Recipe by GaylaJ
An attractive and tasty bar cookie adapted from Family Circle magazine. Using the Nutella as frosting makes this simple and quick to put together. Note added 9/16/05: Even though the recipe calls simply for an egg yolk, I would suggest using the whole egg as I believe they will hold together better. Thanks to Caroline Cooks for testing this change. :)
Top Review by e1hlywd_4419671
Made this as written (adding the whole egg, not just the yolk,) and while delicious, I found the Nutella layer to be way too thin. The bar/cookie layer dominated so I added another layer of Nutella, so double the Nutella in the recipe for the best cookie/Nutella ratio. The results were fantastic! I took them to a dinner party and they were raved about and gobbled up. Thank you!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄3 cup finely-chopped hazelnuts
- 1⁄4 cup chopped hazelnuts (I toasted these)
- 3⁄4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)
Directions See How It's Made
- Heat oven to 350°F and generously coat a 13x9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray (I lined with non-stick aluminum foil, allowing excess over sides of pan so I can lift them out to cut).
- Beat together butter, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla in medium-size bowl until well blended.
- Mix in flour, salt and 1/3 cup finely chopped hazelnuts.
- Press evenly in prepared pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until top is golden brown.
- Remove pan to wire rack and cool 10 minutes.
- Spread top evenly with chocolate-hazelnut spread, then sprinkle with remaining hazelnuts.
- Chill to set top, then cut into 24 bars.