Many months ago, I purchased my first jar of Nutella to make these really awesome pinwheel cookies. And then I pretty much set the jar aside and never used it again. Not because I don't like Nutella, because come on now, who doesn't like Nutella? And not because 2 tablespoons of Nutella are equivalent to 200 calories....okay, maybe a little because of that. Alright, a little more than a little.
I'm just not the cardio type. And if I stay far away from Nutella, I won't have to be. But when your mom decides to buy two more jars of Nutella because they're on sale, and now you have three jars of Nutella that are about to expire soon, you gotta do what you gotta do. It just so happened that I had a baby shower today, and I just so happen to like baking, so, you put two and two together and you get Nutella crack brownies.
Finding a Nutella recipe isn't hard because everyone and their mother literally has at least four to five Nutella recipes on their blog. I particularly wanted to find one that used the most Nutella and I found just that. And get this, it only required three ingredients! One of which was Nutella! The topping was made of some more Nutella mixed in with Rice Krispies, which of course, I had on hand because nobody really eats cereal in this house....makes me wonder why we still buy it.
While these brownies do not taste like crack (even though I promise I don't know what crack tastes like), they do taste exactly like Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Their delicious, crispy and crunchy hazelnut exterior paired with their moist and fudgy base is divine, to say the least. Even if you make them without their topping (which I did with my second batch because I ran out of Rice Krispies), they're still phenomenal.
I died a little on the inside when I had to hand these over to the lady in charge at the baby shower. We were together for only a few hours, but I felt like we had such an incredible bond. Maybe that's why they call them crack brownies? They got the addictive part down alright. It's a good thing I saved some of the edges for later. Muahahaha.
Nutella Crack Brownies
For the Nutella crunch:
2 cups of rice krispies
1 and 1/2 cups Nutella
Directions:Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Make the brownies. Place the Nutella and eggs in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth and well blended. Add the flour and whisk until blended.
Pour batter into a 9 x 9 baking pan lined with parchment paper.
Bake about 10-12 minutes until a knife inserted comes out almost clean with just a few crumbs clinging.
While the brownies are baking, make the crunch. First microwave the nutella in a glass bowl for about 30 seconds to one minute to make it easier to mix. Add in the cereal and mix thoroughly until cereal is covered with nutella.
Once brownies are out of the oven, spread the crunch evenly on top of the brownies.
Let brownies cool completely and set before serving.
Recipe from Kirbie’s Cravings