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


  • 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


  • 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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  • Megan

    Those look amazing. I made a Nutella tart with homemade Nutella last week and was reminded how much I love those flavors. These must have been a hit!

    • Colleen

      Ohh homemade nutella – I’m impressed!

  • In and Around Town

    These look and sound amazing! I have made nutella brownies in the past, and agree that a little frosting would do the trick (wish I had thought of it!!)

  • Shannon G

    nutella is definitely one of those things i don’t keep in the house 🙂 but a perfect indulgence!

  • Michelle Collins

    Oooh, I have a recipe for Nutella Brownies that is dangerous to make for just Z and I. We could seriously eat the whole pan ourselves!

    • Colleen

      Yeah, I kept trying to convince Matt to bring them to work with him to get them out of the house!

  • Taryn Collins

    These look so fudgy, and I love fudgy brownies. Especially ones with added Nutella. Yum!

  • Bee

    I love when brownies have that little extra layer of fudge. Great job!

  • Sacha Madadian

    If there’s one thing I know, it’s that Nutella is always a crowd pleaser. This will be a good one to have up your catering sleeve and perfect for the event you were working!

  • Bianca Garcia

    Adding the extra Nutella as frosting is a good call. I wish I have one of these brownies right now!

  • Emily

    oh my… these Italian ladies had one good dinner party, I’m certain!

  • Simply Life

    oh these look like they would be the perfect dessert for just about any occasion!

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    I am pretty much a nutella addict so these would be SERIOUSLY dangerous to have around! But…that probably won’t stop me from making them, if we’re being totally honest. 😛

  • Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen

    Oh yum, your brownies look so delicious!

  • Destiny

    i see that the recipe calls for chocolate chips… but where are they used?

    • Colleen

      Oops – forgot to include that step! They should be folded into the batter at the end. I just updated the recipe. Thanks for catching that!

  • Elspeth

    Hi Colleen,
    I was wondering if you used 1/2 cup of Nutella in the batter (like the “Buns in My Oven” recipe), or if you used 1/2 of the jar of Nutella in the brownies and the rest as the frosting?

    • Colleen

      Sorry if it was confusing…I used 1/2 cup of the nutella in the batter (like the original recipe) and then the remaining nutella from the jar as the frosting. Hope that helps!

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