Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Nutella Pretzel Brownies

Happy World Nutella Day everyone! 

For whatever reason, February 5th has been designated as World Nutella Day...kind of random, but I'll take any excuse to celebrate! Creamy, delicious Nutella is one of my all time favorite (non-Paleo) indulgences. If I was stranded on a desert island and could only have 3 things to eat, Nutella would definitely be one of them. You might say I'm a little obsessed.


That's why when I was looking for a dessert to make this weekend for a Super Bowl get together, these brownies caught my eye. I'm a huge fan of salty/sweet and dipping pretzels in Nutella is a favorite treat of mine, so I thought this would be the perfect recipe to share. 

I did make a few modifications; first I doubled the recipe and used a larger pan. Then because I thought the fact that these brownies were frosted with Nutella and topped with pretzels wasn't decadent enough, so I ended up melting some chocolate chips and drizzling them over the pretzels. I know, I'm ridiculous. Other than that, I didn't bake the crust quite long enough so it didn't really set up like I would have hoped. So that meant when I went to cut a square out of the brownies, the crust crumbled everywhere. Fail. But I just used that broken crust and sprinkled it back on top of the brownies and it was delicious! Seriously, these brownies are so rich and decadent, they're almost like fudge! 


Nutella Pretzel Brownies
Recipe Source: Bakingdom
 
Makes 1 8×8-inch batch
(I doubled the recipe and used a 9x13 pan instead)
 
Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST
1 1/2 cups pretzels
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

FOR THE BROWNIES
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup Nutella hazelnut spread
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
More Nutella spread for frosting the brownies
Extra pretzels for garnishing
(Chocolate chips--to melt and drizzle over top if you want to be excessive)


Directions
 
To make the crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
Place the pretzels in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until broken up into tiny pieces. Add the sugar and pulse until combined, then pour in the butter. Continue pulsing until combined.
Press the pretzel mixture firmly into the prepared pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the edges are golden and the crust feels firm.
While the crust is baking, make the brownies: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Once melted, remove from heat and whisk in the sugar until combined.
Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.
Whisk in the dry ingredients until combined and pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it. Allow brownies to cool for at least 45 minutes before frosting with Nutella spread and garnishing with pretzels.


I'd highly recommend making a batch today...to celebrate! Have a delicious day everyone! Xoxo
 

PS: If you're looking for more ways to celebrate World Nutella Day, you could make these, these, or these. Yum yum yum.

10 comments:

  1. OMG STOP IT. It's not even 9am and I desperately need one of those.

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  2. Oh my word! Those look too delicious for words... I must try these ASAP!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  3. So you're saying I have an excuse to eat nutella today Excellent. These look awesome!

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  4. ohhhhhhh myyyyyyyyy worddd. Pinning these now! And hoping to make them in a few weeks!

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  5. Oh my lord... these look incredible!!

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  6. YUMMM. I want these RIGHT now! :)

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  7. OMGosh these look amazing!! I love the sweet and salty combination :).

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  8. WOW, I need to try one of those asap.

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  9. I had no idea Nutella had its own day although I completely understand since a jar of it only lasts a day in my house

    xx

    Jen

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Your sweet words make my day! :)

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