Let's get real for a second — Nutella is basically straight up magic. There aren't many of us out there who haven't eaten the chocolatey, hazelnutty spread straight out of the jar — and there's nothing wrong with that! However, there are so many ways to use the ingredient that go beyond simply eating it straight or spreading it on some toast. Chocolate and nuts are a tried and true combination, and while there are plenty of chocolate hazelnut desserts out there, why not use the jar of Nutella you probably have sitting in your pantry to try something new?
From comforting cookies to elegant tarts, from chilly ice creams to decadent cheesecakes, there's truly a vast range of recipes that incorporate the popular product. And, you know that they're almost guaranteed to be crowd pleasers — there really aren't many people out there who hate Nutella!
Many people argue that it's not the best breakfast choice, and yes — it does have a fair amount of sugar and chocolate and other items that are more treat than nourishing morning staple. However, as a dessert, it's flawless — decadent, creamy, and packed full of flavour.
So, if you're looking to add a few more desserts to your repertoire, why not get inspiration from Nutella? Here are 20 fantastic recipes that Nutella lovers won't be able to resist — and, they're so delicious that even individuals who are on the fence about the chocolatey spread will be totally convinced. And if you sneak a spoonful or two from the jar while you're putting the recipe together, hey — we won't judge.
Okay, starting out with an easy one — this recipe from Taste of Home is about as close to foolproof as you can get. It starts with a tube of already made sugar cookie dough (although you can absolutely make your favourite recipe if you prefer homemade), with a bit of orange zest added to liven it up. Then, after the dough is baked in little mini muffin cups, you add in a spoonful of Nutella and a fresh raspberry. It couldn't be simpler, and it's absolutely delicious. After all, orange and chocolate and raspberries are a perfect combination — having them in one bite sized treat is genius!
If you're looking for a Nutella-based treat that's a bit more elegant, this tart is perfect — and, because it's designed to look rustic, you don't have to worry about getting an Insta-worthy crust. It basically involves taking a simple dough, pressing it into a rustic oblong shape, and then topping it with Nutella and a raspberry mixture. It's simple, it's not too decadent since the tart raspberries cut the fattiness and sweetness of the Nutella, and it looks amazing sprinkled with a little powdered sugar. This recipe from Taste of Home is definitely a winner — and a total showstopper at any gathering.
Sweet pizza might seem like a bit of a strange idea, but really, if you leave the dough unflavoured and don't add any herbs or spices to it, it's just dough — a blank carb-filled canvas for your wildest dreams. This simple recipe from Popsugar has you taking a ball of pizza dough and rolling it out as though you're crafting a pizza, cooking until it's browned and crisp but still soft on the inside, and then topping it with Nutella, crushed amaretti cookies, and a bit of whipped cream that adorably mimics the look of little balls of buffalo mozzarella.
Linzer tarts are typically made with a jam filling, but there's no reason you can't mix things up a little bit and create a chocolate hazelnut version. And, it's super simple — if you can make regular cut-out cookies, you can make these. It starts by creating a regular linzer tart cookie dough, which is a bit of a cross between a sugar cookie and a more buttery shortbread cookie. You assemble all your pieces — the tops and the bottoms — and then simply spread Nutella on one half of each cookie and assemble. They look absolutely delicious, and we love that Taste of Home thought outside the box.
Okay, okay, we know that we said Nutella wasn't exactly an everyday breakfast food — but as a decadent weekend brunch, there's absolutely nothing better, and this recipe from The Blond Cook takes the cake. It involves taking regular bread and preparing the eggy toast as you normally would, with one extra step — adding a layer of Nutella in the middle of the bread so you get that crisp toast exterior, as well as a gooey Nutella center. I mean, can you imagine a more perfect brunch? All you need is a strong cup of coffee and you'll be in brunch heaven.
We're pretty confident that there's nothing Nutella doesn't make better — including blondies. Regular blondies are a beloved dessert, with their brown sugary, buttery flavour, and they're super adaptable. You can add in all different kind of mix-ins to switch up the flavour in a way that is a bit tougher for the super chocolatey standard brownies. However, if you want a more chocolatey twist on a blonde without going into full brownie territory, this recipe from If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen might be the perfect solution. It takes regular blondes and adds dollops of Nutella and a pinch of sea salt for a delicious combination.
For some reason, truffles seem like they'd be a complicated dessert to make, but they definitely don't have to be — and they're the perfect bite-sized, indulgent finish to a great meal. These truffles from Sweetest Menu basically just involve combining a ganache made with dark chocolate and heavy cream with Nutella, then rolling the balls in chopped up hazelnuts. The hazelnut coating means you won't notice if the balls are a little misshapen, and let's be honest — the moment someone bites into these, they won't care if they're not chocolatier caliber truffles. They're delicious, and that's really all that matters!
There are countless Nutella-based desserts that taste amazing, but this recipe from Sweet Sour Savory looks amazing as well. And, if you've always wanted to try to make your own bread, it's the perfect introductory recipe. It involves making a simple dough that needs to be kneaded and allowed to rise, rolled out into thin layers with Nutella in between, and then arranged in the gorgeous design. It looks super impressive, but it's not all that difficult, just involving a few cuts and a bit of twisting. It's the perfect dish to accompany a cup of coffee for a sweet but still hearty treat.
There's something about a tart that's just so elegant, and this recipe definitely doesn't disappoint. And, if you absolutely love the hazelnut flavours in Nutella, this recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction is a must try. It starts out with a toasted hazelnut crust, which is a way more flavourful and unique option than a regular pastry crust. Then, the filling is essentially just Nutella, with a bit of cream and cornstarch added to make things a better consistency. The end result is decadent, smooth, creamy, and packed with the chocolate and hazelnut flavours we all love. It's a definite winner.
This fudge recipe from Broma Bakery is basically the perfect combination of everything. It has a great mix of textures, from the smooth fudge base to the crunchy bits of pretzels scattered throughout. The fudge itself is sweet, but the pretzels offer a bit of salt to balance it out. It's perfect. And, the addition of Nutella and roasted hazelnuts takes it from a standard chocolate fudge recipe to something with a little more depth. And, best of all, fudge doesn't require you to stand around your oven for hours waiting — you combine all the ingredients, pour it into a lined pan, and then allow it to cool. Simple!
Cheesecake lovers will definitely want to check this recipe from Taste of Home out‚ as it's got all the creamy, tangy goodness of cheesecake but is also packed with chocolatey flavour. The base itself is made with crushed Oreo cookies rather than crushed graham crackers. Then, the filing — a fairly standard cheesecake filling is taken to the next level with the addition of Nutella. Some chopped, toasted hazelnuts on top make the cake look way more aesthetically pleasing, and also give a bit of texture to the otherwise silky smooth dessert. Seriously, it's basically the best version of chocolatey, nutty cheesecake — you'll definitely want to try it.
There are a lot of foods that chocolate pairs well with, including bananas, and it's not revolutionary to add a bit of chocolate to your banana bread. Countless recipes include chocolate chips as one of the mix-ins — but this recipe from Kirbie's Cravings takes things to a whole new level. Instead of simply adding a swirl of Nutella into a regular banana bread batter, it reinvents it by basically creating a batter that's just Nutella, eggs, bananas, cocoa, and a bit of baking powder. The result is a rich, gooey cake that you'll definitely have a hard time resisting — with just a hint of banana flavour in the background.
If you want to combine your love of Nutella with your love of red velvet and your love of brunch, well, this recipe from Creme de la Crumb covers all your bases. It's a bit more involved than your standard pancake recipe, as it involves freezing little Nutella discs to add to the pancake batter to ensure you get a cooked pancake and also a gooey Nutella filling. The extra step may not seem worth it while you're doing it, but once you're enjoying a Nutella-filled red velvet pancake, trust us, it will be. It's a total showstopper of a recipe and is a great, colourful way to mix up your normal pancake game.
Have you ever had a danish and thought it was good, but could be so much better if the cream cheese or jam filling was replaced with a generous portion of Nutella? Well, perhaps it's time to make your own danishes from scratch — this recipe from Plated Cravings is delicious, and looks super impressive. And if you're worried about making the dough, don't be — it calls for sheets of frozen puff pastry, so basically all you need to do is put together the mixture for the filling and fold it into the right shape. What could be easier? Before you know it, you'll have fresh, flaky, buttery danishes with your favourite filling.
Hand pies are a great alternative to whipping up a full pie — they're quicker, they're more portable, and they're easy to share. Plus, they're a bit easier to make. This recipe from Taste of Home starts out with frozen puff pastry, so you don't even need to worry about the pastry component, and is filled with Nutella and a hint of orange zest for that citrusy flavour. Then, when the hand pies are all cooked and golden brown, they're drizzled with an icing that has a bit of orange juice and zest in it to bring out those orange flavours yet again. The combination is decadent yet still fresh — and oh so delicious.
This recipe from Fearless Homemaker is great if yo just want a hint of Nutella — or if you want to surprise your guests! It takes a fairly standard pound cake recipe and just involves swirling some Nutella throughout it all. With a healthy dose of butter and an entire jar of Nutella, it's definitely not the healthiest recipe out there, but it's absolutely delicious. And, what could be more fun than cutting into a pound cake that your guests assume is just regular pound cake and revealing that there's actually a hidden layer of Nutella swirled throughout it? It just makes it that much more delicious.
Most people love s'mores, but it can be tough to recreate those flavours in desserts without losing the element of the melted chocolate and marshmallows. However, this recipe from The View From Great Island does it perfectly, since it incorporates Nutella and marshmallow fluff, which both stay soft and gooey even at room temperature. And, the base is packed with graham crackers, so you have all the classic campfire flavours in one delectable little square. If you're a huge s'mores fan, this recipe is definitely a must try — and pretty much guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. Plus, no campfire required!
Sometimes, you don't want an involved dessert that requires you to spend hours in the kitchen on the various steps — you just want a quick, easy treat that's packed with flavour. That's where this mousse from Treats and Eats comes in. It basically involves whipping a combination of Nutella and heavy whipped cream, allowing it to set, and then decorating it however you'd like. A simple dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle of hazelnuts adds a little something extra and makes it look elevated, even though it couldn't be simpler. This is a dessert you could totally whip up even just for yourself, when you need a little bit of a chocolatey treat.
If you absolutely love Nutella, this layer cake recipe from Handle the Heat is a total dream. There's a bit of Nutella in the rich chocolate cake, and then there's also a healthy dose of Nutella in the buttercream. The end result is a super moist, decadent chocolate cake that has just enough Nutella to make those hazelnut notes come out — and it looks gorgeous! Not everyone loves the look of a naked cake, but trust us, it's a whole lot easier than trying to get the sides of your cake perfectly smooth. It's a great recipe for when you want a dessert that makes a splash but isn't actually that tough to pull together.
Baked desserts aren't the only place you can indulge your Nutella obsession — why not incorporate it into your ice cream as well? This recipe from All Day I Dream About Food incorporate all your favourite flavours from a Nutella cheesecake without actually requiring you to make a cheesecake, which is pretty cool. There are hazelnuts, there's cream cheese, there's greek yogurt, there's vanilla... it's got quite a few ingredients mixed in, but trust us, it's way more delicious than any ice cream you'd buy at the store. Plus, you can tailor it specifically to your taste buds, adding a bit more or less of certain flavour components if you'd like.