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In case you don't know me already, I love food. I also love baking. The ballers over at Justin's sent me a full on CASE of all kinds of almond and hazelnut butters. Since anyone can just squeeze them and eat them (which I highly recommend), I figured I would bake with each. Everyone loves baking, right?
First up, the Chocolate Hazelnut. Here's the thing - I was really hesitant to try this. I love Nutella, and whenever I see "chocolate hazelnut spreads" I get really iffy since it just seems like a cheap knockoff of the original. But, I really like Justin's. Nutella is loaded with sugar and all you taste is chocolate. With Justin's, you really get a great hazelnut taste, and the chocolate is just there in the background.
What to bake? I'm on a really tight budget, so I didn't want to run out and get brownie mix or ingredients to make brownies from scratch. I've made Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies before, which are legendary, but I was far too lazy to bake 5 dozen cookies after working. To Pinterest we go! I found this recipe and tweaked it - 1 cup from the packets is about 8 packets, and I'm not wasting all my chocolate for a batch of brownies.
I split the recipe in half and used my mini muffin tin. Take about 1/2 cup of your Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut (about 4.5 packets), 5 tablespoons of flour, and 1 egg. Mix WELL (the batter will be thick) and add to your pan. Since I used the mini muffin tin and had no paper wrappers, I used some nonstick spray. I had enough batter to fill up 10 out of 12 slots almost all the way. The batter doesn't expand, so don't worry about it overflowing. Pop them in a 350-degree oven for about 10-15 minutes. They're done when you can poke the middle and they're not gooey.
So, what's the verdict? When they were fresh out of the oven I took a bite and was horrified. But, when they cooled down, I really liked them. They taste exactly like the hazelnut butter, so you get a really strong hazelnut taste. I would definitely recommend them - and they're easy enough that anyone can make them.
Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! And sometimes, real food!