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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Strawberry Nutella Bites

This Tuesday marks the coming of February, a month that everybody seems to either love or hate with no real space in between.  I happen to love February (surprise, surprise) but not just for Valentines Day, but more because it's a month long excuse to bake things that are pink and red and tell people how much I love them.

So whether you choose to enjoy February or despise it, you can bet your bottom we'll be celebrating all month long over here.  We're starting things off a little bit early with these Nutella Filled Strawberry Bites. If you have never had Nutella before, I recommend shutting your computer and going and getting a jar before we proceed, otherwise I can't be blamed for the pure jealousy that you feel as I talk about it.  (Just saying, I warned ya!)  

Nutella is pure heaven.  I only first tried it a few months ago and I've been hooked ever since.  I have a really hard time baking with it though, because in my opinion it is hard to beat the recipe of jar + spoon + mouth = happiness.  However I figured with a big blob of Nutella in the middle, these bites couldn't possibly be bad.  The food blog that inspired me to make these listed them as cookies, but personally I find the dough much more like shortcake or cobbler dough (either way they are very good). This recipe is perfect if you have a small amount of strawberries leftover in your fridge on the verge of going bad, and really let's be honest, anything with some Nutella on top is going to be divine.  

Even if you're not into the whole Valentine Day scene you should make these.  Either for your sweetheart, or someone special, or even just for you.. because you deserve it!  And then bring me over some, because I deserve it too.  Only kidding.  Kind of.  :)

Strawberry Nutella Bites
Servings: About 12

1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
4 Tbsp unsalted butter (softened)
7 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp + 1 tsp crushed strawberries
1/2 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine.  In the bowl of an electric mixer (or with a hand mixer) beat butter and sugar until smooth.  In a small bowl combine crushed strawberries and milk and mix until well distributed.  Put the 3 Tbsp and 1 tsp of the strawberry mixture in the bowl with the butter/sugar mixture and beat to combine.  Add the vanilla extract and beat to combine.  With the mixer on the lowest speed add flour until just combined.  Shape dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for an hour.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with either parchment paper or a baking mat.  Roll dough into small balls and use either your thumb or the bottom of a spoon to make an indentation in each one.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through.  When the cookies come out of the oven use a spoon to immediately press in indentations again.  Let cool and fill with Nutella.  Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from: Sinfully Spicy

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