Nutella Cookies (customizable!)

This Nutella Cookies recipe is completely customizable!  Mix anything you want into the batter to create Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies for 4th of July or Andes Nutella Cookies for Christmas!  

up close of holding chewy Nutella cookies with Reese's pieces

Nutella Cookies

Whether you looooove Nutella or are just a chocolate lover in general, you will looooove this Nutella Cookie recipe!  Honestly, I thought they were going to be good, but they are even better than I could have imagined.   After Patrick sunk his teeth into our new obsession, his first words were, “Are you kidding me?!”  No, I would not kid about something as important as Nutella Cookies.  Patrick, you might have finally found a cookie to rival your favorite S’mores Cookies.

up close of holding easy nutella cookies with andes mints

These Nutella Cookies are definitely making it onto my plate of Christmas neighbor/friend goodies this year.  Do you have a tradition of holiday neighbor/friend cookie exchange?   Every since I was a little girl, it has been a tradition to load up plates and plates of all our favorite Christmas treats and bring them to friends and neighbors.  Making and sampling these cookies, bars and popcorn while singing along to the good ol’ stuff like Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,”  “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” by The Carpenters, “Silent Night”by Ella Fitzgerald and many more are some of my most cherished memories.

My family never missed a year to spread this good cheer with Christmas plates loaded with Mom’s Famous Mint Brownies, Rice Krispie Wreaths (with ornaments out of skittles and bows out of red vines), and Sugar Cookies, and now I have a new favorite to add to the list, these Nutella Cookies!

top view of nutella cookies wit chocolate chips

How do you make Nutella cookies?

  1. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together with a stand or hand held mixer on medium speed for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until incorporated after each addition. Add Nutella and vanilla and beat to combine.
    showing how to make nutella cookies by mixing nutella into the cookie batter

  3. Add flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon just until combined. Add 1 cup desired Add-Ins and stir just until combined. Cover mixing bowl and chill dough in the refrigerator for 4 hours up to overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick mats.
  5. Scoop dough into heaping 2 tablespoon size balls and evenly space 6 balls per one cookie sheet. Bake each batch of cookies for 12-14 minutes or until edges are set and center look underdone. Let cookies cool completely on baking sheets.  

showing how to make easy nutella cookies by mixing reese's pieces into batter

How to Customize Nutella Cookies

To make these Nutella Cookies more “Christmasy,” I like to add a cup of Andes’ Creme Baking Bits.  It infuses them with peppermint without tasting over the top or too much like a candy cane.  Here are some more add-in ideas:

  • Reese’s Pieces (as pictured, my fav)
  • chocolate chipis
  • butterscotch chips
  • toffee bits
  • Andes’ Creme De Menthe Baking Bits Baking Chips (perfect for Christmas)

Another personal favorite of mine (and Patrick’s) is the Reese’s Pieces made for ice cream (the orange yellow candies in the pics).  They have a crunchy outside with chocolate inside that blends beautifully with the soft and chewy Nutella Cookies.

top view of chewy nutella cookies, 3 with chocolate chips on the left and three with peanut butter chips on the right

 

Can I Freeze Nutella Cookies?

Yes!  Both the nutella cookie dough and the baked Nutella Cookies can be frozen.

  • Roll balls per instructions and fit as many as you can on a parchment/nonstick lined baking sheet without touching.
  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze the balls until  outsides are hard (about 1-2 hours).
  • Transfer to a freezer size plastic bag and freeze.
  • Nutella cookie dough should freeze well for up to 3 months.
  • To BAKE:  Place frozen cookie dough balls on a lined baking sheet and bake according to instructions, adding a couple extra minutes to cook time.

HOW TO FREEZE BAKED NUTELLA COOKIES 

  • Fit as many COOLED baked Nutella Cookies on a parchment/nonstick mat lined baking sheet without touching.
  • Place the baking sheet(s) in the freezer and freeze until  solid (about 1 hour).
  • Transfer to a freezer size plastic bag and freeze.
  • To EAT:  When you want to enjoy a Nutella Cookie, take it out and let it sit at room temperature, warm in the microwave at 10 second intervals or warm it in the oven for a few minutes.
a stack of nutella cookies on a white marble cutting board

And you can’t go wrong with these Nutella Cookies bursting with hazelnut chocolate in every bite.  Whether you make these cookies for Christmas or make them for a barbecue in July, I know you are going to looooove these Customizable Nutella Cookies!

  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with lots and lots of Nutella Cookies!

up close of a chewy nutella cookie with a bite taken out of it

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These Super soft and chewy Nutella Cookies are my absolute favorite chocolate cookie with a whole cup of Nutella mixed right into the batter! Mix in anything you want from chocolate chips to, Reese's pieces to Andes mints for the perfect Christmas cookie!

Customizable Nutella Cookies

Mega soft and chewy Nutella Cookies with a whole cup of Nutella mixed right into the batter!  These Cookies are completely customizable!  Mix in anything you want into the Nutella cookie batter from chocolate chips to Reese’s pieces to Andes mints for the perfect Christmas cookies in December or the perfect BBQ cookies in July!
Servings: 34 cookies
Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, (1 stick)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup add ins (see below)

Add-In Suggestions (1 cup)

  • Reese’s Pieces (as pictured, my fav)
  • chocolate, butterscotch or peanut butter chips
  • toffee bits
  • Andes’ Creme De Menthe Baking Bits Baking Chips (perfect for Christmas)

Instructions

  • Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Cream butter and sugar together with a stand or hand held mixer on medium speed for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until incorporated after each addition. Add Nutella and vanilla and beat to combine.
  • Add flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon just until combined. Add 1 cup desired Add-Ins and stir just until combined. Cover mixing bowl and chill dough in the refrigerator for 4 hours up to overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick mats.
  • Scoop dough into heaping 2 tablespoon size balls and evenly space 6 balls per one cookie sheet. Bake each batch of cookies for 12-14 minutes or until edges are set and center look underdone. Let cookies cool completely on baking sheets.

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14 Comments

  1. Christy says

    Yummy! These look like another winner Jen! Everything I have made from your site – at least 2 a week – has been amazing! I made your Gingerbread Whoopie Pies last weekend and they are to die for! Thanks for all the amazing recipes!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so so much Christy! I LOVE hearing that you have made so many of my recipes and are enjoying them – yay!!! I’m so glad the Gingerbread Whoopie Pies were a hit too! Thank you for taking the time to comment!

  2. Candice says

    I am a HUGE Nutella AND cookie fan – these are happening this weekend! Can’t wait!

    • Jen says

      Hi Candice, I think you are going to LOVE these cookies! Can’t wait for you to make them so soon! Enjoy!

  3. Sean says

    When you say bake six at a time does that mean six beach cookie sheet or only six in the oven at one time? By the way you are my fave site. I grew up in Coronado and all your Mexican recipes have hit home plus the peanut butter sauces!

    • Jen says

      Hi Sean, thank you so much for your kind words, that mean so much to me! I just made Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce this week and sharing it next week – think you will love it as it sounds like we share the same love affair with peanut sauce! I LOVE Coronado – go there quite a bit, best place to ride bikes with the beautiful homes – and its all flat 🙂 In this recipe, it means only 6 cookies per cookie sheet as they spread out quite a bit when baked :). Hope you love them, Merry Christmas!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Anna! I think your family will love them too especially if they already love Nutella! Happy Weekend!

  4. Janet says

    Gotta try these cookies this weekend! Just wondered – about how many cookies does this recipe make? Thanks!

    • Jen says

      Awesome Janet! The recipe makes about 34 cookies. You are welcome to half the recipe but there is always someone willing to devour leftovers 🙂

  5. Layne Schwabedissen says

    Made these for a church activity and wishing I had them all to myself (probably a good thing though). Whoa Jen, whoa.

    • Jen says

      hahaha! The problem with sharing 🙂 I am so glad they were such a hit! I LOVE these ones, I’ve been meaning to make them again and your comment gave me the impetus! maybe today – too bad we don’t live closer!

  6. Amy says

    So good. I just have to figure out how to stop eating them.

    • Jen says

      haha! I hear ya – its SO hard to do ! So happy you loved them Amy! Thank you!

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