These Nutella muffins use the fluffiest and most tender vanilla muffins with tiny hazelnut bits and swirled with Nutella filling.
What Makes These Nutella Muffins so Good?!
- They’re large and shareable (only if you want to share, of course!)
- They have a HUGE crispy muffin top, because let’s be honest, that’s the best part.
- Super fluffy and feels like the kind of texture you can’t just whip up on whim but now you can!!!
- Nutella swirls with a hazelnut crunch, mmm!!!!!
What is Nutella?
Nutella is a popular brand of sweet, chocolate-hazelnut spread. It was first introduced in Italy and made primarily from sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, and skim milk powder. Nutella has a rich chocolate-hazelnut flavor that is very sweet and indulgent.
It combines the taste of chocolate with a pronounced nuttiness from the hazelnuts, resulting in a smooth and creamy spread enjoyed on its own or as a delicious addition to various foods such as muffins, cake, ice creams, etc.
Other brands of chocolate hazelnut spread, even homemade versions, can also be used for this recipe.
Like I said, nutella can be used in just about anything. Try it in my Nutella Cake, Ferrero Rocher Cake, Nutella Cupcakes, and my newest Nutella Ice Cream. You can definitely never go wrong when you think of nutella and dessert recipes!
- Flour: I use all-purpose flour in most of my recipes and I HIGHLY recommend using a digital scale, as flour is so often over measured.
- Baking Powder & Baking Soda: We’re going to need both here and a lot of them to get that gorgeous muffin top.
- Sugar: please don’t cut the sugar, it makes the texture more tender. I use just granulated sugar.
- Butter: I like to use salted butter but unsalted also works, just add a pinch of salt.
- Eggs: I use room temperature, large eggs. Place them in hot water for a few minutes if they’re cold.
- Greek Yogurt/Milk/Cream: I found my favorite combination to be half Greek yogurt and half heavy whipping cream. I know it’s unusual, most people don’t use cream in muffins but I promise it’s so good.
- If you don’t want to use cream and you want to use milk, I would sub the greek yogurt for sour cream. The higher fat content helps keep these muffins more tender and moist. That said, you can also do greek yogurt and milk for a slightly healthier option. They’ll be good, especially right away but they might dry out a little quicker.
- Vanilla: you can use either pure vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste, or artificial vanilla extract.
- Hazelnuts: I found store-bought peeled and chopped hazelnuts. If you get them whole, you’ll need to either boil or toast them and peel the skin off before chopping.
- I chop them finely for a nice little crunch with every bite!
- Nutella Spread: if you can’t find the Nutella brand, any brand of chocolate hazelnut spread will work.
Step 1: Whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
Step 2: Mix butter and sugar in a large bowl, whisk together until well combined.
Step 3: Add one egg at a time to the butter-sugar mixture, whisking each egg until well combined and the mixture becomes pale and fluffy. Then add another egg, and so on.
Step 4: Add the Greek yogurt and vanilla and whisk until it’s smooth, then repeat with the room temperature heavy cream.
Step 5: Add the dry ingredients that you set aside and mix followed by the chopped hazelnuts mixing until evenly distributed.
Step 6: Rest the batter: Cover the bowl and let the batter rest at room temperature for 1 hour. This allows the gluten to relax and the leaveners to get a head start. (If you’re in a rush, 30 minutes is fine but definitely don’t go past 90 minutes or you’ll get a wonky bake).
Step 7: Fill the muffin pan with a small cookie scooper halfway and then add melted nutella before topping with another scoop of muffin batter and another swirl of nutella.
- Use a knife to gently swirl the nutella into the muffin batter.
Step 8: Bake for 5 minutes at 425 F and then reduce the oven temperature to 375 F, baking for another 13-15 minutes until the muffins are golden brown and spring back gently when pressed in the center.
Step 9: Remove and cool before serving
How to Make Muffins Fluffy?
Everyone loves and wants their muffins to be light and fluffy. Here are some things I found that help ensure yours will turn out that way!
- Use all-purpose flour and make sure to weigh it so you don’t over measure and make the muffins dry.
- Use fresh and active baking powder and baking soda. Use an acidic ingredient if baking soda is used, I use greek yogurt.
- When mixing the wet and dry ingredients avoid overmixing to prevent gluten development. Mix just until combined.
- Ensure room temperature ingredients (such as the cream and eggs) and always preheat the oven. Don’t open the oven door too soon during baking.
Frequently Asked Questions
Omg yes. What if you browned the butter (let it cool) and then made a chocolate ganache swirl and chopped pecans?! *drooling*
Or you can do a swirl of peanut butter instead of the nutella. Ok I haven’t tried that one but now definitely will!
Baked goods stay fresher when they’re frozen. Place muffins in an airtight container and then place the container in a freezer bag. Freeze for a few weeks. Bring back to room temperature before serving.
To get that gorgeous muffin top I increased the leavening agents a little more than usual. Allowing the batter to rest for an hour gives you the perfect bake but if you wait longer, the muffins will bake with a wonky, lop sided muffin top.
I haven’t tested this yet, but if you want to make the batter ahead of time, I would try skipping the baking soda.
How to Store These Nutella Muffins
I love a crispy muffin top but if you store these in an airtight container, you lose that crispiness. So I leave them out overnight and then after the first night, I store them in an airtight container or bag at room temperature for another 1-2 days.
You can refrigerate or freeze if it’s longer than a couple of days. I don’t like refrigerating because they dry out quicker so I freeze them and bring them back to room temperature before serving. Again, you’ll lose that crispy muffin top though.
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As always, have a blessed day and happy baking!
- 2 1/2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour spooned and leveled
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup (113g) salted butter melted
- 1 1/4 cup (250g) granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs room temperature
- 3/4 cup (170g) Greek Yogurt
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup (6oz) heavy cream room temperature
- 1/4 cup (40g) finely chopped hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup (150g) Nutella spread or any other chocolate hazelnut spread
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.2 1/2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour, 1 Tbsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt
- In a large bowl whisk together the melted butter and sugar until they’re well combined.1/2 cup (113g) salted butter, 1 1/4 cup (250g) granulated sugar
- Add in one egg and whisk until it’s well combined and has lightened in color, about 30 seconds. Repeat with the next two eggs, one at a time.3 large eggs
- Add in the Greek Yogurt and the vanilla extract and whisk until it’s completely smooth.3/4 cup (170g) Greek Yogurt, 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Add in the heavy whipping cream and whisk until it’s completely smooth.3/4 cup (6oz) heavy cream
- Add in the dry ingredients and mix just until there are only a few streaks of flour left.
- Add in the chopped hazelnuts and mix just until they're evenly distributed and there are no more streaks of flour left.1/4 cup (40g) finely chopped hazelnuts
- Cover with a lid, plastic wrap or a tea towel and set aside to rest at room temperature for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 425F (218C) convection (400F/204C conventional) and line 12 muffins tins.
- Use a small cookie scooper to fill the muffins tins halfway. Then microwave the Nutella for 15-30 seconds so it's a little more runny. Drizzle a little onto each muffin. Top with another scoop of muffin batter and another drizzle of Nutella. Use a knife to lightly swirl the Nutella into the muffin batter but don't over-swirl it so you don't lose too much definition.1/2 cup (150g) Nutella spread
- Bake the muffins for 5 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 375F (190C) and bake for another 13-15 minutes, just until the muffins are golden brown and spring back when you press on the center gently.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 10-20 minutes before serving.