Anyway, these Nutella brownies are in honor of Valentine’s Day because I’ve had this adorable heart-shaped silicone baking mold I’ve been dying to use, and nothing sounded more perfect than brownies made with Nutella baked in. To make them even more Valentine’s Day-ish, I drizzled them in pink candy melts, and they were so delicious I ate most of them by myself.
Because I used a silicone pan and had to pop the brownies out, I justified eating half the batch by mercifully eating the ones I destroyed trying to get out of the mold. Totally justifiable if you ask me. By the way, I highly recommend these Nutella brownies still warm and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Yum! Ok, moving on….
- 1/3 cup Nutella
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg + 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp espresso powder
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Pink candy melts (optional)
Melt the butter in a small saucepan on the stove on low-medium heat. Whisk in half the chocolate chips and stir until melted. Stir in the sugar and Nutella, and remove from heat.
Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl and let cool. Beat in cocoa powder, eggs, salt, and baking powder. In a small bowl, combine the vanilla and espresso powder to make a paste and then mix it into the rest of the batter. Mixing it together separately helps prevent the powder from changing the texture (just a precaution on my part, really). Once everything else is well-mixed, stir the flour in with a spatula along with the remaining chocolate chips and mix until you can still see a small amount of white – you never want to overmix brownies.
Move the brownies to a greased pan/mold and bake on 350 degrees for 28-30 minutes, depending on the pan you use. I used this heart silicone mold, so they baked faster than they probably would have in a standard 9×13 or something.
Take them out and let them cool before removing from the pan. Once removed, I drizzled them in candy melts for a pop of color and made sure to eat like three or four while they were still warm…no judging here. Enjoy and happy Valentine’s Day!