Brownies for a Crowd
Large-batch soft chocolate brownies with Nutella frosting.
Servings: 40 squares
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 6 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
- 6 tablespoons milk
- 2 - 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
In a large mixing bowl, place melted butter. (Make sure butter is slightly cooled before adding eggs.) Add eggs, vanilla, and salt, and mix with a large wooden spoon. *(see notes)
Add sugar and cocoa powder and mix well. Add flour and mix just until combined.
Prepare a half sheet pan (about 13" x 18" pan) by greasing or coating with a non-stick spray. Pour brownie batter into pan and spread evenly.
Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes. Let cool a little before frosting.
For Nutella Frosting:
In a small bowl, place melted butter and Nutella. Stir until well-combined. **(see notes) Add milk and mix.
Add powdered sugar until frosting reaches desired consistency. It should be thin enough to pour without being runny.
Pour frosting over brownies, and spread evenly. Let set for 10-30 minutes before cutting into about 40 squares.
*I recommend mixing these by hand rather than using a stand mixer. Stand mixers can add a lot of air into the batter, which will make the brownies more cakey. For the best texture, a large mixing bowl and wooden spoon are the best choice.
**I melted the butter about halfway, then added the Nutella and finished melting. This softened and melted the Nutella a bit, which made it easier to mix into the butter.
***If you don't want to use Nutella, substitute it for about 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder.