11/27/11

pumpkin-nutella fudge puddles

pumpkin-nutella fudge puddles

I wonder if I should even write up a post for these. Will anyone read it? Or will they just go straight to the recipe to read the ingredients, look at the photos again and then print the recipe?
Do I even have to tell you how amazing these were? My stars. When they were fresh from the oven and just filled with that filling? Blisssss.
You. Must. Make. These.

Inspiration came from the ever infamous peanut butter fudge puddles I made years ago.
Tempted to call these muffins, they do look like it, but they taste like a cookie. I make these using a mini muffin tin because I want the filling to have a nice, perfect little cup to stay in. Haven't tried making them as just cookies for fear there wouldn't be enough of a 'cup' to hold the filling. How horrid would that be? :-)

pumpkin-nutella fudge puddles

pumpkin-nutella fudge puddles

pumpkin-nutella fudge puddles

pumpkin-nutella fudge puddles

pumpkin-nutella fudge puddles
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cookie base:
1/2 cup butter, softened
Not quite 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 dashes of pumpkin pie spice (more if you like pumpkin-y flavor; I do not)
1/2 ts vanilla extract
1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 ts baking soda
1/2 ts salt

Cook notes:
You really want to slightly undercook this so it’s easy to add in the indentations and then the fudge. It will be hard to look for a “very light golden brown color” with the addition of pumpkin, so you can tell by touching the tops and if they give a little (not a lot) then it’s time to take them out. I mixed all by hand I don’t have a mixer, but feel free to use a mixer. I made the indentation in the centers using the other end of a spatula, re-wetting the end as I go along. If you don’t wet the end it will stick to the cookies. There might be extra filling left over. Store it in the fridge as it makes an excellent ice cream topping. To use later just reheat in microwave in short bursts.

In a large bowl, mix the butter, pumpkin, and both sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry to the wet mixtures.
Chill in the fridge for at least one hour. Remove from fridge and form into just over 1-inch balls.
Grease a mini-muffin pan and add 1 ball to each muffin cup. Using a wet spoon push the dough mixture down into the cups. (see photo)

Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes or until VERY lightly browned.

Remove from oven and make an indentation in the center of each ball (using the other end of a spatula), big enough to fill the middles with the fudge filling. (see photo)
Let them cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes and then move to a cooling rack.

Filling:
1 cup nutella
1 cup milk chocolate chips
4-5 ounces sweetened condensed milk
chopped walnuts or pecans (I forgot this step but it would have been fabulous, so please do this)

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips. Once melted add in the all the ingredients except the nuts, and mix well; make sure it’s nice and heated though. Then pour the filling into a heat safe measuring cup and pour the filling into the cookies. I found using a measuring cup helps the pouring go a lot smoother.
Decorate with chopped nuts if desired. In about an hour or more the filling does start to harden.
Should make about 24 – 30 mini’s

40 comments:

  1. love this recipe - would be perfect for a cookie swap...

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  2. These look so delicious!! Will have to try soon.

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  3. These remind me of some corn muffin nutella puddles I made last year. Except better...because pumpkin is always better.

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  4. Ha! I could barely read the post... I wanted to jump right to the recipe :) these look amazeballs

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  5. Mm, those look great and I just opened a big can of pumpkin!

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  6. These look incredible and now I need to check out the PB ones also!

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  7. I love the name fudge puddles (and yes I read the post)

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  8. Good grief, those look amazing. I cannot show my husband, the Nutella addict, or he will be begging me to make them immediately.

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  9. Ahhhh these look incredible! I love recipes that have fillings on the inside. Nutella and pumpkin would be a great combo!!

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  10. The moment Nutella is mentioned I am there!!!Now mentionit in the same sentence as pumpkin and I am all over it too.

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  11. It's a good thing we're not neighbors, that's all I've got to say. Awesomness!

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  12. amazing! I'm tempted to immediately go home and open up a can of pumpkin tonight!

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  13. Those look like so much fun to make! Already thinking up variations for Christmas, thanks for the idea. ; )

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  14. These look delicious so much more than just a cookie. Puddles of Nutella is fabulous, the Glam Teens love Nutella. GG

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  15. Oh boy. Bite size desserts are always the most dangerous...so easy to keep popping them in your mouth! These look scrumptious.

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  16. Oh boy! Bite size desserts are dangerous. So easy to keep popping them in your mouth :) Especially when they look as delicious as these.

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  17. fudge puddles? that sounds like what i use as a curse when i get angry. :)

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  18. Nutella obsession!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm right there with you!

    I made these cookies a while back, and am always looking to do more with this heaven sent spread!

    http://www.sprinklingofsugar.com/2011/08/nutella-cookies-3-ingredients-5-minutes.html

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  19. Perfection. I would have a problem not eating the whole tray.

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  20. Quel régal ce coeur coulant
    Je te souhaite un bon mardi, ici les gelées matinales sont arrivées

    Valérie.

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  21. Fudge puddle! OMG I can eat all of those alone :D

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  22. These must taste divine!! Love how easy they are.

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  23. These look lovely and sound amazing!

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  24. Thank you for your reply. Is that the premium version? I love what it does. I think I'll have to sign up for it. The tutorial looked easy.

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  25. Nuuh. These are out of control. Looks amazzzzing!

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  26. Fudge puddles. Sounds like something you would say instead of a curse! haha!! Loving the pumpkin nutella combo...delish!

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  27. The fact that you named these treats "puddles" is just dreamy. LOVE.

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  28. They look incredible. I'm so glad you found another way to use pumpkin. We're so limited in fresh food this time of year-- it's great to have another pumpkin option.

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  29. Nutella makes everything better. I use an apple corer to make room for Nutella.

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  30. words, what? did you say something? i'm too busy drooooooling over those nutella fudge puddles. seriously, i want one warm, right now.

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  31. This looks crazy good. I'm glad you posted that recipe.

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  32. My blood type is Nutella.
    *kisses* HH

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  33. Oh. My. Word. These look outrageous. Dangerously outrageous. thank you!

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  34. What a great idea! I adore pumpkin and chocolate, so this recipe looks like a winner.

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  35. Have you tried these with whole wheat flour? or partial?

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  36. This looks ridiculously amazing, and I have enough stuff in my dorm room to make this. It's a sign.

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  37. This recipe had delicious flavor. I added 1/4 tsp of the pumpkin spice, but I would add more to give it a more concrete flavor (I'm not too much of a pumpkin fan, but think this would really benefit the dessert). Also, I made the topping wrong in that I removed it from the heat after the chocolate chips melted, and then added the rest of the ingredients. The caused the filling to kind of get into a more chocolate doughey form. Next time, I will make sure that it is completely melted over the heat and poured at the last minute into the indentations. Overall, a great dessert!

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  38. any chance of swapping the nutella chocolate filling with a cream cheese one? i know gasp! how dare i suggest replacing the beloved nutella? i too love nutella but i prefer my pumpkin goodies with cream cheese frosting. any suggestions of how to go about doing that kinda combo? these look divine tho, i'm sure i won't be disappointed with the recipe as is.

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    1. Ohh that sounds good! Yes of course swap away!
      Why not just replace the nutella with cream cheese mixture?
      A simple mixture of cream cheese, powdered sugar and a spice or flavoring you like?
      Then just pipe the mixture in and you're done.

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