What’s The Easiest Sweet Treat You Can Bake? Perhaps It’s These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars
If you’re a beginner baker, there’s nothing easier to bake than bar cookies. All you need to do is mix, bake, and slice! While fudge brownies are the most basic type, you can try this recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl that’s just as easy to make, and sure to be a hit with chocolate hazelnut spread addicts. Feel free to choose your own fave swirl flavor—perhaps cookie butter or peanut butter or a combination of all of the above. Why not?
Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl
Makes 12 bars
- 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread, mixed with 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, room temperature
1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line an 8 x 12-inch pan with baking paper. Set aside.
2. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add sugar and stir until sugar melts in the butter. Transfer to a mixing bowl and cool until just warm.
3. If using an electric mixer, add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. You can also mix by hand.
4. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Turn off mixer and add flour mixture. Beat on low until flour is fully mixed in.
5. Spread batter onto pan. Spoon chocolate hazelnut spread in dollops across the batter’s surface. With a knife, cut through the batter to create swirls of chocolate.
6. In the preheated oven, bake for 20 to 35 minutes or until top is crusty and turns light brown.
This recipe first appeared in FOOD Magazine, June-July 2014 issue
Styling by Tina Concepcion Diaz
Photography by Paulo Valenzuela