Nutella proves a hearty pre-Carnival treat

No-bake Nutella peanut butter cookies are a quick fix for a nutty, chocolate craving. (credit: Courtesy of Melissa Hillier via Flickr) No-bake Nutella peanut butter cookies are a quick fix for a nutty, chocolate craving. (credit: Courtesy of Melissa Hillier via Flickr)

T-minus three days and counting. It’s almost here: the moment you’ve all been waiting for. On Thursday, Carnival — the biggest party of the year — will start with a bang.

These next few days are truly a test of your patience as a human being, and the only possible solution lies in the magical powers of the single best thing that has ever been packaged in a plastic container: Nutella. This magical concoction of hazelnuts and chocolate can make absolutely any problem fade into nonexistence. So to help you get through the next few days, here are a few recipes that can make the wait a little more appealing.

Nutella Cheesecake Brownies
Adapted from wishfulchef.com

Difficulty: Hard, but worth it.

For brownie layer:
¾ cup of vegetable oil
¼ cup of Nutella
2 eggs
¾ cup of sugar
1 cup of flour
¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
For cheesecake layer:
8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup of Nutella

  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF and grease a nine-inch square pan. For the brownie layer, mix the first four ingredients together until smooth, then add in the flour and cocoa powder. Pour mixture into pan and spread evenly.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the cheesecake ingredients until creamy and smooth, then pour over the brownie batter.
  3. Bake for 40–50 minutes or until the cheesecake has set.
  4. If desired, refrigerate until cool. Note that cheesecake fresh from the oven is also delicious.

No-Bake Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies
From thekitchn.com

Difficulty: Medium

3 tablespoons of butter
½ cup of sugar
¼ cup of milk
1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup of peanut butter
¾ cup of Nutella
2 cups of rolled oats

  1. Lay tin foil on a flat surface for the cookies to cool on.
  2. Combine the butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan and heat until melted while mixing.
  3. Stir in the peanut butter and Nutella.
  4. When previous ingredients are combined, remove from heat and stir in oats.
  5. Use a spoon to form cookies on the tin foil and allow to cool before eating — if you can wait that long.

Flourless Nutella Cake
From kirbiecravings.com

Difficulty: Easy

4 large eggs
8 ½ ounces of Nutella

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and grease a six- or seven-inch circular pan.
  2. Beat the eggs for six minutes, or until they have roughly tripled in volume.
  3. Microwave the Nutella for 20 seconds to soften it. Add about one-third of the egg mixture and mix thoroughly. Repeat twice until the entire egg mixture is incorporated. Pour into the pan.
  4. Bake for 20–25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Make sure to cool completely before serving.

An Almost-Empty Jar of Nutella Miracle

Difficulty: Easiest

An almost empty jar of Nutella
Ice cream

  1. When your jar has almost run out, scoop some ice cream into it and stir.
  2. Congratulations — you’ve officially performed a miracle that you can eat with a spoon.