Nutella Fudge Brownies from ‘Desserts 4 Today’!

by Dorothy Reinhold on October 4, 2010

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Nutella Fudge Brownies from 'Desserts 4 Today' Nutella Fudge Brownies are rich, fudgy and with only 4 ingredients (Nutella, egg, flour, hazelnuts), the easiest bite you’ll make! 

We met baker extraordinaire Abby Dodge on Saturday. Now let’s tuck into her new cookbook, “Desserts 4 Today: Flavorful Desserts with Just Four Ingredients,” (Taunton Press; $17.95).

Confession time: I have, oh, maybe 400 cookbooks stuffing my shelves. So really, truly, do I need another cookbook?

Well, yes, if it is one by Abby Dodge, a gifted baker and baking teacher, who has guided us from the pages of “Fine Cooking” and “Bon Appetit”Nutella Fudge Brownies from 'Desserts 4 Today' magazines for more than 15 years, and from her own seven cookbooks. (Read more about her in A Baker’s Dozen Questions for Goddess of the Oven.)

The premise of D4T is simple, flavorful desserts with only four ingredients. Really, truly, only four!

Not only does it work as a concept, it works in reality, in a busy home kitchen. Less is more, indeed.

Nutella Fudge Brownies from 'Desserts 4 Today'

That’s a lotta Post-it flags marking recipes to try!

My habit is to put yellow Post-its on recipes I would like to cook. When I was done paging through, the book was aflutter with Post-its! A better question might have been what DIDN’T I want to cook from these pages?

Hint: If you have a baking or kitchen enthusiast on your gift list, this would be a good solution. And although it is not billed as a cookbook for children, many of the recipes appeal to all ages, and are simple enough for young teens to tackle.

The star of the book, according to moi, is Nutella Fudge Brownies. Nutella is the delicious hazelnut-cocoa spread that originated in Italy but has successfully stormed the U.S. borders. The recipe is pinging all over the planet, for good reason! You can get the craving, and within half an hour, a batch is baked and out of the oven. It makes 12 bite-size brownies, so that’s another plus; there are not so many hanging around that your eating plan is ruined. (Note to self: make sure to buy the BIG jar of Nutella at Costco! And if you have a jar hanging around, this is a great way to use a jar of Nutella!)

Whatever recipes you choose from this book, from idea to mouth, they are all fast, easy and most importantly, delicious!

Here’s a quick visual tutorial on the easy Nutella Fudge Brownies:

Nutella Fudge Brownies from 'Desserts 4 Today'

Nutella and egg go first into the bowl — 2 ingredients

Nutella Fudge Brownies from 'Desserts 4 Today'

Stir vigorously with a spoon

Nutella Fudge Brownies from 'Desserts 4 Today'

Add flour and stir in (that’s the third ingredient)

Nutella Fudge Brownies from 'Desserts 4 Today'

The bowl awaits licking. Where are the kids?

Nutella Fudge Brownies from 'Desserts 4 Today'

Batter in the cups awaiting the hot oven

Nutella Fudge Brownies from 'Desserts 4 Today'

A small mortar and pestle quickly crush a few nuts (that’s fourth ingredient)

Nutella Fudge Brownies from 'Desserts 4 Today'

Baked and looking good

Nutella Fudge Brownies from 'Desserts 4 Today'

Cool on a rack

Nutella Fudge Brownies from 'Desserts 4 Today'

Half with nuts, half without for the kids

Nutella Fudge Brownies

From “Desserts 4 Today: Flavorful Desserts with Just Four Ingredients,” by Abby Dodge (Taunton Press; $17.95)Nutella Fudge Brownies from 'Desserts 4 Today'

  • 1/2 cup Nutella spread
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts (can omit nuts if your children don’t like them, says moi! or use chopped smoked almonds for a change of pace!)

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup mini muffin pan with paper or foil liners.

Put the Nutella and egg in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth and well blended. Add the flour and whisk until blended.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins (about 3/4 full) and sprinkle with the chopped hazelnuts.

Bake until a pick comes out with wet, gooey crumbs, 11-12 minutes. Set on a rack to cool completely. Serve immediately or cover and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Makes 12 brownies.

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Nutella Fudge Brownies from 'Desserts 4 Today'

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own and there was no compensation for this review.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandi G December 8, 2016 at 9:49 pm

Nutella! This is my favorite…and it looks amazing in this recipe. I will have to check out that cookbook.


Patricia @ Grab a Plate December 8, 2016 at 5:49 pm

Wow! These are incredible! I have Nutella on the brain lately, so…..
And I’ll never forget the first time my Italian cousins visited and brought Nutella with them. Instant love!


Dorothy Reinhold December 10, 2016 at 6:50 am

The gift of Nutella…ALWAYS welcome!


Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet December 8, 2016 at 5:09 pm

A thousand times yes – these brownies look positively scrumptious!


Renee - Kudos Kitchen December 8, 2016 at 4:16 pm

Happy National Brownie Day! These look fantastic and I know they’ll taste good if they come from Abby’s book!


Dee December 8, 2016 at 3:13 pm

I love that this only uses one bowl – easy clean-up and a delicious dessert! 🙂


Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) December 8, 2016 at 8:32 am

These are super super lovely!


Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) December 8, 2016 at 8:30 am

Oh I love these!


Erren December 8, 2016 at 7:35 am

I love anything with Nutella in!


Rayne August 11, 2016 at 10:45 am

These came out UH-MAYZING!!! They were done in literally 3 mins tho. I kinda changed the recipe by adding another 1/3 cup of nutella, half of an egg (no yolk) and 1 more large spoon of flour n it worked for me!!! BEST RECIPE EVER!!!


Dorothy Reinhold August 12, 2016 at 9:57 am

3 minutes? WOW! That’s interesting, because I have made these more than 15 times already, and the timing is always exactly as in the recipe. I’m gonna say your oven is a LOT hotter than mine!


sume March 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Wow… soo easy and yummy… Thanku for posting this…


laura December 1, 2011 at 11:56 am

so easy and really yummy


kurlykolly June 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I love Nutella more than I love my own grandmother. I’m doin’ this!


Dorothy June 6, 2011 at 8:56 am

Ha! Hope your granny isn’t reading this!


Pauline Eikel February 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Love NUTELLA! Can’t wait to try these & I like the idea of the muffin tin & pre-proportioned! It is very, very difficult to stop eating Nutella! I think the angels invented it!


Elizabeth November 14, 2010 at 11:14 am

Have you tried making this as the traditional bar or does it need the extra surface area touching the metal of baking in the little muffin tins to get the right consistency? (Not well written, but I think you get what I’m asking.) I would think they’d take longer in a 9 * 13 pan … and maybe it would take a double recipe to fill it? What do you think?


Dorothy November 14, 2010 at 11:28 am

Elizabeth, I have made them a half dozen times, but always in mini muffin cups. They are super cute that way, and pre-portioned, which I like. This recipe makes only 12 mini muffin sized brownies, and there is not much batter, so you are nowhere near a 9×13. You could try an 8×8, but I might be tempted to try a 9×5 loaf pan actually. I don’t really know…I am just thinking out loud. You would need to watch the time, because I don’t know how much longer it would take than the mini muffins. Please come back and let us know if you try this…others will benefit from your baking adventure!


Christine Steendahl-"The Menu Mom" November 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm

These look absolutely delicious! I love how you have photos of the steps in the recipe. Can’t wait to try them!


~Chef Louise October 4, 2010 at 8:46 pm

scary good… i am a fool for hazelnuts and nutella, add in more chocolate and i’m a mess. these are as you would say scary good. nice to have met you at camp blogaway.
beautiful blog,
~Chef Louise


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