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Nutella Crackle Cookies

Nutella Crackle Cookies

Nutella Crackle Cookies

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Nutella Crackle Cookies
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Course: Hand-Shaped CookiesDifficulty: Easy



A chocolate-hazelnut cookie that, when baked, shows deep chocolate “cracks” in the white powdered sugar surface.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (11 ounce) jar Nutella (or any chocolate-hazelnut spread, including those that do not contain palm oil)

  • 1/4 cup solid vegetable shortening

  • 1-1/3 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/3 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup chopped, toasted hazelnuts

  • 2 cups finely chopped hazelnuts

  • sifted confectioners’ sugar


  • Grease baking sheets. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. In a large mixing bowl, beat together Nutella and shortening until creamy. Beat in sugar until combined, then beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and milk alternately and mix until just combined. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts. Cover and refrigerate several hours or until firm. Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Shape dough into walnut-sized balls, roll in finely chopped hazelnuts, then in confectioners’ sugar. Place on prepared baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes or until surface is cracked and cookies are set. Cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.



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I just made this cookie last week, and it was fantastic. The hazelnut flavor was very tasty without being too overly sweet. I thought that it was different from the usual cookie. I made a few minor changes: instead of greased cookie sheets I used parchment paper. A jar of Nutella is actually 13 oz I think, but the extra worked fine. I found that I did not need to use 2 1/2 c of hazelnuts. A 2 c bag would have sufficed. Finally, I baked them in my oven for 12 minutes; the cookie came out nice a crunchy. This is definitely a keeper recipe.
- A Baker
These cookies were great very tender I did however swap the vegetable shortning for butter. Would make them again for sure
- A Baker
I used to work at a bakery and these cookies were my favorite to sneak out of the store. I'm so glad I have a recipe for these cookies so that I can make a batch all for myself.
- Andrea in Connecticut
WoW! They were a big hit in my christmas cookies basket! Would surely make them next Christmas
- Melia in Palestine
These cookies are delicious!! I made them for a friends open house and everyone LOVED them and wanted a copy of the recipe! I actually added milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips to the cookies to make them taste even better! thanks!!
- Laura in St. Catharines, Canada
Made the cookies a little larger (got 4 dozen out of the recipe) and changed the bake time to 12 minutes. Soft, delicious cookies which brought back fond memories of eating German chocolate bars -- had many requests for the recipe!
- A Baker
These cookies are spectacular. They were easy to make in half-recipe and kept extremely well. I've already passed the recipe on to several friends.
- A Baker
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