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Chocolate-Hazelnut Pinwheels

Fact: There isn't a food blog that I have come across that doesn't have an unlimited supply of Nutella recipes.

Nutella brownies, Nutella cupcakes, Nutella ice cream, Nutella cake, Nutella biscotti, Nutella cookies, etc, etc.

I've always wondered what the rave was about it because surprisingly, I've never had it, EVER, in my entire life. You would think, since it involves chocolate, I'd be all over it. Well, apparently not.

When I saw these pretty chocolate-hazelnut pinwheels on The Novice Chef Blog, I knew it was finally time for me to become acquainted with Nutella. Cause these cookies were too cute not to bake.

My first thought upon tasting Nutella was hey! It tastes just like Ferrero Rocher!

My second thought was STOP licking the spoon, you're on a diet.

My third thought was alright, let's make these pinwheels...wait, there's still a little left on the spoon. I should probably lick it off, you know, wouldn't want any Nutella to go to waste now would we? (I spent $3.39 on a 13 ounce jar! And that was "on sale"?!)

During the process of making these pinwheels, I'm pretty sure I consumed enough Nutella to go into hibernation. Addictive is an understatement.

But I'm not going to spent this entire post ranting about Nutella because as wonderful a concoction as it may be, I'm sure you have all heard it before so let me not be overdramatic. It's good. You should try it. But you'll probably want to hide it somewhere because you will not be able to resist it and you will become obese.

Now on to the pinwheels!

They were delish. I was a tad bit nervous about the dough being non cooperative...which it was. It wasn't too bad though, I managed to roll it out and make I guess what were supposed to be perfect squares, but they all ended up being rectangles, resulting in uneven pinwheels.

But, having the "I will NOT fail" mentality that I do, I made another batch and this time, used a ruler to carefully measure out perfect squares, which resulted in perfect pinwheels.  Booyah.

Success was sweet. And so are these cookies.

Chocolate Hazelnut Pinwheels

Yield: 24 cookies
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1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1 large egg
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cups prepared chocolate-hazelnut spread (Nutella)


On a sheet of waxed paper, stir flour, baking powder, and salt. In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat sugar with butter until creamy. At low speed, beat in egg, vanilla, cinnamon, and cardamom until mixed. Gradually beat in flour mixture just until combined. Divide dough in half; shape each half into a disk. Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm enough to roll. (Or, place dough in freezer 30 minutes.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place dough on a floured surface with floured rolling pin. Roll 1 disk of dough into 10-inch by 7 1/2-inch rectangle. Remove edges with a sharp knife, to create a perfect rectangle. With a sharp knife, cut rectangle lengthwise into 4 strips. Then cut each strip crosswise into 3 squares. Place squares, 1 inch apart, on a parchment paper lined large cookie sheet.

Spoon 1/2 teaspoon Nutella in center of each square. With knife, make a cut from each corner toward center (do not cut all the way to center). Fold every other tip in to center to form pinwheel. Repeat with remaining squares. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

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