4-Ingredient Nutella Brownies

February 5, 2020 By Aneesha |

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Made with only 4 ingredients, these fudgy, chewy and soft, Nutella Brownies will blow your mind away.  With an irresistible chocolate hazelnut flavor, you won’t be able to stop at one. Make them for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or any special occasion.

Easy recipe for chocolate brownies with heart shaped icing for valentine's day

Easy Chocolate Brownies with only 4-Ingredients

Brownies are one dessert that don’t need an introduction!  It’s like someone took chocolate cake and made it chewy and gooey on the inside.  Yum!

My family LOVES brownies enough to go any lengths to making them.  But usually, we make our brownies with the usual suspects- flour, cocoa powder, sugar, butter, eggs and melted chocolate. This recipe cuts that list in half and reduces it down to only 4 ingredients- Eggs, Nutella, flour and chocolate chips.

This recipe for Nutella Brownies is now our go-to brownie recipe and the best part is that it comes together in under 30 minutes, start to finish.

What is Nutella?

Nutella, pronounced “New-tell-uh”, is a spread made from the combination of roasted hazelnuts, skim milk and a hint of cocoa. This extremely popular spread it used in many breakfast, snack and dessert recipes.

Another Treat for Nutella Lovers: Nutella French Toast

Fudgy chewy brownies on a white plate with green sprinkles

Brownies from Scratch in 30 mins

This recipe is really simple to make.  All you need is all-purpose flour, Nutella (Hazelnut Spread), eggs and chocolate chips. Combine them in a big bowl, bake them for 16-18 mins and wait for them to cool- that’s it!

In just 30 minutes, you’ll have yourself the easiest and tastiest homemade brownies that have a crinkly crackly top with a moist and fudgy texture inside. It’s the best of both worlds.

Also try These Instant Pot Fudgy Brownies

Chocolate Nutella Brownies decorated with pink and red hearts for Valentine's Day

3-Ingredient Nutella Brownies

Nutella Brownies can be made with just 3 ingredients- Nutella, Flour and Eggs. But, the addition of chocolate chips makes these brownies really gooey on the inside. 

The chips melt as the brownies cook and then you bite into pockets of melted chocolate, which adds a whole new flavor dimension. And that’s why we love and recommend this ‘4th’ ingredient so much 🙂

That being said, if you don’t care for gooey brownies, you can skip the chocolate chips and make this recipe with just 3-ingredients

Sometimes, we like to add a 5th ingredient to this recipe, chopped walnuts, and that takes it to another level of yumminess!  The walnuts provide a nice flavor and texture contrast to the brownies.  But that’s purely optional.

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Easy Brownies Recipe That Kids Can Make

Guess Who Perfected This Homemade Brownie Recipe?

The credit for this easy brownie recipe goes entirely to my kids!  They simply love Nutella!  So, they tweaked their favorite Chocolate Brownies recipe and substituted Nutella for the melted chocolate. 

They tested and re-tested this recipe a few times, trying out different combinations of flour and Nutella, and even adding cocoa powder to see if the results were tastier.

Finally, they came up with this recipe for 4-Ingredient Nutella Brownies, which has now become a regular for Super Bowl parties and other celebrations in our house.   My kids make a coffee-mug version of this recipe too- Brownies in a Mug– perfect for single servings.

How to Make Nutella Brownies

Here are step by step instructions and photos on how to make these delicious Chocolate brownies.

Step 1: Try and take out eggs from the refrigerator 30 minutes before making this recipe. Room temperature eggs make for a smoother texture after baking.

4-Ingredient Brownies, garam masala kitchen

Step 2: I like to use Nutella, but any hazelnut spread will work in this step. I will NOT recommend using chocolate sauce. That has a more runny texture and won’t work in this recipe.

4-Ingredient Brownies, garam masala kitchen

Step 3: Using an electric hand-mixer, or a whisk, mix the Nutella with the egg, till it becomes smooth.

4-Ingredient Brownies, garam masala kitchen

Step 4: Using a strainer or flour-sifter, add flour to the chocolate and egg mix. Sifting the flour makes the batter very smooth, which results in even baking.

4-Ingredient Brownies, garam masala kitchen

Step 5: Fold in the flour using a Spatula. Brownies are supposed to have a dense texture. Using an electric mix at this stage will end up incorporating ‘unwanted’ air into the batter, which is why using a spatula works better. If adding nuts, fold them in right now.

4-Ingredient Brownies, garam masala kitchen

Step 6: Pour and spread the batter in a greased 8″ X 8″ baking pan. Lift the pan and gently tap it on the counter or a cutting board. Repeat 2-3 times. This helps release and burst any air bubbles in the batter.

4-Ingredient Brownies, garam masala kitchen

Step 7: Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350F for 16-18 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out slightly sticky, you’re done! If it comes out wet, pop the pan back in the oven for another 2 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before cutting in squares.

4-Ingredient Brownies, garam masala kitchen

How to Dress-up Nutella Brownies for a Party

We love making these brownies for special occasions, Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and pretty much any day we feel like indulging. If I am making them for an occasion, I like to dress them up a bit.

For Super Bowl, or any game day parties, I make a simple powdered sugar icing, or a cream cheese icing and pipe a football ‘stitch’ symbol on the brownies. Like this 👇

Chocolate brownies iced with a football symbol for super bowl

For Valentine’s Day, I mix a drop of pink or red food color in the icing, and pipe cute little hearts on the brownies. A little bit of customization makes them look even more tempting and perfect for the occasion.

A white plate with Chocolate Brownies decorated with heart shaped icing for Valentine's Day

Make a Quick Powdered Sugar Glaze Icing for Nutella Brownies

To make a simple Powdered Sugar Glaze icing, I mix together:

  • 1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoon of cold water. (Start by adding 1 teaspoon first and add more only if needed. )
  • To make it colorful, simply add a drop or two of gel food color of your choice.

Icing TIP: Remember, when dealing with food color, less is more.

Using a spoon, fill the icing in a piping bag, or a ziplock bag, and push down the icing to a corner. Roll the bag tight so you can squeeze the icing from that corner.

Cut the very tip of the bag to make a very small hole. Now using a firm and steady grip, gently squeeze out the piping and make whatever design you wish.

Another Popular Chocolate Dessert: Chocolate Lava Cake

Recipe Tips for Nutella Brownies

  • Try and take out eggs from the refrigerator 30 minutes before making this recipe. Room temperature eggs make for a smoother texture after baking.
  • I like to use Nutella, but any hazelnut spread would work in this recipe. I would NOT recommend using chocolate sauce.
  • Icing TIP: If you’re making a colored icing, add only 1 drop of gel food color at a time. Adjust as needed.
  • The addition of chocolate chips makes the brownies fudgy and gooey.  If you don’t care for that texture, you can skip those.

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Easy recipe for chocolate brownies with heart shaped icing for valentine's day

4-Ingredient Chocolate Nutella Brownies

This recipe for 4-ingredient Chocolate Nutella brownies is simple, quick, and makes fudgy and gooey brownies. All you need is all-purpose flour, Nutella (Hazelnut Spread), eggs and chocolate chips. 
4.84 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Cooling Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 16 Brownies
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Aneesha Gupta

Ingredients

Optional add-on

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8″x8″ baking pan with Parchment Paper, or, spray it with Pam No-Stick Cooking Spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs using an electric mixer or a wire whisk. Add Nutella and whisk for 30 seconds. 
  • Sift in flour and mix everything with a spatula. Add chocolate chips and fold them in. 
  • If adding chopped walnuts, add them with the chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter in a parchment lined pan and bake for about 16-18 minutes. 
  • Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out clean, you’re done! Enjoy the brownies with your favorite accompaniments. Some of our favorites are vanilla ice-cream and caramel sauce.

Notes & Recipe Tips

Recipe Tips for the Best Nutella Brownies

  • Try and take out eggs from the refrigerator 30 minutes before making this recipe. Room temperature eggs make for a smoother texture after baking.
  • I like to use Nutella, but any hazelnut spread would work in this recipe. I would NOT recommend using chocolate sauce.
  • Icing TIP: If you’re making a colored icing, add only 1 drop of gel food color at a time. Adjust as needed.
  • The addition of chocolate chips makes the brownies fudgy and gooey.  If you don’t care for that texture, you can skip those.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Brownie | Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownies from scratch, Chocolate Brownies, Nutella Brownie Recipe, Nutella Brownies
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This recipe was updated in 2020 with new photos, helpful information, tips and step-by-step photos.

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