Browned Butter Nutella Swirled Blondies

Browned Butter Nutella Swirled Blondies | Cookies and Cups

Is it weird that Nutella isn’t my most favorite thing?

I mean, I like it and all, but I would choose peanut butter any day of the week before Nutella.

Which is actually against pretty much everything I stand for…

Seeing as how peanut butter is WAY cheaper than Nutella…



Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that less expensive things aren’t just as good as pricier options…

It just seems that if there ever is a more expensive choice out there, guaranteed that I will unknowingly choose it all day every day.


It’s like a genetic mutation.

Which of course I blame my parents for.


BUT while I’ve found that Nutella isn’t my most favorite, it still ranks.   Right there above Jam and right below Cream Cheese.

There is a defined spreadable topping hierarchy living in my brain.

I know.  Nutcase.


So let’s enjoy my third favorite “spreadable” on a blondie today.

Oh yeah, and let’s add some browned butter.  Because, yeah.


Browned Butter Nutella Swirled Blondies.


These guys are super easy.  Start with a fairly basically blondie recipe..but brown your butter first.

You just should.


Press that into a foil lined pan…

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Then comes the fun part.

Drop your Nutella all over the top of the dough…

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When they’re cooled they will look like this…



In other news I made these babies and took them to my local  Great American Bake Sale this weekend held in Westfield, NJ.


It’s such a great cause and I was happy to participate along with some other NJ bloggers who you should totally check out:

Casey from Good. Food. Stories.  Who also wrote THIS BOOK that I am dying over.  Hello, HOMEMADE FUNYUNS?  WHAT????  You can bet I’ll be making some fun treats from her book coming up soon.

Amber from Bluebonnets and Brownies.  A fellow Texan, this girl is just good people.  And she makes the best salsa known to mankind.

and Kate from Food Babbles.  Totally adorable. And she also makes cookies like these that kill me in the best possible way.

Browned Butter Nutella Swirled Blondies
makes 16 bars
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, plus one egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup Nutella
  • *optional, flaked sea salt to garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line a 9x9 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat melt butter. Continue cooking, swirling pan, until butter is brown in color. Allow to cool 10 minutes.
  5. When butter is cooled beat sugars and butter together for 1 minute. Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla and beat until smooth.
  6. Turn mixer to low and slowly add in flour mixture until dough comes together.
  7. Spread dough into prepared pan.
  8. Drop Nutella by spoonful on top of batter and swirl into dough with a butter knife.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes until edges are golden.
  10. Sprinkle with flaked sea salt if desired.
  11. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.


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You had me at browned butter! It is my new obsession!! Just was browning some about an hour ago actually! LOL

These look so good! That swirl is beautiful!!

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies

I’m still laughing over the guy that bought one of these babies and inhaled it before his wife could get a bite. And he totally had no regrets either! If that’s not a testament to how awesome they are, I don’t know what is.

It was so awesome to hang out on Saturday and raise a little cash for some kids. Thanks for being a part of it. 🙂

Casey@Good. Food. Stories.

That guy was the best! And I think these blondies were the first things on the table to sell out, so that’s another testament to their awesomeness – I didn’t even get to try one!

Mimi @ Culinary Couture

So upset I missed the bake sale! I hope I get to meet you and my other fellow NJ bloggers someday! And when I do, please bring these blondies 🙂


My sister doesn’t like Nutella at all.
I like it all right, but the calories aren’t worth it at this specific dieting time in my life.
Buuuuttttt, I wouldnt mind shoving 13 of these in my face right now, because I am sure you took all the calories out!

Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker

Love the combination of browned butter and Nutella!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape

Shut the front door, these look AMAZING!!!!


Have you ever tried cookie butter? I’d love to see you substitute it for peanut butter in a few recipes.

Leah | So, How

Oh my goodness! I want to print this photo and frame it for my desk those look so good!

Marcie @ Flavor The Moments

These look so delicious! Nutella and banana is great already, but with browned butter, even better!

Cookbook Queen

Nutella isn’t my favorite either, but I can definitely get behind these!!!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

These look like puuuure heaven! Yum!

Colette | JFF!

You just put 3 of my fav things together!
Oh MY!

Anne @ Have a Cookie!

I prefer cookie butter over Nutella and can definitely see swapping it out for Biscoff/TJ’s Cookie Butter. YUM!


Just found a “spare” jar of Nutella in the cupboard…Now I know what to do with it! Boozy version, of course. 😉


I think I love peanut butter better also, but I will never say no to a nutella-infused dessert. Or a nutella-topped spoonful. that’s just true.

These bars look out of this world good! Nutella and browned butter = magic.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Not sure which ranks higher PB or Nutella, I love them both! And Browned butter with Nutella = heaven!

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

I totally get it. I love Nutella too, but I never really got the craze it inspired. Like, it’s good, but I don’t know if it’s THAT good. But these definitely look THAT good. 🙂

Carla @ Carlas Confections

I agree! It ain’t my fave either, but I still like it and can definitely dig it in these blondies!


Sigh…brown butter…so good!

Tracy |Peanut Butter and Onion

Wow… these look incredible… perfect for a school bake sale…;)


Brown butter anything makes me drool, so these bars are a must-make for me! Wow, peanut butter over Nutella? That is a bold statement!

Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

girl, you’re crazy, Nutella is the best 😉 I can eat a jar, sometimes, fortunately I hardly buy it. But it’s because I like it too much, hahaha


Yumm I ADORE Nutella =) Cookie butter is a close second although have to say I detest PB haha. Seeing as you took these to a bake sale, what’s the best way to store them if planning to take somewhere the next day? I figured the Nutella on top would remain gooey and make it a mess (presentation-wise, not taste wise!)

Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen

What a wicked combination! These remind me of some bars that my mom would make for us when we were little. Minus the browned butter and nutella, of course.

Darla | Bakingdom

You had me at browned butter. And Nutella swirled. Also, at blondies. Whatever. I’m there.

I totally get the spreadable hierarchy. Nutella is actually tops for me (chocolate, hello?), but peanut butter is prolly second. Meanwhile, the Hubster flips over Biscoff spread, and I almost hate it. So yeah.

Becky Baxter

should the butter still be liquid or should it be solid when you add the sugars to it?


Hi Shelly, it’s nearly Father’s Day here in Ireland and I really want to make these for my dad. I made a batch a few days ago but they came out really dry; do you have any advice on how to make them more thick and moist?

Should I add an extra egg, or did I leave them in for too long?