Oh hi. These are amazing. The end.

No, seriously. I wasn’t expecting much so I only made a half batch. Again, nuts and nutty flavours. But not walnuts, which really got me thinking. It’s mostly walnuts I can live without in baked goods, especially cookies and brownies. But hazelnuts? I really like hazelnuts and I grew up on Nutella and wonderful hazelnut spreads. I didn’t end up making my own hazelnut spread because I had some vegan stuff in the pantry. I mean, are there people who don’t keep a Nutella like substance in their pantry? Well probably, and I bet they fit in their pants better too. That’s another issue.

These are inbetween fudgy and cakey. I think that’s the perfect description.

The Wannabe Chef's Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1/4 cup room temperature margarine
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour I used all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup water or soymilk
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon chocolate chips optional
  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts optional

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large bowl, cream the chocolate hazelnut spread, sugar, and margarine together.
  • Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda.
  • Pour in your liquid and mix until the batter comes together uniformly.
  • Fold in any chocolate chips or hazelnuts you might be using.
  • Grease an 8×8 baking pan and press the batter in in an even layer.
  • Bake for 28-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Take out of the oven and let cool completely before cutting in.

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