Nutella Crunch Brownies:
Nutella Crunch Brownies are made in two layers: The bottom
layer is a rich brownie. The top layer is a smooth, luscious combination of chocolate
chips and Nutella spread, with crisp rice cereal to give the cookie a light crunch.
Nutella, a chocolate spread, is made from cocoa, hazelnuts,
sugar, and additional ingredients. Its smooth texture and distinctive taste help
give this recipe’s topping a unique flavor.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 30-40 minutes
Makes 24-36 bars
5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups (10 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 ½ cups crispy rice cereal, like Rice Krispies
- Preheat oven to 350º F (325º F for a glass dish). Line a 13
x 9 baking pan with foil and spray lightly with nonstick vegetable spray.
- Make the brownie layer: in a medium bowl using an electric
mixer on medium speed, combine melted chocolate and butter. Cream until smooth.
Add sugar and beat until well blended. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla
extract. Mix until well blended. Add flour, a bit at a time, scraping the bowl
constantly until well combined. Pour mixture into prepared pan and spread it
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until edges appear to be set. The
center should still be soft. Do not overbake.
- Prepare the topping: while brownie layer is baking, prepare the topping. In a
medium saucepan on low heat, combine chocolate chips, Nutella, and butter. Stir
constantly until ingredients are melted and combined together. Remove saucepan
from the heat.
- Five minutes before brownies are done baking, add rice
cereal to topping. Mix well until the cereal is coated.
- Remove the pan from the oven. Spread the topping evenly over
the brownies while they are hot. Allow brownies to cool completely on a wire
rack. Refrigerate brownies until topping is set. Cut into bars.
- Store bars loosely covered at room temperature with wax
paper in between layers.
A Special Baking Tip
from The Elf
As you prepare Nutella Crunch Brownies, you may choose to
melt the chocolate chips, Nutella, and butter in the microwave, rather than on
the stove top. To do so, set ingredients in a microwave-safe dish. Cook for 20-30 seconds on
high. Stir the mixture. Repeat the process until the ingredients have melted
and are thoroughly mixed together. Do not overcook. Remove dish from microwave
before you add rice cereal.
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