Nutella Cookie Bars: Fun, Easy, Delicious

Karly Campbell | Buns in my Oven

These Nutella Cookie Bars make baking easy and fun! Oh, and absolutely delicious, too.

Nutella Cookie Bar Picture

There have been some Nutella stuffed brown butter cookies floating around the Internet this past month or so that are, well, incredible.

I should know. I've made three batches in the last few weeks. They're just plain delicious. But, you know, all of that rolling the dough, smooshing it flat, stuffing it with Nutella, and rolling it back up... oh, sorry. I just fell asleep from boredom. Nobody wants cookie time to be coma inducing. I mean, baking should be fun!

Nutella Cookie Bar Photo

So, I decided to make these a little easier on all of us and just turn them into a cookie bar. That's sort of what I love most about bar desserts. They're so easy, you guys!

I used my own recipe for the cookie dough base (though truth be told, I'm sure it came from the back of a bag sometime long ago) and filled it with an entire 13 ounce container of Nutella.

Yep. That was the sound of angels singing that you just heard. 13 ounces of Nutella will do that.

Nutella Cookie Bars Recipe

    15 Servings


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 13 ounces nutella


  1. Preheat oven to 350∞F.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, whisking constantly. Bring the butter to a simmer and continue whisking until the butter goes from yellow to golden brown and smells a little nutty. Pour the browned butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and let cool for five minutes.
  3. Add the granulated and brown sugar to the browned butter and mix on low until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until combined. Stir in the vanilla.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing on low, until completely combined.
  5. Line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Spread half of the dough into the prepared pan.
  7. In a small sauce pan, heat the Nutella over low heat until it's a consistency that is easy to spread. Spread the Nutella over the cookie dough.
  8. Use your hands to flatten pieces of the dough (it will be somewhat sticky, but very easy to work with) and place over the top of the Nutella. It's okay if there are gaps in the top layer, but do try to cover it as best you can.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until the dough is golden brown and cooked through.
  10. Cool completely before cutting and serving.
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Karly Campbell

About Karly

Karly cracks us up on her blog Buns in My Oven, and quite regularly stuns with all kinds of recipes. You'll find her passion for baking, especially Bar Desserts and casseroles, here on Food Fanatic.


turned out great, very very rich.
A few tips:
spread the bottom cookie layer on really thin... think of it more like a crust then a cookie. Once the Nutella is spread on the first layer, put the pan in the freezer for 30 minutes, makes it MUCH easier to spread that top layer. optional; I added a handful of almonds to the Nutella while heating which added a nice crunch.
To make it slightly healthier I replaced 1 of the 2 sticks of butter the recipe called for with 1/2 cup flax meal/ water mix and added it to the browned butter.


i made this for my boyfriend as an early valentine's gift, and while it tastes amazing, like seriously, mmmm, the dough wasnt exactly doughy more like a sticky cake mix! and my bottom layer ended up like a cake! haha it still is totally worth it and i loved the recipe, so it'll be something i make again, and again, and AGAIN!!! <3


These are amazing. I am making them for the second time in a week!

Julia mueller

I've never baked using nutella and I know for a fact I'd be a repeat customer with this recipe! Face. in. pan. GO! :)


Yes, an entire jar!!! MMMM, exactly what a bar should be!


Wow....these would put me in Nutella heaven!


These looks delicious! At recipes with almond butter? I bought a jar from trader joes a few weeks ago and aside from dipping my spoon in I don't know what to do with it!

@ Mais Khourdaji

Hmm, I've never baked with almond butter! I'm inclined to think you could use it just like peanut butter, but I've never tried it!

Aimee shugarman

Woah. An entire jar? I am in love!!!


An entire jar?! I love you, Karly. One of the reasons why I don't bake with Nutella is because it dilutes the flavor. (And I'd rather eat it straight out of the jar.) I don't think it would be a problem with these! Yum!


Anything that uses an entire jar of Nutella is something I need in my life. Awesome post, Karly!