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Nutella Brownies

By Tessa Arias
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August 28th, 2015
4.7 from 46 votes
4.7 from 46 votes

Nutella Brownies are perfectly thick, chewy, fudgy, and slightly gooey with a hint of chocolate hazelnut goodness. One of the best brownies I've ever had!

Yield: 9 large or 16 small brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook: 40 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Ultra chocolaty with a hint of Nutella. Read the recipe notes on how to get even more chocolate hazelnut flavor.
Texture: Just wow. Outrageously thick, chewy, fudgy, and slightly gooey.
Ease: Easy but there are a few extra steps involved which really make these brownies the best. Just trust me on the recipe, it’s been carefully tweaked and perfected!
Appearance: Perfect squares of heaven!
Pros: Incredible brownies worthy of any occasion.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Absolutely yes.

Running this blog as a full time business can often paradoxically mean a lot of time away from the kitchen. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into everything. That sometimes means getting relaxed time in the kitchen is like a special treat. Until I make a giant mess and am staring down a huge stack of dirty dishes.

Nutella Brownies are perfectly thick, chewy, fudgy, and slightly gooey with a hint of chocolate hazelnut goodness. One of the best brownies I've ever had!

But luckily when a recipe turns out, the dishes are a small price to pay for a taste of something delectable. There’s a special gratification that comes from a homemade kitchen success and it feels that much better when it’s a recipe you’ve written and created.

Now, Nutella Brownies aren’t all that original. But this recipe is based off my Ultimate Brownie recipe which took SIX+ batches to perfect. I tweaked that recipe slightly by adding a bunch of Nutella, of course, and some other tweaks like a bit of cocoa powder to absorb some of the extra moisture. The result is something magnificent. I hope the photos really capture just how rich, fudgy, and gooey these brownies are thanks to the jar of Nutella.

Homemade Nutella Brownies + cold glass of milk = my idea of perfect. What’s yours?

Nutella Brownies are perfectly thick, chewy, fudgy, and slightly gooey with a hint of chocolate hazelnut goodness. One of the best brownies I've ever had!

If you make this Nutella Brownies recipe, be sure to snap a picture and tag me and #handletheheat on Instagram!

How to Make Nutella Brownies

Ingredients for Fudgy Nutella Brownies:

  • Semisweet chocolate chips – you can’t forget the chocolate chips in the best Nutella brownies!
  • Butter – I always recommend using unsalted butter in baking so you’re in control of the total amount of salt used in the recipe.
  • Unsweetened chocolate, chopped – I use chopped unsweetened chocolate baking bars. You could also use more semisweet chocolate chips instead, just note they won’t melt down as easily.
  • Granulated sugar – white sugar sweetens and moistens the brownies.
  • Nutella – this chocolate hazelnut spread is the star ingredient of these brownies!
  • Eggs & an egg yolk – 3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk provides the perfect texture.
  • Vanilla extract – rounds out the flavor perfectly.
  • All-purpose flour – measured accurately! Too much flour can result in a crumbly, dry, or dense texture instead of rich, fudgy brownies.
  • Cocoa powder – again, it’s so important to measure cocoa powder correctly to achieve the best brownie texture. More on this ingredient below.
  •  Fine sea salt – balances out the sweetness.

What’s the best cocoa powder for Nutella Brownies?

Since there’s no leavener (baking soda or baking powder) in this recipe, you can use Dutch Process OR natural unsweetened cocoa powder. But I find unsweetened cocoa powder creates the perfect chocolate flavor and really lets the Nutella shine through.

Learn more about the differences between Dutch Process Cocoa powder vs. Natural Cocoa Powder in this article.

comparison of dutch process vs natural cocoa powder

What’s the best pan for brownies?

When baking brownies, I highly recommend using a metal baking pan. I like this baking pan, or any quality metal baking pan that isn’t too dark in color. The darker the color, the more likely you are to burn the edges or have dry brownies.

Glass or ceramic baking pans will take LONGER to bake these brownies, and the texture may become more dense.

Bonus tip: I like to line my pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving an overhang so I can easily lift out the entire pan of brownies to cut and serve.

Can this brownie recipe be doubled?

You can easily double this recipe and bake in a 9 by 13-inch metal baking pan for about 35 to 40 minutes.

How to get crinkly crusts in brownies:

You know that tissue-thin shiny crust on top of brownies that we all love and want? It’s actually so easy to achieve!

The basic idea is to beat the eggs and sugar in the brownie batter extremely well to create a sort of foam. I discovered that I can short cut my way to that shiny crust by simply using a whisk to beat the the wet ingredients together extremely well, until the batter itself is ultra smooth and shiny. I’ve actually got an entire article dedicated to achieving crinkly crusts in brownies – check it out here!

overhead shot of chewy brownies, no chocolate chip brownies, powdered sugar brownies, and cooled butter brownies

How to store Nutella Brownies:

Store brownies in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature or up to 5 days in the fridge.

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4.7 from 46 votes

How to make
Nutella Brownies

Yield: 9 large or 16 small brownies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Nutella Brownies are perfectly thick, chewy, fudgy, and slightly gooey with a hint of chocolate hazelnut goodness. One of the best brownies I've ever had!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (170 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 sticks (170 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 ounces (113 grams) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups (245 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (150 grams) Nutella
  • 3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (96 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened (25 grams) cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8-inch *metal* baking pan with foil or parchment, leaving an overhang, and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips, butter, and unsweetened chocolate. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute then stir. Continue heating in 30-second bursts, stirring between each burst, until the mixture is melted and smooth but not scorched. Remove from the microwave and let cool slightly. Stir in the Nutella.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed until light and thick, about 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture with a rubber spatula. Add the flour, cocoa, and salt, folding gently until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake until a toothpick or tester comes out with moist crumbs still attached, 35 to 40. Do not overbake, you want to err on the side of underbaking. Let cool to room temperature. Serve at room temperature, warmed, or chilled.

  5. The brownies definitely taste best the day they are baked, but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature or up to 5 days in the fridge. They are even more fudgy when they’re chilled.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

The Nutella flavor is slightly muted with baking. To punch it up, feel free to add a tablespoon of Frangelico to the batter or a cup of toasted chopped hazelnuts if you want a bit of crunch.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Cookey — May 10, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    These look intimidating, have no fear though, these brownies will amaze you. My neighbors loved them. They did take about 45 minutes to cook because I had only a glass pan. I also added about a teaspoon of instant espresso powder and cut the sugat 1/4 a cup. I will never make another brownie recipe. I also added additional dollops of Nutelka to the top of the batter and swirled into the top layer. I did have to cover them after about 10 mibutes as they started to get to dark. Nice jobb to the chef. The only con…you will want to eat he whole pan by yourself.

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    Christina — April 17, 2022 at 2:00 am

    Del.ici.ious- I wasn’t a brownie fan before I tried your recipes!!

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      Emily — April 22, 2022 at 9:27 am

      Yay!! So happy you love them!

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    Julie G — April 5, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    I’ve made these before and they truly are excellent I’m making them again next week but would like to put a frosting on them too. Any suggestions? Thank you!

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      Emily — April 6, 2022 at 2:42 pm

      Ooo that’s a tough one, as so many would be delicious! How about our Best Buttercream? We include a bunch of flavor add-ins above the recipe…I personally think strawberry would be delicious, though there’s quite a few options to choose from 🙂 Making the brownies and then piping the buttercream on each brownie square would look so pretty! If you follow Handle the Heat on Instagram, be sure to use the hashtag #handletheheat so Tessa can see your brownies! Enjoy!

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    Sugaraddict — March 11, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    To be honest, I was skeptical about using this recipe after seeing a couple of bad reviews. But thought I’d give it a go anyway since there were good reviews too and thought it could be the bakers’ problem not the recipe’s and I’m glad I did because they turned out really well- so chocolatey and fudgey!

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      Emily — March 15, 2022 at 8:33 am

      Happy you loved this recipe! Thanks for the comment 🙂

  5. #
    Asha — January 24, 2022 at 2:01 am

    Hi Tessa. Unsweetened chocolate is not an easy ingredient to get where I’m living. What can I substitute that with? Thank you.

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      Emily — January 24, 2022 at 3:43 pm

      Hi there! We haven’t tried other chocolate in the recipe, so I can’t say for sure. Other readers have used semisweet, reducing 1 tablespoon of sugar per ounce and it worked for them. Let us know how it goes if you give it a try!

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    Azkiah — January 22, 2022 at 11:58 am

    Hi, how long this brownies can be kept in room temp & in refrigerator? I planned to make one and send one to my sister in different city that takes 1-2days delivery. Thanks!

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      Emily — January 24, 2022 at 3:01 pm

      Hi Azkiah! So glad you asked, I just added that to the instructions! The brownies are best the day they are baked, but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature or up to 5 days in the fridge. They are even more fudgy when they’re chilled 🙂

  7. #
    Katie Blot — January 11, 2022 at 11:36 am

    I’ll admit I’m not a huge nutella fan, but my husband LOVES it. I’ve made him nutella brownies before and wanted to do it again for his birthday. I came here because Handle the Heat is quickly replacing all my ‘favorite’ recipes I’ve used forever (sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies) and this one was no different. I’ve purged my other nutella brownie recipe and will only use this one from now on. Super moist, super delicious.

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      Emily — January 12, 2022 at 11:16 am

      So amazing to hear, Katie! Thrilled you’re enjoying our recipes so much! Thanks for taking the time to comment, we appreciate it! 🙂

  8. #
    Samara — December 31, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Baked for 35 mins came out dry, cakey and not very chocolatey at all. Did not taste any hazelnut. Would not try again and will probably have to toss. Very disappointing. Would prefer literally any box mix to these.

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      Emily — January 3, 2022 at 12:10 pm

      Sorry you experienced issues with your brownies, Samara! Do you use a digital scale to measure your ingredients? Dry, cakey brownies typically happen when too much flour is added. What kind of pan did you use to bake them in? These brownies are incredibly fudgy and chewy, I’d love to figure out what happened and hope you try this recipe again so you can enjoy them the way they’re meant to be! Please let me know if you’d like help further troubleshooting what happened.

  9. #
    Samira — November 8, 2021 at 12:36 am

    In my area we dont hv unsweetened chocolate so how much sugar do u suggest i use

    • #
      Emily — November 9, 2021 at 1:01 pm

      We haven’t tested that, so I can’t say for sure!

  10. #
    Shannon — September 26, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Is there any adjustments for high altitude? I followed the directions and it came out way too wet. I cooked it for almost 10 minutes more. Still way underdone.

  11. #
    Limor — September 19, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Wow very very tasty

  12. #
    Eva — September 12, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Hi! Can i double this recipe?

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      Emily — September 13, 2021 at 1:58 pm

      Absolutely! Just use a 9×13 pan 🙂 Enjoy your brownies!

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      Nirmiti rana — January 11, 2022 at 5:24 pm

      Hi
      We dont eat eggs
      So can you help me with a egg free receipe of replacment of egg in this receipe

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        Emily — January 12, 2022 at 11:20 am

        Hi there! We don’t publish egg-free recipes, sorry!

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    Beej — August 12, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    I kept adding a few more minutes to the maximum cooking time… and a few more and a few more. The top layer was hard and dry, while the inside was still runny! Too bad. The batter was yummy. These are just too thick. Maybe they would cook better in a 9X13 pan. This was way too much batter for an 8X8 pan.

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      Emily — August 13, 2021 at 10:34 am

      Sorry to hear you had issues with this recipe, Beej! What type of pan were you using? Was it light or dark-colored? It sounds like that may be the issue if the exterior of the brownies was finished baking before the inside. Do you use a digital scale to measure your ingredients?

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        Beej — August 13, 2021 at 12:38 pm

        I used a lighter colored pan and lined it with foil, as stated in the recipe. I noticed the pan was very full, as I poured the batter in and wondered if they would cook correctly. If I make these again, I’ll just try using a 9X13 pan. And no, I don’t use a digital scale, but I’ve made homemade brownies a million times, along with other baked goods, and I’ve never used a digital scale. Thanks for your quick response! Happy baking!

  14. #
    Daphne — July 8, 2021 at 4:31 am

    My 14 year old daughter just made these and she says they are the best brownies she has ever had in her life!! Thanks for an amazing recipe and for helping my daughter learn how to bake :).

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      Tessa — July 8, 2021 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, Daphne, you just made my day! I’m so excited your daughter is learning how to bake and that she loves these brownies!!

  15. #
    Stephanie — July 7, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    I made this last night and it was amazing! Great texture. I just don’t think it tastes very much like Nutella.

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    Hina rizwan — July 6, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Can we skip cooking spray

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      Tessa — July 6, 2021 at 10:31 am

      No, otherwise the brownies will stick to the pan. If you don’t have cooking spray, be sure to butter/flour your baking pan, then butter the parchment when placed in the pan.

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    Akash — June 19, 2021 at 3:11 am

    This is the best brownie recipe I’ve ever made. And I’ve made a ton of recipes.
    Just one little tweak I made was instead of using regular butter, I browned the butter before using it.

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      Tessa — June 21, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      Delicious! I think brown butter makes everything better, yum! 🙂

  18. #
    Bella — June 15, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    This recipe is sooo amazing! I didnt have nutella so I used cookie butter and it was still delicious. The brownie also looked exactly how it was supposed to look. This did take longer than it was supposed to take though. Over all٫ this is amazing!

    P.S. I wanted to give the recipe 4 and a 1/2 stars but it wouldn’t let me.

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      Tessa — June 16, 2021 at 6:28 am

      I’m sure it was delicious with cookie butter, yum! The time it takes in your oven can vary depending on the type of pan used as well as your oven temperature accuracy 🙂

  19. #
    Valerie — May 15, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Hi. How do I achieve the thick kind of brownies? I have tried the recipe but it is not very thick. Please advise. Thanks

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      Tessa — May 17, 2021 at 2:37 pm

      Valerie, what size pan are you using? I’d recommend an 8×8-inch metal pan to achieve the same thickness as shown in the photos 🙂 I’d also recommend getting a digital scale to measure your ingredients if you don’t have one yet, which will ensure accuracy in your ingredients. Good luck!

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        Valerie — May 21, 2021 at 4:34 am

        Hi. Currently, I am using 9 x 9 inch square pan. If I use 9 x 9, am I able to achieve the thick brownies ? I will take note. Thank you.

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    Lisa — May 15, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Can they be made with a brownie mix?

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      Tessa — May 17, 2021 at 2:16 pm

      I haven’t tried this brownie recipe with a box mix 🙂 Just purely homemade!

  21. #
    Kaoru Chant — May 15, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Best Brownies I’ve ever made!

  22. #
    Tracy — April 29, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    I made these brownies yesterday and it turned out really good! Rich, chewy, fudgy goodness with a hint of Nutella in every bite! Definitely a recipe worth trying out! I followed the recipe to the t and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t overly sweet (because of the sugar, chocolate and Nutella). I also added roasted chopped hazelnuts for a crunch. Making these brownies again, for sure! 🙂

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      Tessa — April 30, 2021 at 9:28 am

      So happy you love these brownies, Tracy! Great idea adding in chopped hazelnuts, I’m sure it tasted incredible!

  23. #
    Jean — April 25, 2021 at 10:26 am

    These look amazing! I’m making them this Friday. Do you know if they freeze well? Otherwise I’ll end up eating the whole batch in one weekend. Thanks!

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      Tessa — April 27, 2021 at 12:02 pm

      I haven’t tried freezing these, but it should be fine! Just cut them into squares and store in an airtight container.

  24. #
    Dayris Andrade — April 24, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Good evening Tessa… I baked this brownies, and I must say they were incredible… i gave them to a couple of friends as a gift and they were surprised.. so moist.. so decadent.. jeje.. they’re a success.. I only added 1 tsp of nutella on top and sprinkle of chocolate chips and we were done!!.. jeje.. incredible.. love them.. thank you very much..

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      Tessa — April 27, 2021 at 9:32 am

      Perfect! So happy you loved these brownies!!

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    Eliza — April 3, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    THESE ARE THE BEST BROWNIES EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!! I made these for my family and friends, and they absolutely loved them!!! Highly recommend!!!!!

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      Tessa — April 5, 2021 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you very much, Eliza, for your enthusiastic review 🙂 I so appreciate it!

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    Angela — March 16, 2021 at 6:01 am

    What are your thoughts on replacing the 1/4 cup cocoa powder with a chocolate protein powder?

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      Tessa — March 16, 2021 at 1:44 pm

      I haven’t tried that, but the brownies would probably have more of a chalky and less sweet taste!

  27. #
    Felicia — March 11, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Can you make these ahead and freeze them?

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      Tessa — March 12, 2021 at 10:26 am

      That should work!

  28. #
    Katie — February 27, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    These are INCREDIBLE!!

  29. #
    Trisha — February 24, 2021 at 6:25 am

    Rich, thick and chocolately! So good! Gave four stars because they need a bit more hazelnut flavor. I would have added chopped hazelnuts if I had any and then they would have been perfect!

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      Tessa — February 24, 2021 at 2:14 pm

      So glad you enjoyed these brownies!

  30. #
    Javaria Naveed — February 21, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    If a chocolate lover could have only one dream granted, this is it!!!! Everyone loved these and my mama literally stuffed herself with these♥️

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      Tessa — February 22, 2021 at 2:54 pm

      So glad these brownies were enjoyed!

  31. #
    JP — February 7, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    First time brownie baker and I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know how these were going to turn out until everyone at raved about them, including my super picky husband who ended up eating my brownie! They came out perfect

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      Tessa — February 8, 2021 at 1:34 pm

      Yay! This is wonderful to hear!

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    farah ajmal — February 4, 2021 at 7:47 am

    Could i just use nutella instead of the unsweetened chocolate?

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      Tessa — February 4, 2021 at 2:05 pm

      I would recommend using the unsweetened chocolate!

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