chocolate-nutella thumbprint cookies

by Amy on 5 April 2011

we had dinner last week with the future in-laws (less than 4 weeks to go!) + i offered to bring a side dish + dessert. the main dish was smoked chicken fresh outta the smoker, so the side dish was a no-brainer: my decadent mac + cheese. dessert-wise, i wanted something fairly light, since i imagined we might be awfully full after dinner. i had stumbled across these chocolate-nutella thumbprints on the cooking light website, + figured this was a perfect time to try ’em out!

how were they? awesome, in a word. i was worried that they wouldn’t be a hit since they’re ‘healthy,’ but i was mistaken. future father-in-law actually said, ‘these might be the best cookies you’ve ever made,’ while honey gobbled them down by the handful. they have a wonderful rich cocoa flavor that works beautifully with the delicious nutella AND they’re (relatively) guilt-free. not such a bad thing when you’re going to be, say, on your caribbean honeymoon in less than a month. =) win!

(note: each cookie has less than 100 calories if you skip the step of rolling them in hazelnuts, as i did).

chocolate nutella thumprint cookies

makes about 28 cookies, adapted from cooking light


4.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon instant espresso (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted (optional)
1/3 cup hazelnut-chocolate spread (such as nutella)


preheat oven to 350°

weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. combine flour, sugar, cocoa, + salt; stir with a whisk. place butter in a large bowl, + beat with a mixer at medium speed until light + fluffy (about 2 minutes). stir egg yolks with a whisk, adding espresso, if desired. add the yolk mixture + vanilla to butter; beat well. add flour mixture to butter mixture; beat at low speed just until combined.

turn dough out onto a sheet of wax paper; knead 6 times or until smooth + shiny. shape dough into 28 (1”) balls. (*optional: roll sides of balls in toasted hazelnuts, pressing gently).

arrange balls 1” apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. press thumb into center of each cookie, leaving an indentation. bake, 1 batch at a time, at 350° for 10 minutes. remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks. spoon a scant 1/2 teaspoon nutella into center of each cookie.

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1 Lauren April 5, 2011 at 10:24 am

These look amazing and I just love nutella!

2 amy April 5, 2011 at 10:43 am

thanks, lauren! i couldn’t believe how much flavor was packed into that tiny little cookie. + you’re right – you just can’t go wrong with nutella!

3 janet foster April 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm

These sound really good. I must be the only person in the universe that hasn’t tasted nutella so this would be a good reason to try it.

4 amy April 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

full confession: i had never tried nutella ’til probably a year ago. it’s great – think chocolate meets nut butter. i actually like it better than both peanut butter or chocolate sauce (which is saying a lot!). you’ll have to grab a jar soon + let me know what you think! =)

5 ellen April 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm

You had me at nutella! These look amazing and I love that they’re pretty healthy, too. :)

6 amy April 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm

amen! =)

7 Traciwilbur April 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

I just tried Nutella for the very first time this weekend (and now the jar is almost gone). I will definitely be making these soon!

8 amy April 6, 2011 at 10:28 am

yay, welcome to the wonderful world of nutella!! if you’re wanting to make something with them, these thumbprint cookies are great, as are these other nutella cookies: – both are delicious, although the ones from february’s post are slightly more decadent (if you can believe it). =)

9 ErinsFoodFiles April 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Gorgeous photo! The cookies look elegant & delicious!

10 amy April 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm

aww, thanks erin. you deserve most of the credit for these cookies, since you introduced me to the gloriousness that is chocolate + nutella in a cookie form. so thanks! =)

11 Shanon April 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Wow! These look so good….I’m a fan of any kind of thumbprint cookie, but I have never tried them with nutella. Looks like this will be on my must-do list. :) Thank you!

12 amy April 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm

enjoy ’em! they are little bites of scrumptious deliciousness. =)

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