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Sea Salt Nutella Brownies

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The richest, chewiest, most flavorful Nutella brownies, courtesy of everyone’s beloved chocolate-hazelnut spread. Top them with a generous sprinkle of sea salt, and don’t even try to resist. This is my go-to for potlucks, and *the* recipe that persuades everyone to start making brownies from scratch!

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Close-up image of sea salt Nutella brownies with a small spatula dipped in the chocolate hazelnut spread.

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One thing about being a food blogger, even an aspiring one, is that you really no longer feel able to mail it in for an office party or potluck. I mean, yes, you could simply volunteer to bring drinks, or a sandwich platter from the local shop, but wouldn’t that sort of look.. bad? Somewhere between lazy and disingenuous? If you spend nearly all your free time making and taking pictures of food, and sharing that with the world, it seems reasonable to expect you’ll be able to come up with something to share in real life, no?

Of course, the cold hard reality is that food bloggers, just like everyone else, have weeks that are busy or bad, when all the trains ran late, the baby didn’t sleep, the dog ate your shoes, etc. And, of course, sometimes (often) those weeks coincide with parties or long-awaited plans or office events that cannot be rescheduled to suit.

When that happens, you can bet I’ll be bringing these brownies. They are the easiest, most delicious, most reliably crowd-pleasing dessert I know how to make.

An open jar of Nutella and a large measuring cup filled with the chocolate hazelnut spread.

I’ve made these Nutella brownies countless times, with a number of small adaptations from the genius recipe originally developed by Shelly Jaronsky in The Cookies & Cups Cookbook. Essentially, all of the chocolate flavor comes from Nutella. We’ll add a few chocolate chips for texture, and because, is adding chocolate chips ever a bad idea? But basically we’re eating baked Nutella, and that is a beautiful thing.

As I’ve written the recipe below, it calls for a full 400 grams of Nutella, which for my fellow Americans translates to about 1 1/3 cups. They sell convenient 400 gram jars of Nutella at every grocery and corner store here in Belgium. And it’s just so darn efficient to use the entire jar for one batch of brownies, no?

Nutella brownies, swirled in the baking pan and topped with sea salt.

A little mixing – butter, eggs, sugar, flour, the usual – and your batter is ready to go. Swirl some more Nutella on top (til that jar is gone, remember??) and sprinkle generously with sea salt. It may seem like a small touch, but let me tell you, everyone notices and enjoys it. I mean, everyone loves a good simple brownie, right? If the rich chocolate hazelnut flavor weren’t enough to set these apart, the sea salt takes you right to the next level.

A smattering of Nutella brownies arranged in a diagonal pattern.

A Few Tips for Making Nutella Brownies:

  • Use a square baking pan that’s either 8- or 9-inches square. If yours is 8 inches, the brownies may need a few extra minutes to bake; if 9 inches, check them on the early side. I love pans like this one, with sharp square corners!
  • Be sure to line your pan with parchment paper. Aluminum foil would work, as well. Lining makes it SO EASY after baking to lift all the brownies out of the pan and cut them neatly.
  • Don’t hesitate to scrape down the bowl a few times while you’re mixing the ingredients together. You want everything well blended, and don’t need to worry about over-mixing until you incorporate flour at the end.
  • Fleur de sel is a fantastic sea salt to use for these and many other treats in the kitchen. I usually just buy it at the grocery store, but it is on Amazon, too!

A cut pan of sea salt Nutella brownies.

Better Than Box Mix – Really!

Despite my love of cooking and baking from scratch, for a long time brownies were the one item I continued to make from a box, simply because they are so good. (And yes, I do still keep a box in the pantry for true emergencies. Nothing wrong with that – the Ghirardelli mixes are damn tasty!) But, this recipe for classic chewy chocolate brownies – made in one bowl! – started my shift to homemade brownie heaven, and these Nutella beauties have brought me the rest of the way.

Truly, I’ve taken these so many places, and can’t begin to count how many people have asked me for the recipe, all saying some version of the same thing – “I usually make brownies from a box, but THESE are something else!” 🙂

Now it’s time to try them yourself!

If you try these brownies or any other recipe on the blog, please remember to rate the recipe and leave a comment below. I love hearing from you, and other readers will benefit from your experience!

Close-up image of sea salt Nutella brownies with a small spatula dipped in the chocolate hazelnut spread.

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Sea Salt Nutella Brownies

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Yield 16 brownies

The richest, chewiest, most flavorful Nutella brownies, courtesy of everyone's beloved chocolate-hazelnut spread. Top them with a generous sprinkle of sea salt, and don't even try to resist. This is *the* recipe that persuades everyone to start making brownies from scratch!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup (5 tablespoons; 72 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (106 grams) packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/3 cups (400 grams) Nutella, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 3/4 cup (90 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (85 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Line the bottom and sides of an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang to easily lift the brownies out of the pan when cool. Set aside.
  2. Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat the butter on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add brown sugar and beat on high speed until creamed, 1-2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla extract, and beat on medium-high speed until fully incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed.
  3. Add about 1 cup of the Nutella and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, and mix until batter is smooth and fluffy. Add flour, mixing on low speed just until combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips by hand.
  4. Scrape batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly. Drop generous spoonfuls of the remaining Nutella across the top, and, using a butter knife, swirl Nutella into the batter. Top with a generous sprinkle of sea salt.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs.
  6. Set pan on a wire rack and allow brownies to cool completely. Then, lift out the parchment, cut brownies into squares, and serve.

Notes

Brownies should keep well in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for at least 4 days, but I'm going to be honest: I've made these dozens of times, and a single batch has never once lasted more than 24 hours!

Adapted from The Cookies & Cups Cookbook

Courses dessert

Cuisine american

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Chocolate hazelnut spread, Nutella, adds the most rich chocolate flavor to these chewy, irresistible brownies topped with a bit of sea salt. #nutella #nutellarecipes #brownies

 

38 Comments

  • Reply
    Anne|Craving Something Healthy
    June 18, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Seriously dying over these right now. I’m pretty sure I’ll be stopping off for a jar of Nutella in the morning and I really hope they have 400g jars in my part of the world! Pinned 🙂

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 19, 2018 at 11:19 pm

      Haha, me too, Anne! Although I suppose swirling in a little extra on top wouldn’t be the end of the world, you know, if you really had to. 😉

  • Reply
    Bri
    June 6, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Drooling just a little bit over here:) I’ve been so curious about the whole nutella brownie craze…going to give these a try!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 19, 2018 at 11:25 pm

      It’s well worth the hype, in my humble opinion! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Reply
    Sara
    June 5, 2018 at 1:30 am

    These are bound to be decadent! I may make these this week, but no promises of if I will share them with anyone else… HA!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 5, 2018 at 8:24 pm

      Haha, please let me know how they turn out if you try them! And, if you eat them fast enough all by yourself, no one else has to know they ever existed…. 😉

  • Reply
    Nicole Washington
    June 4, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    These are incredibly beautiful! I love them! Pinned!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 5, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks so much, Nicole!

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    Rachel
    June 4, 2018 at 3:01 am

    This such an awesome combination of flavors! The thought of the hazelnut flavor from the Nutella in my brownies is make me want to start baking even though it’s 11 o’clock at night!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 5, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      Haha, thanks so much, Rachel! I hope you try them sometime soon, whatever the hour! I’m always down for some late-night baking!

  • Reply
    Michele @ Queenbeebaker
    June 4, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Omigosh, those brownies look absolutely decadent and delicious! The Nutella and sea salt in them sound like perfection!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 5, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks so much, Michele!

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    Jennifer
    June 4, 2018 at 12:46 am

    There’s nothing quite like homemade brownies! These look scrumptious and I love the addition of sea salt.

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 5, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      So true! Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer!

  • Reply
    Karyl Henry
    June 3, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    My friends constantly give me grief because I “never make my recipes for them”! I’m so with you with that feeling that you always have to be “on” with the food you bring to a social gathering. I may need to make these Nutella brownies for the next party, simply to have an excuse to buy a jar of Nutella 🙂

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 5, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      Haha, right!? Glad I’m not alone! You definitely should make these – adding these to my list of “go tos” has given me an excuse to begin treating Nutella as a pantry staple, and let me tell you, that is a wonderful thing! 😉

  • Reply
    Anne Murphy
    June 3, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    LOL I”m laughing about the need to bring something homemade and special to any gathering with food! I know that so well… And I must say your solution is impressive! I love that Nutella gives the hazelnut flavor as well as chocolate!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 5, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      HA glad you can relate, Anne! The struggle is real! And thanks for your kind words!

  • Reply
    lauren
    June 3, 2018 at 3:16 am

    Yes please! Sea salt is a requirement on my brownies! Idk what it is, but it just makes everything so much chocolate-ier. Love the creamy addition of Nutella!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 5, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      I hear you! Sea salt is quickly becoming a go to for me, it’s just such a nice touch on so many things!

  • Reply
    Pearl Rodrigues
    June 2, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    WOW.. These brownies look absolutely gorgeous. I always picturise brownies to be exactly like these. Its got the perfect crust and texture. Thanks for sharing this one

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 5, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you, Pearl!

  • Reply
    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    June 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    These brownies are life! My favourite brownies that I make at home are nutella brownies. I have got to try adding sea salt next time!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 5, 2018 at 8:32 pm

      Yes, you said it! And yay for Nutella goodness! The nice thing about the sea salt, too, is that it’s SO easy to sprinkle on there, but finishes everything so nicely. Enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply
    Dominique | Perchance to Cook
    June 1, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    These brownies look and sound just divine. Sea salt + nutella were truly meant to be in brownies. I have many nutella lover friends, so I can’t wait to share this with them!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 5, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks, Dominique, hope they enjoy it as much as we do!

  • Reply
    Jenni LeBaron
    June 1, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Nutella is always good in my books and I’m totally on board for adding a little salt. It really enhances the flavor of the chocolate.

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 5, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      Definitely! Thanks so much, Jenni, for stopping by!

  • Reply
    Chichi
    June 1, 2018 at 3:45 am

    My goodness !! These look so deliciously decadent. A winner 😋😋

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 1, 2018 at 7:00 am

      Thanks so much, Chichi!

  • Reply
    Tilly
    June 1, 2018 at 3:25 am

    You had me Nutella! Adding sea salt is an awesome idea to ramp up the deliciousness.

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 1, 2018 at 7:01 am

      Thanks, Tilly! Right? Sea salt is always a good add! 🙂

  • Reply
    camila hurst
    June 1, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Monica, your pics are so beautiful!! I am totally pinning this!! Love love love it!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 1, 2018 at 7:02 am

      Thank you so much, Cam! That means a lot to me! 🙂

  • Reply
    Ann
    June 1, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Oh Monica, I soooo know the pressure of feeling like I need to bring something super impressive to every gathering because everyone knows I love to cook and bake! It’s a hard life for us. But I’m pretty sure Nutella brownies would make it all better. As happens every time I come by your blog, you have definitely inspired me to make these ASAP!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 1, 2018 at 7:04 am

      Aw, thanks so much, Ann, that is so nice of you to say! And I’m glad I’m not alone in feeling that way, haha! These brownies DO make it better. It’s great to have an option in your back pocket that is really easy to make, and that you KNOW everyone will enjoy! Plus it’s like the perfect marriage of a classic crowd-pleaser (I mean, brownies, right?) and that little extra. 🙂 I hope these can fill the same role for you! xx

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    Healthy World Cuisine
    June 1, 2018 at 12:18 am

    These would be the life of any work party. Nutella and chocolate rule. Can’t wait to sink our teeth into one of these!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 1, 2018 at 7:02 am

      Absolutely! Hope you love them as much as I do!

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