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Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cups

 Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cups
Three of my favorite foods–chocolate, hazelnuts and puff pastry–come together for an impressive dessert. Dress them up with a drizzle of melted chocolate and sprinkling of chopped nuts. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California
6 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen puff pastry shells, thawed
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • Additional miniature semisweet chocolate chips, melted, optional
  • 2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts, toasted

Directions

  • Bake pastry shells according to package directions. Cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add
  • confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until soft peaks form.
  • In another bowl, beat mascarpone cheese, Nutella and cinnamon until
  • blended. Fold in whipped cream and chocolate chips. Spoon into
  • pastry shells. If desired, drizzle with melted chocolate. Sprinkle
  • with hazelnuts. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 581 calories, 48 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 269 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 9 g protein.