Gianduia Brownies

I’ve been wanting to make Nutella brownies for a while now. It seemed like such a good idea. What would be better than adding that delicious, chocolate-hazelnut confection to fudgy brownies?

I found this recipe from Gourmet magazine and knew it was the one to try. I bookmarked it, and even went so far as to print it. Somehow, I let it sit there for weeks without making them. Now, having made them, I’m sad I didn’t get to know these brownies sooner.

Most people describe brownies as either being cakey or fudgy. In my head, I understand the distinction, but in practice it seems that sometimes they can have characteristics of both.

Any Nutella fans out there? Gianduia Brownies are delicious brownies made with that wonderful chocolate-hazelnut spread!

To me, these brownies have a wonderful texture. They are dense (fudgy) but still a bit crumbly (cakey). Really, the best of both brownie worlds. As for the flavor, it’s chocolate and hazelnuts. Do I really need to elaborate?

Gianduia Brownies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 16 2-inch brownies

Gianduia Brownies


  • 1 & 1/4 cups hazelnuts (about 6 & 1/4 ounces)
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 3 ounces milk chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs


Preheat oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 9-inch square baking pan. Tap out excess flour. Set pan aside.

Place hazelnuts on a single layer on a baking sheet. Place in oven for 8-10 minutes, or until toasted and fragrant. Remove from oven and cool slightly. Rub hazelnuts with a towel to remove skins.

Chop hazelnuts in a food processor until coarsely ground. Hazelnut pieces should be about 1/8-inch.

Coarsely chop chocolates and place in the top of a double boiler. Melt with butter and Nutella over simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth. Remove top bowl from heat for mixture to cool.

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Whisk sugar into chocolate mixture, mixing well. Whisk in eggs until mixture is glossy and smooth. Stir in flour mixture and hazelnuts, stirring just until combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until a tester comes out with moist crumbs. Cool brownies completely in pan on a wire rack.


Recipe adapted from Epicurious.

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  1. Silvia May 21, 2008 Reply

    Good morning darling! Your photos are stunning as ever..:-D and also these brownies look delicious. they are perfect.
    Good job indeed! 😀
    Have a fantastic day

  2. Morgana May 22, 2008 Reply

    OMG! These look really great! I think it’s time for my first brownies…

  3. Chuck May 22, 2008 Reply

    Mmmm… nutella brownies! You can’t beat a fudgy brownie with some crumb. We’re on the same baking/blogging wavelength as I made cocoa brownies recently.

  4. Andrea May 22, 2008 Reply

    Brownies sound really good for breakfast right now…those look delicious!

  5. Nan (and Jim) May 22, 2008 Reply

    Don’t you dare not save me one of these! These look absolutely delicious!!!

  6. Amy May 22, 2008 Reply

    Mmmm! And I just bought a jar of crunchy generic nutella at World Market yesterday! Plus, I have a boatload of hazelnuts that I bought while I was in Oregon… can’t wait to give this recipe a try.

  7. Mandy May 22, 2008 Reply

    Glad to hear a good review on this recipe. I remember seeing it sometime ago…Honestly, I don’t need much persuasion for recipe with either Nutella or Gianduja in it. :)

  8. cindy lester May 22, 2008 Reply

    These look really yummy!! Will have to give these a try!

  9. brozy May 22, 2008 Reply

    Those look *so* good.

  10. Elizabeth May 22, 2008 Reply

    nutella borwnies…how creative! They look fabulous!

  11. My Sweet & Saucy May 22, 2008 Reply

    I love nutella! Great looking brownies!

  12. Aran May 22, 2008 Reply

    no need to say more… the photos say it all!

  13. michelle @ TNS May 22, 2008 Reply

    i will gladly scarf massive amounts of anything gianduja flavored. brownies, chocolates, gelato, pizza, chicken, knishes, whatever. i REALLY love gianduja.

    come to think of it, a gianduja knishe could be really good…

  14. kate May 22, 2008 Reply

    pure chocolate bliss these brownies :) nutella in brownies , cant get better than this.

  15. Ah…I see you found the Nutella Brownie recipe you were looking for (well, maybe not THE one, but certainly a keeper! These brownies look delicious!)

  16. jennifer May 22, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Silvia!

    Morgana, they are very, very good.

    Chuck, I’m pretty much always on the brownie baking wavelength. 😉

    Andrea, I did manage enough self-control not to eat these for breakfast.

    Nan, I’ll see what I can do. There may not be any left.

    Amy, I think you’ll like them!

    Mandy, these pretty much had me at “Nutella.”

    Cindy, I hope you like them!

    brozy, they *so* are! :-)

    Elizabeth, we think they’re pretty fabulous!

    Sweet & Saucy, I’m a Nutella fan, for sure. Love, love, love it!

    Thanks, Aran!

    michelle, I agree – I’ll take gianduja desserts over just about any other.

    kate, thanks so much!

    Sandie, I think this one is definitely a keeper.

  17. leslie May 22, 2008 Reply


  18. Kevin May 22, 2008 Reply

    Those nutella and hazelnut brownies look so good!

  19. Nick May 22, 2008 Reply

    Mmm, I suppose I could use peanut butter instead =). I’m actually not a Nutella fan, I’m not sure if it’s the hazelnut butter or the incredible sweetness, but it’s definitely an acquired taste.

    It’s odd coming to this page considering I JUST put a batch of brownies in the oven. Mine are more of an experiment though – black bean brownies. I’ve been seeing them for months around the internet and I tried a homemade version once but through them out. Hopefully this will come out with a better texture. The batter sure is drinkable!

    But either way, nut butter + chocolate = holy.

  20. Katie May 22, 2008 Reply

    They look delicious, just the right mix of cakey and fudgey

  21. jennifer May 23, 2008 Reply

    leslie, exactly!

    Thanks, Kevin!

    Nick, I’m sure peanut butter would work just fine. More than fine. Maybe with some roasted peanuts instead of hazelnuts? I’m a little scared of the black bean brownie thing. I’ll be sure to see how yours turn out.

    Thanks, Katie!

  22. Sugary Chic May 23, 2008 Reply

    These look fantastic! I think I will give these a try but substituting choc. chips for the nuts – I am a severe chocoholic and if there is any way to swueeze in more chocolate…I will do it!!!

  23. Sonia May 24, 2008 Reply

    It looks really great. I’ve never made brownies with nutella, but I think it’s time to do it. Thank you for this recipe. Sonia

  24. RecipeGirl May 24, 2008 Reply

    Delish lookin’ brownies you got there. It’s about time I research another brownie to make.

  25. jennifer May 24, 2008 Reply

    Sugary Chic, I’m sure the added chocolate would be wonderful!

    Sonia, let me know what you think if you try them.

    Thanks, RecipeGirl!

  26. Nan (and Jim) May 26, 2008 Reply

    Thank you for saving us some of these!!! They are absolutely sinful they are so good! Of course we made them more sinful by heating them and adding a big dollop of vanilla ice cream.

  27. Anna May 26, 2008 Reply

    These sound good, but (until you reviewed them) I was worried the hazelnut flavor might not be strong enough. Nutella is good stuff, but it’s sugary and not very strong in hazelnut flavor. I might try these with a bit of Nutella and a bit of Hazelnut butter just for fun.

  28. jennifer May 26, 2008 Reply

    Nan, I’m glad y’all liked them.

    Anna, there are a ton of hazelnuts in these. Definitely lots of flavor.

  29. Elle May 26, 2008 Reply

    Hello! One or two of these would be perfect right now at 9:30 pm! Delicious!

  30. Tartelette May 27, 2008 Reply

    I bet the brownies were delicious because the pcitures alone are worth their weight in gold!!

  31. jennifer May 28, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Elle & Helen!

  32. Tara August 24, 2008 Reply

    Hi there,
    I made those yummy brownies yesterday. What can I say, they are too good to be true. 😉 And it was so easy to make them. Thanks for that great recipe!

  33. jennifer August 24, 2008 Reply

    Tara, I’m glad you liked them! I wish I had one right now. :-)

  34. Miguel December 12, 2009 Reply

    Nice pics, nice comments BUT WHERE IS THE RECIPE?????

  35. jennifer December 12, 2009 Reply

    Miguel, look right above the first picture for the link that says “view printable recipe.”

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