Nutella Sandwich Cookies
posted in: Chocolate, Cookies & Bars, Desserts        date: 01.14.11

Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Eric and I adore Nutella. We always seem to have a jar of it in the house, though it never lasts very long. I was in the mood to bake cookies the other day and started flipping through an old Christmas cookie magazine. As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I had to make it immediately. Sometimes recipes just strike me like that, and I know I’ll keep thinking about them if I don’t make them soon. I’m so glad I gave in to my urge to bake these cookies because they are delicious and insanely addictive.

On their own, the cookies taste fantastic. They’re soft, rich, buttery and a little nutty from the ground hazelnuts. I had a couple of them before I even added the Nutella, and I could have eaten several more. Once the Nutella is spread on, though, these cookies turn into little bites of utter bliss. I dare you to try eating just one. I don’t think it’s possible. The good news is that these are small cookies, which makes it perfectly acceptable to have more than one. Right? The cookies are simple enough to make, but the dough does require one hour of chilling time before the cookies can be cut and baked. Once they’re cooled, you simply spread on the Nutella, sandwich two cookies together and enjoy. I’m not a big cookie person, but I absolutely loved these. I can say with certainty that they’ll be making an appearance again soon (because cookies this delicious don’t last long).

Nutella Sandwich Cookies

  • COOK TIME: 9-10 minutes
  • YIELD: 32 sandwich cookies
Ingredients
  • ½ cup hazelnuts, toasted and skins removed

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 10 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons (⅔ cup) butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) cream cheese, softened

  • ⅔ cup sugar

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

  • ¾ cup chocolate hazelnut spread

Directions
  • 1

    Combine hazelnuts and ½ cup of flour in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the nuts are finely ground, then add the remaining 1½ cups of flour and the baking powder. Process with quick on/off pulses to combine.

  • 2

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and cream cheese on medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add hazelnut-flour mixture and beat on low speed until dough is combined and smooth.

    Divide dough into four portions. Shape each portion into an 8-inch-long roll. Wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper and refrigerate for at least one hour or until dough is firm enough to slice.

  • 3

    Heat oven to 350º and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking mat. Using a sharp knife, cut each roll into ½-inch thick slices (16 cookies per roll). Place 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet.

    Bake for 9-10 minutes on the center rack, until the cookies are just barely golden around the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • 4

    Once cooled, spread about 1 teaspoon of Nutella on the bottom of half the cookies. Top with remaining cookies, bottom side down, and press gently together.

    To store, place unassembled cookies in an airtight container up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months. Thaw, if frozen, and assemble as needed.

SOURCES:
  • Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Cookies, 2008
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  • Blog is the New Black

    I JUST (as in, last weekend) tried nutella and am obsessed. Dying to bake with it in anyway! These look amazing!

    • Courtney

      You’ll be hooked forever now! 🙂

  • Carrie

    Wow those look delicious, how could you go wrong with Nutella.

    • Courtney

      Thanks, Carrie! I totally agree – it’s hard to go wrong with Nutella.

  • YUM! These look adorable and delicious. Plus, I love Nutella, so… 🙂

  • So many nutella recipes lately, but this really looks delicious!!! I love the nutella oozing out of the cookie.

  • Alisa

    This reminds me I need to buy another jar of nutella.This
    looks wonderful!

  • At first I thought it was nutella between two bananas!
    (which sounds really good too…) I love that they are hazelnut
    cookies, I just bought a bag last night and was trying to decide
    what to do with them! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • These look so delicious! And your pictures are SO good!

  • Sold! I’m a Nutella lover and this is a must-make for me!
    -Meredith

  • These would be dangerous in my house! But yet, I feel the
    need to make them now! Love Nutella! 🙂

  • These sound delicious and look absolutely gorgeous!

  • I bet the nuttiness of the cookies pairs really well with the nutella. I recently discovered nutella (a couple of months ago) and I love it. It’s like feel-good and good for you chocolate.

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  • I could eat a whole jar of nutella in one sitting!! When I went to Paris, I had a nutella and banana crepe every single morning. Yum – these look great!!

    • Courtney

      Thanks! Those crepes sound magical. I love Nutella and bananas together, and I might have to try making some crepes soon!

  • Oh, these look so good! And they are ridiculously pretty.

    • Courtney

      Thanks! They disappeared quickly, so it might be time to make another batch!

  • Oooo I’m super excited to try these! Nutella is wonderful, I have so many recipes with it, it’s ridiculous. It’s nice to find fellow Nutella lovers (you certainly don’t have to look too far), you should try this recipe for an awesome twist on a classic: http://blog.al.com/sugar-and-spice/2010/08/nutella_chocolate_chip_cookies.html.
    I love this recipe, but I’ve had problems getting the same results every time. I’ve tried tweaking ingredients (more nutella, duh), but a second opinion would be nice :)I’m definitely checking back to see your thoughts, whenever you have the time or inclination.
    Ok I’m done now, thank you for the recipe!