Valentine’s Day Nutella Brownies Full of Heart! {Gluten-Free}

by valentina on February 8, 2012

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My whole life people have asked if I was born on Valentine’s Day.

Nope.

Then they ask if I’m Italian.

Nope.

My parents just liked the name Valentina.

Could my name be the reason that I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day?

I thought Valentine’s Day was so fun when I was little – exchanging little heart-shaped cards with friends and eating sweetheart treats.

And as an adult, it never mattered if I was single or not on this day of love.  I still always looked forward to it!  I don’t know why, really — it’s sort of silly to have a designated day to celebrate love, right?  We should celebrate love every day!  (After all, my favorite time to get a surprise bundle of beautiful flowers from my husband is on an ordinary day, not a holiday.)

Hearts should always be full of love.  And possibly also full of chocolate.  Or in this case . . . Nutella!

So, spread a little love around on Valentine’s Day — and every day — with these super cute, super delicious Nutella Brownies!  They’ve got a lot of heart.  Make them this weekend!

(And would you believe this recipe only has three ingredients?  It’s true!)

Valentine’s Day Nutella Brownies Full of Heart! {Gluten-Free}

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: Makes about 2 dozen

Recipe

About 1 teaspoon melted butter for the pan

3 large eggs, separated

1-1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons Nutella

1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted (I love Scharffen Berger)

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease one or two non-stick mini-muffin pans with the butter, or use small cupcake papers. (My mini-muffin pan has 2 dozen spaces, and each is about 3/4-inch deep with a 2-inch diameter.)
  2. 
Separate the eggs placing the whites in a medium-sized mixing bowl, and the yolks to another.
  3. Add the Nutella and cocoa powder to the egg yolks and mix until it's evenly blended. Set aside.
  4. Now, use the whisk attachment on an electric mixer, on a medium-high speed to whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form, about 2 to 3 minutes. (You can also use a hand whisk -- it will just take a bit more time and energy.)
  5. Fold the whipped whites into the Nutella mixture until they are fully incorporated.
  6. Then add the batter into the prepared pans, filling each space about 3/4 full.  This is easily accomplished with a small cookie scoop (a 1-1/4-inch scoop is the perfect size.)


  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 minutes. They will have a crackled surface, and will rise a little above the surface of the pan. They will fall down a bit after they are out of the oven. Let them cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes.
  8. If you haven't used cupcake papers, use a small knife to go along the edges of each brownie to loosen it. Then they should pop out easily.
  9. Use a small heart shaped cookie cutter, or a paring knife to cut out a small heart on top of each brownie. (I use a heart cutter that's 3/4-inch wide at the top.) DO NOT push the cutter all the way to the bottom of the brownie -- about half way is perfect. Once the cutter is in the brownie, gently wiggle it as you pull it up. This will pull out a bit of the brownie in a little heart shape, and will only work if the brownies are not too warm. If you use a knife, once you shape the heart, use the tip of the knife to remove a bit of the brownie. (Save these cute brownie hearts to eat!)
  10. Place the remaining 3 tablespoons of Nutella in a small zip-lock bag and cut a tiny bit off of one of its bottom corners. Then, holding the tip close to the bottom of each hollowed out heart, squeeze gently to fill it up.
  11. Place each brownie in a cute cupcake paper!

Notes

I like to keep it simple and Nutella-y, but of course these would be adorable if you filled the hearts with pink or red frosting.

For an easier route, and if your making these for an occasion other than Valentine's Day, simply spread a thin layer of Nutella on top. (If you made them, they're full of love either way!)

You can also make these brownies in an 8 x 8 x 2-inch baking dish. The baking time will be longer, maybe 20 minutes or so. Let them cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting them into squares and serving.

http://cookingontheweekends.com/2012/02/valentines-day-nutella-brownies-full-of-heart-gluten-free/

Timeline:
1 hour ahead: Make the batter and bake the brownies.
At least 20 minutes ahead: Cut out the hearts and fill them up!
These can be made 1 day ahead, too.  And you can freeze the baked brownies for a couple of weeks, wrapped tightly in plastic.  When I do this, I like to warm them in the oven just before serving. Freezing them might be more successful without the Nutella filled heart — do this after you defrost them.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeanne @JollyTomato February 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

OK, this looks amazing – and only three ingredients ?!!? – I am bowled over. Must try these at home.
Incidentally, I love the name Valentina…My brother had a little girl born on Valentine’s Day and I was lobbying hard for “Valentina” but he chose another beautiful name instead. Too bad it wouldn’t have worked for either of my boys. : )

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stephchows February 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm

EEk! These look so delicious! Man you have patients with all those little cut outs, I’d just eat the stuff by the spoonful :)

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Emily February 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I made these babies last night and used a mini muffin pan. SO CUTE! And yummy! They were a hit at work. Thanks for sharing!

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valentina February 10, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Emily, so happy you tried them — and made so many people happy at work! Yay! :-D

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April February 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Trying to convince my husband to make these for me right . . . now. YUM.

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valentina February 10, 2012 at 7:03 pm

April, he’ll love them, too. ;-)

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Sophie February 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Waw! What amazingly, tasty & apart only 3 ingredients muffins!!

You rock, Valentina! :)

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valentina February 12, 2012 at 4:40 am

Sophie – YOU rock! :-)

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Cheryl February 12, 2012 at 5:44 am

These are so amazing! I cannot wait to try the recipe out with the little one. They are going to make a wonderful Valentine Gift! Thanks for sharing!

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valentina February 20, 2012 at 6:59 am

Thank you, Cheryl! <3

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fenella February 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

these look FAB :D it says 250 degrees for the oven is that Celsius or Farenheit ?? i really wanna make them !!!

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valentina February 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Hi Fenella — it’s 350 F. I just made the edit ;-) — Enjoy these and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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