My Simply Nutella Saturday

Don’t tell me you have never done it before. Don’t go pushing your glasses up your nose and flicking an imaginary speck off your business suit. You are not making eye contact, just staring at your screen typing away, mouth set in a grim line while I accuse you. Don’t lie to me. I don’t know why you are lying to me. When everyone has done it before.

You look up at me sharply when I say that. You subtly look both directions before giving me a slight nod to continue. And I do.

Don’t tell me that you, Miss/Mr prim and proper sitting working like an average person with an average life has never gone a little of your head. Don’t tell me you haven’t sang at the top of your lungs (maybe not ‘We Found Love’ – that is acceptable) while butt-shaking around the house, iPod in one hand, air pumping fist with the other. Don’t tell me you haven’t gone and danced while baking, mixing to the rhythm and acting out the song when some batter falls onto the table. Just don’t tell me. Because seriously, if you haven’t you have been missing out.

Why did I do this? Why was I busting out in my kitchen using my wooden spoon as a microphone? Because it was my night. My night home alone with no one around. Just me, myself, my kitchen and my simply gorgeous singing voice ;)

That’s better…

You can’t judge me. No one can judge me. I was there in my element, rocking up my house. It. Was. Awesome. :D

You look at me, surprised I am being so open. You open your mouth but it just hangs, looking a little like a goldfish eating its flakes. I am exhilarated, and you are not. But you wish you were. I swing around and leave you sitting in your chair, gaping a little and twitching, fiddly and unsteady. ! know, even if you will never tell me. You have done it before. And now you are going to go home, chuck off those heels and do it all again. Because it is pure fun :)

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Yeah, I had an awesome Saturday. Sure I worked. But the morning and evening were the best parts of the day! And as I sit here after school, just the memory brings a huge smile grin to my face :D

I kicked off my morning (after a very late Friday night :)) with some Nutella oatmeal. Why Nutella? Because it is always Nutella after my friend’s birthday baking, I was having some serious Nutella cravings that even spooning did not satisfy :P

I had this wonderful recipe from the totally fabulous blog Simply Scratch bookmarked for a while. Had to use it and this was the most opportune moment :D
She actually has so many yummy oatmeal recipes but this one beat all (I wonder why?)

Fast, simple, super delicious and filling, it got me fired up to do whatever work necessary. I had to be free for my big finale night. For me ;)

Did I make changes? I increased the Nutella to 2 tbs – look at that gorgeous brown colour I got! Also, I added 1 tsp of vanilla essence. It doesn’t do too much, I just love putting it in everything!

Now comes the night. Do you remember the time, we fell in love, do you remember the time, sorry got side tracked, the songs from shuffle are still running through my head ;)
What I meant to say was: Do you remember this recipe? You don’t remember 5 sources of peanut butter in one cookie? Another lie. Tut tut ;)

Well I adapted it from the wonderful Picky Palate. From this recipe specifically. What I forgot to mention was that I made one other recipe from it. So adapted it may not be adapted at all anymore. Now do not get scared. I am very, um, retro I guess. This recipe is nuts. But it works. Oh yea it works.

Think Hedgehog slice meets fudgy brownie meets giant soft cookie for one.

You heard me: Hedgehog Slice meets Fudgy Brownie meets Giant Soft Cookie for ONE!

In this recipe you can add anything you want. I opted for a buttery shortbread slathered with apricot jam, frozen for 10 minutes, crushed and then mixed into the batter. Don’t think it works with Nutella.

WELL YOU ARE WRONG!

Sorry but you have to believe me. Jam and Nutella. Orange and Nutella. Jaffa Nutella. The newest and best creation ever. Genius. Love it. Want more. Enjoy.

Double Jaffa Nutella Giant Fudge Cookie For One
Loosely adapted from: Picky Palate

Want you want need:

  • 20g butter, melted
  • 3 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbs lightly beaten egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 1/2 generous tbs Nutella
  • 4 1/2 tbs plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbs chopped dried apricots
  • 3 tbs biscuit crumbs (slather one shortbread cookie in marmalade/apricot jam, freeze for 5-10 minutes until jam is set, then crush)
  • **Oh, Oh Idea! Add in 1 tbs orange zest too!**

What you can are going to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper
  2. Mix the brown sugar and butter till combined
  3. Add in egg and essence
  4. Stir in Nutella (yum!)
  5. Sift dry ingredients over the top together. Stir until few streaks remain
  6. Stir through apricots, biscuit crumbs and zest
  7. Scoop mixture into middle of baking sheet and flatten slightly (there was very little spread for mine)
  8. Bake for 10-13 minutes till outside is firm to touch and inside is soft
  9. Let cool for 10 minutes before devouring letting it cool completely on a wire rack
  10. Serve with mango ice cream. Don’t believe me? Just try it ;)

Go crazy guys :D
If I can do it anybody can!

And before I leave you alone because I know this has been uber long and uber picture-esque (which I don’t think you mind ;)) here are couple of things I would like to share with you :D

  1. Ever been to My Beautiful Things? No? What are you waiting for???
    Amazing blog, amazing blogger, I was flattered that she decided to make the wonderful Lemon Polenta Cookies I made last week :D – She renamed them Jewel Cookies because of the beautiful look of raisins (she used craisins) in them – how cool is that! Aren’t they gorgeous :D
    Check out her gorgeous method slideshow here!
  2. I know I have been showing you many a food pic but just a little something to get you jealous – after weeks of nuts and chocolate and cranberries, meet my newest study companion:
    Don’t judge me! My half yearlies are straight after my holidays (gaah…) ;)

Note to Kimby and An Irish Village Pantry: Thank you so much for the awards my friends. I will be posting about it with my next post. Just wanted to let you all know so you would not be surprised it was not in this one :)

174 Comments

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  2. nazarioartpainting says:

    Oh my God! I am addict to the chocolate. I was looking your blog and now I am desperate looking chocolate biscuits in my home!
    Great blog I love it.

  3. This post inspired me too but perhaps in an unexpected way! I made more polenta cookies, this time with choc chips and orange, (good but not as good as the lemony ones) and was left with more egg whites so I decided to make meringues and sandwiched then together with Nutella! That was some sugar hit!!

    Thanks agin for a fabulous entertaining and inspiring blog.

    • Wow your kitchen was sugar heaven – what a great way of using up ingredients and satisfying too :D
      Jaffa polenta cookies? YUM :)
      And thank you very much for such kind words my friend – your comments always make my day!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  4. Deeps @ Naughty Curry says:

    mmmm, droolinga ta ll that nutella! it never lasts at my house, i buyt a jar thinking il use it to bake some recipe but before i know it its over (i cant stop from eating it by the spoonfuls!)

  5. You’re so funny! I was in stitches, halfway through! I’ve got a confession to make though, I’m not a fan of nutella BUT I love chocolate and I love peanut butter so please don’t hate me!!! Another indulgent gem!

  6. Kathryn says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting on my Can’t be Beet bars recently. I keep coming over to comment but get distracted by all your beautiful posts! Your blog is so much fun and I’m enjoying everything I’ve read – but what to try first????

    • My pleasure :D
      And it is so nice to hear you are enjoying my blog so much!
      Defintiely, when in doubt, start from ice cream – that is my favourite part of blog hunting :)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  7. kale @ tastes good to me! says:

    Ooh, I am pleased to meet your newest study companion. Perhaps you could arrange a meeting in person? I would be all over that bag of candy!

  8. spicegirlfla says:

    Oh girl…I always have my music playing when I’m in the kitchen!! Dancing, yes! singing…well not so much! But you will always catch me moving my hips! Nutella in your oatmeal – probably every child’s dream come true!! I’m thinking I might need to give that a try!

  9. Katerina says:

    If I was home alone not only would I sing but I would probably sing, dance and generally do whatever crazy thing I want. It is not very common when you have a family to be all alone at home. This is a reason to celebrate. The fudge cookie seems very appropriate for such celebration!

    • I love how we both feel no family at home is a reason to celebrate – too nice ;)
      But definitely going crazy is a wonderful experience :D
      Thanks for enjoying this cookie so much!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  10. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I’m so silly I know that you always have some delicious sweet posting on your site, yet I came here again right before I go to bed… now my dream will be all about nutella and these delicious cookies – and you had it with ice cream? DROOL….

    • Haha I am just like you, visiting your blog amongst many before I go to sleep – then waking up in the middle of the night craving :D
      Thanks so much for enjoying my friend!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  11. Lisa at fLVE says:

    Hi. Thanks for checking out my blog earlier… :) I love Nutella and yes, definitely ate that straight out of the jar using a spoon….ohhh…so good. LOVE. I will definitely try to make these cookies and you know..I have put nutella into oatmeal before, but i just get one spoonful and then nib on it while I eat the oatmeal…Lol.

    • My pleasure – did not realise thought I would be meeting such a Nutella lover though :D
      I hope you enjoy the cookies and as for the oatmeal, put a generous spoon into the nutella and then grab ANOTHER spoonful to nib on ;)
      Yum!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

    • *Gasps heart with shock* ;)
      But I can’t not love you because you appreciate the finer things in life (um yum, gummies! :D) and are flexible to Jaffa taste
      And cause really you are just cool :)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

    • I am very glad you enjoyed this post my friend – I cater to chocolate lovers everywhere :D
      And thank you so much! I really appreciate the support and I hope you enjoy it :)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  12. I am guilty of all counts,the dancing , singing , you name it.
    Now back to the Nutella, I have been seeing chocolate oatmeal everywhere and I just can’t wait to try it.
    Now your cookie brownie hybrid is the very definition of temptation and I wonder how long I can rersist that

  13. April says:

    yum, I love the personal sized giant cookie. Wonderful idea…and nutella-yummm. The oatmeal looks good too, i am thinking nutella oatmeal cookies in the future :)

    • Thank you so much – I am a firm believer in single serving (big) portions ;)
      And nutella oatmeal cookies? Expect me at your door (at least your blog) when you make them – yum :D

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  14. Cucina49 says:

    What a fun post! Of COURSE I have sung at the top of my lungs while executing some bad dance moves around my house. My cat looks at me strangely, but I’ve done it. And that cookie…sigh.

    • Haha, I am glad you too see it as a necessity :D
      And I too have seen many a bird stop and watch from my kitchen window – oops :P
      Glad you enjoyed the cookie my friend :)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  15. LOVE this post! So funny…because when you started off….’don’t tell me you’ve never done it’…..I thought you were going to say eating Nutella out of the jar with just a spoon! Guilty as charged!!! I just love all things Nutella and you offered us so many in this post. That oatmeal…..wow! That would definitely have me dancing to my IPod! : )

    • My friend I am much honoured – thank you so much :D
      I am very very happy to receive this wonderful award!
      And congratulations on receiving it! You deserve it :)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  16. rotinrice says:

    Your cookie looks awesome! It would definitely satisfy any nutella or choc craving one is having. Nutella is relatively new to me but I can see why so many people love it. I tried it for a blogging dessert challenge and the post was really well received. :)

    BTW, thanks for visiting my blog. It is nice to “meet” you.

    • Thank you so much – I promise, no craving could withstand them :D
      And welcome to the wonderful world of Nutella – looks like you already can see its delicious benefits!
      And it was my pleasure ‘meeting’ you too :)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  17. Lisa says:

    OMG, as if the nutella oatmeal isn’t crave worthy enough, you give us giant fudgy nutella cookie! I love it! BTW..everything you said about my site, I fell exactly the same way about yoyrs! That totally made my day – you’re so sweet! xo

    • I am so glad you enjoyed this post :D
      And thank you soooooo much! Your blog is fabulous so you returning that to me makes my day – really I appreciate it :)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  18. kyleen says:

    So these nutella cookies that I keep hearing about? I really really really want to try them. They looks freaking amazing. Same with the nutella oatmeal. Sounds like you had an amazing day!

  19. Hi!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog :) My my… what a fun and gorgeous blog you have here! I am so glad I stopped by to visit… That giant cookie is just what I need right now! Such a cookie craving happening… I am not a huge nutella fan (sorry!) but that cookie looks perfect! Thanks for sharing :)

    • Thanks so much :D
      I can forgive your lack of Nutella because you have an awesome sweet tooth and love giant cookies :)
      Maybe a giant 5-sourced peanut butter cookie is more your thing ;)
      I am really stoked you visited and it was a pleasure going to yours!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

    • Aww don’t be jealous – just plan ahead (I seriously had too ;))
      And thank you – hope yo enjoy it when the time comes for your fheadbanging fist pumping :D

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  20. eliotthecat says:

    No judging from me here! I want some of that nutella oatmeal EVERY morning!!!! I would skip the cookies (really, I would).

  21. Judy says:

    Well, you were quite busy for a Saturday! Hey, thanks for stopping by Savoring Today and commenting, I really appreciate that and finding your blog too. Have a fab week, hope to see you again. :)

    • I certainly was :D
      And it was my pleasure – loved visiting my friend! Seriously glad you enjoyed my blog as well :)
      Hope you too have an awesome week!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  22. Justine Duppong says:

    That oatmeal looks amazing. Similar to what I just ate but different in its own wonderful way. I’ll have to try it!

  23. Heather says:

    Thank goodness I am not the only one that sings and dances while baking – I am especially guilty when I am baking bread , when Justin is in his man cave he can always tell when I am busting a move while kneading my bread – he just thinks it is hilarious, I can’t help it, it gets me into a good kneading rythem!

    I am also known to pick up the closest cuddly animal to me an dstart dancing away..that poor unassuming friend is usually my kitty spencer…he never quite knows what to think about my impromptu dance parties!

    • Haha I love it!! Kneading to the beat :)
      And also a soft spot for cute little animals – definitely cool :D
      Though I don’t know whether to be happy or a little scared for Spencer ;)
      Definitely scared if my scenario!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  24. Oh my God HA! You crack me up. Totally jam out, usually the whisk is a mic, and I love every second of it. This all looks and sounds really really delicious! I love the shortbread cookie/jam mixture in the nutella cookie, looks soooo good! And the nutella oatmeal sounds like an excellent way to start your day!! Sounds like you had a lovely little Saturday! Awesome post!

  25. NerdyBaker says:

    I need to do this to my oatmeal. Can you believe I ran out of Nutella? I LOVE the combo of nutella and bananas. It just looks so edible, do you know what I mean. That is it, when I come back from vacation I am buying the large double jars of Nutella from Costco.

    • I am so sorry for your loss :'( – though I am sure a quick trip will solve it and your oatmeal issues :D
      And the combo definitely was! And your idea rocks – have a great vacation (take some Nutella with you ;))

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  26. Ok, I have to admit after seeing this, the idea of “saving” back my nutella is nothing but a joke. Your monster nutella cookies are ones not to be missed. Girl no doubt you had a delicious weekend-wish I had been there! Enjoy the day!

    • Haha definitely – how do you ‘save’ nutella anyway? Too much self-control ;)
      I am so happy you enjoyed this post!
      Hope you have a wonderful rest of week :D

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  27. kitchenriffs says:

    Fun post! And a delicious sounding recipe. And a nice relaxed photography style – good job. Now I’m hungry – do I have any Nutella in the pantry? Or do I need to make a trip to the store?

    • Thank you very much :D
      And relaxed? More like does not own pro-camera style – but I do like the homeliness it brings in :)
      And a trip to the store would definitely be worth it ;)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  28. Ramona says:

    Okay my sweet tooth is totally satisfied after reading this post! Wow… all those chocolaty goodies look amazing! Yes… I think most people if they are truthful have acted completely mad from time to time and sung into their hairbrush or in the shower. LOL! I’m so glad you are loving life!! Have a great week. :)

    • After reading the post? Wow you are good with your control :D
      Thank you so much for enjoying it!
      And I am glad you agree with my need-to-headbang theory ;)
      Hope you to have a wonderful week!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  29. The Mom Chef says:

    You’re beginning to make me wish I loved chocolate. :) I’d say I could relate to the rest of it, but I don’t remember the last time I wore heels, or a suit for that matter. Working from home, I get to dance to the music all the time. Life is good (great).

  30. Hhahaha I’ve done exactly that!!! Sing on the top of my lung with a wooden spoon as my microphone hehe I love being home alone at night and being able to just bake and do whatever I want to :P

    OMG OMG OMG I love porridge and adore Nutella but I don’t understand why i have NEVER thought of putting it together LOL I have TOTALLY stealing this idea :D

    And that massive cookie for ONE is perfect for me!!!! I’m so glad you’re nuts about Nutella like me :P

  31. navane64 says:

    I am sure you love baking and thats why you enjoy it so much with doing so singing at the same time. Whenever I bake, its like licking bits and pieces of the sweet mixture without any dancing or singing.

    Great way of using oatmeals for this recipe and beautifully served with sliced bananas. That last pic looks so good and I cannot go on denial that its tempting very much.

    • That makes sense my friend – though you should try it :D
      Thanks very much – The oatmeal I consider healthy so if it is tempting you so go right ahead (and I love the contrast of banana’s colours with it!)

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  32. hotlyspiced says:

    That does look very indulgent. It is very rare for me to have a night at home with everyone else out of the house. I think the last time it happened was a couple of years ago. I went out and bought a 1kg pork belly and cooked it and served it with a caramelised vinegar. It was delicious, indulgent and I didn’t have to share it. Your cookies look incredible! xx

    • Nice to see you too like to enjoy your evenings home alone (though you are long due for another one :P)
      I am so glad you enjoyed this treat – thank you :D

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  33. Simply Tia says:

    Wow! you had a lot of goodies there this weekend. That oatmeal looks simply amazing. I just woke up. I’m starving and watching all of these yummy stuff is just torture. Whyyyyyyy?? Hahaha! Great job on everything. They all look fantastic.

    • I certainly did :D
      And I suggest, considering you just woke up, you give yourself a little morning push with this oatmeal (remember, key word is oatmeal ;))
      Thank you my friend!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  34. lovefoodcookfood says:

    I have sung and danced my through life! And I am not ashamed to admit. LOL Shame on those saddos that don’t or wont let their hair down! Love the recipe. :-)

  35. Dear CCU, I see you have purchased a new fresh container of nutella. You are girl after my own heart. Sinful desserts that just make we want to bake at 2 am. I absolutely love reading your blog. I know that I am getting older but recently having a physically harder time reading your recipes because the design of the flowers is over lapping some of your words. If no one else has mentioned this than no worries but I do love reading your blogs. Take care, BAM

    • Haha, it was new once a long long time ago ;)
      I am so glad I make you want to bake, thank you so much :D
      And yes, I have had other people saying this – I assume it is on a reader such as an ipad?
      If it is on a reader, switching to the mobile view is the best and easiet option otherwise it is hard. I have heard from others on this issue so if the mobile switch does not work, then of course I will incorporate frangipanis elsewhere :)
      Thank you for telling me!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

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