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A few days ago I was watching the Rachael Ray show with Emeril Lagasse as her guest. He shared a recipe for a slow cooker/crockpot brownie. With a busy day coming up and the need for a birthday dessert, I decided to give it a shot.

I followed the instructions, shown below, to a ‘T’ and anxiously awaited the yummy results, enjoying the smell of chocolate in my home all afternoon.

Crockpot Brownie Batter

After the allotted baking time of 3 1/2 hours, the brownies were still liquid in the middle. I have a fairly large crockpot so the brownies were probably thinner than in many smaller crockpots.  Time was running out, so what to do?  I tried baking a little while longer on low with no improvement.  Finally I resorted to turning the crockpot on ‘high’ and you can imagine the burned edges and still uncooked center.



Slow Cooker Brownies with Chocolate Hazelnut Spread–unfortunately with uncooked center and burned edges

I was NOT a happy camper and kicked myself for not making the recipe shown below but baking, old-style, in the oven.  I think this modification for traditionally baked brownies topped warm, with the chocolate hazelnut spread would be amazing. Skip the slow cooker method.

NOTE TO SELF:  Never try to ‘bake’ a cake or brownie in the crockpot EVER!


  • 1 box of brownie mix
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks, a mix of milk and dark (and I used some white chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
Line the bottom of the slow cooker with some aluminum foil and spray it with a little non-stick spray.

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions and add chocolate chunks. Pour the batter into the slow cooker, set at a low temperature and cook for 3 hours. Remove lid and cook for an extra 30 minutes to create a crunchy top. When cool, spread hazelnut spread on top and enjoy!

Recipe from Rachael Ray Show with Emeril Lagasse