Soft and Chewy Nutella Cookies with Chocolate Ganache |

Soft and Chewy Nutella Cookies with Chocolate Ganache

This post was originally published here December 15, 2014. I’ve adjusted the recipe slightly and updated the text and photographs to reflect those changes. Now go ahead and treat yourself to these decadent cookies!


That’s my December mood. You feel me?

With all the potential baked goods at our disposal, you’d think there would be more of a variety during the month of December. But cookies always seem to steal the show. It’s all cookies. All the time.

I’m not complaining. Just observing.

So naturally, here I am with my offering: Soft and Chewy Nutella Cookies with Chocolate Ganache.

Soft and Chewy Nutella Cookies with Chocolate Ganache |

With so many new cookie recipes coming out this month on the internet, combined with the fact that we all have our traditional family favorites that we like to dig into each Holiday season, I know it seems like a big favor to ask you to consider a new cookie. But I’m hoping you’ll be in a generous spirit this month and you’ll want to give my Soft and Chewy Nutella Cookies with Chocolate Ganache a try!

Love chocolate? I’ve got you covered!

Craving a soft, chewy cookie? Look no further!

In need of a cookie that will stay fresh for up to seven days? It’s here!

Soft and Chewy Nutella Cookies with Chocolate Ganache |

Ok. I’ll stop with all the questions now. But let me just reiterate that final point. Because I feel it’s the most important. Here we go. These cookies will stay flawlessly fresh for an entire week. Yup. Which makes them an ideal candidate for a cookie exchange, gift giving, shipping, or even just to keep around your house for when those unexpected carolers show up at your doorstep. These cookies (which by the way, are almost brownie-like in texture!), are here to save the day.

If you try my Soft and Chewy Nutella Cookies with Chocolate Ganache please let me know. I would love to hear about how they turned out!



Soft and Chewy Nutella Cookies with Chocolate Ganache

Soft and Chewy Nutella Cookies with Chocolate Ganache

At a Glance:
Yield: Makes about 3 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes


For the Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

For the Ganache:

  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 3/4 cups heavy cream


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar with a wooden spoon. Then add the eggs and vanilla extract, stirring until well combined.
  2. Warm the Nutella in your microwave for 20-30 seconds and then add it to your bowl, stirring to combine it with the other ingredients. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and stir until the flour is fully incorporated and no more white streaks remain. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in your refrigerator to chill the dough for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  3. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. 
  4. Form the chilled cookie dough into balls, using about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of dough for each ball, and place the balls about 1 1/2-inches apart on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Transfer the baking sheets to your pre-heated oven and bake the cookies for 8 minutes. Then rotate the pans and bake the cookies for an additional 3 minutes. The centers may still look slightly underdone, but the edges should be firm.
  5. Remove the baking sheets from your oven and let the cookies rest on their baking sheets for 5 minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to continue cooling. 
  6. Once all the cookies are baked and cooled, make the ganache. Place the chopped chocolate and Nutella in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a small saucepan, warm the heavy cream over medium heat just until small bubbles start to form around the edges. Do not let the cream come to a full boil. Pour the warmed cream over the chopped chocolate and Nutella and let it sit for 1-2 minutes. Then whisk until the chocolate is fully melted and the mixture is glossy and completely smooth. 
  7. Let the ganache cool for 10-15 minutes. Then spoon about a tablespoon of the ganache over the top of each cookie. Decorate as desired with sprinkles, candies, nuts, etc.
  8. These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

47 comments on “Soft and Chewy Nutella Cookies with Chocolate Ganache”

  1. Oh my gosh!! These look amazing! Nutella dipped? Crazy crazy good 🙂

  2. I wish that I received some of these cookies! I love that they are Nutella cookies dipped in chocolate AND coated with pistachios. I don’t think it can get much better than that!

  3. Oooh, these are the prettiest cookies! Also, I love that there is both Nutella AND chocolate–that’s my kind of cookie. A day when 500 more cookie recipes enters the world is a good one indeed 🙂

  4. Woohoo! If I had done the cookie swap I would’ve begged to receive these. And yeah! Pistachio twinning! Great minds think alike 🙂

  5. Heck yeah, I love all the cookies I’m seeing today! They’re driving my taste buds crazy. The cookie swap is such an amazing idea – I love the idea of cooking/baking for charity – such a great cause! The cookies you received sound most excellent. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my face 😉

  6. Now this is my kind of cookie! Anything with nutella in them is a winner in my book. I love these chocolatey cookies, Liz! And the crushed pistachios are the perfect touch!

  7. Beautiful cookies and you can never go wrong with chocolate on chocolate!

  8. It’s sooo true that the internet is going to be flooded with cookie recipes today! I wish I was paired with you!

  9. These look so crazy good, Liz! My boys love Nutella and would devour these in no time.

  10. I have absolutely love seeing the cookie recipes exploding across the web! The pistachio sprinkles totally make these. Yay Monday!

  11. I would’ve been VERY happy receiving these — I love the flavors! Cookie Monday is so much fun!

  12. I am SO glad that I was one of the lucky 3 to receive these! They were incredible, Liz! Once I had a bite, I couldn’t stop eating them! I’m so glad to have the recipe now to recreate them! Thank you so much!

  13. These look so delicious–I’m a huge fan of pistachio anything! Such a fun way to celebrate the season. 🙂

  14. Seriously, this cookie swap is like Christmas come early for me. I love that so many bloggers connect and send cookies to each other. It’s the sweetest thing! I definitely want to join in on all the fun next year. Your cookies look unbelievable. Anything with nutella and pistachios gets me drooling.

  15. These were AMAZING!!! I shared a few of them at work, but mostly ate them all myself. I loved the salty pistachios sprinkled on top. Thanks for sending these my way!

  16. Such pretty cookies! Did you say Chocolate + Nutella? I’m totally sold.

  17. I was one of the lucky recipients of these beauties and they were insane! I am making them today…and then Saturday and probably Tuesday….:)

  18. I am getting a sugar high just looking at these..the pistachios look so pretty on that nutella background. Love these!
    thanks Liz!

  19. I noticed the influx of awesome cookies on Monday. . wish I had gotten my act together for the cookie swap. . I did it last year and it was awesome. . so glad you guys raised a ton of money for cookies for kids cancer! love love love these cookies, Liz!!! the dipped chocolate, pistachios and sea salt. . love!!

    • There were so many cookies on Monday! It was great! Hopefully you can participate again next year. Put it on your calendar! 🙂

  20. These look and sound wonderful! I hope you enjoyed the cookies I sent, I know we had a hard time keeping them away from our mouth! I am on the search for some cookies to ship to the kids, and these just may be the ticket!

  21. P.S. I got cookies from Sarah too! 🙂

  22. Nutella and chocolate together! You can’t go wrong! These look fantastic and I can’t wait to bake up my own batch.

  23. I’m not really sure what went wrong with mine, but when I baked them for ten minutes total (rotating the pan at 8), let them rest for 5, and tried to take them off the sheet, they were totally floppy. I had a cookie melt apart in my hand. Five minutes more in the oven and they look better, but I’m letting them rest on the sheet for a while before taking them off. Did anyone run into this problem in trying to make these?

    (For full disclosure, I made some adjustments for altitude, since I live at about 6,000 ft. However, this is the first the cookies have come out odd and the fourth cookie recipe I’ve done since moving here, so.)

    • Sorry you had trouble, Jessi. I’ve made these many time without issue. The cookies are nice and soft, but they shouldn’t be that soft! Hope the increased baking time fixed the issues.

  24. If baking one sheet at a time, is 8 minutes enough?

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