I’ve always made brownies 1 of 3 ways:
Any of the above supply the decadent chocolate flavor as tasted in recipes like my chewy fudgy brownies and mint chocolate chip cheesecake brownies. But there’s another big time chocolate player in town that I’ve ignored all this years. It’s that wonderfully creamy, fabulously thick magic we all know as Nutella. The stuff you spread onto each bite of a banana (do you do that too?) and then tell yourself you’ll just have one small spoonful straight up when the banana’s gone. Yeah right, more like 4?? Make that 5. And there goes 10 billion calories. It’s all very worth it.
Today’s Nutella brownies come from my dear friend Shelly. Shelly is the brains behind cookies & cups, a blog focusing on what we all know and love: eating dessert first. Her cookbook, The Cookies & Cups Cookbook, is just the same– and home to 125 exclusive recipes, each with a photo. Shelly’s style of baking and cooking is quick and fuss-free and the cookbook is filled with irresistible breakfast recipes, simple family favorite dinners, and over the top desserts like S’mores Fudge Bars and Toffee Banana Cream Pie (omg!). Somehow Shelly always knows what you’re in the mood for. And you’ll LOVE it.
Shelly was kind enough to let me share a recipe with you and the moment I flipped to page 108, I was sold. And, at that very same moment staring at those little chocolate hazelnut gems, I somehow had a chocolate craving the size of Texas.
Houston, we have no problem.
(Those are swirls of Nutella on top!!)
About these brownies: I was so intrigued that Shelly didn’t add any chocolate or cocoa powder to the brownie batter and that all of the chocolate flavor comes from Nutella. So each brownie has this incredibly concentrated and sweet chocolate hazelnut flavor. It’s all you taste! Always a fan of a little sweet and salty action, I topped the brownies with sea salt. (Totally channeling my caramel stuffed Nutella cookies here!)
Another aspect I loved about the Nutella brownies is that they’re prepared in just 1 bowl. It’s practically zero mess, so clean up is a breeze. Waiting for the brownies to bake and cool? That’s another story. You’ll need a mixer to cream the butter and brown sugar together. Oh! And that’s another thing! She uses brown sugar, not white, to help sweeten the brownies. A gal after my own brown sugar lovin’ heart.
Simply put, these Nutella brownies are remarkable.