Say Love You with Nutella and Jelly

My collection of heart-shaped cookie cutters is spread throughout my kitchen. From very tiny one-bite size to large ruffled nibble-with-a-cup-of-coffee sized cutter, they’re at the ready to cut whatever suits my fancy into a shape that says "Love You."

Brownies, chewy peanut butter oatmeal bars, lemon bars, pancakes — all can be stamped with a cookie cutter.

My phone visit with Sarah Piepenburg last week was the inspiration for the Nutella and Jelly "Love You" Sandwich. Sarah and her husband, Richard, own Vinaigrette, a Minneapolis store specializing in imported olive oil and vinegar. She told me she has drizzled the 18 year aged balsamic they carry in the store over grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. If it’s a good dessert made with peanut butter, why not Nutella?

It’s amazing how decadent a simple grilled sandwich becomes when it’s made with an ample slather of Nutella and your favorite premium jam or preserves. A dusting of powdered sugar and a drizzle of aged balsamic, as thick as syrup with a bright, fruity flavor, puts this delightful bread and spread concoction way over the top.

Lucky for me, my local food co-op gets a weekly delivery of whole grain breads from Postively 3rd Street Bakery in Duluth. I used their Oatmeal Sesame bread for these sandwiches. Use your favorite whole grain bread.

To create a panini-like sandwich without a panini-press, I put a heavy pot on top of the sandwich as it cooks in a hot skillet. It doesn’t get those fancy grill marks, but it does get thin and gooey. Each bite melts in the mouth.

Nutella and Jelly "Love You’ Sandwich is a great way to let the special people in your life know how much you care about them — anyday.

 Nutella & Jelly "Love You" Sandwich

For each sandwich:

  • 2 slices whole grain bread
  • Nutella
  • Premium Fruit Jam or Preserves
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Fruit syrup or Balsamic Syrup

 Lay bread slices on work surface. Spread one slice with a generous layer of Nutella. Spread jam on the other slice. Bring slices together to form a sandwich.

Spread soft butter on top of sandwich. Place, butter side down, in a non-stick skillet. Cook over medium heat until bread is golden. Spread butter on top side of sandwich. Flip over and brown. Place a heavy pot or pan on top of the sandwich to weigh it down, creating a panini-like sandwich. Transfer grilled sandwich to work surface. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut a heart shape from the sandwich. Remaining parts of sandwich become the cook’s treat.

Place on plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Drizzle with syrup. Serve warm.


7 thoughts on “Say Love You with Nutella and Jelly

  1. Yes! I have collected and used the heart shaped cutters(and cake pans)for more than 20 years. My husband’s family traditionally made all birthday cakes with one 8-inch heart shaped pan, handmade by his grandfather. I am in possession of said cakepan and the tradition continues. Our two daughters are the lucky recipients of heart shaped everythings in their lunches and fresh scones several mornings a week, the 12 yr old recently preparing her first batch. Keeping many traditions alive and well!

  2. I think I need to go and buy some heart shaped cookie cutters. Have a great Valentine’s Day!

  3. Ann, I love your family tradition of baking all birthday cakes in a heart-shaped pan. How lucky you are to have a pan made by your husband’s grandfather. What a treasure. We should all take your example, keeping hearts part of our daily “you’re special” messages to those we love.

    Lorie, once you begin collecting heart-shaped cookie cutters, you will find yourself using them a lot. They give a special touch to whatever they cut.

  4. These sandwiches are a kids dream, then again we love nutella on anything! Your recipe is tasty, beautiful, and easy!

  5. For a while, Goodwill in Superior was selling little boxes of 3 metal heart-shaped cutters. (I think they were sent over by the Target folks.) I bought several to use a extra gifts. I heart them.

  6. PJ, Isn’t it fun to find treasures in the second-hand store? I just bought a set of cute little espresso cups and saucers at a thrifty store. I love browsing through those stores

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