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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Nutella Chunks

  • Author: Erin Clarkson
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Nutella chocolate chip cookies are a terrific twist on classic chocolate chip cookies. Rich and flavorful, this cookie recipe calls for frozen chunks of Nutella to be folded into the cookie dough, rather than swirls of hazelnut spread. Making the homemade nutella chunks is easy, and 100% worth the effort. Let's make this small-batch cookie recipe, which yields 12 tasty cookies!


  • 120g Nutella
  • 90g unsalted butter, melted and cooled (re-weigh after melting and add a little extra butter if needed)
  • 120g light or dark brown sugar
  • 45g granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 160g all-purpose flour
  • 45g malted milk powder
  • 3/4 tsp espresso powder
  • 3g (½ tsp) kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 115g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped, plus extra for the tops if desired
  • Flaky sea salt such as Maldon for finishing


  1. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place the Nutella into a piping bag with the end snipped off. Pipe small blobs of Nutella onto the parchment paper about ½ inch diameter (the size is not super important).
  2. Place the baking sheet into the freezer and freeze for at least 30 minutes until the Nutella is completely firm. Peel the Nutella pieces from the parchment to loosen and place the baking sheet back into the freezer until ready to use the Nutella pieces (this just means that they stay as cold as possible and when the time comes to use them they can be easily added to the bowl without having to loosen them first).
  3. In a large bowl, place the melted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, and vanilla. Whisk until well combined and slightly lightened in colour.
  4. In a medium bowl combine the flour, malted milk powder, espresso powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients and mix with a spatula until just combined (some flour streaks still remaining is fine)
  5. Add the chocolate and frozen Nutella pieces, and mix to combine completely. You can leave a few Nutella pieces for the tops of the cookies if you like - keep them in the freezer until you bake as the Nutella in the cookies itself will melt.
  6. Line a sheet pan or container with parchment paper. Using a 2 tbsp cookie scoop (or shooting for balls about 55g each), scoop balls of dough onto the pan - they are going to be chilled so you can place them close together. Cover the pan with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate the cookie dough for 30 minutes.
  7. 10 minutes into the chilling period, preheat the oven to 350°f / 180°c. This gives the oven time to properly pre-heat. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  8. Arrange 6 cookie dough balls onto the pan. Keep the remainder in the fridge If desired, flatten each ball of dough, press more chocolate or Nutella pieces on the top, and roll into a ball, then space evenly on the pan.
  9. Bake the cookies for 11-13 minutes, or until set around the edges and golden brown. Bake for closer to 11 minutes for still gooey inside, or 12-13 for more set cookies.
  10. Remove from the oven, and if desired, use a cookie cutter slightly bigger than the cookies to 'scoot' them into a round shape.
  11. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt if using. Leave to cool on the pan for 10-15 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
  12. Repeat the baking process with the remaining 6 balls of dough.
  13. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.

Keywords: Cookies, Nutella, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Small Batch