Nutella Buttons, and Why I Will Never Be A Skinny-Minny

One bite buttons. Four buttons is a reasonable serving size, right? Maybe more?

One-bite buttons. Four buttons is a reasonable serving size, right? I mean, they’re so tiny. So really, when you think about it, I should eat more, right? Easily done!

Earlier this week, I popped my head into the DH’s man-cave and shook a jar of Nutella in his face.

Me: Sweetie, don’t eat any more Nutella! Because I need it for a recipe.

DH: I haven’t had any.

Me: But it’s half gone!

DH: I haven’t had any, I swear.

Me: Really? Um…never mind!

Later that week:

Me: Sweetheart, can you buy some Nutella when you go shopping?

DH: But I bought some!

Me: *sheepishly and in a small voice* I ate it all.

Shopping together a few days ago:

Me: Oh, here’s the Nutella! Let’s get this jar, it’s on sale.

DH: *takes small jar out of my hands and puts it back on the shelf* *reaches for biggest jar* We need this one. Actually, we should get two.

Me: No, it’s not healthy for me.

DH: *looks at me pointedly*

Me: What!?!

So yeah. I ate an entire jar of Nutella. By myself. In the space of a week. But it was just so goooood! And…confession time…I’m eating some more as I type this.

In the middle of the dolloping, but pre- spoon-licking.

In the middle of the dolloping, but pre- spoon-licking.

My on-line bake-a-long group is making Nutella Buttons from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi cookbook this week, which is why I had Nutella in the house to begin with. The Nutella Buttons are these cute little mini cupcakes with Nutella in the centre and ganache on top. Although in my case, because you know I had to change something in the recipe, I used homemade Magic Shell as a topping.

Dolloping is done and spoons are licked!

Dolloping is done and spoons are licked!

It’s surprising easy to make them, although you do have to whip the egg whites separately and then fold them in. But aside from that bit of fiddly-ness, you just make a vanilla batter, dollop a bit in a muffin liner in a mini muffin tray, dollop a teeny bit of Nutella on top of the batter dollop, and finish it off with another dollop of batter. (And yes, dollop is my new favourite word.)

Post-dolloping, pre-dunking.

Post-dolloping, pre-dunking.

Once you’re done dolloping, you just bake them as you would any cupcake, and then let cool. Dorie suggests icing with a chocolate ganache, but I think a chocolate frosting would be nice too. I had some homemade magic shell in the fridge (chocolate mixed with coconut oil, basically) so I melted some in a container, and dipped the buttons in that. They turned out pretty well, and I can totally see serving these with tea for the chocoholic in your life. Or in my case, sending them into work with the DH so that I don’t eat them all.

Because you know that I totally would. (Along with another dollop of Nutella!)

Next Post: Rosemary and Aged Cheddar Foccaccia. Seriously easy!

32 thoughts on “Nutella Buttons, and Why I Will Never Be A Skinny-Minny

  1. jora

    Nutella is delicious, isn’t it? I used to love Nutella sandwiches. I enjoyed these, but found myself wishing they had even more Nutella in them.

    1. Margaret Post author

      I think everyone will agree that more Nutella is always A Good Thing. 🙂 So yes, I think they would have been even better with more Nutella!

  2. Cakelaw

    LOL, I eat Nutella out of the jar too – whic is why I only bought a small jar. These were delish. I also only made a half batch for the same reason …

    1. Margaret Post author

      I should have done what you did, and only made half a batch. Because…then there would have been more Nutella for meeeeee! 🙂

  3. Margrét Jóhanna

    We love nutella as well. I hid the nutella until I had finished baking, but still somebody found it and half the jar was empty.

  4. jane of many trades

    Skipped the Nutella in these, used Trader Joe’s Speculoos-suffered the same spoon licking and excessive nibbling you did. Taking these to work and hoping my coworkers will finish them off…

  5. Christie

    Too funny! My best friend’s mom can’t buy peanut butter because she will snack on it till it’s gone.

  6. Zosia

    I love the thin coating of chocolate, enough to taste but not take over. Nutella doesn’t last long in my house either – I have to hide the jar if I want to bake with it.

    1. Margaret Post author

      Glad I’m not the only one who has to hiding baking ingredients! Although in this case, hiding Nutella from myself just…doesn’t work. *grin*

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