Filled with the divine flavor combination of rich creamy chocolate hazelnut these crisp flakey Nutella Puff Pastry Twists are simply scrumptious! It's a quick and easy 2-ingredient recipe using store-bought puff pastry that takes just 30 minutes to make! Perfect for breakfast or dessert, this Nutella pastry is also a fantastic kid-approved afternoon snack or sweet appetizer at any party!
💡How to thaw puff pastry (store-bought)?
My rough puff pastry recipe is rather quick and effortless, but there are several ready to use store-bought frozen puff pastry options that work just as well. One of the best is the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry which comes with 2 sheets of dough in each package. But the question now is, how to use frozen puff pastry? It's really quite easy! However, it needs to be properly thawed out and still remain cold whether you are making this puff pastry with Nutella filling recipe or any other recipe. These are my top tips on how to thaw out puff pastry:
- To thaw out at room temperature remove the sheet puff pastry from the packaging. Then let it thaw out until the sheet easily unfolds. This typically should not take more than 40 minutes.
- To thaw the pastry out in the microwave you'll need to do it in steps. First, remove one sheet of pastry from the packaging and then wrap it in a paper towel. Now, put it in the microwave for 15 seconds on high. Then turn the sheet over and microwave it for another 15 seconds on high. At this point, if the sheet easily unfolds then it's ready. But if it doesn't, you need to put it back in the microwave and heat it on high once more for another 5 seconds on each side.
🌟 Why this is the Nutella puff pastry twists recipe
- Quick and easy – How to make puff pastry Nutella twists? Use this easy peasy 2 ingredient Nutella puff pastry recipe! With some store-bought pastry sheets and a bit of Nutella chocolate spread, you can have incredibly yummy homemade chocolate pastry twists in just 30 minutes, it is one of the easiest puff pastry desserts.
- Chocolate hazelnut deliciousness – When you twist creamy chocolate hazelnut spread into strips of puff pastry and then pop them in the oven they turn into super flaky Nutella puff pastry twists that are so addictively good you won't be able to eat just one.
- Kid-friendly recipe – Not only are these chocolate twists loved by kids for eating, but this is a great recipe for a fun day in the kitchen with the whole family. Your kids will love helping you twist the Nutella into the pastry and then watching it bake into yumminess.
📝 Ingredient notes
- Puff Pastry: I like to make my own Rough Puff Pastry. However, both refrigerated or frozen store-bought puff pastry works just as well for this Nutella pastry recipe and will save you time.
- Nutella: You will need some yummy Nutella for this recipe. You can find it in any grocery store near the peanut butter or you can make your own Homemade Nutella.
- Egg: An egg is needed to make a simple egg wash that adds a glossy finish to the Nutella puff pastry twists. To learn more about the science of egg wash, check out my egg wash guide.
- Milk: Just a splash of milk is used for the egg wash. Yet, you can also use water if you prefer.
🛒 You’ll find detailed measurements for all Ingredients in the printable version of the Recipe Card at the bottom of this post
👩🍳 How to make this recipe
1. How to make Nutella puff pastry twists
If using homemade puff pastry, check my easy rough puff pastry recipe.
- If using frozen puff pastry, thaw it out but make sure it is still cold.
- Heat the Nutella in the microwave on low heat just long enough to make it more creamy. Then allow it to cool to room temperature. If it's hot, it will melt the pastry.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Unfold one sheet of the puff pastry onto a lightly floured work surface. Then gently roll a rolling pin over the top of the pastry to seal together any folds.
- Use a spoon or offset spatula to evenly spread Nutella on the sheet of pastry. Now, fold the top half of the sheet onto the bottom half and then gently press them together.
- Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the dough into 2 cm / 1 inch strips and then twist each strip. Now, place the twists on the prepared baking sheet making sure to leave enough space between them so that the pastry has room to puff up.
- In a small bowl, whisk the egg together with a splash of milk to make an egg wash. Then use a pastry brush to apply a light layer of the egg wash on the Nutella twists. This step is optional but adds a nice finish.
💡 Top Tip: If at any point the pastry becomes too warm to work with you need to put it in the freezer for a few minutes to chill. Pastry that is too warm will never hold its shape and will only make a mess.
2. How to bake these Nutella puff pastry twists
- Preheat the oven to 190C / 370F (no fan).
- Place the unbaked twists in the fridge or freezer to chill while the oven preheats.
- Bake the tray of twists for about 16 minutes or until they are golden brown on top and evenly baked on the bottom.
- While the first tray is baking, form the next tray of twists with the remaining sheet of puff pastry and Nutella.
- Once baked, allow the Nutella pastry twists to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack.
Serve the Nutella puff pastry twists immediately with a dusting of icing sugar or Nutella on the side. Any leftovers can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.
💡 Top Tip: Store the second sheet of puff pastry in the fridge to keep it cold while you are making the first tray of twists.
🎓 Expert tips
- To ensure that the pastry doesn't stick to the counter you should always unfold it on a lightly floured surface or a silicone mat.
- If the sheet of pastry cracks as you unfold it, just sprinkle the crack with a little bit of water and then press the edges together to reseal the dough.
- If the dough becomes too warm to handle you need to put it in the freezer to chill. The pastry must be cold to work with.
- The Nutella must cool to room temperature before being spread onto the puff pastry or it will melt the dough.
- The formed chocolate puff pastry twists must chill in the freezer while the oven is preheating. This helps them to maintain their shape.
- Don't forget to check the bottom of the pastry to make sure that it's fully baked before taking the Nutella puff pastry twists out of the oven.
🥣 Equipment Notes
You'll be happy to hear that this easy Nutella puff pastry recipe doesn't require any fancy equipment!
Yet, using a Rolling Pin does make flattening out the dough a bit easier and an Offset Spatula makes spreading the Nutella onto the sheet of pastry a breeze. I also used a Pastry Brush to apply the egg wash at the end.
And for the best results, you should always use a Digital Scale and Digital Oven Thermometer any time you bake. These two tools do make a noticeable difference. Using a scale ensures that you are correctly measuring out your ingredients and with the thermometer you can double-check the accuracy of your oven temperature. You will never regret using either of these handy tools!
❓Puff Pastry Nutella twists recipe FAQs
Store-bought puff pastry can be kept in the freezer for up to 6 months if it's kept in its original packaging.
You either didn't cook the pastry long enough or your oven temperature is off.
The puff pastry Nutella twists will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Yes! You can store the unbaked twists for up to 3 months and then just bake them right before serving. You can also store already baked twists that are double wrapped in plastic for up to 3 months.
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US customary cup measurement is an indicative figure only. Measure the ingredients with a digital scale by weight (gram). Baking is art but also science which requires precision and accuracy.
- Thaw the puff pastry sheets (if using frozen) but make sure they are still cold
- Gently heat Nutella in the microwave to make it more liquid then let it come to room temperature (do not use it hot)
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, no need to grease them as the puff pastry contains enough fat
- Unfold one sheet of the puff pastry sheets onto a lightly floured kitchen counter. Using a rolling pin, gently roll the top of the pastry to seal together any folds.
- Spread Nutella onto the pastry sheet dough using a spoon or offset spatula. Fold the top half of the sheet onto the bottom half and gently press the two sheets together.
- Using a pizza wheel or sharp knife, cut the dough into 2cm / 1 inch strips and twist each strip into a twist then place them onto the baking sheet leaving enough space in between them to puff up.
- If at any point the puff pastry would become warm to handle, pop it into the freezer for a few minutes to chill. Do not force the pastry while it is still hot, it would only make a mess.
- Whisk one egg with a dash of milk then apply a light egg wash on top of the pastry
- Pre-heat oven to 190C / 370F (no fan) while chilling the pastry either in the fridge or freezer. Chilling will keep the pastries´ shape better.
- Bake them at 190C / 370F (no fan) for about 16 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the bottom is evenly baked. Then, continue with the next tray.
- Let them slightly cool in the baking tray for 5 minutes then move them onto a cooling rack
- Serve them fresh. Any leftover can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 days
- Work as quickly with the pastry as you can as over time, when the pastry warms, it will stick and would make it very difficult to handle
- Check the bottom of the pastry - whether it is well baked - before taking the Nutella twists out of the oven