Peanut Butter + Nutella Swirl Cookies

February 25, 2012

Peanut Butter + Nutella Swirl Cookies

Since it's Oscar weekend, I was going to make an elaborate, glamorous dessert; instead, I made cookies. Cookies which didn't even last long enough to see the bright spotlight of the weekend.

Now I'll have to come up with something else for tomorrow night, or just make another batch of cookies. (I'm leaning towards the latter.) At least I gave them their own little red carpet.

Peanut Butter + Nutella Swirl Cookies

I've secretly always wanted to try acting (I know, who doesn't?), but it's been the one crazy idea that has stuck to me while all the others fell away like ashes or dissolved into oblivion. On my bucket list, if I actually had one, is trying out for a part in a play at a local theater, preferably a Shakespearean play (yes, go big or go home!). My biggest obstacle is shyness. If I didn't have to worry about people I know watching me, I'd be fine...isn't it strange that I would feel more comfortable acting around strangers than the people who are closest to me?

Even though I don't always watch the Oscars, I think about that pipe dream every time they roll around. It's a shame that fear and doubt keep us from trying the things that could potentially bring us the most happiness.

Know what temporarily cures unrequited dreams + helps solve unanswerable questions about life? Cookies. And when cookies are packed with peanut butter and Nutella, one cannot help but do a little happy dance whilst biting into the chewy, tender, criss-crossed circles.

These cookies are fabulous! Peanut butter & Nutella are definitely the 'It' couple of the baking world; always and forever.

Peanut Butter + Nutella Swirl Cookies

Peanut Butter and Nutella Swirl Cookies (recipe adapted from Sweetest Kitchen)

1 -3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (that's 1 stick) unsalted, room temperature butter
3/4 cup peanut butter (I used smooth)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 room temperature egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup Nutella (stir it up a bit, to soften)

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking Soda, and salt; Set aside.
In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the butter, peanut butter and both sugars. Beat on medium speed until creamy and smooth (about 5 minutes). Add the egg and vanilla extract; Beat to combine, scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
Turn the mixer down to low speed, and slowly add the dry ingredients. Beat until just combined. Use a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula to gently fold in the Nutella. [Note: If you want a distinct swirl, try not to over-mix the Nutella.] Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (or overnight).

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Measure out a rounded Tablespoon for each cookie. (Since the dough was refrigerated, the cookies shouldn't spread too much, so just leave about 1/2-inch of space between each one.) Use a fork to make a criss-cross pattern on each cookie. If desired, sprinkle with a little bit of sea salt. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the sheets for about 2 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Makes about 35-40 cookies!


  1. These looks terrific and peanut butter is one of my favourites. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. I can imagine they didn't last long! At my place, they'd all be eaten at the speed of light. ;-P




  3. This is a must for my peanut butter and Nutella loving family. They may not get them for Oscar weekend, but they'll definitely get them sometime this spring!

    And I don't think it's at all strange that you'd be most nervous about performing in front of people you know. I'm exactly the same way. But I really, really hope you try it someday!

  4. This looks like a cookie that could become a standard in our house!

  5. Those look delicious! They would be gone before they finished cooling on the counter! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  6. EXTRA craquants
    Je te souhaite un bon dimanche

  7. I don't like cooking but I would love eating all of your wonderful desserts! I'm French after all :o) Anyway your blog is really nice, congratulations!

  8. These sound glamourous enough for me! Were these soft or crunchy cookies? Love the idea of Nutella swirled into sweet/salty PB cookies! YUM!

  9. Hi Mercedes, These were definitely on the soft and chewy side of the cookie spectrum. But if you prefer crispy, just leave them in the oven for an extra minute. :D

  10. I can see that I need to make peanut butter cookies in my near future. ;-) What a clever use of Nutella. Thanks for the recipe! Your cookies look beautiful and delicious, as always!

  11. Wow, your cookies look much prettier than mine did! Great job! :)

  12. I love your "go big or go home" theory! Yes, who doesn't want to act ;) This cookie is certainly an addictive one. with PB, salt and sweet. One would never be enough.

  13. Hey, I think we're pretty alike :]
    I've seriously always wanted to take on acting (or, you know, at least a part in a play) but have always been so shy!
    I think acting in front of strangers is easier as you probably won't be seeing them again.

  14. These just look and sound incredible. Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. Yum! It's the Europe meets America of the cookie world! I didn't catch the Oscars, but I could definitely go for a cookie, or two.

  16. I'm craving these righg now!

  17. nything with the word "Nutella" is a-okay with me, these look great!

  18. Somehow I missed this post but I just saw these cookies on the Colorado Bake Sale page...hello PB & Nutella swirl!! Yum, these look amazing!

  19. I made these last night and they are delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and I love love love the sprinkle of sea salt. I had to bake them for over twice the amount of time you listed but that is probably because my oven is wonky. I got about 29 cookies from the recipe and will be bringing them to work tomorrow. Thanks!


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♥ Valerie


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