Nutella Brownies

Nutella Brownies

Testing out recipes for catering jobs has given me a great excuse to bake. I don’t normally like having trays of baked goods sitting around the house for just the two of us, but you gotta do what you gotta do…

Last weekend, I was trying to come up with a dessert for an Italian-themed ladies dinner I catered this week. They were looking for something small enough to pick at and not too fancy. Little nutella brownies seemed perfect.

Nutella Brownies

I started with a recipe from Buns In My Oven. The resulting brownies were phenomenal: gooey and fudgy, just like a good brownie should be. I think the nutella contributed more to the texture than the flavor, so I decided to use extra nutella as “frosting” and sprinkle chopped, roasted hazelnuts on top.

These are seriously dangerous treats to have laying around…but they’re totally worth the indulgence.

Nutella Brownies

Nutella Brownies

Adapted from Buns In My Oven

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 13-ounce jar Nutella, divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 ounces chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, peeled

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x13 baking dish.
  • In small saucepan over low heat, melt the butte. Stir in sugar and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not allow sugar mixture to boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the Nutella until well combined.
  • Pour the butter mixture into a large bowl or stand mixer and let cool slightly. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and flour. Add this dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Spread into the prepared pan and bake for about 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. Let cool completely.
  • Lightly roast the hazelnuts for about five minutes in a 350 degree oven. Roughly chop and set aside.
  • When the brownies are cooled, carefully spread the rest of the nutella over the top. Sprinkle with the chopped hazelnuts, cut into 1-2 inch square, and serve.
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