A festive treat made with chocolate hazelnut spread, puff pastry and orange zest. This Nutella puff pastry snowflake couldn’t be easier to make yet it looks so stunning!
A few weeks ago I received a copy of the much anticipated Holiday and Celebration Breads in Five Minutes a Day (affiliate link). If you aren’t familiar with the Bread in 5 blog, hop on over and check it out! It will have you baking bread like a pro in no time- seriously!! While this particular recipe isn’t from their book, it was inspired by one of their recipes: star bread.
Star bread is a sweet, brioche bread filled with just about anything you can think of. Cinnamon, jam, nut butters, pesto etc. I wanted to take that idea and transform it into something even easier! This Nutella puff pastry snowflake only requires 5 ingredients and about 10 minutes of hands-on prep. It’s so easy my 3 year old made it almost entirely by herself. ??
Ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe:
- Puff pastry
- An orange
- An egg
- Powdered sugar
THAT’S IT. Seriously, that’s it!! I know, I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. How can something so pretty be so simple?
Grab a jar of Nutella or Hershey’s chocolate spread if that’s more your thing (cute toddler hands not included ?) and an orange, a good size one.
Let your puff pastry thaw while you’re prepping ingredients. Depending on the temperature of your kitchen, this takes anywhere from 30-40 minutes. Cut the puff pastry sheets into 9-inch round circles. I used a cake pan as a guide and my pizza cutter as the knife. Discard or freeze the scraps. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet (cutting on a silicone mat can damage it, which is why I opted for parchment instead).
There’s no need to warm the Nutella. It should be spreadable at room temperature. Warming the Nutella will cause the puff pastry to soften which is not what we want! Use an offset spatula to spread an even layer over top, leaving an half inch border around the edges.
Zest the orange over the Nutella, the place the second round of puff pastry over top. Press gently to seal the edges.
Using the pastry wheel or pizza cutter, divide the dough into quarters. I left a pretty generous amount of space in the center, but it turns out that wasn’t really necessary. An inch is plenty. Then divide the dough into eighths, then sixteenths.
Grab two pieces or sections and twist them away from each other three times, then press the two ends together to make a point. Repeat until you have 8 points or “arms” to your snowflake.
Brush the snowflake with a light coat of egg wash, then place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and fully baked. Keep an eye on it, just make sure the center isn’t doughy.
Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 20 minutes before dusting with powdered sugar. This is totally optional, but it does make it appear more like a snowflake. ❄️
Serve this as a party appetizer or make it with your kids, they will love helping!
P.S. You can easily customize this snowflake with whatever fillings you like. Just make sure they’re not too clumpy or wet or you’ll end up with a mess!
LOOKING FOR MORE NUTELLA RECIPES? TRY THESE:
- Healthier Homemade Nutella
- Nutella Cheesecake Brownies
- Nutella Twists
- No-Bake Nutella Brownie Cheesecakes
- Nutella Stuffed Pumpkin Doughnut Holes
- Nutella Brownies
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Nutella Puff Pastry Snowflake
- 2 sheets puff pastry - thawed and cut into 9-inch rounds
- 1/2 c. Nutella
- Zest of a large orange
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 2 tbsp. powdered sugar - for dusting (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the first round of puff pastry onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Using an offset spatula, spread the Nutella over top, leaving a 1/4-inch rim around the outside uncovered. Zest the orange over top.
- Place the second round of puff pastry over top, press gently to seal. Mark the center of the circle. Using a pastry wheel or pizza cutter, cut the circle into fourths, leaving about a half inch of uncut dough in the center. Continue by cutting the fourths into eighths, then the eighths into sixteenths. You should have sixteen sections.
- Grab two sections and twist them away from each other three times, then press the two ends together to make a point. Repeat until you have 8 points or "arms."
- Brush the snowflake with a light coat of egg wash, then place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and fully baked.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes before dusting with powdered sugar, if desired.