Sunday, October 9, 2011

Hazelnut Spread

Today was a party! Any excuse to make something new and delicious is OK by me. This time I wanted something simple and easy, something people can nibble...fresh strawberries, apple slices, an assortment of Pepperidge Farm and homemade cookies, all served with my cool creamy hazelnut dip.

Everyone enjoyed it (except my sister, she said it was too sweet for her, but 7 out of 8 people 'aint bad!)

This is a definite crowd pleaser. Make ahead and make plenty of it, I know guests will be asking about it and going back for more. This mousse-like mix is a wonderful and rich way to enjoy your favorite fruit and cookies that are usually dipped in chocolate.

Creamy Hazelnut Spread      Yields: 3cups
                                                                           Total Time: 15mins

1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 c chocolate hazelnut spread (Justin's Hazelnut butter or Nutella)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup heavy whipping cream (or 1 cup whipped topping)
2 tbl sugar
1/2 c chopped hazelnuts

Fresh hauled strawberries, biscotti, Milano cookies to dip

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, chocolate hazelnut spread, and 1 tsp vanilla until smooth.
2. In another bowl whip heavy cream on high with sugar and remaining extract until soft peaks form.
3. Fold in whipped cream and 2/3rds of the hazelnuts. Place in serving dish, surround with goodies to be dipped.
4. Garnish with remaining hazelnuts right before serving.
5. Enjoy!

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