Monday, January 30, 2012

Nutella Brownies

Hello there again,

So I have to admit I am a bit late to the Nutella bandwagon. I had done a home-stay in France when I was 13 (back when Nutella really wasn't known in the US) and I just couldn't get my mind around the idea of chocolate frosting for breakfast, because that's what it is.

I know I know - why argue if you're being offered chocolatey goodness for breakfast by a beautiful, smiling Frenchwoman? This is coming from the kid who only ate (and still eats) plain cheerios for breakfast.

Well, I learned my lesson. Now Nutella is everywhere - in grocery stores and all over the blogosphere, and when my boyfriend so sweetly picked me up a "Nutella on the Go", how could I say no?

Friends, I see my error (I was only 13) and I repent. Nutella is fabulous, and I am going to dedicate two back-to-back posts to it and it's wonderful complement to my favorite sweets.

So for today - what better way to kick off the morning than with Nutella Brownies! I got up early to whip these up...and according to one of our friends who slept over the night before, "it was like waking up to heaven".

Can't go wrong with that idea.

It was a bit of a workout to whip each egg in by hand (although maybe it's a sign that I should exercise instead of baking so much...nah) but it was completely worth it.

These are like heaven - fudgy, dense, moist, and in the midst of all the chocolate that faint hint of hazelnuts that I have learned to love

BUT be prepared...the heavenly scent can attract chocolovers everywhere, so it might be a good idea to make more than one batch.

Happy Baking!

Nutella Brownies Via That'sSoYummy

1 cup flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup Nutella (heated in microwave for about 45 seconds)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a square baking pan with parchment paper/foil
2. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, melt butter and then whisk in sugar and vanilla. Let cool before beating in each egg, one at a time, until fully incorporated.
4. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture until fully combined. Stir in melted nutella. Fold in chocolate chips.
5. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes (it's done when you shake the pan slightly it does not jiggle)
6. Let cool completely


  1. I didn't discover Nutella until I was 20! I was studying abroad in Italy and I think I ate Nutella every day until I came home. Sooo good! And these brownies look dangerously delicious :)

    1. Thanks Kristina!

      They ARE dangerously delicious - I had to give some away to friends at work to keep myself from eating them all :)

  2. These look fudgy and I bet would taste amazing :D
    I would definitely include some hazelnuts into the batter - what a yummy recipe!

    Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself

    1. Thanks Guru Uru!

      Adding hazelnuts sounds like a great idea - I'm generally more of a purist (no nuts in my brownies!) but here I could definitely make the exception just to enhance the flavor of the Nutella :D

  3. I used to see commercials and think that this stuff was like frosting too! However, I finally tried it and now I am hooked. These brownies do have the marks of a winner-fudgey texture and cracked top-yum!

    1. Thanks Tina!

      I'm so glad we both finally tried it: think of all the flavorful baking we would've missed out on!

  4. I have loved nutella for a very long time, and it actually was in France that I had my first taste (I have never turned back).

    I prefer to eat it straight off of a spoon, but in brownies would work as well.

    1. Rachel,

      I see no problem with the idea of me, a spoon, and a nice-sized container of Nutella :)

      OR even Nutella with some Teddy Grahams (like a grown up version of Dunkaroos!)

  5. Oh. My. Those look awfully good, and I'm bookmarking the recipe to try them.

    1. Thanks Cucina49!

      They were pretty inspiring - I hope you enjoy them as much as me and my friends did! You could even throw some white chocolate chips in (or fresh hazelnuts like Guru Uru suggested earlier) for a more extreme brownie :)

  6. I adore Nutella and love brownies! What a heavenly combination! Can't wait to try them!