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. ORRR 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!\

Salted Nutella Butter Bars

It’s great for anyone with egg allergies, because it’s basically shortbread.

Salted Nutella Butter Bars

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

Salted Nutella Butter Bars

Press 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.

Salted Nutella Butter Bars

When it’s cooled for a few minutes spread your Nutella all over…

Salted Nutella Butter Bars

Just leave a space at the edge of the crust so the Nutella doesn’t hit the edges.

Salted Nutella Butter Bars

Then grab the rest of your dough out of the fridge.

Salted Nutella Butter Bars

And sprinkle that on top…

Salted Nutella Butter Bars

Finish 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.

Salted Nutella Butter Bars

Let 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 9×13 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 1/4 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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Cookbook Queen

Best idea ever!!!! Totally perfect 🙂

Sarah | The Sugar Hit

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!


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


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


Yes, yes, and yes. Love these!!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

These are seriously dreamy!! LOVE!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

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

Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas

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


Must have some now.


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

Lori @ RecipeGirl

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!!


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

Yummmmmmmy! Definitely making these ASAP!

Julia |

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


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

Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg

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


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


Do I have to share?

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

….So hungry now. These look beyond perfect.

Renee @ Awesome on $20

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

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!!!

Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen

Nutella Perfection!


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


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.

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

Jamie @lifelovelemons

All of my favorite things combined in to one!


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

Karli Burnach

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


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:

Carol Cauley

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?


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


Oh my. My dough did not meld together. It was so crumbly and thus the bars did not come out right. We were so excited to try this recipe but it was horrible. Does it really need 4 cups of flour? – any suggestions on how to fix this?


Is it two tablespoons vanilla or two teaspoons?


Is it two tablespoons vanilla or two teaspoons?