How To Make 2-Ingredient Nutella Brownies

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Seriously, is there anything Nutella can't do? It's already basically the most amazing substance known to human kind, and now you tell me that I can mix Nutella with just one ingredient to make a batch of fudgy, chewy brownies?

I know — if I hadn't tried it myself, I wouldn't believe me either. But here's exactly how you, too, can make these magical 2-ingredient brownies for yourself.

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I've come across other Nutella brownies using three or four ingredients, like these from Kirbie's Cravings or these from Cup of Jo. But what really piqued my curiosity was the idea of brownies made with just two ingredients, like the ones I spotted from Kate over on Tasty Kitchen, another recipe from Kirbie Cravings, and in this hilarious cooking video from The Virgin Kitchen.

These brownies are made with just a cup of Nutella and 4 large eggs. That's it. They're gluten-free, incredibly easy, and absolutely perfect for a crowd. They have a fudgy silky texture, a crispy wafer top, and deep chocolate flavor that defies all logic.

How does this work? I have no idea. It's magic.

I do know is that the key to success with these brownies is whisking the eggs until they're light lemon-colored, frothy, and tripled in bulk. This is what leavens your brownies and keeps you from making an eggy, chocolate-flavored mess. Whisk those eggs like you mean it! Keep whisking! Use a stand mixer or a hand mixer! Trust!

I like making these as brownies for an easy weeknight dessert, but I'm also keeping this recipe in my back pocket for the next time I want a flourless chocolate cake. Just imagine it sprinkled with powdered sugar, topped with fresh fruit, and drizzled with chocolate sauce — serious Dinner Party WIN, right there.

Enough talk. Here's everything you need to know to make your own batch, complete with step-by-step pictures of how everything should look!

How To Make 2-Ingredient Nutella Brownies

Makes 9 brownies

What You Need

Ingredients
4 large eggs
1 cup Nutella (slightly less than a whole 13-ounce jar)
Optional: 1 cup chopped nuts

Equipment
8 x 8-inch baking dish
Parchment paper
Nonstick spray or oil
Measuring cups and spoons
Microwave-safe bowl or cup
Stand mixer or hand-mixer
Mixing bowl
Spatula

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F: Heat the oven to 350°F with a rack placed in the middle position.
  2. Line the baking dish with parchment: Cut a length of parchment and lay it in your baking dish with the ends hanging over the sides of the dish like flaps. Spray the parchment and sides of the baking dish with cooking spary. (A light spray of cooking spay under the parchment will also help hold it secure.)
  3. Begin whisking the eggs: Crack all 4 eggs into the bowl of your stand mixer or your mixing bowl. With the whisk attachment, whisk the eggs together. Begin on low speed and gradually increase to medium-high (7 on a Kitchenaid).
  4. Whisk until the eggs are light and billowy, 6 to 8 minutes: Continue whisking the eggs until they become light lemon-colored and billowy, and are tripled in bulk. This will take 6 to 8 minutes (slightly longer if you're using a handheld mixer). The more billowy your eggs, the better the texture will be in your brownies and the less "eggy" they will taste.
  5. Warm the Nutella: While the eggs are whisking, measure the Nutella and transfer it to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the Nutella for 1 minute, stopping every 15 seconds to stir the Nutella. When warmed, the Nutella should be loose and creamy.
  6. Combine the eggs and Nutella: With the mixer on low speed, drop spoonfuls of Nutella into the egg mixture using a spatula. (With a hand-mixer, add a little at a time and mix in between.) Continue mixing until all the Nutella has been added and the Nutella is thoroughly combined with the eggs.
  7. Stir a few times by hand: Use a spatula to stir the mixture by hand a few times, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl where the whisk might have missed.
  8. Pour into the prepared pan: Pour the Nutella mixture into the prepared pan. Use a spatula to scrape the bowl clean.
  9. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes: Transfer the dish to the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. The brownies are done when they start to pull away from the sides of the dish and a cake tester inserted into the middle of the brownies comes away clean.
  10. Let cool: Let the brownies cool as long as you can. They are delicious while still warm from the oven, but will easily fall apart. For sturdy brownies, wait until they are completely cooled before cutting or removing them from the pan.
  11. Store for up to a week: Store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week or so.

Recipe Notes

  • Cakey Nutella Brownies: For a cakier version of these brownies, use just 2 eggs and add 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour or almond flour along with the Nutella.

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