"Orange" You Glad It’s Nutella Day?

by Sarah on February 5, 2011 · 10 comments

Happy World Nutella Day!
That’s right, y’all: today, February 5th, is World Nutella Day, a holiday started in 2007 and continued today, as a way to celebrate the deliciousness of the chocolatey, hazelnutty, all-around yummy spread of goodness that makes it’s way into delectable goodies of all varieties (but is preferred by Miss Smart straight from the jar with a spoon). Co-hosted this year by Sara @ Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle @ Bleeding Espresso, World Nutella Day is a day to “celebrate, get creative with, and most importantly, to EAT Nutella.”
Considering I had made it 26 years without ever truly eating Nutella, until a fateful day last September when I realized its gloriousness and mixed it into banana bread, I felt like I needed to celebrate today and join in “the chocolatey hazelnut wave across the blogosphere.” The choice of what to create was easy. After all, one of my favorite combinations thus far has been orange + Nutella [as you saw when I created my Orangella Sara(h)bars]……I figured what could be better than Orange-Hazelnut Nutella Brownies?
The answer? Nothing.*

*Brownies are, after all, the best baked delicacy in my opinion. Well, aside from any frozen, creamy treat. They must be fudgy, not cakey, and are best eaten not-yet-cooled from a baking pan.And since I am a lazy baker, you should easily be able to follow and make this recipe at home. Why? Because it begins with boxed brownie mix…and doesn’t get much more complicated after that.
[Yes, the Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie mix is my favorite. Mainly because it ALWAYS seems to be on sale for $1.00, but also because it is delicious. Yes, it has hydrogenated oils in it…but, remember, when you are baking…who cares about “healthy”?]

Once you have procured your favorite “family size” (13 x 9) brownie mix, you are going to prepare it according to package directions for fudgy brownies (as if making cake-like brownies is ever really a good choice), with one exception–—instead of the 1/4 cup of water generally called for, you will substitute orange juice!Squeeze out the juice from 2 medium oranges…

[You’ll want about 1/3 cup juice.]

…if you get a little pulp in there, no worries. It will just make for a citrus surprise in someone’s brownie bite later on. 😉
Stir up the batter, just until everything is incorporated.Then, add in 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts (preferably roasted or toasted…and if you want to go through the trouble to blanch them—which means remove the skin—then rock out with your bad self, but I’m not worried about it), 1/4 cup Nutella, and about 1 tablespoon orange zest.**Grate the orange peel on the super-fine part of a cheese grater if you don’t have a microplane. [I don’t have one, so don’t feel like you should.^]
^Wow, that just made me sound like the be-all, end-all authority on baking. Clearly, that I am not. Perhaps Tricia deserves that title, but not I.

Pour/spread the batter into a 13 x 9 pan…or, if you are like me and live with a bunch of people, resulting in various kitchen items vanishing mysteriously at regular intervals, divide it into two 8″ square pans.Pop the brownies into a 350 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes (or just follow the package directions).

When they are ready to come out of the oven (a toothpick or fork inserted in the center comes out clean…or just slightly chocolatey*), put 3 Tbsp. Nutella and 1 Tbsp. orange marmalade (optional, but adds a little extra orange oomph!) into the microwave for about 30-40 seconds.

*Undercooked is better than overcooked. Well, except for when we’re talking about chicken. Or turkey.

Drizzle the melty Nutella over the brownies (don’t worry if you get some globs).Sprinkle 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts over the Nutella drizzle.Try to wait until they are cool to cut and serve.

But it will be really difficult.Orange-Hazelnut Nutella Brownies

1 box “family size” (13×9) fudge brownie mix [recommended: Betty Crocker]
2 eggs
2/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 Tbsp. orange zest
1/2 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts, separated
1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp. Nutella, separated
1 Tbsp. orange marmalade (optional)

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine first 4 ingredients (brownie mix through orange juice). Stir in orange zest, 1/4 cup hazelnuts, and 1/4 cup Nutella.
2. Bake brownies according to package instructions (generally 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes), just until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
3. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, heat 3 Tbsp. Nutella + 1 Tbsp. orange marmalade (if using) for 30-40 seconds. Drizzle over warm brownies.
4. Sprinkle 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts over Nutella drizzle.

5. Allow brownies to cool before serving [if you can wait that long ;)].

“Orange” you happy I made these brownies?

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Maria @ Oh Healthy Day February 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I just came home from the grocery store and forgot the Nutella. I want to cry. These brownies would help me feel better.

Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free February 5, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Where do you find all of these holidays? Do you get like daily updates or something??

Laurabb February 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Great recipe! I am going to try it out this weekend!!

atastelife February 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm

yum. Nutella caught my eye in the store on Friday and I wasthisclose to buying it. Now I'm going to go back and make the purchase.

The Food Hunter February 9, 2011 at 11:59 am

I'm loving the orange Nutella combo

Rags February 17, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Can I use Betty Crocker chocolate fudge cake instead of the brownie mix?

Sarah February 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I imagine that you could, but the texture just might change a little bit. It would be more cake-like. (Obviously. :))

Shary February 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve featured this recipe in my Nutella Recipe Round-Up yesterday. :) They’re so good!


Sarah February 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

I’m so happy you enjoy the recipe! Of COURSE I don’t mind!

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