Nutella Brownies (adapted from Buns In My Oven)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup Nutella
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 tsp hazelnut flavoring (optional)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (milk, dark, semisweet, mini, chunks, or mix a few!)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x13 baking dish well.
In small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter completely. Stir in sugar and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until butter is completely incorporated and the mixture starts sticking to the sides (instead of having a layer of butter around it) Do not allow sugar mixture to boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the Nutella until completely combined.
Pour butter mixture into a large bowl or stand mixer, and beat in cocoa powder, eggs, salt, baking powder, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined. Stir in the flour and chocolate until just combined.
Spread into prepared pan (the batter is very thick!) and bake for about 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs. Let cool before cutting and removing from baking dish.
Even if they don't taste much like hazelnut, the Nutella noticeably adds a depth and richness to these brownies! With little melty pockets of chocolate from the chips, and the just-this-side-of gooey texture, these are definitely the brownies you want to serve warm, with some hot fudge and ice cream!
They may be chocolate overload for me, but The Geologist dubbed them "celestial" (which is his highest praise) and in the words of a friend (who received the other half of this batch), they're "panda-approved!" :)
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