Nutellotti Soft Nutella Cookies with Filling

Do you love Nutella? I can’t get enough of it and have been known to enjoy it straight from the jar! Nutellotti soft nutella cookies are a great Italian Christmas cookie idea. A tasty chocolate and vanilla flavoured cookie is topped with a sweet and creamy Nutella topping. Nutella thumbprint cookies like these are perfect for the Nutella lover in the family. These Nutella Christmas cookies also are great in a cookie box or for cookie exchanges.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Italian Nutella cookies are one of my favourite recipes that use Nutella.

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Hazelnut Nutella thumbprint cookies are just as delicious as they sound. If you’re a fan of this classic hazelnut spread, these nutellotti cookies are perfect!

You might not want to eat Italian Nutella cookies every day but when Christmas comes they’re perfect. There are lots of recipes that use Nutella and I’ve tried several including Air Fryer S’more Pie Pops with Nutella, Nutella Oreo Mousse Cups cookies and my current favourite – these Italian Nutella cookies.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Italian Nutella cookies are one of my favourite recipes that use Nutella.

Ingredients for Nutellotti Soft Nutella Cookies

You don’t need many ingredients to make an Italian Nutella cookies recipe. As well as the spread itself, you’ll need flour, eggs, salt, vanilla, and some hazelnuts. For the filling you need more Nutella, some heavy cream, powdered sugar and butter.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Italian Nutella cookies are one of my favourite recipes that use Nutella.

You might have seen generic chocolate hazelnut products but for these I recommend genuine Nutella. The other ingredients are self-explanatory. Just use regular all-purpose flour for these and either medium or large eggs. You can buy hazelnuts and chop them yourself or else buy them ready-chopped.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Italian Nutella cookies are one of my favourite recipes that use Nutella.

How to Prepare Italian Nutella Cookies

After whipping the eggs and Nutella together you can mix in the flour, bit by bit to make dough. Let the dough sit in the refrigerator for about half an hour then divide it into balls and press them down using your thumb. Your thumb is the perfect size for Nutella thumbprint cookies! Else you can use the end of a wooden spoon or handle of a wooden spoon. This might be easier if you have long nails!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Italian Nutella cookies are one of my favourite recipes that use Nutella.

Next it is time to bake the easy Nutella thumbprint cookiesand then let them cool completely. Combine the filling ingredients and then you can pipe some into the thumb indent on each cookie. Finally sprinkle chopped nuts on top and enjoy! This is one of the easiest cookie recipe options for the holidays and Christmas cookies with Nutella make a splendid gift.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Italian Nutella cookies are one of my favourite recipes that use Nutella.

Who Invented Nutella?

This sweetened hazelnut chocolate spread is known all over the globe. It’s made with whole hazelnuts and is the perfect treat on toast or used to make small cookies. It actually dates back to 1963. This spread was created by an Italian company headed by Pietro Ferrero. He first sold this chocolate spread as a solid block but later it became a spread which is of course easier to use than a solid block.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Italian Nutella cookies are one of my favourite recipes that use Nutella.

The main ingredients are palm oil and sugar. This Nutella Christmas recipe also contains cocoa solids, skim milk and hazelnuts, plus whey powder, vanillin, and lecithin. You don’t need to refrigerate it because the sugar acts as a preservative. Refrigerating it makes it too hard to spread too, so it’s better in the cupboard or pantry.

Use tufts of Nutella in many original recipes, this chocolate Nutella thumbprint cookies recipe being just one example of its versatility. Add the creamy topping and crunchy chopped hazelnuts on top and these are even better than a Nutellotti recipe from the bakery.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Italian Nutella cookies are one of my favourite recipes that use Nutella.

If you’re like me, a jar of Nutella doesn’t last all that long anyway! Especially when there are so many great Nutella recipes to make such as Italian thumbprint cookies with a dollop of Nutella in the centre of each ball.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Nutella thumbprint cookies are perfect for cookie exchanges.

National Nutella Day falls on February 5 so you can make Nutellotti soft nutella cookies again then or another of many recipes that use Nutella.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Nutella thumbprint cookies are perfect for cookie exchanges.

How to Store Nutella Christmas Cookies

Nutellotti soft nutella cookies will harden overnight and become chewy unless you keep them in an airtight container, preferably in the refrigerator. It’s also possible to freeze these.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Nutella thumbprint cookies are perfect for cookie exchanges.

If you want to freeze them, let them cool completely and then freeze them on a baking sheet. After that you can transfer them into Ziploc freezer bags. Freezing the Nutella thumbprint cookies on a baking sheet first ensures the filling doesn’t get squashed out of shape.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Nutella thumbprint cookies are perfect for cookie exchanges.

You can thaw them in the refrigerator and they should taste just as good as when they first came out of the oven. Well, almost!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Nutella thumbprint cookies are perfect for cookie exchanges.

What Does Nutellotti Mean?

This word simply means ‘soft Nutella cookies’. Italians love this type of cookie with coffee as a snack or even for breakfast.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Nutella thumbprint cookies are perfect for cookie exchanges.

Variations of Nutella Christmas Cookies

Rather than sprinkle chopped hazelnuts over the finished cookies you can press a whole nut into the filling. You can also swap the Nutella for a generic brand or even use another flavour of cocoa-based spread altogether. You can always use your favourite spread in recipes that use Nutella if you have a different favourite.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Nutella thumbprint cookies are perfect for cookie exchanges.

A little powdered sugar sprinkled on top is good too and, since these Italian Nutella cookies are a festive treat, it can represent snow! Another variation would be subbing coconut or almond extract for the vanilla, or even hazelnut extract if you don’t mind them VERY hazelnutty!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Nutella Christmas cookies are perfect for cookies boxes.

Nutellotti soft nutella cookies make a cute gift for the Nutella fan in your life. I’d also recommend doubling the recipe if you’re making these for more than a couple of people. They’re small and do disappear quick!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Nutella Christmas cookies are perfect for cookies boxes.

Find these cookies and others in my holiday cookie box

If you like these Italian Nutella cookies, you might also like 25 Delicious Nutella Recipes, Raspberry Hazelnut Thumbprint Cookies or Italian Canestrelli Cookies.

Nutellotti Soft Nutella Cookies with Filling Recipe

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies with filling. These Italian Nutella cookies are one of my favourite recipes that use Nutella.

Nutellotti Soft Nutella Cookies with Filling

Course: Sweets
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Christmas, Cookies, Nutella
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chill: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Bella
Nutellotti soft nutella cookies are a great Italian Christmas cookie idea. Nutella thumbprint cookies like these are perfect for the Nutella lover in the family. These Nutella Christmas cookies also are great in a cookie box.
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Ingredients

INGREDIENTS COOKIES 

 INGREDIENTS FILLING 

  • 3 Tablespoon Nutella
  • 3 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoon powdered sugar 
  • 1.5 Tablespoon heavy cream 

Instructions

  • Whip together the Nutella and eggs on medium speed for about 3 minutes. 
  • Slowly add in half of the sifted flour mixing until combined, then add in the second half. 
  • Once fully mixed, scrape the sides of the bowl and push all of the dough to the center, cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 25 minutes. 
  • While the dough is chilling you can preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare one or two cookie sheets by lining it with parchment paper. 
  • Once the dough has chilled for at least 25 minutes you can remove it from the fridge.  
  • Scoop about 1.5 Tablespoons of the dough into your hand and roll into a ball. Place the ball onto the prepared baking sheet, repeat this step until all of the dough has been rolled into balls. Keep the dough balls a few inches away from each other on the sheet, you may need a second cookie sheet. 
  • Make a deep indentation into the cookie, to do this you could use your thumb, or the end of a rolling pin, or a kitchen utensil. The indentation should be deep but not all the way through, and not too wide (see pictures). 
  • Bake the cookies at 350 degrees F for about 12 to 15 minutes. The cookies will be slightly soft but will continue to firm while cooling. 
  • While the cookies are cooling you can decide which filling to use. You can either fill with plain Nutella or you can make a Nutella buttercream. To make the buttercream, add all of the filling ingredients to a bowl and mix with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer for 5 minutes until light and fluffy.  
  • Add your choice of filling (Nutella or Nutella Buttercream) to a pastry bag fitted with a star shaped piping tip. 
  • Once the cookies are completely cooled, pipe the filling into the indentation, swirling as you go up. Sprinkle the top with chopped hazelnuts. 

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Notes

The filling can either be straight up Nutella or you can make the Nutella buttercream filling which is lighter in taste and prettier to pipe! (SEE STEP 10)
Any Brand of Chocolate Hazelnut spread should work great!
The cookie itself is fairly bland (intentionally), it is dense and works great with the sweet topping.
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

Whether you make these Nutellotti soft Nutella cookies as they are or try one of the above variations, you’ll love them. Nutella Christmas cookies are easy and fun to make and they’re wonderful served with a frothy cappuccino. They’re quite rich though – you’ll find one or two goes a long way!

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  1. Brianna Wilson wrote:

    5 stars
    oh my! I need to make these!

    Posted 10.16.21 Reply