Easy Nutella Brownies

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Easy Nutella Brownies.  Do I really need to say anything more than that?  Seriously.  Brownies are always a huge crowd pleaser.  We go through more than our share of them in this house.  The kids love them.  Whenever we make them, they are gone before they ever get a chance to cool off!  I am a busy mom and most of my friends are too.  We are always looking for ways to make yummy meals and sweets that are quick and easy.  This recipe is exactly that!!

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When I first saw the idea of adding Nutella to brownies I was skeptical.  I mean, why would you want or need to mess with an already perfect brownie?  Then one day I had a jar of Nutella sitting in the pantry that was just screaming to be used.  I thought why not give it a try.  I am so very glad that I did.  We love a good fudgey brownie and the Nutella just makes them even more that way.  It really enhances the chocolate, yet doesn’t overdo it.  It’s perfection.

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I didn’t tell anyone what I had done when I served them.  They all started gobbling them up right away and saying that they just might be the best brownies ever!  They were all gone in record time so I guess that speaks for itself!

 What’s your favorite way to use Nutella?

Easy Nutella Brownies
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 box of Brownie Mix
  • 1 cup of Nutella or other Hazelnut spread
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup Nutella to drizzle over the top
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°. Grease a large 9x13 glass baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the brownie mix, 1 cup of Nutella, eggs, water, and oil. Mix well.
  3. Pour into baking dish and spread evenly.
  4. In a microwwave, melt the ¼ cup of Nutella and stir in 10 second increments until thin and smooth.
  5. Now drizzle it over the top of the brownies.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool.
Notes
** Special tip... brownies cut the easiest when you use a plastic knife. It keeps the brownies from sticking to your knife and tearing them all up.
**Our personal favorite boxed Brownie mix is Betty Crocker Original Supreme with the Hershey's Syrup in it. Yum!!

 

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The first nine weeks of school ends this Friday.  I can’t believe how fast it is going by.  Didn’t they start back after summer vacation like last week?  Everyone kept telling me that as you get older, the days, weeks and years go by faster and faster. I have to say that I totally agree with that.  It seems like my kids are growing up in warp speed.  It needs to stop!!!

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Speaking of school, one of my favorite things about school days when I was little was coming home and eating my afternoon snack.  I don’t remember all of the things that I had, but a few do stand out in my memory.  Fresh baked cookies are definitely one of them.  My mom always made me the traditional Tollhouse recipe.  I thought they were the best cookies anywhere.

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I think my kids feel that way about these Bakery Style Chocolate Chunk Cookies. They get so excited when I make them and eat them all up quickly.  I made them really big like bakery style cookies.  They are just perfect.  Crispy on the outside edge, but soft and chewy in the middle.  Yum!

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I was incredibly happy when I found this recipe.   I can’t tell you just how long these stay fresh because chocolate chip cookies just don’t last long in this house!

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter (at room temp)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs (at room temp)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ lb semisweet chocolate jumbo chips or chunks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpat mat. Set aside.
  3. With an electric mixer, mix together butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Mix on low until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in the vanilla and eggs. Mix on low speed until well combined.
  5. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Add flour mixture to butter mixture slowly. Blend on low speed until just combined.
  7. Fold in your chocolate chips/chunks.
  8. Use a large ice cream scoop to scoop batter and drop onto your baking sheet.
  9. Using your hand, slighly flatten each cookie.
  10. Put in the oven and bake for 12 minutes. (They will look slightly underdone in the middle, but you do not want to overbake these)
  11. Remove from oven and let cool for 3-4 minutes. Then you can transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  12. Enjoy!!
Notes
PLEASE use only JUMBO CHOCOLATE CHIPS or CHOCOLATE CHUNKS with this recipe! I promise you will thank me for this! 🙂

This recipe was adapted from Eclectically Vintage.

Game Day Crack

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Football time is back!  It’s also a long holiday weekend.  Are you ready?  Do you have your snacks all lined up ready to keep everyone fed and happy?  If not, let me tell you about a snack that everyone will LOVE you for.  This stuff lives up to its name.  It is so addictive.  My hubby can’t get enough of this stuff.

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Do you have big Labor Day plans? My kids are so ready for a long weekend.  I am excited about this weekend because my husband is off for EIGHT days.  Oh the projects he can help me get done around the house.  😉  I better not say that too loud or he will end up “having” to go back to work!  As for the weekend, we will be doing some swimming for sure.  It’s suppose to be a hot one and we need to get in a few more swims before the water gets too cool.  I am absolutely positive that the grill will be fired up too.  My main goal for the weekend is family time.  That is hard to come by with two teenagers and a ten year old social butterfly.

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Now print this recipe and head to the grocery store to get anything you need to make it.  I know you are going to be coming back to thank me for this one!

Game Day Crack
 
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Serves: 9 cups
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 bag (7.5 oz) Original Bugles corn snacks
  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts
  • ½ lightly salted cashew halves & pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 300°.
  2. Spray a large rimmed baking pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt; heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in baking soda and vanilla.
  4. Meanwhile, in large bowl, toss together Bugles, peanuts and cashews. Slowly drizzle syrup mixture over snack mixture; toss with rubber spatula until well coated with syrup.
  5. Pour snack mix into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and stir well again. Return to oven to bake for 12-15 more miuntes or until lightly browned.
  7. Cool mix completely in pan on wire rack. Stir several times to separate pieces while cooling.