nutella brownies

We have a bit of a civil war going on in our house. It’s the Nutella lovers versus the Nutella haters. I, because I am awesome and always right, love Nutella. Lucy, because she is a mini-me and equally awesome, loves Nutella.

Dave, human garbage disposal, will eat pretty much anything EXCEPT Nutella (I blame his formative years being spent in Europe, where they use this stuff like butter). Charlie is the tie breaker. She’s a baby who can’t eat Nutella yet. So she defaults into Dave’s category (although I’m very optimistic that she’ll turn the tables once she is older) .

Two for, two against. They say a house divided against itself cannot stand. But since I am the baker, I dictate what sweets emerge from the oven. And this weekend, it was Nutella brownies.

If you don’t know what Nutella is, you’ve been living under a rock  let me explain: it’s a creamy, chocolatey spread made from hazelnuts and cocoa. Think of it as chocolate-flavored peanut butter with a slightly nutty taste. Most grocers carry it on the peanut butter aisle.

To make these brownies, you’ll also need some vanilla extract, sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, butter, eggs, hazelnuts and chocolate chips.

What is there not to love about Nutella? It’s creamy. It’s chocolatey. It can be spread on bread or swirled into yogurt, dolloped on ice cream or dipped with a graham cracker.

I found hazelnuts on my grocer’s bulk foods aisle and they were pretty inexpensive. We’ll use them later to top these gorgeous brownies. It gives them a nice crunch and makes them purdy.

Begin by melting together the butter and sugar together with a few tablespoons of water. Stir often.

Just as it begins to boil, remove from heat. We don’t want scorched butter on our hands.

Stir in the Nutella…

…and beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla, too.

Whisk in the flour, baking soda and salt until smooth.

Fold in the chocolate chips.

Have a tiny helper grease a baking pan for you. Sure, you have to wash butter hands afterwards, but look how much fun she’s having!

Spread the batter into the greased pan.

Chop the hazelnuts and sprinkle them on top.

Bake for 30-35 minutes in a 325F oven. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean (just make sure you’re poking the batter and not a melted chocolate chip—give the toothpick a little taste to make sure. Over-baking these puppies is not allowed).

Here’s the kicker: let cool completely before cutting. The chocolate chips will solidify and the brownies will become denser and more fudgy as they cool. Trust me, it’s worth it.

See? Told you.

The bittersweet chocolate chips add a perfect contrast to the richness of the batter, and the nuts on top give a nice crunch. These little squares disappear fast.

For the moment in our house it seems the Nutella lovers are winning. Poor Dave. He never stood a chance. But as they say, to the victor go the (nutty, chocolatey) spoils.

Nutella Brownies    printable deliciousness

It’s torture to let these brownies cool completely before eating, but you’ll be rewarded handsomely if you can stand it (as they cool, they become more fudgy and the chocolate chips solidify). Makes one 9″x9″ pan of brownies. 

  • 1/3 c butter
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3/4 c Nutella
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c bittersweet chocolate chips (I like Ghiradelli 60% chips)
  • 1/3 c hazelnuts
1. Preheat oven to 325F. Grease a 9″x9″ baking pan with butter.
2. In a saucepan over medium heat melt butter, sugar, and water, stirring often. When mixture just begins to boil, remove from heat. Stir in Nutella. Add eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared baking pan.
3. Chop hazelnuts and sprinkle over batter. Bake for 30-35 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Do not over-bake. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

Comments

  1. YUM!! I use the same logic when it comes to the bed linen…..if hubby doesn’t like the pink sheets and floral doona cover, he can change (and wash) them =) (it’s been 14yrs and I’m still waiting lol)

    • rainyd01 says:

      If only I could get my husband to wear what I want him to wear because I do the laundry…*sigh*. Hope you’re well Mel 🙂

  2. You forgot the best serving suggestion for Nutella: off a spoon.

    (Though these brownies look pretty good, too. Definitely going into the “things to bake” file.)

    • rainyd01 says:

      Lucy would say “off a finger when I’ve snuck into the pantry when mom’s not looking.” But a spoon works too.

  3. Oh lawzy. I *adore* chocolate and hazelnuts. I can’t keep Nutella in my pantry because I pretend to fall for the “healthy breakfast!” line over and over until the whole thing is gone in a week.

    These brownies will be happening one of these days soon, though. Too decadent to pass up.

    Side note: Lucy is getting so BIG! <3

    • rainyd01 says:

      She is, isn’t she? Your girls must be huge now! I sometimes pretend Nutella is as “healthy” (relative terms) as peanut butter…but it’s not.

  4. Jennifer B says:

    My favorite, favorite vehicle for eating for Nutella is pretzels. You can even make little pretzel-Nutella sandwiches. Their saltiness balances out Nutella’s sweetness in an oh-so-delicous way.

  5. Hi there,

    I just came across your blog from FoodBuzz, and I love it! Love your sense of humor, and now I have some great recipes to try. A quick question: I would like to subscribe to your RSS feed (via Google Reader), but it says it can’t find your blog. Any suggestions?

  6. I am definitely a member of Team Nutella Lovers! These look so gooey and so delicious!

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