If you are a fan of all things about chocolate and hazelnut, then these Nutella Brownies are sure to entice. Nutella is added to the batter and swirled on the top, providing each bite with a taste of your favorite hazelnut spread.
When it comes to spreads, nobody does it like Nutella. This creamy, chocolaty hazelnut spread has been winning over the hearts of people. It is so good that I could eat Nutella straight out of the jar. In addition, I believe that adding Nutella to baked goods elevates everything. We cannot help it as Nutella simply sends us to our happy place and if you do not believe in the potential a jar of Nutella has to make your desserts better, just try these Nutella Brownies.
About Nutella Brownies
Nutella Brownies are packed with Nutella, guaranteeing each bite with complete satisfaction. Instead of chocolate and cocoa powder, I use Nutella spread in the brownie batter. Moreover, the Nutella swirls at the top also add nice concentrated chocolate hazelnut flavor. That is why these brownies outrageously taste like they just come straight from the jar. Some chopped hazelnuts are also added as the topping, which add nice crunchiness.
Nutella Brownies will not disappoint and they will easily become your new favorite dessert. I also love the fact that they are very quick and easy to make. Not like ordinary brownies that need to melt the chocolate first, you practically only need to pour the content of Nutella jar into the batter.
Tips For Making Nutella Brownies
1. Store the Nutella at room temperature
Nutella should be stored at room temperature as it will get harden and difficult to spread.
2. How to swirl the Nutella
These Nutella Brownies definitely win a point for their beautiful appearance with their shiny crackly swirls. The problem is the swirl part can be very easily become an undefined mess.
Firstly, you need to pour the chocolate brownies batter into the prepared pan. Once you have transferred the batter to your prepared cake pan, tap the bottom of the pan on the kitchen counter to eliminate remaining air bubbles in the batter and even out the surface. Then, drop the Nutella into small dollops all over the top of brownies batter. Use a toothpick or knife to swirl the batter and Nutella together in an up and down motion. Then, repeat the same motion crosswise until the desired swirling is achieved. Be careful not to over-swirl or the Nutella swirl will fully combined with the brownies batter.
3. Adjust the baking time
If you like your brownies to be a little gooey and moist, it is okay to under-bake them by a few minutes for about 30-33 minutes. On the other hand, if you like your brownies to be more cooked, bake them longer for about 38-40 minutes.
4. Cool completely before removing from the pan
Definitely allow the brownies to cool completely before removing from the pan because they are extremely tender when they are still warm. Do not forget to line the baking pan with parchment paper overhang at the sides so that once the brownies have cooled down completely, you can simply lift them out of the pan.
5. How to cut the brownies prettily
For a neat and clean cut, I recommend to refrigerate the brownies for several hours to allow them to fully set or there will be a lot of gooey crumbs clinging to the blade. Before you begin cutting, briefly soak the blade of your knife in a container of warm water. Then, wipe off the excess water with a towel. This will help with cutting into your cake more neatly and easily. It is important to properly clean your blade in between each cut. Not only does this preserve the finished appearance the brownies, but it also makes it easier to make each cut.
I know that it is pretty tedious. However, if you want beautiful cuts to present them for a party or gift to your friends, these are the best way to get them. Cutting your brownies right after removing them from the pan is definitely okay. I really love eating the fresh-baked brownies because they are so tender while the refrigerated brownies taste much heavier and richer.
The one below is the cross section of the Nutella Brownies with lots of Nutella spread on the top. Definitely the best part of this recipe.
Nutella is added to the brownies batter and swirled on the top, providing each bite with a taste of your favorite hazelnut spread.
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter (75 gr) softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups nutella (370 gr) divided
- 2/3 cup all purpose flour (80 gr)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup hazelnuts (40 gr) roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 350F / 180°C. Grease an 8x8-inch / 20x20cm square pan and line the bottom and the sides with parchment paper. Leave an overhang on every sides to easily lift the brownies out of the pan. Set aside.
Using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream together butter and brown sugar until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Then, beat in 1 cup Nutella until well incorporated.
In a large bowl, combine together all purpose flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until incorporated.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Drop the remaining Nutella in small dollops on the top of the brownies batter. Using a toothpick or knife, swirl the batter and Nutella together in an up and down motion. Then, repeat the same motion crosswise until the desired swirling is achieved.
Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a couple of moist crumbs. Cool completely in the pan before slicing.