Book Club Brownies with Nutella Frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 25
Rich, dark and fudgy brownies topped with Nutella frosting. Forget the book, let's just eat.
  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, cold
  • ½ cup minus 1 Tablespoon white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts (optional)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup Nutella
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Up to 1½ cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line 8x8 pan with foil. Grease.
  2. Place butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave on high, 30 seconds at a time (stirring with a wooden spoon after each round) until butter is melted and mixture is very warm.
  3. Stir for a few moments to cool a bit.
  4. Add vanilla. Stir.
  5. Add eggs, stirring well after each one.
  6. Add flour and stir until well mixed and batter is shiny.
  7. Fold in nuts.
  8. Bake for 25 -30 minutes or until set and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Prepare Frosting: With a wire whisk or hand beater, beat together butter, Nutella, vanilla, and cream until smooth. Add powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time until desired consistency.
Recipe by Heidi Schulz Books at