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Nutella-Filled Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

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 Shortbread

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


  • Vivian
    December 14, 2009 at 9:13 pm

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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).

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

    ALL CAPS :)
    Thanks for this Kamran!

  • 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.

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

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

  • Jackie
    December 17, 2009 at 12:35 am

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

  • jen
    December 17, 2009 at 12:37 am

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

  • 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!!

  • Divina
    December 17, 2009 at 2:41 am

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

  • Anna
    December 17, 2009 at 2:57 am

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

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

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

  • kathyvegas
    December 17, 2009 at 10:08 am

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

  • 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?


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

    Very cute! I bet they taste great, too.

  • 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. ;)

  • 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!

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

    Oh, that is positively wicked! Thanks for sharing.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

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

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

  • ghkoay76
    December 18, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Such a lovely little man cookies…

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

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

  • 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!

  • heidileon
    December 18, 2009 at 6:43 am

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

  • 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. :-]

  • Veronique
    December 18, 2009 at 10:12 am

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

  • meatlessmama
    December 18, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Cute! I like the way the turbinado looks too!

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

    Oh those are adorable!!!

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

    Love the simplicity and simply love Nutella; great job!

  • 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

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

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

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

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

  • Brittany
    December 22, 2009 at 6:59 pm

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

  • 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!

  • 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}

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