Life is at full speed these days. Clinic or class 8-5, lots of extracurricular stuff going on, trying to make it to the gym a few days a week, and squeezing in baking whenever I can leaves me with little time to veg on the sofa watching TV. Sad, I know. But when I was asked to donate a batch of cookies for a bake sale Erin at The Spiffy Cookie was holding for her friend who lost his leg in an accident, I slowed down to think how lucky I am to be running around every day like a mad-woman and not thinking twice about cramming my schedule. And then the highest bidder for my cookies was a solider in Afghanistan looking to cheer up her fellow troops with some homemade cookies from the states. Needless to say my self pity-fest didn’t last long and I’m just entirely grateful to have my legs, my freedom, and an endless to-do list that keeps me happy and busy. Speaking of happy – peanut butter and nutella in the same soft, delicious and easy-to-throw-together cookie? Done, done, and done.

Just like the Cookies and Cream Cookies I posted a few weeks ago, these cookies are great because they’re easy to throw together. I originally made them for a weekday lunch meeting and I gladly offered to baked them up again for the auction because I knew I would have time to whip up a batch in no time. You don’t need to chill the batter for longer than 15 minutes, you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry right now, and the recipe instructions are straight-forward and quick. Waiting for the butter to come to room temperature is probably the hardest part. I love the specks of Nutella that are swirled in the cookies, and the criss-cross fork pattern is cute but also warns any PB-haters or allergics that these cookies are not for them (more for us!). They’re a great cookie to add to your cookie reportoire and are definitely a crowd pleaser! I’m hoping the troops love them as much as my classmates did :)

I know it’s a month early for thankfulness, but take a moment this weekend to slow down, bake a batch of cookies, and remember how lucky you are for everything good in your life. If for anything, feel lucky you now have this recipe!

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Peanut Butter Nutella Swirl Cookies

Recipe adapted from Delightful Bitefuls

Yield: 40 cookies


1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup Nutella


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. With mixer on low, slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the butter mixture until just combined.

Microwave Nutella for 20 seconds and then drizzle over the dough. Fold in Nutella with a spatula until well-distributed throughout the dough.

Chill the dough in the fridge for 15 minutes and then roll small balls by hand.

Place about an inch apart on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and use a fork to press down the balls slightly.

Bake until the edges are lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes.

Allow cookies to cool on the pan for 2 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

PS – Monday was my 2 year blogoversary and I totally missed it, so stay tuned for a fun post next week to celebrate!!


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66 Responses to “Peanut Butter Nutella Swirl Cookies”

  1. #
    Mara @ Elemental Custard — October 13, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    Mmm! I love the swirl of nutella! It makes them look so much prettier than plain peanut butter cookies

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — October 13, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    I felt the same way after I heard about his leg. So glad for you contributing to my bake sale’s success!

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    Sara — October 13, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    Yum, these cookies look amazing! What a great way to jazz up pb cookies.

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    Anna — October 14, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    Magnificent combination! And since I am a Nutella fan, scratch that, a Nutella addict (better!LOL!)…I am tempted to spread more Nutella atop the cookies! Whew! I love life! ;)

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    Erin @ Cooking on Whim — October 14, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    I am in love. I need to make these!!

    Just came across your blog– I am a new follower. Love your site!

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    Bobbi — October 14, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    Found you on Pintrest and I HAD to come check these cookies out! I don’t bake much except at Christmas but I am going to be making these SOON!!!

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    Mary @Delightful Bitefuls — October 15, 2011 @ 2:13 am

    Thanks for the link back! :) These looks AMAZING!!! You can never go wrong with peanut butter and nutella ;)

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    Ashley — October 15, 2011 @ 4:52 am

    Yum! Just made these for a church group and they were a hit! Super easy recipe…the way I like it ;) AND there’s nothing better than peanut butter AND nutella. Thanks!

  9. #
    natalie — October 15, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

    oh yum! nutella and pb!! LOVE IT!!

  10. #
    mandie lane — October 15, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

    ::impatiently awaits butter’s arrival to room temperature::

  11. #
    Amore Melanie — October 16, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    Just baked these (well my husband did) and there TOTALLY awesome!

  12. #
    Mrs. Jessica Linell — October 19, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    Making these right now! thank you for such a delicious Idea! can’t wait till i can try them :)

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — October 19, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    Oh yum, these look so good! Peanut butter and Nutella are two of my favorite things. I would love for you to add these to my linky party (Crazy Sweet Tuesday).

  14. #
    Arpit — October 20, 2011 @ 4:54 am

    This Looks Awesome… 5 stars for beautiful pictures

  15. #
    Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny — October 21, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    I can’t believe I’m JUST now coming across your blog, I LOVE IT! And these cookies look so delicious! New follower!! xoxo

  16. #
    Jennifer — October 27, 2011 @ 12:27 am

    Wow! These are so yummy! A hit with the whole family. I’m following now, from pinterest.

  17. #
    Moriah — October 29, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    How many does that recipe make? I cant wait to try it out!

  18. #
    Erica — October 30, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

    Moriah – depending on the size you decide to make them, the recipe will make between 24 and 36 cookies. Enjoy!

  19. #
    Moriah — October 31, 2011 @ 5:46 am

    I tried to make it… mine tasted horrible. I definitely made it wrong because they looked different also. So sad, I need to try it again. Thanks for the info!

  20. #
    Julia @ Boredom Abounds — November 10, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    Gosh, these sound delicious – bookmarking this page to make them later on!

  21. #
    Anonymous — November 23, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    I already have a peanut butter cookie mix. Do you think it would work if I mixed in the Nutella with this mix? They look delicioius!

  22. #
    Erica — November 23, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

    I’m not sure if the same exact cookie would result, but I’d say it’s worth a try! Let me know how it comes out :)

  23. #
    Marilyn — November 26, 2011 @ 2:01 am

    I just made these and they are unbelievable!! Thank you! So glad I found your blog!

  24. #
    Anonymous — December 4, 2011 @ 2:23 am

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    Anonymous — December 8, 2011 @ 12:14 am

    How many cookies does this recipe yield?

  26. #
    Erica — December 8, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    Depending on the size you decide to make them, the recipe will make between 24 and 36 cookies. Enjoy!

    • KristiLynne — June 9th, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

      FYI – I got 48 cookies from this recipe. Yummy!!

  27. #
    wannabe — December 9, 2011 @ 12:37 am

    My sisters GEM’s group has a cookie walk and I made these….the dough is YUMMY and the cookies LOOK yummy and I will end up doing a blog post about these and I hope they sell well!

  28. #
    Give Good Skin — December 9, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

    I made these today, They are pretty good. I was having a hard time finding a recipes that gave the texture I like in a Peanut Butter cookie & this one was great.

  29. #
    missy — December 11, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    I just made these, and they are amazing. I sprinkled a little bit of fleur de sel and sugar in the raw on top of them for something a little extra. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Kristen Pflumm — December 23, 2011 @ 4:19 am

    I made these tonight for a Christmas party and they were a hit, everyone loved them. I think I might but a drizzle of nutella on top next time because I love it that much! I will be making them again sometime soon I’m sure!

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    71c91452-3ff0-11e1-a600-000bcdca4d7a — January 16, 2012 @ 3:16 am

    My dough came out very crumbly and not easy to roll into balls…anyone have any idea why? Thanks…

    • Anonymous — May 5th, 2012 @ 1:26 am

      I just had the same problem, ended up adding two extra eggs and a bit more peanut butter. Don’t know what happened, might be because I don’t have an electric mixer? came out a bit cakey but ok.

  32. #
    Anonymous — January 24, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

    I don’t have vanilla right now.What can i substitue it with?

  33. #
    Erica — January 24, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

    If you don’t have vanilla, I would suggest just leaving it out. It’s only 1/2 a tsp so it shouldn’t make a big difference!

  34. #
    Anonymous — January 29, 2012 @ 3:54 am

    Thanks for the recipe! I just made this with spicy peanut buttaaah. YUM YUM YUM.

  35. #
    Anonymous — February 4, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    amazing!!!!! thanks for the recipe!

  36. #
    Anonymous — February 11, 2012 @ 6:14 am

    Just a little advice to those using salted butter because you don’t have unsalted. It does make a difference! Will try these again. Hopefully they will turn out better next time.

  37. #
    Sam — March 25, 2012 @ 2:21 am

    GI just made some and they turned out great. Thank you

  38. #
    Jen — April 27, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

    I just made these and followed the recipe to the letter. My dough also came out dry and crumbly. I went ahead and baked a batch, but the cookies are terribly dry. I will probably dump them. I think I will try coating my hands with vegetable oil to transfer some moisture and, hopefully, keep them together. Thoughts?

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    bp — April 30, 2012 @ 2:40 am

    So delicious! Thank you! I used salted butter (didn’t have unsalted on hand) and just didn’t use the salt. Turned out beautifully. My roommates wanted a little more nutella taste, so next time I may use a bit more. I didn’t think I was a cookie dough eater until this recipe. Could be dangerous…

  40. #
    Emily — May 4, 2012 @ 3:11 am

    The only thing better than the cookie is the dough! YUM! Even if you left out the nutella it would make a great PB cookie!

  41. #
    Pingu — May 19, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    Just made and put a batch of 10 of these chunky cookies into the oven for my mum! They look & smell great, I can’t wait to try them ;)

  42. #
    Anonymous — May 21, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    Delicious, light, and fluffy! Nom, nom, nom!!

  43. #
    Anonymous — June 5, 2012 @ 1:59 am

    I made two batches the first batch was a little dry… But the second I melted the butter and peanut butter, and they are great! Thanks for the recipe I needed to use up some nutella.

  44. #
    Sweet D. — July 2, 2012 @ 5:58 am

    Just stayed up late to make these because they looked so good and they turned out delicious. Thanks!

  45. #
    gatesofgrace — July 15, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    I just made these using this amazing white chocolate peanut butter I found a whole foods. I am pretty sure that no one else in the house is getting any…

  46. #
    katie — August 23, 2012 @ 1:34 am

    omg soooo good. i just made these and they are spectalular… super good and easy! :):)

  47. #
    Jacquelyn — December 9, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    I just tried these, and sadly, my dough was super crumbly, too. I made a batch and thought maybe if I refrigerated the dough longer, that might help. No dice. It actually made it worse. The second batch was so crumbly I had to just throw it all away. :(

  48. #
    amber whitehead — January 3, 2013 @ 2:11 am

    I just made these thanks for sharing your recipe.

  49. #
    Fefe — April 27, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    just made these cookies and they taste and look amazing!! I love ur blog


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