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  • Writer's pictureMari

Peanutella Cookie Squares

I bought Nutella for the first time in YEARS for isolation and on my first Nutella sandwich, I couldn’t remember why I hadn’t had it in so long. 2 months in it all came screaming back...I have succumb to eating it straight out of the jar. And I know I can’t be the only one - so when you need a break from licking it right off of a spoon, you can make these tasty little gems. Crispy and crumbly, these cookie squares are best served the old fashioned way - with a big glass of milk... and a spoonful of Nutella.

Makes 9-12 squares


3/4 cup softened butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup rolled or quick cook oats

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

3 tbs chocolate hazelnut spread (like Nutella)

3 tbs peanut butter

6-8 Ferraro Rocher chocolates, chopped into small pieces (you can replace this with 1 or 2 of your favourite candy bar, chopped up)


1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line a deep square (9 inches) or rectangle pan (9 inches by 12 inches) with parchment paper or foil, and spray with cooking spray or grease with butter.

2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the butter and brown sugar. Cream with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at time, beating well to incorporate after each addition, as well as the vanilla. Turn the mixer up to high and beat for 4-5 minutes, or until pale and fluffy.

3. In another bowl, add the flour, oats, salt, and baking powder. Stir to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mix and stir with a wooden spoon until fully incorporated.

4. Dump the dough out into your greased and lined pan, and press the dough into the bottom to fully cover. Drop the chocolate hazelnut spread and peanut butter in small scoops over the dough, and use a spoon to spread them out over the entire top. Top with the crushed Ferraro Rochers or whichever candy bar you are using.

5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until fully cooked through. Let cool for 30 mins before lifting from the pan onto a cutting board and cutting into squares (9 if you used a square pan, 12 if you used a rectangle pan). Sprinkle with a touch of salt and serve with tea, coffee, or a glass of milk.


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