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Nutty Zebra Brownies

September 26, 2012 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Creative, Decadent, Fun For Kids, Nutty

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These zebra brownies get their stripes from marshmallow and Nutella hazelnut spread — and, best of all, no zebra were harmed in this recipe! The black-and-white pattern is fun to make with kids and memorable to serve for a special event. Here she is in all her animal-print glory: The Nutty Zebra Brownie.



  • 1 box brownie mix
  • Eggs, oil, and water as called for on the box directions
  • Approximately 1 cup marshmallow fluff
  • Approximately 1/3 cup hazelnut spread (I used Nutella)
  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped (optional)20120926-120343.jpg


Mix and bake brownie batter according to box directions. Allow to cool. While the oven is hot, toast your chopped hazelnuts for about 4 minutes at 350 F, until they smell roasty and rich. Set the hazelnuts aside for later.

When brownies are cooled, cut them into serving sizes. Don’t be tempted to skip this step. If you choose to spread marshmallow on top of un-cut brownies, cutting it later gets very tricky. Tricky and sticky! So, cut your brownies first.


Move the cut brownies to a place from which you can easily frost, store, and serve them. Separate them by at least a half-inch so the marshmallow goo from one brownie will not touch the goo from the neighboring brownie. Next, spoon about a cup of marshmallow fluff into a bowl or measuring cup and stir it until it’s smooth.



Place about a teaspoon of marshmallow fluff onto each brownie and spread. To save some time and create a bit of an assembly-line approach, I got into a “4-brownies-at-a-time” groove. I scooped and spooned fluff onto 4 brownies and then I spread it with the knife. Then I spooned onto 4 more and then spread that. The fluff begins to stiffen up after about a minute, so you don’t want to spoon too many at a time. Here is my spoon-and-spread action: 20120926-120551.jpg

Using a knife, stir the hazelnut spread until it’s smooth. Pull up a thick strand of hazelnut spread and drag it diagonally across the marshmallow topping in a zebra-like pattern. 20120926-120816.jpg

At this point, you have the option of keeping your zebra print intact or adding the extra yum (and the added ker-unch) of some toasted, chopped hazelnuts.


It’s so cute, so sweet, and so memorable! It’s the Nutty Zebra Brownie, starring marshmallow fluff, hazelnuts, and Nutella.

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