This Labor Day weekend ended up being filled with a lot more carbs then I intended! We had a busy few days at work before I headed up to North Carolina. My best friend just had her first baby and I already love her soooo much! Unfortunately, while we celebrated a new life the real reason I was in town is because my grandmother has not been doing well. They recently transferred her to hospice care. It is so hard to see her that way.
Due to the mix of the holiday and stress (and the awesome fall weather!) I was craving everything sweet. These brownies were perfect. They have that glossy crispy top and espresso fudge center. Swirled with caramel for a delicious caramel macchiato flavor.
Patrick enjoyed his served with extra caramel and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is an awesome treat for celebrating or just because you need a brownie!
Every Valentine’s Day I sit and contemplate- wine or brownies? I picked up some of my favorite red wine from Trader Joes and I knew I wanted to do a Merlot infused ganache.
Once I started throwing together the brownie batter I drizzled a little more Merlot into the batter. The result was sooo good. The wine brings out the richness in the chocolate while keeping them so fudgey and moist.
These are honestly even better the next day. Enjoy them with a little cocoa whipped cream or on their own!
I know – who do I think I am posting two Nutella recipes in a row? I just cannot help myself! I have no idea how I have somehow lumped Nutella and the fall season together. Something about this cocoa hazelnut spread just has my taste buds singing! I also needed a reason to use up the left over caramel sauce from my caramel corn cupcakes. Picture thick fudgey brownies swirled with caramel and nutella then topped with even more caramel and nutella.
I believe there are two kinds of people in the dessert world. Those who like fluffy cake like brownies and those who like thick gooey almost under baked brownies. I, my friends, relate to the second group of brownie lovers. I have never been a fan of fluffy brownies. When my brownies are gooey soft and melty they are perfection. If these were not already so sweet I would suggest topping with gelato. BUT these are already such a treat. So much chocolate. So much nutella. So much delicious caramel.
If the batter looks too thick you can add another tbsp of water.
It should be thick, but thin enough to move around in the pan.
Top the batter with caramel and nutella.
Take a knife and swirl around the top.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the center is just barely set.
Spread the top with more nutella.
Drizzle extra caramel over the top.
You don’t have to make these immediately, but you would honestly be missing out if you didn’t! These brownies are so amazing, I am going to give them all away so I don’t eat them all in bed watching Netflix!
And then there are days when you just need a brownie. Smothered in gelato. Topped with whip cream and sprinkles.
My favorite kind of brownies have a crunchy top that you can tap with your spoon and it opens up to a dense fudge center. You know what I am talking about. It is reminiscent of creme brulee – you tap with a spoon and the top “shell” cracks revealing the good stuff.
I love adding nuts to my brownies. Usually walnuts, but this time I decided to use pecan halves.
When the brownies were done I topped them with some dark chocolate chips. This gave them a rich gooey topping.
We picked up some vanilla caramel gelato to scoop on top and added our favorite whip cream. I used a sectioned brownie pan to make small servings.
If you are feeling extra daring I would recommend chocolate gelato with hot fudge too! Yum!