Nutella Pastry Cookies

These Nutella Pastry Cookies look fancy, but only have four ingredients! An easy cookie recipe that’s a perfect last minute dessert idea.

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.

How to Make These Easy Nutella Pastry Cookies

PhotobucketJust 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.
PhotobucketRoll your portioned dough out on a floured surface…
PhotobucketI used a pizza cutter to cut it…
PhotobucketYou’ll need 2 1/2 inch squares…
PhotobucketThen grab your Nutella and blob about a nice big teaspoon into the center of each square…
PhotobucketLike this..
PhotobucketWet the edges with a little bit of water…
PhotobucketAnd pinch the edges closed.
PhotobucketBake them on a lined baking sheet…
PhotobucketThey’ll be nice and golden when they’re done…
PhotobucketThen if you’re feeling extra fancy go ahead and drizzle some Nutella over the top…
PhotobucketI heated the Nutella up a bit and added a tiny amount of vegetable oil to thin it for easier drizzling…
Photobucket4 ingredients and you’re done.

Oooh.  Ahhh.



Nutella Pastry Cookies

  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 36 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Nutella Pastry Cookies look fancy, but only have four ingredients! An easy cookie recipe that’s a perfect last minute dessert idea.


  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 11 1/2 cups Nutella
  • 1/4 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 2 1/2″ 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 1/4 cup Nutella in the microwave for 15-20 seconds, add in about 1/4 -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

Keywords: easy cookie recipe, nutella cookies, pastry cookies, last minute dessert


54 Responses

  1. 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!)

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!!

  5. fanny

    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.

  6. Melissa

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. Fred

    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.

  9. Megan

    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 🙂

  10. nikki

    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!!!

  11. Jen

    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!!

  12. Judy

    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.


    OLÁ BOA TARDE!!!!1

  14. Laura Kay

    I’d love to sprinkle sliced almonds on these. CC’s used to make these amazing chocolate filled pastries with almonds on top. Now they’re HUGE and hard and not the same. I suspect their “chocolate” is Nutella and maybe almond butter?? Mmmm. I am craving that perfect mix. I shall try this & let you know dear!! Thank you!! 🙂

    1. Laura Kay

      The old ones were croissants. The new ones are massively hard pastries. CC’s is a southern “Starbucks”, if you will, based out of Louisiana, my home. It stands for Community Coffee. They’re my FAVORITE!!! 🙂

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