12/16/2014 09:08 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Only Brownie Recipe You'll Need This Holiday Season (VIDEO)

With four simple ingredients, you can elevate the basic brownie into a subtly sweet, cake-like treat that's perfect for gifting to family and friends -- that is, if you don't devour the chocolaty goodness first.

Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

brownies dusted with powdered sugar

Makes 9 brownies

1 (13-ounce) jar chocolate-hazelnut spread, such as Nutella
2 eggs
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 cup water
Powdered sugar (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a square 8-inch baking pan with foil.

In a large bowl, whisk together chocolate-hazelnut spread, eggs and 1/4 cup water. Stir in flour and salt, and transfer batter to the foil-lined pan.

Bake until just set around the edges, 20 to 25 minutes. Set aside to let cool completely.

To remove brownies, flip the pan and remove the foil. Cut brownies into squares, discarding foil, and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

Looking for more edible gift ideas? Try these sweet-and-salty candied praline pecans or this indulgent ginger hot chocolate.

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