Nutella Peanut Butter Brownies: Just 7 Ingredients
Nutella Peanut Butter Brownies are not just an easy bar
cookie recipe to make from scratch. (The bars call for just 7 ingredients.)
What makes these so much fun is that they are a form of both
brownies and blondies.
Instead of cocoa or melted chocolate for flavor (as is
the case with chocolate brownies) or simply brown sugar (typical of blondies),
this recipe uses brown sugar and peanut butter.
The result is a rich peanut butter flavor and dense texture.
They are topped off, literally, with Nutella (a chocolate spread made from cocoa,
hazelnuts, sugar, and additional ingredients, available in grocery stores near the peanut butter) swirled on the surface.
Which makes these a true combination of brownies and
blondies. And irresistible.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 20-25 minutes
Makes 16-25 bars, depending on how you cut them
½ cup butter or margarine, softened
½ cup peanut butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/3 cup Nutella
Directions for Nutella Peanut Butter Brownies
- Preheat oven to 350º F. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with
aluminum foil, allowing ends of foil to extend over two sides of the pan. Coat
the foil lightly with vegetable spray.
- In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed,
combine butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Beat until well blended. Add
egg and vanilla extract, beating until the mixture is smooth.
- Add flour gradually, mixing until dough is combined. It will
- Drop dollops of cookie dough onto bottom of the prepared baking
pan. Press the mixture lightly but not too evenly, leaving crevices for
- Drop teaspoons of Nutella over cookie surfaces. Use a knife
to swirl Nutella across the top of the brownies.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Do not over
bake. Remove the pan from the oven and allow cookies to cool completely on a
wire rack. You may wish to set pan in the refrigerator for an hour to allow
brownies to chill, allowing for cleaner cuts.
- Grasp ends of aluminum foil and lift the brownies from the
pan. Peel away foil. Set brownies on a cutting board. Cut brownies in four rows
of four or five rows of five (or in any other size you wish.)
- Store bars loosely covered at room temperature.
Special Baking Tips for
Nutella Peanut Butter Brownies
The cookie dough is thicker than Nutella, which means the
Nutella will sit on the cookie surface rather than penetrate it. That’s why it
is helpful to press the brownie mixture lightly into the pan rather than
evenly. Fill in the crevices with Nutella to create a smooth surface.
Drop very small dabs of Nutella onto the cookie surface.
Smaller amounts are easier to swirl than large globs.
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