Nutella-Filled Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

December 14, 2009 | 44 Comments

Nutella shortbread cookies are simple, delicious, and addicting. Anything that has to do with Nutella and Shortbread is bound to taste good.

Nutella Shortbread Sandwich Cookies Recipe |

After my huge month of being MIA and putting up The Sophisticated Gourmet’s new home, I have been spending a great deal of time trying to catch up on all of my favorite blogs. And boy, has it taken a while! Would you believe that I still haven’t caught up? Well, I haven’t. ANYWAY, I come to you with these Nutella Shortbread Sandwich Cookies!

In the middle of all this catching up, I decided to host a giveaway, and in the midst of it all, I received a message from one of my friends, Jaime from sophistimom. Jaime asked if I wanted participate in Challenge Dairy‘s shortbread challenge she is hosting on her beautiful site. Of course I wanted to participate in it. I love shortbread and I love a good challenge!

Nutella Shortbread Sandwich Cookies Recipe |

So, for the shortbread challenge, I decided to stick with my basic shortbread cookie recipe and add a little twist. Instead of making plain ‘ol shortbread cookies (which are delicious by themselves), I decided to sandwich chocolate hazelnut goodness in between a batch of a few shortbread cookies. You may be wondering what this chocolate hazelnut goodness is- it’s Nutella. Yes, that addictive chocolate hazelnut spread that has foodies all over the globe eating the stuff by the spoonfuls. Oh, I could sing about Nutella, but I’ll save the singing for a later time because I’ll be busy eating Nutella out of the jar right after I finish typing up this post.

Nutella Shortbread Sandwich Cookies Recipe |

Nutella-Filled Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Nutella-Filled Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Besides adding Nutella into the mix, I decided to top the cookies with turbinado sugar, rather than topping them with granulated sugar, as stated in my original recipe. I think that the texture that the turbinado sugar gives to the cookies is great. And it photographs beautifully.

Nutella shortbread sandwich cookies are definitely some of the most sinful things you can ever make.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (icing sugar, confectioners sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Turbinado sugar for sprinkling
  • Nutella, for sandwiching


Sift flour and salt together. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in the vanilla extract.

Without your electric mixer, gently stir the sifted flour and salt mixture into the creamed butter and sugar, until well blended. Add in the milk until everything comes together.

Form the dough into a disk, then wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill it in the refrigerator for about an hour (or until the dough has firmed-up).

Preheat oven to 350ºF (remember to place the oven rack in the middle). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (don’t use waxed paper).

Take the dough out of your refrigerator (if you haven’t done so already) and roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to ¼ of an inch thick. Cut into rectangles, squares, rounds, or any shape that you’d prefer.

Place the cookies on the parchment lined baking sheets and place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, or until the cookies have firmed up. The colder the cookies, the more they’ll keep their shape in the oven.

Sprinkle cookies with turbinado sugar.

Bake cookies for about 10 minutes or until the cookies have lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets before proceeding to cool the cookies on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes.

After the cookies have cooled, spread Nutella on half of the cookies, and proceed to sandwich the cookies together.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

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  • Reply Vivian December 14, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Oh yum! Love Shortbread and Nutella. Great job with the cookies.

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  • Reply Eleanor Hoh (WokStar) December 14, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I don’t bake as you know but these are two of my favs – shortbread and Nutella. It’s funny how I used to eat Nutella when I was young and it’s now all the rave again. Looks delicious, so is your new blog.

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  • Reply Hélène December 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    They are the best. I’m addicted to Nutella and would love to try this cookie. Can’t wait to see what’s cooking and baking in your kitchen.

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  • Reply Jaime December 14, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I love it! Shortbread and Nutella are two things I never have around the kitchen at the same time. My Nutella usually gets put on something boring, and when I have shortbread it gets eaten way too fast.

    It’s time I planned ahead, I think.

    They look delicious!

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  • Reply Megan Gordon December 15, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Ahhh…anyone who uses the term “chocolate hazlenut goodness” is, for sure, close to my heart…GREAT idea. Love it (Nutella is, in fact, one of my all-time favorite foods).

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  • Reply Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite December 15, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Like Megan, Nutella is one of my all time fave foods! I remember eating it in 1978 at a little girl in Australia when it was “imported” so therefore VERY exotic! I love the idea of pairing it with shortbread. Well done!

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  • Reply Kim (@ Paper Apron) December 15, 2009 at 7:00 am

    This just sings “Holidays”– what a perfect combination of heavenly and heavenly. I’m so glad that Nutella is finally coming into its own in America.

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  • Reply S. December 15, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    ALL CAPS :)
    Thanks for this Kamran!

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  • Reply Allison Arevalo December 15, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I have to agree, I LOVE NUTELLA, all caps. I think I love nutella best right out of the jar (as you enjoyed after typing this post). But in a croissant, on toast, or sandwiched between 2 beautiful cookies, anything with nutella makes me smile.

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  • Reply Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction December 15, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Pretty cookies… and you know how much I love Nutella! Perfection.

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  • Reply Jackie December 17, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Butter and nutella… doesn’t get much better than that. Great idea!

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  • Reply jen December 17, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Kamran…WHY would you do that to me??? that just looks FANTASTIC!

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  • Reply Heather in SF @HeatherHAL December 17, 2009 at 12:40 am

    What a darling little cookie man! I love the idea of nutella, whoa, wish we lived closer!!

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  • Reply Divina December 17, 2009 at 2:41 am

    What a super cute shortbread sandwich. I love Nutella just like every body else. :D

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  • Reply Anna December 17, 2009 at 2:57 am

    Lovely cookies, always with beautiful picture. Loved the new site.

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  • Reply Belinda @zomppa December 17, 2009 at 8:19 am

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I’d love some with my morning tea. Where are you, Nutella Shortbread Man???

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  • Reply kathyvegas December 17, 2009 at 10:08 am

    I cookie just doesn’t get any better than this…divine!

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  • Reply Kim, Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet December 17, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Hey Kam,

    So sorry…I too have been MIA for a long time! I love your new site – it looks like it was a lot of work so well done! And boy do I love shortbread cookies so this might be something I’ll do for next week. I have a friend coming over to visit hubby and me and I was going to bake her some lemon powdered cookies – wonder if I should change that?


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  • Reply The Chocolate Priestess December 17, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Very cute! I bet they taste great, too.

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  • Reply Carolyn Jung December 17, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Anything with Nutella is a winner in my book. The cookie man sandwiches are too adorable. ;)

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  • Reply Vegetable Matter December 17, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Love shortbread and nutella together, and your idea to use the gingerbread man cookie cutter makes them look fantastic. Welcome back!

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  • Reply Tina Marie December 17, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Oh, that is positively wicked! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Reply Alta (tasty eats at home) December 17, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Glad to have you back posting beautiful recipes. I love your photos – the light always looks so great.

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  • Reply Lauren December 17, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Adorable little men =D. Glad you’re back to posting! You’ve always got such great ideas!

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  • Reply Jessie December 17, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    oh man, these cookies are amazing! shortbread and nutella a combination you cannot resist. These cookies are great for the holidays too

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  • Reply penny aka jeroxie December 18, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Great to see you posting again. This is one of the best ideas!

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  • Reply ghkoay76 December 18, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Such a lovely little man cookies…

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  • Reply The Innovative Baker December 18, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Yummy! I love the combo! Will try it out as well :)

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  • Reply Jennifer December 18, 2009 at 6:36 am

    I’ve been looking for a fun nutella recipe for the holidays…might have to give this one a whirl! Great blog…just discovered it!

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  • Reply heidileon December 18, 2009 at 6:43 am

    those are cutest and mucho delicioso nutella shortbread cookies. omg! I want a box!! (seriously)

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  • Reply Amy J in SC December 18, 2009 at 7:26 am

    These look fantastic and I bet taste even better. What a great idea. Wish I would’ve thought of it. :-]

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  • Reply Veronique December 18, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Shortbread and Nutella, how could you go wrong!? Nice post.

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  • Reply meatlessmama December 18, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Cute! I like the way the turbinado looks too!

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  • Reply Simply Life December 18, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Oh those are adorable!!!

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  • Reply Barbara Kiebel December 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Love the simplicity and simply love Nutella; great job!

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  • Reply EmoDan December 18, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    all i can say is you are my hero
    i love shortbread
    and i love nutella
    why i never thought of combining them myself i dont know

    ill be making numerous nutella treats this coming week
    not sure how nutella rice crispy squares will come out but heres hoping well

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  • Reply Jennifer (Savor) December 19, 2009 at 8:41 am

    How creative! Now I know what to do with the nutella in my pantry!

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  • Reply Julia Schreuder December 19, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Always a treat when a recipe calls for Nutella!! Delish!!

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  • Reply Brittany December 22, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing! The pictures are gorgeous as well.

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  • Reply wasabi prime December 22, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Delicious treat — I always wonder why Nutella hasn’t taken off the way peanut butter has in the U.S. Cookie cutters and decorative sugar always make me think of holidays and happy memories!

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  • Reply deeba December 27, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Great holiday cookie & it’s taken shortbread to another level altogether! Have a wonderful 2010 K… {HUGS}

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  • Reply megglover (Megan Glover) August 11, 2010 at 3:06 am

    This one’s for you @JenelG

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  • Reply glwerner (glwerner) December 2, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    @melissajill I am DYING to make these! I also have a great recipe for the kind you frost if you’re interested!

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