Girls Night In Baking Party!

This Friday night was spent hanging out with my BFF Allison.  We needed a good Girls Night In, and decided to hang out, drink wine, bake and watch our favorite movie – The Sweetest Thing.  (If you have not seen this movie, you NEED to go rent it/Netflix it NOW.  Hilarious.)

While the movie was great, as always, and the wine was flowing, the best part of the night was definitely the baking!!  We tried two new, great recipes and were not disappointed! We made Nutella Cookies and Salted Fudge Brownies.  MmmmmMmMmMmmm. 

Nutella Cookies - the ingredients

– ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature (ignore the extra stick of butter in the picture)
– ½ cup granulated sugar
– ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
– ½ cup Nutella or other hazelnut chocolate spread
– 1 egg
– ½ tsp. vanilla
– 1 ½ cups flour
– 1 tsp. baking soda
– ¼ tsp. salt
– 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cream butter and sugars in a mixer on high speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl often.  Beat for about 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.  With the mixer on low, add the egg and vanilla. Then add the Nutella and mix well.

Mixing, mixing, mixing!

Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix on low speed until all the ingredients are incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and mix just until the dough is smooth. Fold in chocolate chips.

Using a small ice cream scoop (or a teaspoon) form the dough into balls and place on greased cookie sheet.

Using my awesome COOKIE SCOOP!
I heart my cookie scoop!

Bake 6-7 minutes. Let cookies cool about 5 minutes and transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Out of the oven
Nutella-y goodness!!

The Nutella cookies have a great consistency and flavor, but I wish they were a bit more heavy on the Nutella flavor.  Other than that, they are sooooooooo yummy!!!

Next… the Salted Fudge Brownies… I like calling them Sea Salt Brownies… everyone seems to be more intrigued by that name vs the original one.

Salted Fudge Brownies - the Ingredients

– 1-½ stick Butter (accidentally used butter, and omitted the 1/2 stick)
– 2 ounces, weight Unsweetened Chocolate (finely Chopped) (I didn’t chop)
– ¼ cups Plus 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
– 2 cups Sugar
– 3 whole Eggs
– 1-½ teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
– 1 cup All-purpose Flour
– ½ teaspoons Sea Salt (I used a mortar & pestle to grind the salt)

Preheat the oven to 350°. Place two large pieces of foil in a 9-inch square metal cake pan with foil, draping the foil over the edges. Spray foil with cooking spray.

Melt the butter with the unsweetened chocolate over very low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Whisk to combine.

Melting the butter and chocolate

Add the cocoa, sugar, eggs, vanilla and flour. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with a rubber spatula. Grind sea salt evenly over the batter. Using a butter knife, swirl the salt into the batter. Grind a little extra on top, making sure to sprinkle it evenly and leave it setting on top of the batter.  (I combined the sea salt with the batter while still in the sauce pan.  And not sure it really matters if the spatula is rubber so… whatever.)

Mix in all the ingredients

Bake for about 35 minutes, until the edge is set but the center is still a bit soft and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out coated with a little of the batter.

Out of the oven!
Out of the oven

Cool at room temperature in the pan for about an hour, then refrigerate just until they are firm. Lift the brownies from the pan and remove foil. Cut the brownies into 12 or 16 squares.

Salted Fudge Brownies
Delicious, salty brownie

Believe me when I say that these are quite possibly the best brownies EVER.  Upon our first bites, Allison and I were almost on the floor because we were both so overcome by the party that our taste buds were experiencing.  She left with half the pan, and when Dave got home later that night he hunted the remainder down until he found them.  And the look on his face when he finally got a piece was priceless – these were definitely a keeper. 

Need a last minute recipe to make for Valentine’s Day?  Either one of these would be great!!!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

**Recipes from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody, and Tasty Kitchen


  1. I LOVE that movie & have it on DVD so I can pop it in & watch it when I want to.

    The brownies sound so so good. YUM!!

  2. Chocolate!

  3. I love that I can rely on you for a source of amazing recipes, especially ones that cater to my sweet tooth 🙂 Definitely will try the brownie recipe!!! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I loved my cookie scoop. Until it broke. *sobs*

  5. seriously so much chocolate yum, YUM!

    also, the sweetest thing is seriously one of the funniest movies, i LOVE it.

  6. Mom and Dem says

    So happy that you shared the salt brownies recipe. If there is something I like more than brownies, it is salt. I. AM. IN. HEAVEN!

  7. April Elizabeth says

    "it's jesus, look its jesus!"

    I love that movie!

  8. This has made me realize that there is absolutely not enough Nutella in my house.

  9. The salted brownies sound like a winner. It sounds like something that boy would enjoy since in general he prefers salt over sweet. Although his one sweet indulgence is brownies, so pretty much the perfect combination for him!

  10. I was looking for some fashion tips for a “girls night out” when I landed here. Not exactly what I had in mind, but fun nevertheless. I’m off to the next place to find what I was really looking for 😉
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