Nutella-Hazelnut Cookies

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed it or not, but there is a serious lack of recipes that include Nutella on this site. Maybe it’s never something you thought about, or maybe you’ve been asking yourself why in the world I don’t have any Nutella recipes. Well, it almost shames my foodie heart to tell you that up until very recently (read: last week) I really wasn’t sure I even liked Nutella. I felt very ambivalent about it. I could take it or leave it, and honestly couldn’t understand what all the hubbub was about. Sure, I had tried it once or twice, and it was okay, but I guess I just didn’t get it. Heck, even my 91-year-old Grandma was on the Nutella train last year. It was a staple of her diet – every morning, on a piece of toast, with a layer of peanut butter underneath. She was clearly more hip than her food blogger granddaughter. These cookies, however, may be a game-changer for me. As in, I could have eaten the entire batch in one sitting without looking back. They have a fudge-like texture and the flavor is the most amazing combination of chocolate and nutty. Throw in some sugar, espresso powder and more chopped nuts, and you have Nutella cookie nirvana.

It’s a good thing that my Chief Culinary Consultant’s dad’s birthday rolled around or I might still be mucking it up in “I don’t think I like Nutella” land. He looooooves hazelnuts and is a big fan of Nutella, so when I ran across these cookies in a magazine a couple of months ago I doggy-eared the page with a note to make them for his birthday. Last week I made them happen in my kitchen and after packing up a box of them to ship down to Florida for his birthday, I took my first bite of one of the leftovers. And I was in heaven. The remaining leftovers were polished off before bedtime. Now I know why my Chief Culinary Consultant was enamored with the Nutella and strawberry/banana crepes when we’d order from Crepes-a-Go-Go.

I was so wrapped up in Super Bowl prep last week that I didn’t even realize World Nutella Day was this past Sunday. Perhaps it was divine intervention that I had my eyes opened to Nutella just a few days before. In celebration of the holiday and of my new-found affinity for it, tell me – do you love Nutella? Are you indifferent? If you do, what’s your favorite way to eat it?

One year ago: Sausage Dip
Two years ago: Cappuccino Cinnamon Squares
Four years ago: Black and White Chocolate Cake

Nutella-Hazelnut Cookies

Yield: About 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes active + 2 hours inactive

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1¼ cups Nutella
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1-1/3 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1/3 cup milk
2 cups hazelnuts, toasted and finely chopped
1 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the Nutella, butter, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, vanilla, and espresso powder and mix until incorporated. Reduce the speed to low and alternate additions of flour mixture and milk, starting and ending with the flour, and mixing until just combined after each addition. Fold in ½ cup of the hazelnuts. Refrigerate the dough until firm, at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the remaining hazelnuts and the powdered sugar in two separate bowls. Using a medium cookie scoop (or about 2 tablespoonfuls), roll the dough into balls, roll in the hazelnuts, then roll in the powdered sugar. Place the balls 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake until the edges are set and the middle still looks a tad soft, about 10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

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  1. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on February 7, 2012 at 1:09 am

    I definitely think it was divine intervention…because these look amazing. :)

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  2. Mariana on February 7, 2012 at 1:28 am

    You just made my dream come true. These cookies look absolutely delicious!

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  3. CouponClippingCook on February 7, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Happy belated Nutella day! Love the texture of these cookies…they look sooo good.

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  4. Kathryn on February 7, 2012 at 4:13 am

    These cookies look immense! I’m not a huge fan of nutella but I think I could change my mind for these.

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  5. Choc Chip Uru on February 7, 2012 at 4:17 am

    I understand why you ate them all – welcome to nutella my friend :D
    I have posted so many nutella recipes I have lost count ;)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  6. Anna on February 7, 2012 at 4:30 am

    I’m italian and I think I don’t like Nutella. Shame on me! Maybe it’s beacuse two or three years ago I used to eat half a jar a day, on its own. Or maybe it’s because it’s too sweet. But i’m not too keen on Nutella. Definitely not

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  7. Patricia Scarpin on February 7, 2012 at 5:44 am

    How I wish I could grab these right now! They look beautiful and reading that there are 1 1/4 cups of Nutella in the batter made me want them even more. :D

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  8. Kiri W. on February 7, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Mmmmm, Two of my favorite things :) These look like utterly amazing little treats~

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  9. Vera on February 7, 2012 at 6:23 am

    lOVE nutella, i could eat it out of the jar! :)

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  10. Penny Wolf on February 7, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Nutella on a Ritz cracker,followed by another,then another,and I am DOOMED! As long as it isn’t opened I am fine. As a filling for whoopie pies/gobs is food for the Gods!

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  11. Katrina on February 7, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Mmm little piles of chocolate goodness! Love it!

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  12. tesei on February 7, 2012 at 7:13 am

    OMG, I love Nutella, in every way or form! Here (in Europe), kids have it all the time during the winter: as snacks, lunch, dinner, you name it. I don’t go that far with my son, but I wouldn’t mind having grown up like that!

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  13. Lysa on February 7, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I love nutella, especially on graham crackers…. Bagels… Toaster waffles!!! These cookies look delicious, can’t wait to try!!

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  14. Christine on February 7, 2012 at 7:47 am

    These look amazing!!! I am the same as you – I don’t really “get” Nutella but my dad adores it and these would be perfect for his birthday next month!

    How do you pack your cookies to ship? I usually wrap tightly in cling wrap and then wrap foil over the top of that. Just wondering if there is a better way…

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    • Michelle on February 7th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Christine, I usually wrap each cookie individually with plastic wrap, then wrap a bundle of them together in plastic wrap, put in a cookie box, wrap with bubble wrap, then put that box inside a slightly larger shipping box.

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  15. Blog is the New Black on February 7, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Nutella is my death-row meal!!! I’m not kidding- just give me a spoon and a jar! These look wonderful!

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  16. Abby on February 7, 2012 at 8:43 am

    We can’t keep Nutella in our house…I would eat the whole jar in one sitting!!

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  17. Heather @ Bake, Run, Live on February 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

    For me, the best way to eat Nutella is on a toasted english muffin, smothered in butter, then smothered in Nutella! I also really like it as a dip for apples.

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  18. Meghan on February 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I have an unhealthy obsession with Nutella, these cookies look amazing! Whenever I allow myself to buy it, it’s usually gone in just a few days, mostly eaten by the spoonful, and sometimes spread on a chocolate rice cake or toast.

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  19. Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt on February 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I have to make these, my husband would love them, I love Nutella and graham crackers

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  20. Rodzilla on February 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Your grandmother knew what she was doing, nutella + PB = awesome.

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  21. Chris on February 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I had Nutella for the first time 17 years ago while in Germany. Have LOVED it ever since.

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  22. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on February 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I’m like you, not a fan of nutella. I think it’s the hazzelnut. I love all nuts, but hazzelnut, I think it’s the smell? Weird huh? I can’t stand hazzlenut coffee or cream, blah! But your recipe looks yummy!! I do have a jar of it thats has been hidden in the cupboard forever, so I think I’ll try them in your recipe, you haven’t steered my wrong yet!

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  23. Heidi from BundlesOfHugs on February 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

    These cookies look amazing I must try them!

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  24. Jen on February 7, 2012 at 10:23 am

    If you don’t like Nutella, you may want to have a psych evaluation. The stuff is amazing!! There is also a dearth of recipes including my new favorite spread: Biscoff. It’s definitely sweet, but not chocolatey. This cookie looks great, I’m excited to try it!

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  25. Karen@Mignardise on February 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

    This one’s a keeper! Thanks!

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  26. Tamara @jemofthesouth on February 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

    This recipe sounds really good. I have a container of Nutella in my kitchen now and I have yet to taste it. I like hazelnut so I hope I like it!

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  27. unsorsoallavolta on February 7, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Another Italian who doesn’t like Nutella here. Too “sugary” and too “fake” to me. I definitely prefer other chocolate & hazelnut spreads, especially homemade ones.

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  28. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on February 7, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I am completely obsessed with Nutella! I eat it on an English Muffins almost every day! I have way too many recipes involving the stuff on my site. So glad you are on bored!

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  29. Lauren on February 7, 2012 at 11:19 am

    These sound amazing. Seriously.

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  30. Cathy on February 7, 2012 at 11:36 am

    You described me there: indifferent, not a fan, etc. I’d never give that to my kids for breakfast (like the commercials suggest)! lol I did buy a jar tho when my daughter was coming for a visit from Scotland. She said she loved the stuff. The jar sat unopened in our pantry for the full 4 month visit, despite my reminding her it was there..lol However, putting it in a cookie recipe might change my mind..I love hazelnuts and chocolate, gooey cookies, espresso flavor..it all sounds like perfection to me. I can’t wait to try these. I’m sure I’ll have no trouble eating every single cookie. I’ll hold myself back and let hubby have one or two tho ;) Maybe.

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  31. Paula on February 7, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I used to think that my favourite way to eat Nutella was on a toasted slice (or two) of homemade bread. Now I’m thinking that these cookies are going to be my favourite way to eat Nutella. Your Chief Culinary Consultant just may do cartwheels when he sees these. They are gorgeous!

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  32. Julie on February 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I was introduced to Nutella at birth :) Being Italian it is a staple in our home. I eat it on toast with some peanut butter for breakfast – just like your grandmother!

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  33. Genevieve on February 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I love Nutella! When I lived in Australia you could buy little packets of Nutella with crackers. I like my Nutella in vanilla ice cream and on biscotti. My boyfriend makes Nutella and jelly sandwiches. But we both enjoy going to the Market District at Settlers Ridge for the fresh crepes with Nutella and fruit!

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  34. NerdyBaker on February 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Love it but especially love it on wheat toast with sliced bananas. Welcome to the Nutella side!

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  35. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe on February 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Nutella nirvana indeed! OMG, these look so good! I love that they are rolled in hazelnuts!

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  36. Jamie Sunshine on February 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Amazing cookies! I cannot wait to try making these! I also love Nutella!

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  37. MissKris on February 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I am ambivalent about Nutella also. It just doesn’t do it for me on its own. But this past Christmas I made a big batch of Peanut Butter Blossoms, and then decided why not try making the Blossoms with Nutella in place of the PB? Turned out delicious, crunchy but chewy, if you know what I mean. I am making these cookies for sure this weekend, but I will omit the nuts — I just don’t like nuts in my baked goods. But will follow the rest of the recipe exactly. Can’t wait to try them!

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  38. Mercedes (Satisfy My Sweet Tooth) on February 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Anything with Nutella is an obvious no-brainer in my book, but you got me even more with the crunch from the hazelnuts! YUM!

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  39. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes on February 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    My hubby loves Nutella – must make these!

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  40. Asiya on February 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Great cookies…love anything Nutella!

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  41. Cookin' Canuck on February 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I love that your grandma starts her day off with some Nutella – that’s what I’m going to do when I’m 91! These texture of these cookies looks so good. I’ll bet your dad was happy.

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  42. Meg@thelegaltart on February 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I love nutella. I am sure I will love these!

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  43. tom@morethanpepper on February 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    nothing better than a healthy cookie, well maybe a healthy hotdog

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  44. Teresa on February 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Michelle! I love reading your blog every day for both the yummy food and for all things Pittsburgh (go Pens!) since I am now living far from home in New Hampshire. I am SO excited to be going to the Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in Orlando in March (yay!), and thought I would share my recipe with you since Nutella is a main ingredient! They are the Chocolate Hazelnut Coconut Bars found on the Pillsbury website. They have a coconut cheese-cakey center and a Nutella crust – they might be right up your alley. :) Thanks for the great blog, it’s one of the first things I sit down and read when I get home from work each day.

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    • Michelle on February 7th, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Hi Teresa, Best of luck to you!! Very exciting to hear that a Pittsburgh girl will be in the finals! :) I will definitely check out your recipe!

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  45. Anita at Hungry Couple on February 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Sounds like fate…and a great looking cookie! I love Nutella but my policy with it is pretty much the same as my policy with peanut butter which is – why use it as an ingredient in something else when I’d much rather sit there with the jar and a big spoon. That’s also why I don’t keep either of those things in the house lest I not be able to get back up again :)

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  46. Mi Vida en un Dulce on February 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Nutella, there ir something about Nutella that makes people like it so much. I like it but honestly it’s not something that I can die for, my son and my husband can’t live without it and my little girl…well, she hates it.

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  47. Jany@SuperCuteCookies on February 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    They look delicious!

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  48. LILA on February 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    i LOVE nutella! THe first time i had it was when i was a a friends house and we were eating lunch and she brought it out and i was like “chocolate? for lunch?YEAH BABY” and it WAS BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE. only 2 types of people say that. crazy people, or NUTELLA people! :) i love nutella! these look amazing!!!

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  49. Tina From Pa on February 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I love these cookies ! I made this same recipe last Christmas. They were out of this world!

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  50. Kristina on February 8, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I’m loooooove Nutella! I discovered a couple years ago and I wish I hadn’t… I eat way too much of it now! Love this recipe, your cookies look outstanding, yum!

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