Nutella Brownies

Celebrate World Nutella Day the gluten free way! Make Nutella Brownies |!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…February 5th is World Nutella Day! Truly my favorite holiday.

But how did this all come about, you ask? OK maybe you didn’t ask, but I’m going to tell you anyway.

Celebrate World Nutella Day the gluten free way! Make Nutella Brownies |!

Picture this…the year is 1946…World War II has ended but throughout Italy there is a shortage of cocoa. So Pietro Ferrero, a baker from Piedmont, combines hazelnuts and sugar with just a little cocoa to create a sweet paste.

He shapes it into a loaf that could be sliced and then served on bread. He names it ‘Giandujot’ after a famous local carnival character at the time.

Celebrate World Nutella Day the gluten free way! Make Nutella Brownies |!

Five years later, he transforms this paste into a new product that is easier to spread. This spread is called SuperCrema and is the ancestor of Nutella.

It wasn’t until 1964 that Pietro Ferrero’s son, Michele improves the recipe and creates the first-ever jar of Nutella. Since then it has been a staple of European breakfasts and now finally American ones.

Celebrate World Nutella Day the gluten free way! Make Nutella Brownies |!

In 2007, as America was finally embracing this amazing creation (honestly, what took so long), Sara Rosso, a fellow food blogger, named Febraury 5th World Nutella Day.

A day to spread the love (pun intended) by sharing Nutella recipes, Nutella memories and Nutella anecdotes and to introduce people to the spread (as if there is anyone who hasn’t heard of it yet).

Celebrate World Nutella Day the gluten free way! Make Nutella Brownies |!

Every year I make a Nutella dessert to mark the occasion. This year my contribution is Nutella Brownies. I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough brownies.

My past recipes included  Flourless Nutella Cake and Nutella-Stuffed Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt. How will you mark the holiday?

Nutella Brownies

Yields 12

20 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 ounces)

3/4 cup nutella (8 ounces)

3 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour mix B

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup hazelnuts (5.25 ounces)


  1. Position the rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line a 9 x 12 pan with 2 sheets of parchment paper in a crisscross pattern. Make sure the paper overhangs the edges of the pan so you can easily lift out the brownies when they are done. Grease the paper.
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  4. Arrange the hazelnuts in a single layer on a sheet pan and bake for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool. Leave the oven on. Tip: I prefer already blanched or skinless hazelnuts, however, if you can't find them, no problem. After the nuts are roasted and still hot, wrap some in a kitchen towel and rub them between your fingers. The skins will come right off!
  5. Melt the butter in either a medium bowl set over simmering water or in the microwave.
  6. Stir in the Nutella and mix until thoroughly combined. Set aside. Tip: This requires quite a bit of stirring.
  7. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and sugars. Whisk until thoroughly combined and there are no lumps of sugar.
  8. Whisk in the Nutella and melted butter into the egg mixture.
  9. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups of the flour mix, the baking powder, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and whisk robustly for at least one minute. Tip: This vigorous whisking helps combine the gluten-free flours into the batter. It’s what makes the brownies nice and fudgey.
  10. Take 1/2 cup of the browned hazelnuts and chop them coarsely. Tip: I did it the old fashioned way by putting them in a plastic bag and crushing them with a rolling pin. However, you can chop them with a knife or put them in a food processor.
  11. Toss the chopped hazelnuts and chocolate chips in a medium bowl with 2 tablespoons of flour, then fold them into the chocolate batter. Pour into the prepared pan. i]Tip: View a video on [How to Fold an Ingredient into your Batter .[/i]
  12. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of whole hazelnuts on top of the batter.
  13. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Do not overbake! They are done when there is a slight crust on the top but your finger still makes an impression. Cool thoroughly on a rack, refrigerate, and cut into 12 or 18 pieces.
Recipe Type: Dessert, Snack

Celebrate World Nutella Day the gluten free way! Make Nutella Brownies |!

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25 thoughts on “Nutella Brownies

  1. I can't ever pass up a recipe that involves chocolate and hazelnuts. I was vacationing this past summer in Oregon and stopped at a hazelnut farm - perfect use for my big stash of them! Happy World Nutella Day!
  2. I basically want to lick my screen right now, that's how amazing those brownies look! I love brownies, and Nutella?! Amaazzzzzing. All of these delicious recipes are dangerous for my wedding dress! Bookmarking because after my honeymoon I'm going on a baking spree! Thanks for linking up with Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party! Renee @ Gettin' Fit Fab recently posted...BEST OF THE BLOGOSPHERE LINKY PARTY #56My Profile
  3. I've been eating brownies for as long as I can remember. What I remember is that they are all the same...but not these! Somehow you are able to bring me back to the first day I have ever tried one. Balance of the texture and flavors is perfect to say the least. You have nailed it by using Nutella AND hazelnuts which is an amazing twist to an old time favorite guilty pleasure treat. All I can say that they are addictive. Please create a six star rating for this recipe :)! As always you are the best! Oleg Panchenko recently posted...Nutella BrowniesMy Profile

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