Nutella + Brownies = the perfect marriage

brownies

I love when my friends and readers send me recipes. I have been wanting to try a suggestion for Nutella Brownies for some time now. There was no better time than my recent superbowl party. I figured that baking a 9×13 pan of brownies could be extremely dangerous when I am alone and vulnerable, so why not share. The brownies turned out great and everyone was happy to help me eat them. The texture of them was amazing, it was like a store bought brownie mix gooeyness combined with a raw brownie batter stickyness.

I have never used baking melts but I am a believer after trying them in this recipe. Also I have never seen a recipe with that much cocoa in it for brownies so I thought they may be too chocolately. GASP, is there such a thing you ask? The brownies did turn out very rich but not in a bad way, you could just grab a small slice and fill that sweet urge. If I made them again I might halve the recipe to make an 8×8 batch. So if you want to host the perfect wedding in your kitchen, join nutella and brownies, they make a great couple!

Nutella Brownies

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup Nutella
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
10 ounce package Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Baking Melts (or chocolate chips)

DIRECTIONS:

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9×13 baking dish.
In small saucepan over low heat, melt butter completely. Stir in sugar and continue cooking 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 butter mixture into a large bowl or stand mixer, beat in cocoa powder, eggs, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
Stir in the flour and baking melts until just combined.
Spread into prepared pan (batter will be very thick and sticky) and bake for about 30-35 minutes, until a tester comes out mostly clean. The edges should be set and the center should still look slightly moist, but not uncooked. Cool on a wire rack.

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