3 Ingredient Brownies are moist, chewy, chocolatey, and oh-so-fudgy! Even better, they come together in just 5 minutes. 3 ingredient Nutella brownies are sweet enough to be a treat but not overly decadent. Definitely my top choice of easy brownie recipes with few ingredients!
3 Ingredient Brownies
I love making homemade brownies, but sometimes I want to whip something up really quick and head out the door in a few minutes.
Easy brownie recipes with few ingredients come out just as delicious without all the effort!
These 3 ingredient Nutella brownies come together so easily and the taste is spectacular — all the fudgy flavor and texture, plus a hint of hazelnut from the chocolate spread.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Hazelnut Spread – Instead of cocoa powder, Nutella provides rich chocolate flavor and the fat needed to make these deliciously fudgy.
- Eggs – Make sure to use large eggs so the yolks are big enough. You can even toss in an extra yolk if you’d like!
- Flour – Use the spoon and level method to ensure your flour is measured properly. Regular all-purpose is perfect, or substitute your favorite 1-to-1 gluten-free blend.
- Salt – This is optional, but it really helps balance the flavors so each three ingredient brownie isn’t overly sweet.
Three Ingredient Brownie Recipe Tips and Tricks
- Use the right tools.
All you have to do is dump the ingredients in a bowl, mix, and pour the batter into the pan. However, overmixing will lead to tough brownies every single time.
Wooden spoons and silicone spatulas are the best tools for the job.
Break up the egg yolks first, then slowly stir the ingredients together until there are no more streaks of flour. It’s fine if there are still a few lumps.
- Bring eggs to room temperature.
This small step makes a big difference in the consistency of your brownie batter!
Remove them from the refrigerator about an hour before starting the recipe.
To speed up the process, you can crack them into the bowl. Just keep the bowl tightly covered with plastic wrap so nothing gets in there!
- Slice with ease!
Have you ever tried to cut brownies straight out of the oven? You pretty much end up with a mess of a brownie pan.
I used to have the same problem until a friend of mine gave me a tip. Cut them with a disposable plastic knife!
Unlike metal knives, the plastic cuts through these 3 ingredient brownies like butter and does not tear up the edges — even when they are hot.
3 Ingredient Nutella Brownies FAQ
A higher fat-to-flour ratio is the best way to get fudgy brownies that are still baked properly — not underbaked.
You need to rely on chocolate (not cocoa powder), butter, and/or eggs to achieve this when making easy brownie recipes with few ingredients.
For 3 ingredient Nutella brownies, there’s plenty of fat in the hazelnut spread and egg yolks to make this happen.
If you prefer cakey brownies, use a bit more flour plus some baking powder for lift.
With the toothpick test! Grab a regular wooden toothpick and insert it into the very center of your three ingredient brownies.
There should be a few moist crumbs stuck to the surface with a smear of brown color. If the toothpick is coated in wet batter, they need more time in the oven.
You do not want the toothpick to come out totally clean (like a cake). By the time they cool, your three ingredient brownies will end up being dry.
Storing and Freezing Three Ingredient Brownies
Transfer sliced 3 ingredient brownies to an airtight container. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to a week.
You can also freeze them for up to 3 months! Wrap each three ingredient brownie in plastic wrap, then store in a freezer-safe bag or container.
Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then microwave if you want it warm again.
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3 Ingredient Brownies + Video
- 1 1/4 cup Nutella Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, 13-ounce container
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, heaping
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat oven 350°F. Prepare an 8″x8″ baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Mix chocolate spread and eggs in a medium bowl until combined. Add flour and salt. Mix until combined.
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake 20 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.
- Serve and enjoy!
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published July 2015, updated and republished August 2023
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