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Years ago, a friend gave me a recipe for chocolate peanut treats that didn't require baking. I thought it was a quick and clever way to whip up a batch of sweet snacks without heating up the kitchen, and I started making different variations. This one includes luscious Nutella and crunchy hazelnuts. Yum! —Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 carton (8 ounces) spreadable cream cheese
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 2-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1 cup whole hazelnuts, toasted

Directions

  • Beat cream cheese, melted chocolate chips and Nutella until blended. Stir in cracker crumbs. Refrigerate until firm enough to roll, about 30 minutes.
  • Shape mixture into 1-in. balls; roll in chopped hazelnuts. Make an indentation in the center of each with the end of a wooden spoon handle. Fill with a hazelnut. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Let hazelnuts be the star in no-bake Christmas cookies like this. Or, for additional cookie ideas, see the favorite cookies in America, state by state.

  • Editor's Note
    To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
    Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 111 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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