I adore Nutella because it's one of the most delicious and versatile ingredients in my cupboard. Its rich chocolate flavor and creamy texture bring life to so many of my recipes. My inspiration for this recipe came from my love of hot chocolate and espresso.
As I was formulating my recipe for these tiny but powerful hot chocolate hearts, I thought to myself, "why not add a little hazelnut goodness to bring this romantic treat to newer heights?" I did just that with the addition of Nutella. The outcome was a luscious sipping chocolate with an Italian flair. The perfect sweet for your Valentine this year!
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Makes 1 dozen
1 cup Nutella
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1.7 ounce instant espresso/coffee
1 cup powdered cocoa
2-4 cups steamed milk or piping hot water for lower calorie version
In a medium microwave safe bowl, melt Nutella and chocolate chips for 1 minute on high heat. Stir until blended. Cook for an extra 30 seconds if necessary to melt the chocolate chips.
Add instant espresso/coffee and blend until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firmly set.
Spoon 2-3 tablespoons cold mixture onto a cool surface dusted with cocoa powder, roll into a ball, with fingers press ball into a ½ inch thickness, dust heart-shaped cookie cutter with powdered cocoa and begin pressing out hearts. Roll each shaped heart in cocoa powder and set on a cookie sheet. Cover and refrigerate.
Steam milk until frothy or heat water to boiling, drop one Nutella Hot Chocolate Espresso Heart into a mug or espresso cup, pour hot liquid over heart, stir until melted.
Hearts can be refrigerated and kept for up to two weeks in an airtight container.