For any of you who are healthy eating or those who have given chocolate up for Lent i apologise. For the rest of you, let me introduce to these mini bites of heaven - Nutella Cups. They are most definitely an indulgent treat but one i promise you won't regret.
I will share the recipe in this post for those who are interested but please don't be fooled into thinking it's mine, it's most definitely not. I found these Nutella Cups during a pinning session and i followed this recipe here - so all credit to this blog.
This is the first time I've made these and it did have it challenges - it was not an easy task getting the cups out of the muffin tray and many of them ended up breaking apart (i saved the best ones for this post) so i definitely need to find an easier way of doing that but i am really chuffed with how they've turned out. I really like Nutella; the combination of nuts and chocolate will win me over every time but i find Nutella can get a little sickly so these cups are perfect because they have just the right amount of Nutella in them.
Also, if you don't like Nutella you can easily swap it for some other chocolate - any that you can fit into the cups and will melt, will work just the same
1 Cup of softened Butter
1 Cup of White Sugar
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
3 Cups of All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon of Baking Soda (I actually used Baking Powder and they worked out okay)
1/2 teaspoon of Salt
To start, preheat your oven and grease your muffin tray ready. In one bowl; combine your flour, salt and baking soda. In another; cream the butter and the white and brown sugar until light and smooth, beat in the eggs separately and add the vanilla extract. Once it's all mixed together, add in the first bowl with the flour in and mix well until it's all combined.
Once you've done that, you will be left with a gooey dough. The original recipe does say to roll them into tablespoon sized balls but i just spooned them into the muffin tray because i didn't want to play with the gooey dough and it worked fine for me. Bake them for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. You don't want it to be a hard cookie other wise it'll be difficult to make the cups.
Once they're done, wait for a minute or two and then take a shot glass (or something similar) and press it into the cookie and this makes the perfect cup/well shape - i found this quite satisfying to do. Add Nutella to each of the cups, it's up to you how much i just added a small teaspoon and then went back and filled up if needed. The heat of the cookies melts the Nutella which makes it much easier to go back over and neaten up.
Leave for 15-20 mins, then attempt to remove them from the muffin tray and enjoy! They're really tasty and the perfect little indulgent treat.
Definitely check out the original recipe for these, it's the recipe i used and she also has loads of other recipes on there too. I'd also recommend trying some of the cookie cups when it's still warm because it's delicious. Writing this post is making me want to make some more.
Will you be making the Nutella cups?