Nice too for Valentine’s Day.  I was able to write these up quickly because they are soooo easy (seriously – 10 m) and a decadent treat for your loved one(s).

Nothing fancy here but a solid mass of goodness in a square shape.  Easy, rich, and so very pretty these will hit your speed spot.  I promise.  I made these for friends and many of them enjoyed – especially those who like Nutella (obviously!)  Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and I promise you will be very happy.  Not much else to say because well, a Nutella brownie kind of speaks for itself.  Cousin Daniel – next time you are here…well, you know — they will be waiting.  If I remember.  (Remind me!)

Oh, actually – the recipe calls for peanut butter chips or chocolate chips.  My family doesn’t love peanut butter – but if you do, then go for it!

Nutella blondes from Averie Cooks (click here for her link – with alternate ideas for Nutella as well):

1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, room temp
1 egg
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup chocolate chips (you can use peanut butter chips here if you desire – or a mixture)
1/3 cup Nutella
1/3 kosher salt

Preheat oven 350.  Line an 8×8 pan with foil or parchment and lightly butter or spray.

Melt the butter and mix in the brown sugar.  Add the egg and vanilla and mix again.

Add the flour, salt and chips and gently fold until combined.

Pour into the prepared pan.  Smooth.  Then take small dollops of Nutella and plop all over.  (So eloquent I know.)

To decorate the top, drag a toothpick “draw” 4 or 5 lines.  Rotate the pan 90 degrees and repeat.  Alternately, you can just smooth it around.

Bake for 20-25 m – until a toothpick comes out just clean.

Let cool in pan.  Pull out by the sides of foil and parchment.  Slice and serve.

Btw, these freeze very well.


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