Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Chocolate- Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

A good smudge of Nutella set inside a simple chocolate thumbprint cookie is a good reason for baking... these are delicious!


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 to 3/4 cup Nutella (or other chocolate hazelnut spread)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat (or spray with nonstick spray).

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa and salt. In a separate, larger bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer until it’s light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add egg yolks and vanilla and beat well. Mix in flour mixture at low speed, just until combined.

3. Turn dough out onto a sheet of wax paper and knead a few times until it is smooth and shiny. Shape dough into 24 (1-inch) balls. Arrange balls 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Press thumb into the center of each cookie, leaving an indentation.

4. Bake one cookie sheet at a time for 10 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks. Spoon a generous teaspoonful of Nutella into the center of each cookie.

Source: (Adapted from Cooking Light)


  1. postedOct 9, 2010 4:00 PM

    This was awesome!!! Thank u for it πŸ™‚

  2. postedNov 11, 2010 6:18 AM

    I made these last night and my friend’s comment was: “These are like chocolate exploding in your mouth–it gets everywhere. I feel like a dog with peanut butter. MORE!” Awesome. Well done. πŸ™‚

  3. postedSep 16, 2012 12:19 PM

    Absolutely delicious. Probably one of the easiest/quickest rcookie recipes that are this good. I mixed it up a bit and did a few of the cookies with peanut butter/nutella swirl. Made them on a game day and they were gone in 20 minutes! Thank you for this recipe!

  4. postedNov 22, 2012 1:04 PM

    These are excellent ! πŸ™‚ I loved them <3

  5. postedApr 28, 2013 3:21 PM

    Very good! So buttery and delicious.
    This totally takes away the Nutella aspect, but these cookies are awesome if you throw a few mini marshmallows in the thumbprint for the last 2-3 minutes of baking. Or you can do marshmallow and Nutella.

  6. postedApr 20, 2015 9:09 PM

    Two of the best things in life – nutella and cookies. Yum. Best recipe ever.

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