Nutella Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

I decided to share a cookie recipe with you today. It’s made with Nutella… And mini peanut butter cups. I also threw in some chocolate chips for good measure. They are cookies worth sharing.

But, you may be thinking, “Does she realize that it’s the Monday before Thanksgiving?” And, rightfully so.

Yes, I am aware that Thanskgiving is a short 3 days away. And, I’m sure that most other bloggers will be sharing great Thanksgiving inspired recipes full of cranberries, sweet potatoes, turkey, and pumpkin today. But, I’m stuck in this weird place where I’ve already shared most of my Thanksgiving recipes, and I’m still nowhere near ready for my own Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. The panic is setting in just a bit. I need to get my act together.

So, instead of rushing around to put together another Thanksgiving recipe to share with you (when I really should be making a grocery list and figuring out what in the wolrd I am making for Thanksgiving), I decided that I would share this cookie recipe. I made these cookies over the weekend, and they were a big hit. I started with a peanut butter cookie recipe and swapped in some Nutella. You can’t go wrong with Nutella, right? I adjusted the recipe a bit based on what I had on hand in the pantry, and I was pretty pleased with the results.

There was something about these cookies that reminded me of the big, soft cookies you buy at a bakery (or, if you live in Hershey, PA, at Chocolate World)… I love giant cookies. They just taste so much better than small cookies. Don’t ask me why. It is what it is. So, I used my 1/4 cup ice cream scoop to portion out these cookies. They baked up beautifully, with a slightly crunchy and crisp outside and a nice chewy inside. Just the way I like them!

While they may not make it on your Thanksgiving table in a few days, I’m hoping these cookies may give you something to nibble on while you’re putting the finishing touches on your menu… And that long grocery list.

Nutella Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Yields 2 1/2 dozen large cookies
(Adapted from the Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from Taste of Home Baking)

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup lightly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup Nutella
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups mini peanut butter cups
    (or peanut butter cup baking pieces)
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon liners and set aside.

Cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the Nutella and continue to beat until well combined.  Add in the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.  Add in the vanilla and beat for an additional 30 seconds, until incorporated into the creamed mixture.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and sea salt.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, mixing just enough that the dry ingredients are incorporated. Stir in the peanut butter cups and chocolate chips.

Use a 1/4 cup scoop to drop the cookies onto the prepared baking sheets (leaving a few inches in between the cookies because they will spread quite a bit).  Bake for 15 – 17 minutes, until the cookies are just set and slightly cracked on top. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Please Note – The link to the Taste of Home Baking cookbook provided in this post is an Amazon affiliate link.

22 Responses to Nutella Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

  1. Anything with Nutella is amazing! I am sure these cookies taste as good as they look. I will be book marking this recipe. Thanks for sharing and Happy Thansgiving.

  2. hmmmm…I just made these and they turned out flat, spread-out, and crispy. Not sure what went wrong. They taste OK, but not at all like what is pictured. Perhaps baking powder instead of soda, or more flour?

    • Becky – I’m sorry they didn’t turn out well for you! I definitely used baking soda when I made them… My guess is that the problem has something to do with creaming the butter and the sugar. Make sure your butter is softened enough to cream with the sugar, but not melted or too soft. You want the butter/sugar mixture to be light and fluffy. If that doesn’t seem to make a difference, I’d try adding a bit more flour. Hope that helps!

      • My butter was probably too soft, now that you mention it. I was also trying to bake and entertain a 3month old at the same time. Thanks for your response. I am going to try these again, for sure.

  3. Wow. These cookies have become my new Christmas wish!!! I have a whole jar of nutella at home waiting for something amazing to happen with it! this is it!