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Nutella and Dulce de Leche Whoopie Pies

This is my last one. I promise.

But it’s so tempting this time of the year to do all the decadent things. Lots of chocolate, lots of wine. Right? Tomorrow we die(t)!

Nutella and Dulce de Leche Whoopie Pies

The inspiration for the recipe comes from my friend Fred. He is an amazing baker. Pies are his specialty. For Christmas, he gave me a jar of dulce de leche. Now, as much as I love that caramel treat, it’s not something I normally buy or keep in the house (which is why it makes such a great gift). And it’s really not something I usually make. It’s a complicated procedure that involves boiling an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk, and quite frankly, the thought of making it scares the crap out of me.

We had it on some crepes with some sauteed apples when I had the gals over for brunch, and it was fiiiiine.

But I still had the better part of a jar leftover, and I began brainstorming ideas about what to do with the leftovers. And then it hit me! Nutella! Wouldn’t Nutella and dulce de leche be the perfect pair? And for Valentine’s Day, what could be better than a whoopie pie?

These are pretty freaking awesome, let me tell you.

Nutella and Dulche de Leche Whoopie Pies

Nutella and Dulce de Leche Whoopie Pies

Ingredients:

For the cookies:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/3 cup Nutella (plus maybe a little more)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups AP flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup dulce de leche (warm it a little to make it easier to pour)
  • 2 cups icing sugar (plus extra if needed)
  • 1 tbsp whipping cream or evaporated milk (lower fat option)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

To make the cookies:

In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the butter and sugars. Cream well. Add egg and vanilla and cream some more.

Mix together the dry ingredients and sift the cocoa powder so there’s no lumps. Then add the dry ingredients into the wet, and mix until incorporated.

Roll the cookies into 1 1/2″ balls and place on a cookie sheet. Flatten them slightly with the bottom of a glass.

Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 9 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool on wire racks.

To make the icing:

In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter with the dulce de leche.

Add the icing sugar and mix until incorporated. Add the vanilla. Mix again. Now, slowly add a little of the cream at at time, until the icing becomes smooth, and the right consistency for spreading. If it’s too runny, add more icing sugar.

To make the whoopie pies:

Place one cookie face down on your work surface. Drop a blob of about 1-2 tbsp of icing on top of it, and then spread it out. Drizzle a little more dulce de leche on top. Top with another cookie to make a sandwich.

 

Best Chocolate Recipes For Valentine’s Day

I am a big fan of homemade gifts. Every year, I make up dozens of cookies of at Christmas to give to friends and family. If it’s your birthday, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll get something homemade and fattening from me.

Valentine’s Day is no exception. I have been accused of trying to make my sweeties fat in the past, and I am most likely guilty. I can’t help it–if I like you, I want to make you yummy things. It’s just my way of showing I care.

best chocolate recipes for valentines day including gluten free and vegan

I went back through my recipe archive and pulled for you all of my favourite chocolate recipes, including ones that are vegan and gluten-free. There’s something here for everyone.

Have some fun making something nice for your sweetie. And remember–only you can add the secret ingredient… love. Awww.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go take an insulin shot. I might die from all this sweetness.

Best Chocolate Recipes for Valentine’s Day

 

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies (chocolate and bacon in a bed of soft cookie dough…)

Chocolate Souffle (so easy a 10-yr-old could make it!)

Chocolate Beer Cake (let’s just say my sweetie flipped for this one)

Decadent Chocolate Brownies Made with Wine (chocolate and red wine? Hells to the yes)

Miniature Brownies for Valentine’s Day (my fave recipe of all time–I make this one every year, it’s my go-to)

 

Vegan

Chocolate Donuts with Salted Caramel Glaze

Fudgy Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

 

Gluten Free

Gluten-free Chocolate Cupcakes

Gluten-free Fudgey Chocolate Cookies

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce