There are many things I love about this recipe.

The crust, to start with. It's tender and flaky, and so, so incredibly easy. I try not to gush about food too often, but this crust really is something, people. You can make it in 1 minute flat. There's no cutting in of butter, no chilling, no fraisage. (If you don't know what that means, good for you. Although who knows, I might talk about that in a recipe one day.) It's made with vegetable oil instead of butter, but it is just as flaky and flavorful.

And then there's the filling, which is so incredibly easy and versatile. I mean, they're filled. with. Nutella. It doesn't get better than that. (By the way, happy Nutella Day!) Just add a dollop of Nutella and any other add-ins you want. I added a slice of banana to each pie, but you could do lots of different kinds of fruit.

Plus there's just their sheer cuteness. I might have said this before, but I love mini desserts. These pies would make a perfect treat for Valentine's Day.





All in all, these pies are pretty irresistible. In the words of my roommate, 4 out of 4 roommates agree that these pies are delicious. (And that includes the one that doesn't like chocolate. I know. Please feel sorry for me.)

Anyways, give these a try sometimes, and happy Nutella Day!

-Caroline

P.S. Many thanks to Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle from Bleeding Espresso for hosting World Nutella Day!




One year ago: How to Make Homemade Nutella

Click here for the printer-friendly recipe.

Nutella Hand Pies
Yields 12-15 Hand Pies


For the Crust
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
⅔ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup cold water


For the Filling
⅓ cup Nutella
1 medium ripe banana, sliced (⅓ cup sliced strawberries or blueberries would also work)


Assembly
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup raw sugar (see notes)



Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Make the crust. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the vegetable oil and water and mix until just combined. Do not over-mix.
  3. Roll out the dough on a floured surface. Cut out heart shapes with a cookie cutter.
  4. Place half of the hearts on an ungreased baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between each.
  5. Place about 2 teaspoons of Nutella on the hearts. Place a slice of banana on top of the Nutella (or a slice of strawberries or 3-4 blueberries.)
  6. Cover each of the hearts with the remaining hearts. Seal the edges of the hearts by pressing with a fork.
  7. Brush the tops of the pies with the egg, and sprinkle with the raw sugar.
  8. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake for another 5-10 minutes, or until the pies are golden brown.
  9. Let cool and serve.


20 Comments

  1. Love this! Flaky crust and Nutella filling...how can it not be a hit! And I love how easy it is to make. Great recipe! : )

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    1. Glad you like it Monica! Thanks for stopping by (:

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  2. Happy Nutella Day indeed! These look awesome, and I am dying for one right now!

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  3. Nutella is sooo delicious and these hand pies look amazing! Great recipe :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    1. Thanks, friend! Agreed, Nutella is the best (:

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  4. These are gorgeous and perfect and mouthwatering, all at the same time! I love the combination of Nutella and banana. It is a match made in gustatory heaven! And by the way, I was shocked to see that you made the crust from scratch. I was convinced it was puff pastry or something else premade. It's impeccable!

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    1. I'm so glad you like the crust, Nora! This is one is probably my favorite pie crust recipe (:

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  5. Love this recipe, Caroline! You know how much I adore chocolate hazelnut spreads! Thanks for sharing. Pinning!

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  6. Oh my I can imagine the wave of delicious nutella flavor! Thanks for the recipe :)

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    1. Glad you like it, Nicole! Thanks for stopping by (:

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  7. How did I miss World Nutella Day? Will have to remedy that with a belated baking and eating of these pretty lil' pies. :)

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! There's never a bad day for Nutella, World Nutella Day or no (:

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  8. You had me at "tender and flaky". . totally going to try this crust and these Nutella hand pies are adorable and perfect for Nutella Day and Valentine's Day!

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    1. Thank you, Alice! I love, love the crust, and hope you do too!

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  9. I meandered over to your site from nosh on it (scones) and have been poking around this morning and you have me intrigued with this crust recipe. I have only tried Nutella once and will add it to my list because I want to try this recipe. My question..how well do these hold up? Did they last long enough in your home to know? I doubt my son or husband will go for these so I wanted to know how long I had to keep a few for myself and then to share with friends, co-workers...someone! :o) Ellen Renee

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    1. Hey there! They were only around for 2 days before we ate them all, but I think they could last 1 or 2 more. It depends on what you put in the filling; filling with fruit won't last as long as just using Nutella. Hope this helps! (:

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    2. It does - thank you. Ellen Renee

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