Did you know that today you are supposed to celebrate Nutella? Yep! It’s the 5th annual World Nutella Day! And you should dig in with your spoons without any thought or guilt. Better yet, you should go into that kitchen and make these Mini Nutella Cheesecakes.
My sister and I grew up on hazelnut spread, or Eurokrem (hazelnut spread made in Macedonia), or Nutella. At least once a day we would be treated to a slice of bread with Nutella spread all over it. But, when we came to the States in 1989 my mom and dad could not find it in any of the surrounding grocery stores. As you can imagine, we were all really disappointed. Nutella on a piece of bread for us was like a PB and Jelly sandwich for the others. But PB and jelly didn’t measure up back then; our taste buds were not used to it. In all honesty, we were turned off by the thought of peanuts made into butter. (Don’t worry, not anymore…I love that stuff!)
The great news is that now I can go to my local grocer and get my jar of Nutella – thank goodness – and I can do a lot more than just spreading it on a slice of bread!
As often as I possibly can, I make cheesecakes. I love cheesecakes. This cheesecake was inspired by my love for Nutella, cheesecakes, and Valentine’s Day. But the mini version of it was inspired by Laurie, author of Food is Love. As I was going through all the food blogs last week, I came across her post about making delicious desserts fast. She had some great options and I especially liked the idea for the cheesecakes because one, as I stated, I love cheesecakes, two, mini versions of anything are always cuter, and three, I had already planned to make this Nutella cheesecake so to celebrate its Day with the rest of the world; Ms Adventures in Italy, Bleeding Espresso, and World Nutella Day! Check them out as they all have incredible recipes made with Nutella!
Mini Nutella Cheesecakes
- 2 (8 oz) packages of Cream Cheese, softened
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup Nutella
- 36 Nilla Wafers
- Red Food Color , optional
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a large mixing bowl combine eggs and sugar and beat until fluffy.
- Mix in Nutella and beat until combined.
- Add Cream Cheese and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
- Add food color; about 8 drops, and mix. (optional)
- Prepare the cupcake pan with mini paper baking cups.
- Add one Nilla wafer into each cup.
- Evenly divide cheese mixture into each liner; about 3/4 full.
- Bake 30 minutes.
- Let completely cool.