Nutella Pastry Cookies


This whole “fall” situation has gotten away from me.

Like one day it’s summer and now it’s Thanksgiving.

When did that happen?


And quite frankly, somewhere in the month of September I lost my mind.

I have been the mom who forgets that it’s “take your stuffed animal to school day”, the mom who forgets to quiz the children on the spelling words and the mom who forgot the snack at the soccer game.

Yep, that happened.

It was quite possibly my most humiliating “parenting fail” to date.


We all know that the snack after the game is the reason that most children sign up for soccer…and on that Sunday in October I forgot it.

It didn’t dawn on me that the snack was still sitting in my kitchen where I left it until the children stood slack-jawed waiting for their Capri Suns after the final whistle was blown.

I did the most mature thing possible and aggressively didn’t make eye contact with any of them as they exited the field, knowing that children can smell parenting-flop 20 yards away.


So anyway, Thanksgiving is just a few days  away.  Luckily I just remembered this yesterday, so I have a few days to try and pull something together.

Because while we still have a pantry full of soccer snacks, I’m not sure that granola bars would cut it for the most important food day of the year.


While I can’t help you with turkey-tips, I CAN assist in the last-minute dessert arena.

These are totally fancy-cookie-ish, but only have 4 ingredients.

People will totally be all ooh-ey and ahh-ey over them too.

So yeah, I pretty much nailed it with these.

Nutella Pastry Cookies.


And when I say cookie I totally mean breakfast too.

Photobucket Just mix together 3 of your ingredients: cream cheese, butter and flour.

Form them into 4 equal sized portions and chill for a bit until the dough isn’t sticky.
Photobucket Roll your portioned dough out on a floured surface…
Photobucket I used a pizza cutter to cut it…
Photobucket You’ll need 2 1/2 inch squares…
Photobucket Then grab your Nutella and blob about a nice big teaspoon into the center of each square…
Photobucket Like this..
Photobucket Wet the edges with a little bit of water…
Photobucket And pinch the edges closed.
Photobucket Bake them on a lined baking sheet…
Photobucket They’ll be nice and golden when they’re done…
Photobucket Then if you’re feeling extra fancy go ahead and drizzle some Nutella over the top…
Photobucket I heated the Nutella up a bit and added a tiny amount of vegetable oil to thin it for easier drizzling…
Photobucket 4 ingredients and you’re done.

Oooh.  Ahhh.


Nutella Pastry Cookies
makes 36 cookies
  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 - 1½ cups Nutella
  • ¼ cup water
  1. In a large bowl cream together butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour to mixture until combined.
  2. Divide dough into 4 equal parts. Refrigerate in a zip-top bag for at least an hour, until dough is no longer sticky.
  3. When dough is chilled, preheat oven to 350°.
  4. Lightly sprinkle counter with flour. Roll out one portion of dough into 10"x7" rectangle. Trim edges if necessary. Cut dough into 2½" squares. Place a heaping teaspoon amount of Nutella in the center of each square. Moisten edges of dough with water, fold over diagonally and then pinch closed.
  5. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a SilPat. Place pastries on baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden.
  6. Transfer to wire rack when done and continue cooling.
  7. **If desired drizzle you can drizzle the pastry cookies with some extra Nutella...heat ¼ cup Nutella in the microwave for 15-20 seconds, add in about ¼ -1/2 tsp vegetable oil and stir to thin. Lightly drizzle the Nutella on top of the pastries.
adapted from Taste of Home
store in an airtight container for up to 3 days


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November 18, 2012 5:07 pm

I love that you made your own dough and made it approachable and easy! Too often I see pastry recipes that seem so intimidating. Love that you always make things user-friendly…and with plenty of Nutella (or chocolate or PB!)

November 18, 2012 5:15 pm

Oh my! I have made something similar with puff pastry, but the homemade dough looks fabulous!

November 18, 2012 5:54 pm

I’m pretty much all in for any recipe that calls for a blob of Nutella.

PS…I’ve so been there in the parenting fail. Does it make you feel any better to know you have company?

November 18, 2012 6:01 pm

How long will these keep? We are headed out of town for the holiday and these would be a hit with the family…

November 18, 2012 6:12 pm

These sound fiiiine! Lovely idea!

November 18, 2012 6:14 pm

I love your nutella craziness. In my local supermarket, they sell their own version of nutella but it also has popping candy in it and that gave me a blogspiration to make these into nutella popping candy pastry cookies. Can’t wait to make these!

November 18, 2012 6:26 pm

Do you think a gluten free flour could be substituted for this recipe?

November 18, 2012 6:42 pm

Those look incredible! I need to add nutella to my grocery list!

November 18, 2012 7:31 pm

Okay, so thank you for this post! I’m, like, the same this Fall. Although, I wasn’t without power for 11 days…so you might have an excuse. :) These cookies would go a long way to helping feel better!

November 18, 2012 8:02 pm

one of my FB friends said the same thing you did about ‘one day it’s summer, the next it’s Thanksgiving’ and we both agreed that it was the hurricane that threw it all off.
well hurricane and nor’easter for us.

November 18, 2012 9:51 pm

We have all been there with a parenting fail…at least you remembered to go to the soccer game…I was the mom who forgot to go to my son’s in school Thanksgiving play 2 years ago. I still feel guilty about that one! Nutella pastries would probably make me forget about that fail…at least for a while:-) Love that you made your own dough…it sounds awesome with the cream cheese in it!!!

November 19, 2012 2:31 am

I love pretty much anything with nutella so I’m sure I’d love these! :)

November 19, 2012 5:03 am

Juste discovered your blog today and I alerady kow I’ll come back on a regular base !
I’m admiring the fact that you grow 4 kids and still find time to try new recipes and published them on a blog !
Nutella is very popular here in France and I always have a jar somewhere in my kitchen waiting to be devoured !
Thanks for that new recipe.

November 19, 2012 8:36 am

those look great, and sound so good!

November 19, 2012 9:12 am

I just made Nutella cookies too! I will be trying these next!

November 19, 2012 10:23 am

Speechless… just yum!

November 19, 2012 10:32 am


November 19, 2012 12:19 pm

These look like breakfast to me.

And since there’s no one here to tell me otherwise, breakfast they shall be.

November 19, 2012 2:02 pm

mouth is watering– need these in my life ASAP!!

November 19, 2012 2:12 pm

Sounds and LOOKS AWESOME! Can’t wait to give ’em a try! Your dough looks FANTASTIC!

November 19, 2012 2:13 pm

Oh my… I’m drooling over here. :)

November 19, 2012 2:21 pm

Impressive that you made the dough for these! I love Nutella :)

November 19, 2012 2:25 pm

OK, so Steph… we have to talk. I’m wondering if you secretly enjoy the vision of me drooling all over myself. You’ve been making it happen an AWFUL lot lately, girlfriend! 😉
Seriously, these look Ahhhmazing and quite yummilicious!

November 19, 2012 2:29 pm

These sound wonderful! I’m getting some more Nutella this afternoon!

November 19, 2012 2:37 pm

Girl, you just had a major weather event and were out of power for forever! I think forgetting snack, would be the least of my worries. Bright side? Maybe you won’t be asked to do snack anymore, lol! So I can’t eat Nutella or Peanut butter, any thoughts on something else I could fill these with, the pastry sounds devine.

November 19, 2012 6:09 pm

Delicious! Happy Thanksgiving!

November 19, 2012 8:11 pm

I could pretty much live off of nutella so these for breakfast? SO happening.

November 19, 2012 10:54 pm

Hello!!! Those look fantastic! I’d like 6 please :)

November 19, 2012 11:42 pm

oh my good golly…..yes I will absolutely making these tomorrow.
…I will also be hiding some of these from the rest of my family to make sure I have my own little emergency stash.

November 20, 2012 9:08 am

Yum!! I want these for breakfast!
I forgot snack for my son’s football game. My husband had to leave the game to go get it :)


These looks so scumptious and that spoon with the nutella on it is just starring at me, I want to grab it and eat it!!

November 20, 2012 12:04 pm

Uh… YUM!

November 20, 2012 4:55 pm

I’m pretty sure these make up for any parenting fails you’ve had lately. Really, any fails, because these are so darn cute!

November 20, 2012 7:41 pm

I say bring these to the next game and you’ll be forgiven immediately. They look divine.

November 21, 2012 2:43 pm

These are spectacular. My picky picky picky picky children (who won’t even eat cake but beg for broccoli) are devouring them.

November 24, 2012 9:18 pm

Anything with Nutella is for sure a winner. Thanks for the great idea!


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June 14, 2013 9:56 pm

Do you think this dough would freeze well? I want to make these but only two people would be eating them, so I thought maybe I could make them to the cutting squares point then freeze the squares in groups of 2-4.


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July 19, 2014 10:09 pm

I got such great reviews when i made these and took them into work! I put 1/4 strawberry in each as well- EVEN BETTER! didn’t mess with the bake time and the berry baked down with the nutella and made a layer of almost a jam- totally delish! best recipe i have found on the internet yet :)

August 4, 2014 7:40 am

Omg they look so fantabulous!!! I love baking ill’ treats like cookies and muffins but that was really creative and cool!!!!They look so ddelicious I might try it at home!!!

August 7, 2014 3:59 pm

Do you think it’s possible that I could use chocolate chips or any different chocolate ?

September 18, 2014 9:44 am

do you think i can make these ahead of time…..freeze them…then pop them in oven before party on sat?? or should i just make them now and put them in airtight container?? thanks!!

October 25, 2014 10:04 pm

Easy to make and fun. I thought the dough was a bit bland enough on the edges where there wasn’t quite as much Nutella as the center. I’m thinking maybe some vanilla could be added to the dough.

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