Sunday, July 3, 2011

Nutella Brownies

The Nutella cupcakes were such a huge hit, that I decided to do another nutella recipe.  Everyone loves brownies so why not throw Nutella in them and make them spectacular?!

Ingredients for Brownie Batter
1 cup butter, unsalted
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
4 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup Nutella

1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Topping Ingredients (optional)
White chcolate chips
Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.  Then set the bowl aside.
On low heat, melt the butter sticks in a small pot.  Then add the vanilla and sugar while stirring the mixture until well combined. Remove the pot from the heat and let cool.  (I poured the butter/sugar mixture into a medium bowl to cool.)
Once the butter/sugar mixture is completely cooled add the eggs one at a time, making sure to mix each time.
Add the cocoa/flour mixture to the egg mixture gradually, until completely mixed together.
Heat a nutella container in the microwave for a bout 40 seconds.  You want the nutella to have a runny consistency which will allow the nutella to pour easily.  Add the nutella to the batter and mix well.  Lastly add the chocolate chips and fold into the batter.
Pour your batter into a buttered square pan… (I like to parchment paper to my pan before pouring my brownie batter inside.  This makes it easier to take your brownies out after they bake and cool)  Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool completely.  Due to its chocolate amounts the brownie may be sticky and fudgey inside, which to me is the best way to eat them but if they are too fudgey you can stick them in the refrigerator for a little bit.  I left mine in there for a few hours, but you could always leave them in there overnight.
Take the completely cooled brownies out of the fridge and cut in squares.  Then pour a tablespoon of nutella on each brownie square.  Then sprinkle the mini chocolate chips and white chocolate chips on top.  I did not have white chocolate chips but had a white chocolate bar that I just chopped up in small pieces.  Either way it works.  This is completely optional.  I usually just eat mine plain, but the topping looks the best if you are taking them to a part or something fun.  :)

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