Now I do.

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Ooooohhhhh.... Banana macadamia nut pancakes..... YUMMEE!

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      BethanyGM 8 years ago

      Oh my goodness. Thanks for posting this. I have a jar of the stuff in my cupboard that I am not quite sure what to do with. The other day I made some banana macadamia nut pancakes and I spread some of the nutella on them instead of syrup. They were GOOD.

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Enjoy, Ashley!

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      Ashley Joy 8 years ago

      I love Nutella! It is so chocolaty good it is sinful. Thanks for these great recipes.

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for stopping by, Chloe. Yes -- those wontons are deeelish!

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      Chloe Comfort 8 years ago from Long Island

      Great hub. They all look soooo yummy! Really shouldn't be reading this hub before lunch - so hungry now! Will definitely try out the fried wontons!

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Yummity yum! Thanks, Carla. I never thought about trying it on pancakes!

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      Carla Soho 8 years ago

      I also love it with pan cakes!!

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for stopping by, Sharing, and enjoy!

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      Sharing Insight 8 years ago

      Family of 5 here, and recently Nutella was added to our pantry...we love it! especially the kids :) what a fantatic Hub! How these recipes will come in handy... Thanks!

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      steve 8 years ago

      you've givren me some wicked ideas to keep the kids busy for the holiday period there goin love it.

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      LOL, Davina. I'm not a big 'sweets' person either. But still--gotta have my nutella at least once a year!

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      Davinagirl3 8 years ago

      My husband loves that stuff and I can't stand it. It reminds me of these chocolate frosting and peanut butter sandwiches my brother used to make. I am not a big sweet-eater, but I will use your expertise to please my husband. He will be thrilled.

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      LOL, Dolores. Ya sure you don't want me to send you a jar or two? :)

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Irohner, I will not have Nutella in my house - it's too darn good and I'd make a total pib out of myself. At my sister's house I just spread it on Ritz crackers. Super yum!

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks C! I know...the stuff is fabulous, isn't it! :)

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      C. Betancourt 8 years ago

      Nutella Heaven! I love it... I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Thanks for the killer recipes. ;)

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the tip, Dan! I'm heading over there right now! Although I'm not quite sure it can beat my Bailey's Irish Cream Cookies recipe... :)

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      Camping Dan 8 years ago

      I love Nutella! There is also a great nutella cookie recipe over at

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      LOL Dori! Sure. On their way!

      Girly-girl - You can't give up the Nutella! Try just microwaving a teeny little bit 'til it's smooth and dip just one little, eensy, weensy strawberry into it. Surely that won't be too much! :)

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Now , I am very hungry, could you email some of those?


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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      YUMMM!!!! Too bad I am trying to cut back on my sugar intake. This is torture! lol :( Will definitely forward this along to a friend who loves Nutella. She'll go crazy for this.

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Aya! Let me know which recipe is your favorite.

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      Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks

      Lrohner, these are great ideas for using Nutella! We actually have this spread on hand here, and I feel good serving it to my daughter, because it is sweetened with real sugar, not high fructose corn syrup. (Our particular jar of it originates from Canada -- but was sold at the local grocery store.)

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      LOL, Amanda and Notorious! So much Nutella, soooo little time!

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      Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

      You seriously would not believe how much Nutella gets eaten in our house, and that's just on toast and bagels! My kids will love these recipes, but on second thoughts I might have to keep quiet, as the Nutella bill is already sky high!

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      Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

      You seriously would not believe how much Nutella gets eaten in our house, and that's just on toast and bagels! My kids will love these recipes, but on second thoughts I might have to keep quiet, as the Nutella bill is already sky high!

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      notorious_HAI 8 years ago

      OMG. Nutella Eclaires. :) All these years I've been eating it out of the jar.

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks Shiba! My fav is the Nutella panini with the pound cake and strawberries. Try the same croissant recipe in a few different ways: instead of Nutella, use mini choc chips, some jam or poppy seed filling. You can also top with before baking with slivered almonds. Enjoy!

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      shibashake 8 years ago

      Some great recipes here! I never thought of using Nutella in these ways. I got it once but didn't really like it on bread. These are some really creative ideas - especially the one in wonton wrappers.

      I think I may try the Croissants, those look really yummy. I also really like your layout, with the horizontal image dividers. Paws up!