I did in fact try the original recipe too because it looked amazing and not that difficult ad also because I wanted to see how my adaptation stacked up next to the original recipe. And I found that the Fudgy Nutella Brownies are absolutely amazing, and not an incredible amount of work for a made from scratch recipe, really it is a great recipe. However this adaptation is also pretty amazing, in a slightly different way. How do they compare? The Fudgy brownies really are more fudge-y. I made two pans of them for a bake sale and one of the pans barely set up, it stayed soft and grainy like fudge. My brownies are more like a brownie (like a brownie made from a mix) They are firmer and more (for lack of a better word) cake/brownie like. Both are a little plain without frosting. Both are absolutely delicious with frosting. If serving at something like a bake sale I recommend cutting off the edges because they are not as high quality or delicious because they have less Nutella. I also definitely recommend drizzling the Nutella on the top like I did because it makes them look really fancy and it adds just a little bit more Nutella flavor, which is good. So in ay case I Love Love Love both recipes and both are definitely worth trying. Please let me know if you try either recipe and what you thought of them :)
Oh and one thing I wanted to share with you, I tasted these brownies at varying times ranging from the same day they were made to several days or a week later. I think these actually taste best after sitting in the fridge for a couple days. It cools them down, lets the frosting set up, and allows the flavors to mix. So feel free to make these a couple days before the event. They will actually taste better! (This tip is specific to my recipe I didn't get the chance to try the other recipe more than one day after making them)
Anyways, without further ado ...
Nutella Brownies(adapted from Fudgy Nutella Brownies)
I made Nutella Brownie Bites for my sister's shower
- 1 Brownie Mix (whatever brand you like, I used a couple different brands)
- 3/4 c butter (melted) or oil (the first amazing time I used butter and it was very good, very rich. 1 time I used oil because I wanted to make some lactose free for Mr. Random, it was not quite as good, but still good)
- 1/4 c water
- 3 whole eggs
- 2/3 c Nutella, separated (I have to admit I didn't actually measure this in any way, I just eyeballed it to see how much I thought should be on it)
Cream Cheese Frosting. The first can of Nutella I got was a lot more stiff than the second one (yes I was a Nutella virgin before this so I didn't know what it was supposed to be like). The can says not to microwave Nutella but I did microwave it just for a few seconds, to liquify it enough to get it to swirl well. Run the edge of a spoon both ways through the Nutella and frosting to create the swirl design.
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