Monday, September 22, 2014

Mini Nutella Brownies {4 Ingredients}-Baby Shower for Lauren from Keep It Sweet Desserts!

Some of the best things in this world are small. Me, engagement rings, puppies, teacup pigs, mini brownies, and BABIES!!! Today is so exciting because a bunch of bloggers are coming together to throw Lauren, from Keep It Sweet Desserts, a BABY SHOWER!
I was lucky enough to meet up with Lauren a couple times when I lived in NY and she is seriously SO sweet and such a talented baker (to this day the best blondies I've ever tasted were hers!) So I was thrilled to hear she was expecting a little bambino! And it's a boy! I'm so thrilled and I know Lauren (and her hubby, Matt) are going to be such wonderful parents to their sweet baby boy. Lauren even made the really difficult decision to close her (amazingly successful) baking business to focus on their family-which I know was so hard for her but shows how incredible of a person she is and what a phenomenal mom she is going to be! AND she is also available for consulting (while still keeping up with her fantastic blog)-to help other people follow their dreams of opening a baking business and to learn from her expertise! Seriously, this girl is THE BEST. And now her little one could be here in the near future, so exciting! EEEEEEE!
In fact, it's the impending baby-dom that led me to make these mini Nutella brownies for the shower. That, and the fact that it's a "mini" themed shower (which is like the cutest idea everrrr). But, anyway, these brownies are like CUHRAAAZY easy to make. Like...it took me less than 5 minutes to mix everything up and pop them into the oven. And then they bake for, like, 10 minutes. And then you have brownies! Hooray! I know Lauren is going to be completely swamped once her little fella arrives, but I know that girl loves to bake and loves sweets, so I think these could be a great little something for her to whip up really quickly while her little guy naps or some such. And then she has brownies. It's sorta brilliant.

P.S. I attempted to incorporate some blue into the photos via the napkin to make them a smidge festive, I know it probs. could've been a million times cuter but...I fail at decorating/styling my food. Apologies.
So. You know I love Lauren. You know I'm so excited about her impending mommy-dom. You know these brownies are mini. You know they are quick and easy to make. But can we talk about how they taste?

Answer: AMAZINGGG.

These pack such a wollop of Nutella/chocolate-hazelnutty flavor! They are rich and perfectly gooey and chewy, with an awesome crunch from the hazelnuts on top! They are wonderfully bite sized so you can eat them in 1-2 bites, tops. See? Minimal effort required, even in the eating part. All around delicious and totally worthy of the dessert prowess and overall awesomeness that is Lauren.

CONGRATULATIONS LAUREN AND MATT!! 
I'm so excited for you and I can't wait to see photos of your sweet little boy!

Mini Nutella Brownies {4 Ingredients}

Slightly adapted from Savory Sweet Life

Makes 12 mini brownies.
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts (optional, or can swap in a different kind of chopped nut or topping)
Preparation:
  • Heat oven to 350F degrees. Line 12 mini muffin cups with paper or foil liners.
  • Whisk (or stir with a spoon really well) together the Nutella and egg. Mix in the flour until completely combined.
  • Evenly distribute batter between the 12 muffin cups, filling a little over 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle with chopped nuts (or other topping).
  • Bake 11-12 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a brownie comes out with wet crumbs.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Check out all the other mini goodies for Lauren's shower!!:
Mini Pumpkin Layer Cakes from The Baker Chick
Mini Apple Spice Cupcakes from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
Mini Nutella Brownies from The Cooking Actress
Mini Iced Oatmeal Cookie Apple Pies from Girl Versus Dough
Pickles in a Blanket from The Lemon Bowl
Mini Cookie Cocktail (and Mocktail!) from We Are Not Martha
Mini Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes from Eats Well With Others
Roasted Caprese Stack with Peaches from Warm Vanilla Sugar
Crunchy Cookie Butter M&M Bars from The Avid Appetite
Mini Pumpkin Streusel Pies from Espresso and Cream
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