Friday, 2 August 2013

Nutella Orange Whoopie Pies and a review

Nutella is one of my favourite snacks so I was really excited when I was asked if I wanted to review a book of Nutella recipes. The book is by Jacqui Small and is called Nutella : The 30 Best recipes. It's in the form of a 3D nutella jar and is filled with a delicious collection of Nutella recipes. The recipes range from simple no bake recipes to more complicated desserts. There are 62 pages in total with a helpful conversion chart at the back.

The book is divided into the following chapters. I've included a selection of recipes from each section but there are a lot more in the book.
  • Little Nutella Treats - nutella financiers, nutella souffles, mini nutella croissants
  • Melt in the Mouth Nutella - nutella mousse, nutella creme brulee, nutella panna cotta
  • Nutella for Sharing - nutella mini swiss rolls, nutella and chocolate terrine, nutella charlotte
  • Amazing Nutella - nutella clusters, nutella macarons, nutella cigars

Each recipe is clearly laid out on one page and has an accompanying photo. There is a 1 line introduction to the recipe followed by information such as serving size and preparation time. The ingredients are listed in metric and cup measurements. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. 

It was difficult to choose to recipe to make as I wanted to make all of them but in the end decided on the Nutella and Orange whoopie pies. The whoopies pies were great - moist and crumbly with the chocolate hazelnut taste of nutella. The filling that I made was a little watery but it tasted good. The orange flavour was definitely there and it went well with the chocolate. 

My verdict - a cute little book perfect as a gift particularly for nutella lovers like me. The main plus points for me are the presentation (3D nutella jar) and that there is a photo for each recipe. 

The publishers have kindly offered my readers a special price for this book. Details are listed below. 

To order Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes at the discounted price of £7.00 including p&p*, telephone 01903 828503 and quote offer code JS229. Or send a cheque made payable to: Littlehampton Book Services Mail Order Department, Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 4264, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 3TG. Please quote the offer code JS229 and include your name and address details.

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 sample page

 main ingredients 

 adding the nutella 

 time to use my whoopie pie pan! 


Recipe from Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes published by Jacqui Small - reproduced with publishers permission

Makes 15 Whoopie pies (I made 12 large ones) 
 • preparation time : 30 min • cooking time : 10–15 min • chilling time : 1 hr

For the cream filling 
1 orange
75 g (5 tbsp) unsalted butter 
50 g (¼ cup) caster/superfine sugar 
1 egg 
75 g (¹/3 cup) philadelphia-style cheese

For the whoopie pies 
125 g (1¼ cups) plain/all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
40 g (3 tbsp) unsalted butter 
40 g (scant ¼ cup) caster/superfine sugar • 1 egg 
100 g (scant ½ cup) nUTELLA® 
20 g (2 tbsp) cocoa powder 
100 ml (scant ½ cup) semi-skimmed milk 
 a pinch of salt

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4).
2. Make the cream filling. Finely grate the orange zest and squeeze the juice. 
Melt the butter in a bain-marie or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Add 
the sugar, egg and the juice and zest of the orange. Beat continuously until the 
mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Beat in the cheese 
then chill for 1 hour. 
3. Make the whoopie pies. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. In 
a separate bowl, beat together the butter and sugar. Add the egg, NUTELLA®, 
cocoa powder and milk. Mix well then add the flour and baking powder mixture.
4. Place 30 small spoonfuls of the mixture on a baking sheet covered with baking 
parchment. Bake for 10–15 minutes. Remove from the oven, leave to cool on a 
cooling rack, then sandwich together with the cream filling. 

Disclaimer:  I received a free review copy from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I love chocolate & orange combo & these whooipe pies look delicious! Wish I can have some now ! YUM!

  2. Oh how I love nutella! Mmmm these look good and orange too, wow. I love chocolate and orange together.

  3. Look delicious my kids love nutella!!

  4. Chocolate and Banana is really nice

  5. I can't resist a chocolate/caramel pairing!

  6. I need this book in my life! So obsessed with Nutella! Chocolate and orange is the perfect combination :)

  7. lynsey buchanan5 August 2013 at 00:28


  8. I love pairing chocolate with orange

  9. Bizarrely, I love chocolate and cheese!

  10. That's a great book design and I love it when a book has a picture for every recipe, I don't think I've ever tried a recipe where there's not a picture. I know that's really unimaginative of me but still. I think I need to get me a whoopie pie tin, yours are so perfectly formed, mine always end up hulking and misshapen and I think that's why!


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