Blondie Bites with Nutella Frosting

A few months ago, I experimented with chocolate baklava. Despite making (and then eating) an entire pan, I still managed to end up with half a jar of Nutella.

Determined to find a more creative way to use that Nutella besides the spoon-to-mouth technique, I whipped up some banana cupcakes that just screamed for Nutella buttercream. Problem solved, right?

Nope. I made two dozen cupcakes, and still ended up with enough Nutella buttercream for another round of treats.

So I present to you, the final saga in the thrilling trilogy that sprung from a single jar of Nutella – blondie bites with Nutella frosting.

The idea came from my love of brownie bites. I’ve never been a blondie girl, why would I eat those when I have ooey gooey morsels of chocolate in front of me? But I have become a blondie believer since trying these.

Blondies get their flavor from brown sugar instead of chocolate or cocoa powder. I don’t know why I shunned them for so long when I have an intense love of brown sugar, but I will not be making that mistake again.

If you have any reservations about joining Team Blondie, just give this recipe a try. You can make it in one pan, you only use one of each ingredient (one cup, one stick, one teaspoon, etc.) and they are basically butter and sugar….topped with more butter and sugar. Really, what do you have to lose? (Not pounds. These will not make you lose pounds.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
Ingredients for the Nutella buttercream can be found here.

Directions for the Blondies:

1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Melt the stick of butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the brown sugar, and stir until the sugar is completely absorbed in the butter.

2. While the butter is melting, grease a mini cupcake or muffin pan and set aside.

2. Let the mixture cool for a bit, then add the egg. Letting it cool will avoid cooking the egg once you add it.

3. Beat in the vanilla, then add the flour and stir to combine.

4. Spoon the mixture into the greased cupcake tins, filling each cup about 3/4 of the way.

5. Bake for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each blondie comes out clean. Frost and serve!

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