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Nutella Stuffed Cookie Traybake

Happy World Nutella Day! With a household of Nutella lovers, I cannot allow a day in honouring this delicious spread to go by without some form of celebratory treat.  Since World Nutella Day falls on a Monday I got to baking on Sunday.  I needed a quick, easy but delicious recipe as we were also making one of our homemade Sunday lunches. I decided to make a Nutella stuffed cookie traybake.  Evan woke up to the smell of freshly made cookies. One taste and he immediately banned me from sharing this batch with anyone else! As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. History of Nutella After World War II, cocoa was extremely scarce. An Italian pastry chef named Pietro Ferrero sought to overcome this shortage by combining hazelnuts, sugar and a small amount of cocoa This invention took the form of a block in the shape of a loaf of bread evolving into a spreadable form known as “Supercrema” in 1951. Supercrema was the precursor to “Nutella” which was launched in 1964. Chocolate Hazelnut Spread The traditional spread was a mixture containing approximately 71.5% hazelnut paste and 19.5% chocolate.  Nowadays however the hazelnut content is just 13% with the bulk of the ingredients being sugar and palm oil.  Sugar and palm oil may not sound all that appealing but this spread is so popular worldwide that factories around the world produce 1.35 million pounds of it every day! And 250,000 tons of Nutella are sold every year! Versatility of Nutella Nutella is a firm favourite in millions of homes worldwide, adding a touch of sweetness to a wide variety of dishes. Some prefer to spread Nutella on toast, others drizzle it over pancakes and others use it to make delicious baked treats.  Treats like our Nutella stuffed cookie traybake. Happy World Nutella Day We think our Nutella stuffed cookie traybake is the perfect way to pay homage to this much-loved spread. But, whether you choose to spread it on toast, bake with it, or simply enjoy it by the spoonful, we hope you have a sweet World Nutella Day. Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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Cookies for Santa

With our homes now fully decorated with our Christmas trees and twinkling lights for Christmas it’s time to start thinking about Santa.  As we all know, Santa absolutely loves sweet treats (don’t we all?!) and these Cookies for Santa will be loved by both Santa and everyone else! As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. A Cherished Family Ritual For my family, making homemade cookies for Santa is a cherished ritual eagerly awaited by both my children and I every year. It’s About Bonding and Creating Memories Baking together isn’t just about measuring flour and cracking eggs – it’s a bonding experience that creates lasting memories. These cookies are super easy to make, meaning that there will be minimum mess even when baking with really young ones. Skills Baking at Christmas (or any other time)  is a fun activity to be shared and enjoyed with our children.  Beyond the sheer delight of nibbling on delicious warm cookies, there are also valuable skills which our kids will learn whilst baking.  The best thing?  They won’t even realise there is a lesson involved! Teamwork and Collaboration In the realm of cookie-making, teamwork is key.  From dividing tasks to ensuring that the ingredients are seamlessly blended, kids learn the art of collaboration. These are skills that extend beyond the kitchen and which they can then put into practice in other aspects of their lives. Patience and Precision Baking is also a lesson in practice and precision.  Waiting for the cookies to rise to perfection teaches our little ones that good things come to those that wait. Meanwhile, measuring ingredients with care instils a sense of precision.  This is an invaluable skill which is essential in baking but which again is a great overall life skill. Creativity Now, when decorating Christmas cookies (as with decorating the Christmas tree) it is important for us adults to allow the little ones a little free rein.  Decorating cookies for Santa should provide children with a blank canvas on which to express their creativity.  Yes, they might not look Insta perfect but your children will have a blast and isn’t that the make thing? From vibrant sprinkles to chocolate drizzles, let them unleash their artistic flair.  This will foster a sense of imagination. Math and Science Without realising it, when baking, kids are delving into the realm of maths and science by following recipes with precision. We can also take the time to provide them with a little science information as they add each ingredient. Flour The flour is the backbone of the cookie.  Containing proteins and gluten it will give our cookies structure.  Mixing the flour with the wet ingredients is when the magic starts to take place.  But we must be careful not to over mix!  When over mixed, the gluten in the flour will result in tough cookies – not the result we want! Butter As you cream the butter and sugar we incorporate air into the mix.  These air pockets will expand as our cookies bake thereby giving us a light and fluffy texture.  The butter also helps the cookies brown and adds a delicious richness. Sugar Of course, sugar provides sweetness but it also helps retain moisture which again helps keep our cookies soft. Eggs Eggs act as binder to hold the cookie dough together.  They also add moisture and contribute to the cookie’s structure.  Eggs contain protein which thickens during baking, helping the cookies set. Baking Powder This is a little magic ingredient. When mixed with wet ingredients, baking powder releases carbon dioxide gas.  This gas gets trapped in the dough allowing it to rise and making the cookies light and airy. Happy Baking For us, Christmas baking is an important part of the Christmas Eve fun.  After all, the magic of Christmas lies not only under the tree but especially in the memories we share, one cookie at a time. Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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