Nutella No Bake Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Nutella No-Bake Cookies

Nutella No Bake Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Admit it, at some point in your life you’ve sat down on the couch with a spoon and a jar of Nutella and given yourself over to the undeniable sweetness. You’ve given up on life for five minutes, consequences be damned, and dug in, unadulterated, shameless. We’ve all been there.

It’s been a hell of a week. I know I’m not the only one who’s felt the need to push pause on reality for a few days. I’m craving safety and familiarity. I’m not in the mood, just now, to challenge myself or try something new. I’m wishing for a time machine or a magic wand or the power of mind control. But lacking supernatural powers, I’ll settle for cookies.

Nutella No Bake Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I didn’t quite go all the way to a jar and a spoon, but this may be the next best thing. Nutella No-Bake Cookies are outrageously simple to make, and except for the actual Nutella itself, I already had all the ingredients on hand. It does take a tiny bit of patience as  you have to let them set up before shoveling them in, but just take a nice cozy nap while you wait.

These cookies are sweet, chocolaty, chewy, and irresistable. Genuinely, your new biggest problem will become trying to stop eating them.

Nutella No Bake Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I know you can’t really heal yourself with cookies, but it probably won’t kill you to eat a few too many Nutella No-Bake Cookies for one day.

Nutella No-Bake Cookies
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Nutella No-Bake Cookies will erase all your problems by creating a new one, how to stop eating these cookies.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 cup milk
  4. 4 ounces butter
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. pinch of salt
  7. 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  8. 1/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
  9. 3 cups quick-cooking oats
Instructions
  1. Add sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter to a medium sauce pan and heat over medium low heat, stirring occasionally to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and allow it to boil for one minute before removing it from the heat.
  2. While your sugar mixture is cooking, make sure you measure out your remaining ingredients so that you're ready to add them right away. Once you've taken your pan off the heat, stir in the vanilla, salt, peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, and oats until combined.
  3. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to scoop out your cookies onto a parchment lined tray. Leave a little space as the cookies, especially the first few, may spread.
  4. Allow the cookies to cool completely. Store in an air-tight container in a cool place if you don't eat them all in one sitting.
Adapted from Shugary Sweets
Adapted from Shugary Sweets
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Nutella Fairy Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Nutella Fairy Toast

Nutella Fairy Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Can I just tell you how awesome it is to live in a country where it’s totally fine to just throw some Nutella on just about anything and eat it for breakfast without people thinking you’re a little weird? I love it. When we were at my in-laws house for the weekend, I got to eat croissants with Nutella, and it was totally normal. I’ve landed in the right place. 

They eat some crazy stuff in Scotland, and I’m open to trying quite a bit of it, picky eater that I am. Although I fear some of it might kill me. The SIL insists I try haggis nachos. There’s a cafe a few doors down from us that serves them. That will come soon. Everybody goes on and on about deep-fried pizza which you can get in most chip shops here. I’m not sure whether or not people actually like it or if it’s just there for entertainment value, but I’ve been getting some pressure on that front, too. I’m already 100% on board with Scotch eggs. Give me more!

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I’ve been seeing people put sprinkles on toast after coming back from Europe for a few years now, but when Joy the Baker actually put it in her book, I felt like it was totally legit, and I needed to make sure that everybody I knew actually tried this.

Guys, I’m not even going to “write a recipe.” Here’s what you do. Make toast. Any bread you have on hand will do. If you have something fabulous and eggy, even better. Not sure how it would work with super seedy bread, but give it a go if you like. I just used the everyday wheat sandwich bread we always have on hand.

Next, spread every last centimeter with your favorite chocolate hazelnut spread. Don’t be shy. Finally, get out your most colorful sprinkles. I find rainbow jimmies work best, but they brought me the little crunchy balls instead with my grocery order. It was crunchier, but still awesome.

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We need more fun in our lives. We need to bring joy into our day on a regular basis. What better way to do that than to transform humble toast into something sweet and delightful. Make yourself smile. Make Nutella Fairy Toast!

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Nutella Cheesecake Parfait | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Nutella Cheesecake Parfaits

Nutella Cheesecake Parfait | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Okay, the secret’s out. I can finally tell you. After months of dreaming and hoping and scheming and stressing, it’s final. We’re moving to Scotland!!!

For right now, I’m setting aside all the stress of applying for a visa and selling everything we own. I’m suppressing the sadness I feel about leaving my amazing job and my wonderful friends. I’m focusing on the excitement and the possibilities. I’m forgetting about soon being unemployed and dreaming about how I’m going to eventually decorate our apartment. Anything can happen.

I am already thinking about emptying out our current home, though. We’ve collected a lot of random ingredients in our kitchen, and I want to eat as much as possible before I go. Expect to see a lot of cocktails and recipes using various condiments in the next few weeks. And please come over and help us drink all of our booze.

Nutella Cheesecake Parfait | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I managed to use a whole lot of nutella in these Nutella Cheesecake Parfaits. Not gonna lie,  kinda wanted to just eat it all with a spoon, but I managed to actually make something. They turned out super tasty, but if I had to make this all over again, I’d do two layers of graham cracker and nutella cream cheese before topping it off with the whipped cream. You could also add some crushed hazelnuts and/or shaved chocolate to the top. But we’re trying not to buy anything unless we’re going to use it all. Sorry for the plain Jane parfaits, kids. This is real life.

And don’t worry, the only heat you’ll need for this recipe is to melt a bit of butter which you can definitely do in the microwave. It may be freezing in Glasgow, but it’s still disgustingly hot in my Honolulu kitchen.

Nutella Cheesecake Parfait | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Stick around, kids. It’s about to get crazy. Watch me try to figure out how to use British money, how to understand a Scottish accent, and how to find the @ key on my computer at my new job. Oh, plus totally awesome photos of a new country. It’s gonna be so so so so awesome.

Nutella Cheesecake Parfaits
Serves 4
Nutella and cream cheese are swirled together and piled high on a graham cracker crust for this totally awesome Nutella Cheesecake Parfait.
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 sleeve graham crackers
  2. 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  3. 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  4. 2/3 cup nutella
  5. 8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
  6. Whipped cream for topping
Instructions
  1. Crush your graham crackers into find crumbs with a food processor or pop them into a zip top bag and give them a good smash with a rolling pin. Stir in the melted butter, then divide your crumbs among four glasses or other small containers. If you want to do a double layer, obviously, hold half back for a second round. Stash this in the fridge while you get on with the cream cheese layer.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and nutella with an electric mixer until smooth. Now ditch your mixer and switch over to a rubber spatula. Gently fold in your whipped topping until you're pretty much streak free. It doesn't have to be perfect.
  3. Divide your cream cheese mixer between your four glasses. If you're layering, here's where you'd add more graham crackers and then another layer of nutella cheesecake mixture. Finally, top the whole thing off with a fluffy cloud of whipped cream and any extra topping you might like.
Notes
  1. Note that you'll use the entire container of cool whip to fold into the nutella mixture, so be sure to have extra whipped topping or whipped cream if you want to top off your parfait with it.
Adapted from My Baking Addiction
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