If you’ve already got the jar of Nutella out, and if you haven’t used all of it in your Nutella-graham cracker bars, it’s time to get serious. Remember those pretzel cookie-dough truffles? They’re re-vamped here, except with chocolate and hazelnut, and it’s probably a good idea for you to try them.
Speaking of good ideas, I’m in the market for a few of those. It’s been suggested for a while that I sell some of the stuff that I bake – specifically, those pretzel things and their offshoots – and I haven’t been able to think of any good names under which to offer them. I also haven’t been able to wrangle any out of friends that aren’t dirty and largely prohibitive, marketing-wise (“Stripper Treats” was one suggestion), so I beg of you…please help. Although, let’s be honest, I’ll probably appreciate them regardless. Also, I promise free baked goods to the winning suggestion! 🙂
Again, I’m going to recommend that you rustle up some hazelnut extract for these truffles (included in the recipe below; if you can’t find any, just use all vanilla), because honestly, these weren’t hazelnutty enough for this Nutella lover. But when it comes down to it, it’s still chocolate and graham crackers and Nutella and more chocolate, and I’d be very confused if anyone was truly unhappy with that.
Nutella-Graham Cracker Truffles
2 packages graham crackers (there are usually three packages in a box), crushed to fine crumbs in a food processor
1 13-0z. jar Nutella
1/2 stick butter, very soft
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons hazelnut extract
1 cup flour
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 cups chocolate chips
1/3 stick butter
3 oz. blanched almonds, chopped and toasted
In a large bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, salt, flour, and cocoa. Beat in butter and extracts until thoroughly combined. Stir in Nutella.
Roll mixture into 1/2- to 1-inch balls. Place on wax paper; set aside.
Melt chocolate with 1/3 stick butter until smooth. One by one, dip balls into chocolate (stop laughing) and set on wax paper. Sprinkle immediately with almonds. Cool.