Mocha Shortbread with Nutella

With the abundance of fresh fruit recipes coming out of my kitchen, I thought I would take a break from berries and make a Mocha Shortbread Cookie recipe. Once these lovelies came of of the oven, they were begging for a smear of Nutella.

I tasted Nutella for the first time last year and I have not been without a jar since. This chocolate hazelnut spread is loved by many bakers and adds a delicious complexity to baked goods that chocolate alone cannot accomplish. Whether you smear it on toast, dip fresh fruit it, or drizzle it on ice cream…Nutella is a pretty fabulous accompaniment to many different foods.

I got inspiration for Mocha Shortbread while sipping a Mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks. Although I am not a huge chocolate lover or a regular coffee drinker, there is something about this pairing that makes me a very happy girl. The combination of chocolate and coffee combined very well in these shortbread cookies. The coffee flavor was quite subtle, so feel free to amp up the amount of espresso powder to kick up the flavor a notch. These cookies are buttery and crumbly just how how I like my shortbread. If you are not a Nutella fan (are there any out there) the cookies are simply delish on their own. If you are a Nutella fan, I highly suggest you spread this chocolatey goodness on these cookies, I promise you won’t be sorry. I hope you have a fantastic weekend and thanks so much for stopping by MBA.

Mocha Shortbread with Nutella

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons instant espresso granules
1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
If desired; Hazelnut Spread (Nutella) to sandwich cookies

1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugars, vanilla and instant espresso granules.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder and salt
3. Gradually mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture until fully incorporated
4. Cover bowl and refrigerate for one hour.
5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut with floured 2-in. to 3-in. cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets.
6. Bake at 300 degrees F for 20 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.
7. Once cookies are completely cooled, sandwich them together with your desired amount of Hazelnut Spread (Nutella).

*Note: When not working with the Shortbread dough, place it back into the refrigerator; this will enable an easier rolling process.

31 Responses to “Mocha Shortbread with Nutella”

  1. Adam — June 25, 2010 at 10:47 am

    My wife Joanne loves Nutella and I love chocolate. It is the perfect cookie for us :)

  2. Kristin — June 25, 2010 at 10:50 am


  3. Rita Dempsey — June 25, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I’m in love with Nutella…I have a cheesecake I bake using it & a chocolate chip cookies crust, super delish. Thanks for sharing the recipe for the cookies they look amazing. This one is definitely going into the “to-be-made” stack.

  4. Paula - bell'alimento — June 25, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Swoon! As I am a Nutella-holic you had me at Nutella! I am putting these on my list : )

  5. Justine — June 25, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Yum! Definitely trying these this weekend. :) Thank you – beautiful pictures!

  6. Jessica @ How Sweet — June 25, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Oh good gosh…I think I just had a heart attack. I need those.

  7. The Blue-Eyed Bakers — June 25, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    As excited as we are about the bounty of fresh fruit that the season is offering up – we are SO thrilled to see some fruit free sweets…and especially one featuring Nutella. And really – anything is Nutella is just better right? Thanks for posting…yum yum yum.

  8. Joanne — June 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I think most things in life could use a smear of Nutella. These shortbread cookies sound delicious!

  9. My Kitchen in the Rockies — June 25, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Nutella, my favorite!!!
    Great idea to spread it on a cookie.
    Thanks, Jamie.
    P.S.: Real Nutella lovers eat it with a spoon, directly out of the jar.

  10. CaSaundra — June 26, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Nutella does make everything better!!

  11. Cherine — June 26, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Wonderful cookies! A fabulous treat!

  12. Karen@Mignardise — June 26, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Love the combination of mocha and Nutella, plus the crispy and smooth together. This one’s a keeper!

  13. Evan@swEEts — June 26, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I love shortbread. I love mocha. And I just bought nutella at the store last night.. I think I know what needs to be done :)

  14. Becca — June 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    If there is anyone out there who doesn’t love Nutella, they’d better not step foot in my path, or there will be a ooey gooey Nutella mess on their hands! MY GOODNESS, I’ve found another weekend yummy to bake! Thanks again, Jamie!

  15. Life with Kaishon — June 27, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    They look so good. Totally gorgeous : )
    Congratulations on your blog luxe award nomination. How very exciting for you : ) I love your pictures and can totally see why you were chosen. They are simply gorgeous!

  16. Eliana — June 28, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Not sure what I like more – the cookie or that nutella swirl hanging off the spatula! Hmmmm.

  17. philandlauren — June 28, 2010 at 10:49 am

    nutella should be available intravenously. Are you in NYC? when here-go to Supper restaurant for their hazelnut panna cotta with nutella.

  18. Naomi — June 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Delish and Deeeeee-lish! This looks fab.

  19. Anh — June 28, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Another great recipe! Anything with Nutella tastes GOOD! Seriously :D

  20. Kristen — June 29, 2010 at 8:50 am

    What amazing photos, Jamie. Seriously mouthwatering!

  21. Katrina — June 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I’m in Switzerland right now and nutella is everywhere!! This is perfect.

  22. Mary Ann — August 29, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    the recipe says to bake at 300, is that the correct temp or just a typo.. these cookies look divine.. but then again what doesnt when nutella is involved!

  23. jas @ gluten free scallywag — November 11, 2010 at 12:54 am

    oh – so making these as chrissy gifts!

  24. Rachel — December 13, 2010 at 10:02 am

    These were delicious! I paired them with some French chocolate buttercream I had made for macarons and they got rave reviews! Everyone loved them. Oh, and I hate rolling/cutting out cookies so I just made them slice and bake and it worked perfectly.

  25. Amanda P — April 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    WOW! These are delicious! I am looking forward to making these again on Easter. As always, thank you for sharing and you have a great blog!

  26. Mohammed Amer, Saudi Arabia — January 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Jamie, saying thank you to you is not enough to express how i liked this cookies, this in one of the best cookies i have ever made in my life, i was blown by their taste and texture, all my family members loved them and gave a rave comments, the cookie is sof, tender, crisp how i don’t know, it melt in the mouth, and the filling is heaven, i stronlgly recommend sandwith these cookies with nutella spread, i would make these cookies again and agin and again, thanks a lot from the bottom of my heart for this magical recipe. can’t wait to try another recipe of yours. god bless you.

  27. Beth @ duffiebyday — June 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I made these and served them along side affogato for dessert. Needless to say, they were a hit… Only a few chocolatey crumbs remained. I sandwiched mine with ganache due to a few Nutella haters in my family. I know, who hates Nutella? Crazy people that’s who.

  28. Haley — December 7, 2012 at 11:17 pm


    I really like your blog and have written about it on mine. Hope you have a great holiday season!

    – Haley

  29. marybeth — August 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I found that it worked better to just ball up the dough and then flatten it with the heel of my hand. And if you do it this way, you don’t need the refrigerator, and it saves time. Baking time was spot- on, and THANK YOU so much for this ultra cool idea of using nutella for filling. These are scrumptios !

  30. Carolina — May 11, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Hi! I tried the recípe  but I had  a problema,  When I shapwd them and place them on the oven they melted down. Why is that?  
    Thank you

    • Jamie — May 11th, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      Hi, Carolina! I would check the ingredients list again to make sure you added everything. Did you refrigerate them for an hour? It really helps with the shaping and baking process. I’m sorry they didn’t work out for you. I hope you give it another try!

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