Nutella Swirled Blondies
Easy, chewy, Nutella Swirled Blondies. Topped with ice cream, melted Nutella and sprinkles! Perfect way to celebrate that special occasion!
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Today’s a big day here on Shugary Sweets! This little piece of the internet turns 5 this week!!
For five years I’ve been coming here to share recipes. And while I won’t scare you with photos from the early days, I will say I think I’ve come a long way.
And it’s because of readers (LIKE YOU!). I wouldn’t be here if there was nobody reading and visiting me. So THANK YOU.
However, I thought it would be fun to give a little whimsy to today’s post and let you know what my “real life” is like. I’m often asked “what is food blogging??” Do I own a bakery? Do I do catering? How do I make money?
And if you’ve had any of those same questions, don’t worry. Some of my close family and friends don’t really understand what I do, so you’re not alone. Basically, I create recipes, photograph them myself and share them here on my blog. I then use social media (FOLLOW ME!! Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook) to promote those recipes to get traffic (that’s you!) back here on my website. WHY? Because the more people who visit my website, the more money I can earn (through advertising…sorry about those annoying ads, but they help pay the costs of running a website). I also work directly with brands (DOVE Chocolate, Fisher Nuts, Crunch Pak Apples, etc) to create recipes and share their products with you.
No, I don’t cater or own a bakery. But if you’re my friend and you live near me, you’ll be blessed with some goodies dropped off at your doorstep from time to time.
So now, the fun part. I asked a bunch of my food blogging friends to answer a simple question for me (yes, I have more online friends than real life friends, we’re like a big dysfunctional family, us food bloggers!).
“You might be a food blogger if……..”
- your husband asks permission to eat food from the refrigerator, in case it’s for a blog post -Kristy
- you have 30 plates and napkins and not one matching set -Kathy
- you spend all day cooking, baking, and photographing delicious food…and then eat cereal for dinner (TRUTH!!!!!) -Heather
- your favorite souvenir from every vacation is always a cookbook. That you never actually use -Amber
- your first thought when it starts raining is “crap, there goes my light.” -Stephie
- you follow the price of limes closer than the price of gas -Anetta
- you’ve used food glue to attach sesame seeds to buns -Sabrina
- your husband only eats leftovers because you have to shoot your recipes in the middle of the day -Jennifer
- your house is a mess but you have dessert for 3 days -Dorothy
- you hardly ever make the same meal twice -Jocelyn
- you wash more dishes that nobody has eaten off of than dishes that were actually used at meals -Brianne
- you have a cocktail at 10AM because you had to photograph it then for perfect light and you couldn’t let it go to waste -Marcie
- you have more pictures of food than your kids -Lisa
- you can be counted on to show up at potlucks and get togethers with a piece of cake missing -Karen
- you go to the grocery store every.single.day. -Averie
- you dream of recipes in your sleep -Tanya
- your camera is smeared with butter. And chocolate. -Jennifer
I can relate to nearly every one of those mentioned above. Delivering cakes with slices missing? TOTALLY. More photos of food than family? Sadly, yes. Messy house? No dinner? Mismatched dishes? Yes. Yes. Yes.
But, let’s talk about today’s celebratory recipe! I took my favorite, easy, one bowl blondie recipe and added in some swirls of Nutella. Because, duh, I love Nutella, and it adds the perfect nutty, sweetness to this recipe. And, it’s not a party until it’s topped with ice cream, melted Nutella, and sprinkles! Am I right? I find these blondies taste best the second day. Warm it up in the microwave for a couple seconds before adding your ice cream.
Oh wait. Confession. You might be a food blogger if…..you find out you have no ice cream in the freezer so you take a scoop of frozen Cool Whip for the photo shoot, nobody can tell the difference!
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- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Nutella (hazelnut spread)
- ice cream, Nutella, and sprinkles, optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine melted butter with brown sugar. Add in egg, vanilla and salt. Add flour and mix just until combined. Press batter into bottom of prepared baking dish.
- Spread Nutella on top of batter, in about 4 lines, using a knife to make swirls.
- Bake for about 22 minutes, remove from oven and cool.
- To serve, enjoy as a bar, or make a decadent treat by warming it up and topping it with ice cream, melted Nutella and sprinkles!
*Store in airtight container. I prefer these the second day, I think the flavor is more intense and the blondie is chewier!
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