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Easy Flourless Three Ingredient Nutella Brownie Cupcake

Updated on June 24, 2014
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Quick Facts About Nutella Spread

  • Gluten-free
  • Peanut-free
  • Nutella was first imported from Italy to USA over 25 years ago
  • Uses no artificial colors or preservatives
  • Made from hazelnut, cocoa and skim milk
  • Created in the 1940s by Pietro Ferrero

You can find more information at Nutella's site.

Brownie, Cupcake or Both

When I was younger, I preferred brownies over cupcakes. I think that was a time before cupcakes were so popular. I also thought it was easier to bake up some brownies because they didn't require icing. Plus, they were chocolate and I loved chocolate. I still do but now I am also a fan of cupcakes. I love baking them, decorating them and eating them. I have developed a bit more of a sweet tooth as I age. I remember not being a big sugar junkie in my younger days but now I have kids of my own and I am more interested in baking, propelling me to explore new sugary recipes to create. I know, I need to stop with all the sugar and I have been trying but it is tough!

(My next challenge is to explore more ways to create desserts without sugar). When I allow myself to have cheat days, however, I want to try something new and flavorful.

My most recent baking exploration led me to these brownie cupcake hybrid treats. They are packed with flavor since the main ingredient is Nutella. This recipe allows you to label these as a type of brownie or you can go the extra step and turn them into cupcakes. Add on the cream cheese frosting and you are ready for some happy taste buds.

Clear Mixing Bowls to Mix Your Dessert

Nutella Cupcake with Nutella Cream Cheese Icing

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Nutella Brownie Cupcake

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Nutella Brownie-Cupcake Hybrid

Some recipes may not clearly fall into one category, like this Nutella dessert. Either way, it is tasty and I like that you can manipulate it into a brownie texture or make into a cupcake. I am sure there are plenty more ways to bake with Nutella. I actually experimented with Nutella brittle, too. I will be sharing that somewhere soon. For those who like brittle, that recipe will be a nice one to try.

Bake in Jar and Save for Later

Serve this delicious treat in a jar.  You can reheat before eating it and add some toppings for an unforgettable treat.
Serve this delicious treat in a jar. You can reheat before eating it and add some toppings for an unforgettable treat. | Source

Grab This Great Deal on Large Nutella

Top it with More Chocolate

Reese's Pieces, one of my favorites, had to try it with this and it gave it that extra burst of flavor.
Reese's Pieces, one of my favorites, had to try it with this and it gave it that extra burst of flavor. | Source

Cook Time for Nutella Brownie Cupcakes

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 6 cupcakes or 12 brownie bars

Ingredients for Nutella Brownie Cupcakes

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 cup sugar, (I used brown sugar).

Instructions to Make Nutella Brownie Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking pan with cupcake liners or if you want the traditional brownie bars, grease a 9x12 baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix Nutella, egg and sugar. Pour into baking cups or baking pan.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes until top begins to look dried and crack. Do not over cook. Inside will be a little gooey. You do not want to have it harden much as it will harden a bit more as it cools.
  4. After it is done cooling, cut into bars or if making cupcakes, you can add the Nutella cream cheese topping, if desired. Instructions for that are below.

Nutella Brownie

If you just want some brownies, no need to add icing.  Depending on your oven, don't cook this more than 15-20 minutes to keep the brownie-like consistency.
If you just want some brownies, no need to add icing. Depending on your oven, don't cook this more than 15-20 minutes to keep the brownie-like consistency. | Source

Nutella Cream Cheese Icing

One of my favorite types of icing is cream cheese icing. I love strawberry cream cheese icing but this time I was all about Nutella. I thought, "Why not throw in some Nutella flavor into the icing, too?" So, I did just that! If that is too much Nutella for you, then just cut out the Nutella from this icing recipe and maybe use strawberry cream cheese instead of plain cream cheese.

Three Main Ingredients

All you need are sugar, egg and Nutella to get you started.
All you need are sugar, egg and Nutella to get you started. | Source

How to Make Nutella Cream Cheese Icing

You will need:

  • 1 package of cream cheese, 8 ounces, softened
  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk
  • 2-3 tablelspoons Nutella
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter. Beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk. Mix until smooth. Add vanilla extract and 2-3 tablespoons of Nutella, depending on how much of the taste you prefer. If it is too thick, add 1 tablespoon of milk.

Brownie in a Jar

Add some whip cream on top, if desired.  See table below for more topping suggestions.
Add some whip cream on top, if desired. See table below for more topping suggestions. | Source

A Treat to Share

This dessert is one that you will want to bring to parties or serve to friends after dinner or as a special surprise for a loved one. If you bake it in a jar, grab two spoons and enjoy it together. The flavor is rich and moist so I personally, could not eat more than one serving at a time, which makes it perfect to share with someone else.

Video of More Fun Nutella Facts

Extra Ingredients and Toppings to Add into Nutella Dessert

Into the Batter
Toppings
White chocolate chips
Fresh strawberries
Butterscotch chips
Strawberry syrup
Chopped walnuts
Caramel
Chopped peanuts
Granola
Chopped pecans
Cool Whip
 
Whipped Cream
 
Reese's Pieces
 
Hershey's Kiss

Tasty Treat

When I ate this, I alternated taking bites between the cupcake and the strawberry.  Yum!
When I ate this, I alternated taking bites between the cupcake and the strawberry. Yum! | Source

Nutella Crackers

Another tasty tip: You can spread Nutella on saltine crackers for that sweet and salty combination. A snack kids and adults alike will enjoy.

Nutella Sandwiches

Some other ideas to eat Nutella are to spread it on a sandwich. Add some sliced strawberries or sliced bananas, too.

How do you like to eat Nutella?


Happy eating!

©BNadyn 2014

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  • billybuc profile image

    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I don't read many recipe hubs any longer, but put the word "brownie" in the title and you can count on me stopping by. Thanks for the tips and have a great weekend.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you and I appreciate you stopping by, this one's pretty easy and doesn't require much preparation at all. Have a wonderful weekend, too!

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    Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

    Yummy! I love baking and this one without flour is awesome. I have to try this soon. Thanks for sharing.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you for checking it out, Thelma, I hope you enjoy it!

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    travmaj 3 years ago from australia

    Mmmm - these look delicious and baking in the jars is a great idea. Great tips.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, travmaj, yes I love baking in jars - it works well for storing and carrying along, too.

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    Tolovaj 3 years ago

    I like the fact it is without flour. It certainly looks like a nice project for a rainy afternoon ... Thanks for the recipe and one more thing - yes, you are maybe exaggerating with sugar, and maybe you really should cut down a bit, but please, don't stop sharing recipes like this one;)

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Hi Tolovaj, thank you so much for coming by and for the nice comment. LOL, I probably should cut down more on sugar, my sweet tooth has gotten worse over the past couple years - just have to take it in moderation. :)

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    Aga 2 years ago

    AWESOME!!! After this I so need to have something sweet - right now! LOL This is perfect for my mother in low, since she is allergic to wheat and gluten.

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    Bernadyn 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Monis Mas, that is great, hopefully she enjoys it and it's pretty rich so that's good if you need a quick sugar fix!

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