Salted Nutella Butter Bars

Salted Nutella Butter Bars | Cookies and Cups

The Salted Nutella Butter Bars are every bit as amazing as they sound!

Sometimes things are just obvious.

But you can’t really see them…I mean, until you do.


Like the fact that your sunglasses are on top of your head when you’ve been searching for them for 15 minutes.

Or your keys being in your hand while swearing you didn’t lock them in your car.



Or the fact that you are wearing 2 different shoes.


And yes, all these things happen to me pretty much on a daily basis.

Which is why it has taken me 3 years to make these bars.


They are a version of these Salted Caramel Butter Bars, which are one of my most favorite treats as well as one of my most requested.

So the obvious thing to do  would be ask myself, “what other types of butter bars does the world need?”


But since “obvious” doesn’t seem to be my thing, it’s taken me 3 years.

Three years.


But finally, on Friday, August 2nd, I asked myself.

And answered myself as well.

Nutella.  Major duh.


So here, today, we have Salted Nutella Butter Bars.

Three years in the braining.


Salted Nutella Butter Bars | Cookies and Cups

The dough comes together really easily! photo IMG_2744_zps88ed98cb.jpgIt’s great for anyone with egg allergies, because it’s basically shortbread.

 photo IMG_2745_zps67778704.jpgDivide it into thirds when you’re done.  It doesn’t have to be exact, trust me.

 photo IMG_2746_zps9c4c7841.jpgPress about a third of the dough into the bottom of a greased 9×13 and bake it.

If you add more than a third, it’s totally fine.  Please don’t bother getting out your scale or scientifical instruments.

Put the other 2/3rds-ish in the fridge to chill.

 photo PicMonkeyCollage_zpsf106304c.jpgWhen it’s cooled for a few minutes spread your Nutella all over…

 photo IMG_2760_zpsfe73d30e.jpgJust leave a space at the edge of the crust so the Nutella doesn’t hit the edges. photo IMG_2768_zps2772037d.jpgThen grab the rest of your dough out of the fridge.

 photo IMG_2770_zps969e6509.jpgAnd sprinkle that on top…

 photo IMG_2774_zps52608a11.jpgFinish baking until it’s a light golden color.

And if you like stuff a little sweet/salty, sprinkle flaked sea salt all over the top.


I use THIS FLAKED SEA SALT in case you’re interested.  It has lasted me forever and it’s great for sprinkling on brownies, cookies etc.

 photo IMG_2796_zps05b14a75.jpgLet them cool and then cut into squares!

Salted Nutella Butter Bars | Cookies and Cups

People will be totally impressed.

I mean if you care about obvious things like that 😉Salted Nutella Butter Bars | Cookies and Cups

Here are some other fun Nutella recipes I’ve got…

Crock Pot Candy

Nutella Pastry Cookies

Browned Butter Nutella Swirled Blondies


Salted Nutella Butter Bars
makes 30 bars
  • 1 lb. salted butter room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbs vanilla
  • 4 cups AP flour
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • *1-2 tsp flaked sea salt (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In bowl of mixer combine butter and sugars. Using mixer on medium speed, beat together until creamy. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. Slowly add the flour into the butter mixture stirring until dough combines together.
  4. Press about one-third of the dough evenly into the pan to form a bottom crust. Wrap remaining dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator.
  5. Bake crust until firm and the edges are a pale golden brown approx 12-14 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool about 15 minutes.
  6. Spread Nutella evenly over crust, about ¼ inch away from the edge of the crust.
  7. Remove remaining dough from refrigerator and crumble remaining dough on top. Finish baking 20-25 minutes until top is set and lightly golden.
  8. Sprinkle immediately with flaked salt, if desired.
  9. Cool and cut into squares.


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38 Comments on "Salted Nutella Butter Bars"


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Cookbook Queen
August 4, 2013 8:56 pm

Best idea ever!!!! Totally perfect 🙂

Sarah | The Sugar Hit
August 4, 2013 10:22 pm

YES, to the salty sprinkle on top! My boyfriend thinks I’m insane for eating nutella on sourdough with a sprinkle of salt, but it’s heaven!

August 4, 2013 11:11 pm

Oh man!! These are a genius a bar!! I want your brain and baking abilities. So simple, but so darn good!

August 4, 2013 11:56 pm

The link for the flaked sea salt isn’t working for me and now I must know what it is! These look delicious!!

August 5, 2013 12:34 am

Yes, yes, and yes. Love these!!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
August 5, 2013 8:04 am

These are seriously dreamy!! LOVE!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective
August 5, 2013 8:09 am

Oh my goodness!! These would not last long at all at my house!! Yum!!

Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas
August 5, 2013 8:41 am

Oh Shelly, you really are the queen of desserts! This is one of the most amazing bars I have ever seen.

August 5, 2013 8:41 am

Must have some now.

August 5, 2013 8:58 am

Sometimes genius takes it’s time getting there…but as with these beautiful bars, it is definitely worth the wait!

Lori @ RecipeGirl
August 5, 2013 9:00 am

I can relate. I was looking for my keys for 3 days this past week. Kept taking my husband’s car everywhere bc I couldn’t find them. Um… they were in my purse. Duh.

Love everything about these bars!!

August 5, 2013 10:53 am

So, I’m just going to go ahead and tell you to make the caramel and Nutella bars all in one now. I don’t want to wait 3 years to see that fabulous idea come to life.

Also, these are made from my dreams. I just know it.

Annie @ Annie
August 5, 2013 12:51 pm

Yummmmmmmy! Definitely making these ASAP!

Julia |
August 5, 2013 1:38 pm

Anything with Nutella I will eat, right now. I need these salted nutella bars for breakfast today. 🙂

August 5, 2013 2:12 pm

Oh my goodness, these bars look scrumptious! Sometimes the simplest things are the best!

Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg
August 5, 2013 3:03 pm

Oh my these look incredibly good! Not kidding – my mouth is watering as I look at the photos.

August 5, 2013 3:09 pm

Oh man, that crumb topping looks so buttery good! I’d love a corner piece! Great recipe!

August 5, 2013 3:15 pm

Do I have to share?

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts
August 5, 2013 5:51 pm

….So hungry now. These look beyond perfect.

Renee @ Awesome on $20
August 5, 2013 8:39 pm

I’ve worn two different shoes before. To work! I’ve also had underwear fall out of the leg of my pants before. It’s horrifying. I think only a salted nutella butter bar could relieve the stress of my humiliation.

Jocelyn @BruCrew Life
August 6, 2013 12:37 pm

Oh, my! That’s totally the best thing ever. And I totally agree with Karly and think the caramel Nutella bars need to be next!!!

August 7, 2013 3:38 pm

What a delicious invention! I definitely saved your salted caramel butter bars, too!

August 7, 2013 3:48 pm

I could not get these off my mind so I caved last night and made a half batch. I know, I know – why just a half batch? Because I only had two sticks of butter left. Anyway, you really hit it out of the park with this one – they were delicious! I will definitely be making them again. Also, I was so excited to tell my husband that it was your recipe and that I met you when you were in Arkansas!

Terri A.
Terri A.
August 7, 2013 8:37 pm

I wish I hadn’t just eaten my jar of Nutella with a spoon.

Jamie @lifelovelemons
August 8, 2013 9:04 am

All of my favorite things combined in to one!

October 6, 2013 10:31 pm

Yum! I’m so making these right now, except mixing nutella with biscoff crunchy cookie butter!


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Karli Burnach
Karli Burnach
February 24, 2014 12:29 pm

I made these yesterday and they are amazing! Thanks for the recipe.


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February 5, 2015 3:53 pm

Since it’s “World-Nutella-Day” today I had been looking for sth I never made before. So I stumbled onto your blog & recipe… and OMG! O!M!G!
I’ve already gotten addicted to it. Thx for sharing – there is now a german version of it on my blog:


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Carol Cauley
Carol Cauley
March 5, 2016 5:42 pm

Can’t wait to try these and your Caramel Butter Bars too! I am planning a party and I’m wondering, would these freeze well?

March 25, 2016 2:26 pm

Despite being a pretty experienced baker, I had a total brain fart and made this recipe with only two sticks of butter instead of four. I don’t know why I did that, but I realized it after the bottom layer was baking. I figured if it tasted okay, I’d just keep going. I have to say, it’s not as super delicious as it would have been with four sticks, but it’s definitely not fit for the trash. 😉 I can’t wait to make this again with the correct amount of butter! LOL