Shared Lunch- Jalapeño Popper Pies?


Friday was a sad day at work, we said goodbye to a friend. In the grand tradition of our branch we had a shared lunch. Said friend is a spice fiend and rather than do my predictable sweet baking, I opted for something with jalapeños in. After getting lost in Pinterest for a few hours I settled on a recipe for the above pies. They were good and a big success.

I made them the night before, let them cool and stored. Some of my pies burst a bit and while they were still warm I pushed the cheese back in. I will be making these regularly for bring a plate events.


The original recipe is here and I adapted it to suit me. Now these are not a quick thing to but I did enjoy myself with a Luke Cage Spotify music fest and a dance.

Jalapeño Popper Pies-

  • Servings: enough for a group
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1 egg

1 tablespoon water

150g cream cheese

1 cup grated cheddar

2 tablespoons plain flour

1/3 cup jared jalapeño peppers chopped (we use Delmaine)

1 packet frozen puff pastry with 5 sheets

Lay pastry  sheets out to defrost.

Heat oven to 200°

Cover 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Mix cream cheese, cheddar, flour and jalapeño peppers.

Cut pastry with a fluted 5cm cutter.

Place heaped teaspoon of cream cheese mix in centre of pastry circle.

Moisten edges with egg/water mix.

Put another circle on top and crimp shut with a fork.

Lightly prick tops with a fork.

Place on a greased baking tray.

Continue until all circles have been used.

Brush finished pies with egg/water mix.

Bake until golden, about 15-20 minutes.

Allow to cool on tray.


Little Nutella Cookie Bites, perfect.

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Another use for the mini muffin tin, I have only ever used it for mince pies. Now I can make these babies. I made these for my husband’s turn of baking for work. They are good and I am saving these in my brain bank for shared lunches, work mistake fines and any other occasion I can think of.

I based this recipe on a search for all things Nutella and the original concept was on . This recipe called for room temperature Nutella. Many others suggest lining a baking tray with greaseproof paper and dolloping the Nutella onto it, then freezing. I think I will use frozen dollops next time.

This mix made plenty for a 20 hole mini-tin. I made a couple of larger ones too. I think I will get another mini-tin and can probably get 30 out of it.

I used 180 gram of a bar of Cadbury Dairy Milk chopped into roughly the size of rice crispies.

My mini-tin has silicone inserts, if yours doesn’t use paper liners or give a light spray with oil.

Little Nutella Cookie Bites-

  • Servings: around 30 mini bites
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Oven on 180°C or 160°C on fan bake

120 grm butter at room temp (if using unsalted add 1/4 tsp salt)

1 c of light brown sugar (packed into cup)

2 eggs lightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 c plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 c of chocolate chopped into small pieces 

1 c Nutella

Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy

Add half of egg mix and mix

Mix in remaining egg and vanilla extract

Add flour and baking powder and mix

Fold in chocolate chips

Place a heaped tsp of mix until you have used 2/3 of mix

Place 1/2 tsp of Nutella on the middle of each batter

Put remaining batter on top

Bake for 10-15 mins until just browning

Leave to cool before removing and placing on a cool rack

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