Double Chocolate Panini

If Double Chocolate Panini are wrong, I don’t think I want to be right. 🙂

My little kids came home from the park yesterday just as I was finishing up with these photos, and their jaws kind of dropped when they saw the mischief I had gotten into in the kitchen. A chorus of “Can I have chocolate sandwich?!! I want bite!!” began immediately. Nutella and mini chocolate chips on grilled challah isn’t quite an everyday sandwich in our house. But as a special sweet treat every once in a blue moon? Yeah, I’ll go there.

Double Chocolate PaniniThis is definitely dessert…a very rich and sharable dessert. To keep the mini chocolate chips intact — I like their crunchy texture amidst the creamy Nutella — I grill these quickly on high heat. The bread toasts and gets grill marks easily, due to the oil in the bread, but the chips in the middle of the sandwich don’t have a chance to melt.

If these sound like they were inspired by a pregnancy craving, it’s because they were. Not mine, but my friend Bev’s from Bev Cooks. If you follow Bev’s blog, you know she arguably has the most humorous voice in food blogging. She’s wacky, super-cute, self-deprecating and, of course, a wonderful cook. And now she’s expecting twins!

In between her delicious savory recipes, Bev has been chronicling her “Thoughts On This Whole Being Knocked Up Business” – in this latest one she’s found herself clamoring for chocolate. So these Double Chocolate Panini are in honor of her (double for twins, get it?). A bunch of us are throwing a virtual baby shower for her on our blogs today – be sure to check out the full buffet!

Bacon Cotija Guacamole from Gaby Dalkin
Gruyère Gougères from Shaina Olmanson
Lemon Risotto Tarts from Kelly Salemi
Goat Cheese Crostini with Pesto and Roasted Red Peppers from Liz Della Croce
Spinach and Feta Quinoa Bites from Aggie Goodman
Roasted Red Grape, Brie and Rosemary Flatbread from Laurie McNamara
The Fastest Appetizer Ever from Brooke McLay
Apple Pear Tart – Two Ways from Sarah Glyer

Chocolate Chai Frappe from Brandy O’Neill
Cherry Chocolate Kiss Smoothie from Amy Flanigan
Cranberry Sorbet Bellini – Non-Alcoholic and Alcoholic from Megan Keno
Peppermint Mocha Affogato from Christina Lane
toasted marshmallow cream hot chocolate from Jessica Merchant
Pomegranate Lemonade Punch from Heather Christo

Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Orange and Pine Nuts from Rachel Gurk
Pear Cranberry Arugula Salad from Tracy Benjamin
Brussels Sprout Salad + maple roasted cranberry dressing from Katie Unger
Gluten-Free Pasta Salad from Lisa Thiele
Hearty Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing from Heather Disarro
Winter Citrus Salad from Catherine McCord

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Chicken Sausage Pasta from Heidi Larsen
Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna from Joanne Ozug
cheesy chicken enchilada ‘double’ stacks from Lauren Grier
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Soup from Kevin Lynch
Thai Spiced Chicken with Coconut Cream Swiss Chard from Brandi Evans
Sausage and Red Pepper Quiche from Tasty Kitchen
Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Goat Cheese from Julie Deily

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Averie Sunshine
Glazed Dulce de Leche Pound Cake from Meagan Micozzi
Mississippi Mud Pie Brownie Ice Cream from Megan DeKok
Buttermint Frosted Sugar Cookie Cups from Shelly Jaronsky
4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies from Ali Ebright
Sweet Potato Creme Brulee from Brian Samuels
Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Mint Cookies from Aimée Wimbush-Bourque
Mini Chocolate Stout Cheesecake with Salted Beer Caramel Sauce from Jackie Dodd
Red Velvet Hi Hat Cookies from Kristan Roland
Double Chocolate Panini from me!

Double Chocolate Panini


Double Chocolate Panini

By Kathy Strahs,
Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 2 minutes | Total time: 12 minutes

Yield: 4 panini


  • 8 slices challah, brioche or other enriched bread
  • 8 tablespoons Nutella or other chocolaty spread
  • 4 tablespoons mini chocolate chips


  1. Heat the panini press to high heat.
  2. For each sandwich: Take two slices of bread and spread a tablespoon of Nutella on each. Scatter a tablespoon of mini chocolate chips over one slice of bread, and close the sandwich with the other slice.
  3. Grill two panini at a time, with the lid closed, for 1 minute until the bread is toasted with grill marks (don’t grill too long, or the chocolate chips will melt).



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  1. This panini and I need to be together. We might be soul mates.

    Posted 12.10.13 Reply
  2. My own jaw dropped when I saw this in my inbox. I have GOT TO invest in a panini press! This looks amazing!

    Posted 12.10.13 Reply
  3. This whole situation is perfect.

    Posted 12.10.13 Reply
  4. I think this is brunch. 😉

    Posted 12.10.13 Reply
    • Kathy Strahs wrote:

      I like how you think. 🙂

      Posted 12.10.13 Reply
  5. I’m loving the words DOUBLE, CHOCOLATE and PANINI all together in one life. Heck. Yes.

    Kathy, you’re so sweet to be a part of today’s surprise! I’m an absolute disaster reading all these posts today. It’s so wonderful.

    THANK YOU! xo!!

    Posted 12.10.13 Reply
    • Kathy Strahs wrote:

      I hope you’re feeling the love today!! 🙂

      Posted 12.10.13 Reply
  6. Mike from Class wrote:

    The challah was an excellent choice. So good! Holla!

    Posted 12.10.13 Reply
  7. I can’t tear my eyes away from that first shot. HOLY CHOCOLATE!

    Posted 12.10.13 Reply
  8. I wanna bite of that chocolate sandwich too.

    Posted 12.10.13 Reply
  9. Shaina wrote:

    That is one delectable chocolate sandwich.

    Posted 12.10.13 Reply
  10. Oh heck YES!!! I think I’ll treat myself to one of these tomorrow!

    Posted 12.10.13 Reply
  11. you really can’t go wrong with double chocolate!

    Posted 12.10.13 Reply
  12. brandi wrote:

    ooh man, this looks perfect! so melty.

    Posted 12.11.13 Reply
  13. This is something I know I’ll love and make a lot of. My boys just love it.

    Posted 12.11.13 Reply
  14. How lovely is this!?! I’ll take two!

    Posted 12.12.13 Reply
  15. Holy cow…that looks amazing! My kids would think they were in heaven if I made them these panini.

    Posted 12.13.13 Reply
  16. Aggie wrote:

    When I was in elementary school, my mom used to pack me Nutella sandwiches for lunch – it was an Italian thing back then so I think it’s so cool and funny that Nutella has become so mainstream and popular now!! My chocolate sandwiches were on plain white bread…no offense to my mom but I would prefer your version 🙂 I bet your kids loved you for this one!! 🙂

    Posted 12.13.13 Reply
  17. What a treat this would be for dinner, I can’t say no to double chocolate – ever!

    Posted 12.14.13 Reply
  18. So simple yet so delicious!!

    Posted 12.22.13 Reply
  19. Oh my, this looks divine!

    Posted 12.23.13 Reply
  20. I adore my panini press but I’ve never tried any sweet on recipes on it. Looks delicious!

    Posted 1.16.14 Reply