Nutella Cashew Brownies

Nutella Cashew Brownies

by Amber on February 25, 2011

Sometimes, the inspiration for a recipe comes from the most bizarre of places. The other day, I was reading a free novel I’d downloaded to my Kindle (I adore my Kindle!) and the baker in the book was brainstorming recipe ideas. One of the recipes the author played around with involved cashews and a chocolate base cookie, but I thought I could take it one step further, turning cookies into brownies, and adding nutella into the mix.

I realized as I was thinking out the recipe that I haven’t posted a brownie recipe to this blog since I started it. In fact, Butterscotch Brownies were the first recipe I posted to my blog, back on May 20th, 2008.

I can’t believe it’s been nearly 3 years since I started this blog, but it’s actually kind of nice to see how my photography has improved, and hopefully, my recipe development! Blogging has brought so much joy to my life, and friends that I never would have met otherwise. I didn’t intend for this entry to turn into one giant Kumbaya moment, but well.. there it is. I love you guys!

These brownies are super delicious, and strangely, were like 4 times as delicious on the second day. So I recommend allowing them to sit overnight before tasting.

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JenniferA February 25, 2011 at 8:43 AM

We love you too, man!!! :-)

These look really delicious, and nice and dark and fudgy which is how I like ‘em. And I agree – 2nd day brownies are way better than first day brownies.


SMITH BITES February 25, 2011 at 8:45 AM

oh dear. these look fabulous Amber – cashews, nutella and chocolate – that is a happy dance for sure!!!


Amanda February 25, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Fantastic recipe… and picture!! Cant wait to try this!


cynthia February 25, 2011 at 10:38 AM

what size jar of Nutella? although you probably can’t have too much…


naomi February 25, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Yes, these excite me. I love Nutella and cashews-combined?! Great idea and great photograph.


Charlotte February 25, 2011 at 12:50 PM

I just found your blog and being a fellow Texan thought I should subscribe right away! I love my kindle too and have been reading some of the “cozy” mysteries about baking. Sounds like thats what you were reading too. :D


Carin February 25, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Wow! I’m going to try them tonight! What book were you reading–I love my Kindle too!


Amber | B&B February 25, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Carin, it was some silly romance novel called Always the Baker, Never the Bride. I think it was a free download. Thanks for reading!


Paula bell'alimento February 25, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Woa Momma those look good!


Amber | B&B February 25, 2011 at 1:34 PM

They ARE, Mrs. Nutella Queen, they are!


Allison @ Alli n Son February 25, 2011 at 1:46 PM

I LOVE a good brownie. These look fantastic.

I’d love to have you share this recipe with Sweet Tooth Friday! http://alli-n-son.com/2011/02/24/cream-cheese-brownies/


Michelle February 25, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Amazing!! Cashews are my favorite nut, and you rarely see them in recipes! Great idea.


colleen February 25, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Hi jus came across your blog through Confessions of a cookbook queen. Did you use a small or large jar of Nutella?


Amber February 25, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Hi Colleen – that Kristan sure is a doll. Thanks for clicking over and checking out the recipe.

I used the normal sized jar, not the massive one. I’ve since corrected the recipe to note that. Thank you for pointing it out.


Kimberly February 25, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Do you have to use kosher salt? Or is regular fine?? Thx


Amber February 25, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Kimberly, you can use regular, but you should probably only use a teaspoon. Kosher salt is less strong than table salt, and it also is bigger crystals, so you use more in a recipe like this. With the cashews already being salted, you don’t want to oversalt the batter too.


Jen Schall February 25, 2011 at 3:15 PM

YUM! Any recipe that calls for 1 jar of Nutella is one that I have to try. :)


Paula B. February 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Oh boy, just when I thought I had found the perfect brownie recipe you go and create these. What to do… bake ‘em and see how much I love them, I guess. Can anything simply be better by adding Nutella, YES!!!


Wenderly February 25, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Yummmm-o-lcious & love you too Ambers!


Kimberly February 25, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Thx Amber!!


Jamie | MBA February 25, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Nutella and cashews? Oh dear, two of my favorite things in life! These look to die for!


Mama Kelly aka Jia February 25, 2011 at 8:47 PM

I just love Nutella (and so do the girls) … these brownies look like a fabulous way to use it.


Nancy February 25, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Winning combo, Amber. They look so good I swear I can taste them! Love the cashew bits on top. Mmmm.


Sylvie@GITK February 25, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Aww,thanks Amber, love ya too, you’re so sweet. I love that you made brownies with cashews, it’s one of my favorite nuts but so underused in baking! And you know what, I always think brownies taste better on the second day.


melissa @IWasBornToC February 27, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Nutella and cashews…two of my favorites! Yum.


Cookbook Queen February 27, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Brownies are definitely better on the second day (I like my brownies COLD…not a warm brownie person) and I have no doubt these are even awesomer than the normal brownie!!

I have loved Nutella since childhood…mmmmmm


Robyn | Add a Pinch February 27, 2011 at 6:24 PM

These look amazing!!!


Brenda @ afd February 27, 2011 at 10:36 PM

These look so good! I adore a good brownie. And with cashews…how could they be wrong?!?!


Evan @swEEts February 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM

These sound delicious and so do the butterscotch brownies!! I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your site :)


Tracy February 28, 2011 at 3:33 PM

These look incredible! I always wait to eat brownies until the next day…they’re so much more fudgy and delicious then!


Kristen March 3, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Oh great – now I’m craving brownies, again!! These look incredible, Amber.


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