Mix Nutella, flour and milk to make crisp, crunchy, chocolatey shortbread biscuits. Sandwich with Nutella for real indulgence, or just dunk your Nutella cookies in hot chocolate!
I’ve mentioned before about my love-hate relationship with Nutella. Sooo delicious, yet so unhealthy. There’s big jar of it in our cupboard, which I try hard to ignore, but every so often it reminds me of its presence. That happened this week, when my daughter Kipper finally earned her ‘special breakfast’ by going straight to sleep instead of messing around in bed for an hour first.
Needless to say, her special breakfast of choice involves Nutella.
Nutella shortbread cookies
Once I’d been reminded of it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Specifically, how I could use Nutella as an ingredient, rather than just a spread. And then I thought, hey, shortbread is just fat, sugar and flour, and Nutella is basically fat and sugar, so if I add flour to Nutella, then it should make shortbread. Right?
How to make Nutella cookies…
I set about mixing Nutella and flour in the Kenwood mixer.
Mix mix mix. It formed brown crumbs, but there was no way they were going to stick together.
I added more Nutella. Mix mix mix mix. The crumbs were definitely browner, but they were still crumbs.
I left the machine running. Mix mix mix mix mix. Still crumbs.
I weighed up my options. I considered adding yet more Nutella, but figured that any resulting dough would be too sticky to be useful. So instead, I added a little milk.
Bam! The crumbs came together into a silky, smooth, easily-roll-outable, gorgeous, chocolatey shortbread cookie dough. Ta-da!
Nutella shortbread heart cookies – cut and bake
I cut out the Nutella cookie dough into about 15 medium-sized hearts, and then rerolled the rest and made another 24 little star-shaped cookies. The baked Nutella shortbread biscuits were crisp, light, chocolatey, crunchy and delicious.
Nutella sandwich cookies
I took a load of photos, and then went to bed. Lying awake, I realised that I’d missed a trick – sandwiching two of the cookies together with more Nutella!
Needless to say, the following day I set this right. It was the work of a moment to make delicious Nutella sandwich cookies.
Nutella cookies – Taste testers
We took some of these little Nutella cookies with us to my daughter Kipper’s Woodmice group, where hungry woodland explorers (and their parents) seemed quite taken with the crunchy, munchy, Nutella flavoured morsels.
Tea and biscuits
Later in the day, I discovered that these Nutella shortbread biscuits are also an almost perfect dunker – they soften and go slightly chewy and fudgey when immersed briefly in a hot cup of tea, but don’t fall to bits leaving you with soggy crumbs in your drink.
3-ingredient Nutella cookies
As mentioned above, all you need to make a batch of these delicious cookies is the following three ingredients:
- Nutella – of course!
- Self raising flour
- Milk – or you can use a plant-based milk if that’s your thing
No eggs, no oil, no sugar, no messing about!
Easy and delicious Nutella shortbread cookies
Given how easy these Nutella cookies are to make, and how yummy they are to eat, this may well be my go to chocolate biscuit recipe from now on. And I’m sharing them with you just in time for Valentine’s Day! Whip up a batch of these gorgeous chocolate heart biscuits and you’re bound to impress the object of your desire.
3 ingredients. Mix, roll, cut, bake. Couldn’t be simpler.
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Nutella shortbread hearts
- 150 g Nutella
- 150 g self-raising flour
- 50 ml milk
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Line a baking sheet with parchment or a non-stick liner.
- In a stand mixer, combine the Nutella & flour until crumbs form. With the motor running, add the milk a little at a time until the mixture comes together to form a dough. (You may need slightly less, or slightly more milk.)
- Roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment, to a thickness of 5-6mm. Use a heart cutter to stamp out cookies and transfer them to the lined baking sheet. Re-roll any offcuts of dough and repeat until all the shortbread biscuits are cut out.
- Bake the Nutella shortbread in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until crisp and just beginning to colour. Remove from the oven and transfer to wire racks to cool.
More delicious cookie recipes!
If you love a chocolate cookies (and who doesn’t?!), why not try these easy double chocolate muesli cookies, these scrummy flourless chocolate chip cookies, or these irresistible orange cookies with melting truffle centres.
More recipes using Nutella
And if you’re wondering what to do with the rest of your jar of Nutella, here are some fab ideas from around the web:
- Soft Nutella White Chocolate Chunk Cookies from KerryCooks
- Nutella swirl pound cake from Goodie Godmother
- Nutella stuffed chocolate chip cookies from It’s Not Easy Being Greedy
- Nutella bread and butter pudding from Family-Friends-Food
- 3-ingredient Nutella cupcakes from Family-Friends-Food
I’m entering these delicious Nutella shortbread hearts into Treat Petite, organised by The Baking Explorer (who is also hosting this month) and Cakeyboi, which is on the theme of ‘Love is in the Air’! Who doesn’t love Nutella?!
I’m also entering them into Alphabakes, organised by The More than Occasional Baker and Caroline Makes, who is also hosting this month. February has the letter ‘V’ for Valentines biscuits.
Love easy recipes like these. Thank you for sharing. Looks delicious.
Thanks Mirlene. That’s my kind of recipe – easy, and produces great results 🙂
So easy and yummy. Sandwiching the biscuits together with Nutella is a must!
Thanks Jenny. I agree! So indulgent but so delicious!
These nutella shortbread are so easy to make and taste amazing! Such an easy treat to satisfy my sweet tooth!
Thanks Taylor. They always disappear here!
These cookies are absolutely delicious and everyone loves them! Such a big hit and easy to make too! Excited to remake this recipe!
Thanks Beth, that’s so great to hear!
Love that these are only 3 ingredients! Going to try these this afternoon – just gotta have some tea ready for dunking 🙂
Thanks Heather! They are SO GOOD dunked in tea!
This looks so delicious and yummy! My kids are going to love this recipe! I’m so excited to give this a try!
These are wonderful and we are huge Nutella fans, I just happened to have these 3 ingredients and may not share with anyone else after I bake these today 🙂
LOL Claudia! Just don’t eat them all at once!
Oh my ..these cookies looks so good! We love nutella and love its just3 ingredients…can’t wait to try them.
Just what I was looking for. Such an easy but totally delicious Valentine’s Day dessert. I’m making this. Thanks for idea!
Thanks Natalie – I love recipes that are easy and delicious!
Such an easy recipe to make but everyone LOVED them.
Thanks Beth. So glad to hear you all enjoyed them 🙂
I can’t believe how easy these are, perfect for V-day!
Thanks Emily! I know – they couldn’t be easier!
I love Nutella and this looks like such a great recipe. Can’t believe it only has 3 ingredients, definitely trying these out asap.Thanks for entering AlphaBakes.
I love simple recipes! Thanks for your comment and thanks for hosting AlphaBakes.
can we use plain flour instead??
You can use plain flour but add 2 tsp baking powder to the mixture as well.
If I try hard enough I can imagine eating one of these and how they would have a crisp outside and soft centre – heaven! Thanks for entering into Treat Petite!
Thanks Kat! They’re quite crisp right through, but they go deliciously soft and fudge when dunked. I had some dunked in hot chocolate….. bliss!
They look absolutely delicious. Yum
Thanks! They are quite yummy, and very easy to make – a perfect combination!
These biscuits look just perfect and I bet their absolutely delicious too:-) Thank you for linking to my Brioched Pudding:-)
Thanks Camilla. They were so easy to make and are so yummy! Your pud looks lovely – a good way to use up ‘spare’ Nutella!
Sus @ roughmeasures.com
These look delicious, I thought I was running out of time to make anything nice for V day for the boy, however I reckon I could make these on friday evening!
They are pretty quick. I’m sure you could rustle up a batch in no time 🙂
The Vagabond Baker
Well that sounds deliciously simple! Yum!
Really, they couldn’t be easier!