Chocolate Forever Cookies with Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting + History of Nutella

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These cookies may be my favorite SweetMeets sweet yet. Brownie mix, cream cheese, Nutella, butter and 2 varieties of chocolate chips come together in a rich, super-fudgy cookie. Top with a Nutella cream cheese buttercream frosting and more chocolate chips for the ultimate chocolate overload. They’ll have you bellowing your new war cry of “CHOCOLATE FOREVAAAAARRRRR!!!!!!!!”

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our-growing-edge-badge This post is part of February‘s Our Growing Edge Blogging Event. The theme is, of course, love! This month will be hosted by Chinelo of Good Cake Day. This post is all about my true love, Nutella.

Nutella is the original chocolatey, breakfast-not-really-breakfast spread. It is insanely popular and has spawned many copycats. Today I’ll be looking into the history of this favorite PMS food. The Italian Ferrero Group produces Nutella and is very up-front about the spread’s ingredients on their website: sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa solids, skimmed milk, lecithin and vanillin.

Italian patisserie Pietro Ferrero first sold a sweet paste of cocoa and hazelnuts called Giandujo in 1946. In 1951, he began to sell a creamy version of his creation called ‘SuperCrema.’ In 1963, Pietro’s son Michele (Thanks, Dad.) modified the product and renamed it Nutella, with the intention of selling it throughout Europe. On April 20th, 1964 the first jar of Nutella left his factory in Alba and the product was an instant success.

Nutella Fun Facts:

In 2012, a French senator proposed a tax increase on palm oil (from €100 to €400!) which the media dubbed ‘the Nutella tax.’ Palm oil is one of the spread’s main ingredients.

February 5th is World Nutella Day.

The Ferrero Group uses up 25% of the world’s hazelnuts for their products.

In 2014, Italy released a commemorative stamp for Nutella’s 50th anniversary. It featured a jar of Nutella on a gold background.

In the US, Ferrero was sued in a class action lawsuit for false advertising by claiming that Nutella is part of a nutritious breakfast. It’s not. They paid a $3 million settlement and changed their labeling and marketing.

You could circle the world 1.8 times, cover the Great Wall of Chine 8 times or line the banks of the Danube River 26 times with the amount of Nutella produced in one year.

The amount of Nutella produced in a year weighs as much as the Empire State Building.

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Nutella in other sweets:

IMG_7888-2Nutella Pretzel Brownies from Chef in Training

baked-nutella-doughnuts5+srgb. Baked Nutella Doughnuts from Cooking Classy

_MG_0186 Nutella Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread from Indigo Scones

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Chocolate Forever Cookies with Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Servings: 2 dozen cookies
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

Chocolate Forever Cookies:

5 oz cream cheese, softened

¼ cup Nutella

2 tablespoons butter, softened

18.3 oz box brownie mix

½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

½ cup dark chocolate morsels

Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting:

½ cup butter, softened

3 oz cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup Nutella

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Directions:

Chocolate Forever Cookies:

Beat together cream cheese, Nutella and butter.

Mix in half of brownie mix until smooth.

Repeat with remaining brownie mix.

Mix in chocolate chips.

Drop by tablespoons onto parchment-lined baking sheet.

Place in freezer 15-20 minutes.

Bake at 350° F for 10 minutes.

Allow to cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes.

Remove to wire rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting:

Beat together butter, cream cheese and Nutella.

Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, and beat until smooth.

Spread a generous dollop onto each completely cooled cookie.

Top with additional chocolate chips and allow to set.

Store leftovers in fridge.

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