Friday, January 18, 2013

Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Nutella Buttercream

Chocolate and Nutella...

Probably one of the most glorious combinations in the whole world of delicious-y goodness.. and I just made it even better...

Chocolae fudge brownies + Nutella buttercream.

One word:  Perfection.

A rich, hazelnut-y, chocolate-y spread (yes, those are words) folded into a fluffy buttercream, smeared all over a velvety, chewy, perfectly baked fudge brownie and topped with freshly toasted hazelnuts...  

If that is not heaven, I don't know what is...

1 box your favorite boxed brownie mix (make accordingly to package)
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1 small bag chopped hazelnuts, toasted
1 stick salted butter, softened
1/2 cup Nutella
3 cups powdered sugar
3 TBS skim milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Make brownies according to directions on box BUT before you bake them, sprinkle chocolate chips all over top of batter.  Bake according to the directions on the box.   Let cool.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and spread chopped hazelnuts on a cookie sheet and bake for about 5 minutes until you can smell the hazelnuts.  Set aside and let cool.

Once the brownies are cool, take a circle cookie cutter- your choice on the size- and cut circles out of the brownies.

Set brownies aside.

To make the Nutella buttercream, add softened butter to a bowl.  Mix with a paddle attachment on medium-high until soft.  Add Nutella and mix together on medium speed.  Slowly add powdered sugar and whip on slow-medium speed.  (I poured mine in 1/4 cup at a time!)  Once all of the powdered sugar is added, crank up the speed to medium.  Also, make sure to wipe down the sides of the bowl periodically throughout adding the sugar.  Mix in the milk and vanilla on low speed.  Adjust consistency of buttercream to your liking. (If too runny, add more powdered sugar.  If too thick, add more milk!)

To assemble the brownies: Add one layer of the brownie to a plate.  Top a heaping spoonful of the buttercream on top and spread evenly around the brownie top!

Add another piece of brownie and another scoop of buttercream!  Evenly spread the buttercream around the top of the brownie!  Top with chopped, toasted hazelnuts!  Have some fun and add as many layers of brownie and buttercream as you would like!  Cut out different sized circles and just play around!

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