Post-World War II Europe was experiencing a cocoa shortage in 1946 when a pastry maker from Piedmont, Italy named Pietro Ferrero decided to use a hazelnut paste with a little sugar as a means to increase the supply of spreadable chocolate. Then in 1964 his son refined the recipe and named it Nutella. Soon afterwards Nutella became a sensation in Europe, but didn’t arrive in the US until about 1983. Since then America has fallen in love with the smooth chocolate hazelnut spread that is used in everything from ice cream and cheesecakes to grilled cheese sandwiches.
A cookie that I think will become a new family favorite is the Nutella-Stuffed Cookie. It’s a simple brown sugar cookie with a center of gooey Nutella. Check it out at: