If you like Nutella, you will love these bars. The only bad part about these is that you need to have Nutella in the house. That is not a good thing for me as I cannot resist that little jar of gooey, wonderful, happiness traveling down to my belly (that is in memory of my father in law). Of course when I was shopping for the ingredients, I had to buy the largest jar because “I didn’t really know how much the recipe would call for”. I tried to hide it up on the top shelf, but seriously how hard is it to get the ladder out of the garage.
When baking these make sure you do not over bake them. I baked them a little too long and they were too crunchy for my liking. I like these kind of bars soft and chewy.
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cups nutella
1/2 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts
Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8 inch square baking pan. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside. In a mixer, cream butter and sugars on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix well. With the mixer on slow speed, slowly add the flour until combines Gently press half of the dough into the bottom of the pan. Evenly spread the Nutella over the dough. Gently press the remaining dough on top of the Nutella. Sprinkle the hazelnuts on top, gently pressing again. You may sprinkle with a little more of the sea salt if desired
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cut into bars. ( I like to cover the bottom of my pan with parchment so I can lift the bars out to cut.)