40 Nutella Recipes That Just Might Beat Eating It Straight from the Jar

There’s no cure for a bad day like eating Nutella—the creamy hazelnut-cocoa spread with a massive cult following—straight from the jar. But if you put down the spoon and take a quick look at your pantry, odds are you can put the chocolatey delicacy to better use in a dessert, like cookies, milkshakes and more. Here are 40 Nutella recipes that will make you think twice before devouring the whole jar.

This CBD-Infused Nutella Alternative Straight-Up Blew Our Mind

nutella recipes easy nutella mousse
Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

1. Easy Nutella Mousse

You’re only a few pantry staples away from this decadent treat. Even better, it doesn’t require a single second of cooking—just a whirl in the stand mixer and a stint in the fridge.

nutella recipes nutella sandwich cookies
Erin McDowell

2. Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Meringues are a breeze to whip up and way easier a project than dough-based cookies. To extend their shelf life, don’t sandwich them with Nutella until you’re about to serve them.

nutella recipes nutella pancakes
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

3. Nutella Pancakes

In case you’re all out of tricks for getting your kids out of bed in the morning, you need to see our trick for sneaking a melty Nutella core in the center of each flapjack (OK, we’ll tell—we freeze it into small rounds then plop them in the batter once it’s in the pan.)

nutella recipes two ingredient nutella hot cocoa
StephanieFrey/Getty Images

4. Two-ingredient Nutella Hot Cocoa

BRB, buying all the mini marshmallows that’ll fit in our shopping cart. The Nutella melts in hot milk, creating a nutty substitute for powdered hot chocolate mix.

nutella recipes vegan nutella1
Photo/Styling: Taryn Pire

5. Vegan Nutella

Tahini, maple syrup and carob powder unite to create a better-for-you alternative to store-bought Nutella. It’s lower in sugar, higher in healthy fats and tastes more bitter and dark chocolate-like than its predecessor.

nutella recipes sea salt and nutella fudge
Broma Bakery

6. Sea Salt And Nutella Fudge

Catch us gifting this to every relative on our list this holiday. We love you, canned sweetened condensed milk.

nutella recipes three ingredient nutella croissants
Gimme Some Oven

7. Three-ingredient Nutella Croissants

Brunch just got a lot more exciting, thanks to these simple handhelds made with store-bought puff pastry.

nutella recipes strawberry nutella milkshake
Two Peas & Their Pod

8. Strawberry Nutella Milkshake

It only takes two big scoops of vanilla ice cream and five minutes of your time to reach milkshake heaven. Plus, there’s strawberries in it, so it’s basically a fruit salad, right?

nutella recipes nutella muddy buddies
Whitney Bond

9. Nutella Muddy Buddies

You’re only six ingredients and ten minutes away from the easiest party appetizer of all time.

nutella recipes nutella brownies
Sally’s Baking Addiction

10. Nutella Brownies

So. Damn. Fudgy. Add chocolate chips to the mix to make them even more decadent (or heck, swirl in some canned dulce de leche too).

nutella recipes cinnamon sugar nutella quesadilla
Half Baked Harvest

11. Cinnamon Sugar Nutella Quesadilla

The trick is frying the quesadilla in butter, then immediately dipping it in cinnamon sugar so it sticks well. Go the extra mile by adding peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff.

nutella recipes nutella s mores bars
The Recipe Critic

12. Nutella S’mores Bars

A schmear of Nutella > half-melted chocolate squares. We’re betting this s’mores alternative still tastes better by a campfire though.

nutella recipes nutella and raspberry swirl bread
A Cookie Named Desire

13. Nutella And Raspberry Swirl Bread

Feel free to experiment with other fruits, like peaches or apples. You can also skip the fruit altogether and add a bit of orange extract to the dough instead.

nutella recipes oreo cookie balls
Culinary Hill

14. Oreo Cookie Balls

Complete with homemade salted caramel sauce. This dessert is traditionally made with tangy cream cheese, but Nutella will work just as well in its place. (Just expect it to be even more decadent and truffle-like.)

nutella recipes vegan nutella cake
The Almond Eater

15. Vegan Nutella Cake

The icing stars dairy-free butter and homemade Nutella made from fresh hazelnuts and vegan dark chocolate. Be sure to reserve some chopped hazelnuts to garnish the cake with.

nutella recipes broma bakery
Broma Bakery

16. Nutella-stuffed Red Velvet Cookies

Instead of freezing small disks of Nutella and stuffing them in the cookies, all you have to do is make a large well in each dough ball, spoon in the spread and seal the hole with more dough.

nutella recipes two ingredient banana nutella ice cream
Two Peas & Their Pod

17. Two-ingredient Banana Nutella Ice Cream

Psst: Did you know bananas are magical? If you freeze them and pop them in the blender or food processor, they turn into a smooth, creamy mixture that’s similar to soft serve.

nutella recipes ambitious kitchen
Ambitious Kitchen

18. Nutella-stuffed Brown Butter Blondies

Fall is brown butter season, so we’re betting these blondies will be a hit at your Halloween party. Don’t forget to sprinkle them with flaky salt before serving.

nutella recipes caramel stuffed nutella cookies
The Recipe Critic

19. Caramel-stuffed Nutella Cookies

Instead of filling them with the iconic spread, Nutella is a main ingredient in the cookie dough itself. Here, store-bought caramels are wrapped in the dough and baked until gooey.

nutella recipes nutella chocolate chip braid
5 Boys Baker

20. Nutella Chocolate Chip Braid

This breakfast beauty is similar in appearance to babka but way less fussy. The braid is laced with mini chocolate chips and toasted hazelnuts for crunch.

nutella recipes salted pretzel nutella fudge milkshake
Half Baked Harvest

21. Salted Pretzel Nutella Fudge Milkshake With Malted Milk Whipped Cream

We don’t care how cold it is outside—you can safely assume that we’re in the mood for these Insta-worthy sippers all year round.

nutella recipes chocolate hazelnut crunch truffles
Sally’s Baking Addiction

22. Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Truffles

Since there’s Nutella in the batter, rolling it into balls can get a bit sticky. So, dust your palms with cocoa powder and let the dough dry out a bit before tackling.

nutella recipes white chocolate chip cookies
Averie Cooks

23. Soft And Chewy Nutella White Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe is ridiculously simple and can be riffed on in endless ways. Add chopped hazelnuts, freeze-dried raspberries, toffee chips or even crushed Oreos to the dough.

nutella recipes triple chocolate nutella pop tarts
A Cookie Named Desire

24. Triple-chocolate Nutella Pop-tarts

You’ll never look at the store-bought kind the same way again after trying these. Chocolate makes its way into these treats through Dutch cocoa powder, chocolate extract, Nutella and chocolate sprinkles.

nutella recipes nutella cupcakes
Gimme Some Oven

25. Nutella Cupcakes

Sure, there’s dark chocolate cocoa powder and tangy buttermilk in the batter for complexity. But what really takes the cupcakes’ bold flavor over the top is coffee.

nutella recipes strawberry nutella french toast
Broma Bakery

26. Strawberry Nutella French Toast

It’s a good morning indeed when this luscious stack hits the table. Add whipped ricotta or mascarpone cheese to the filling for another layer of creamy bliss.

nutella recipes rice krispie treats
Half Baked Harvest

27. Brown Butter, Vanilla Bean And Nutella-swirled Rice Krispie Treats

We can picture your kids squealing with joy already after finding these in their lunch boxes.

nutella recipes hazelnut nutella cookies
Saving Room for Dessert

28. Hazelnut Nutella Cookies

Unlike a lot of cookie recipes that call for Nutella, this one puts hazelnuts’ buttery, nutty flavor front and center by including a whole cup of them in the dough.

nutella recipes peanut butter banana cake with creamy nutella frosting
A Cookie Named Desire

29. Peanut Butter Banana Cake With Creamy Nutella Frosting

Thanks to buttermilk, shortening and mashed bananas in the batter, this cake is bound to turn out impossibly moist.

nutella recipes easy no bake peanut butter nutella cheesecake
Oh Sweet Basil

30. Easy No-bake Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake

The crust is a basic press-in graham cracker number, while the filling made mostly with cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, Nutella and peanut butter just needs an hour in the freezer to set.

nutella recipes nutella stuffed pumpkin beignets
Half Baked Harvest

31. Nutella-stuffed Pumpkin Beignets

This NOLA delicacy has never looked so autumnal. Not only does the recipe call for cinnamon and pumpkin puree, but there’s also warm apple cider in the dough.

nutella recipes cream cheese cookies with nutella glaze
Sally’s Baking Addiction

32. Cream Cheese Cookies With Nutella Glaze

Warning: Once you know how to make the simple Nutella glaze, you’ll want to put it on everything.

nutella recipes nutella meringues
Broma Bakery

33. Nutella Meringues

We can’t decide what we love most, the low-lift recipe or the pretty swirls of Nutella in each meringue. To marble, just drizzle Nutella over each unbaked cookie, then swirl the back of a spoon over it to combine.

nutella recipes peanut butter nutella pretzel and peanut snack mix
Averie Cooks

34. Peanut Butter Nutella Pretzel And Peanut Snack Mix

No-bake? Check. Sweet *and* salty? Check. Littered with rainbow sprinkles? You bet.

nutella recipes nutella chocolate chip cookies
Sally’s Baking Addiction

35. Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

We’re firm believers that chocolate chip cookies are flawless as is. But a creamy pool of hazelnut-cocoa spread in the middle of one certainly couldn’t hurt.

nutella recipes nutella swirled banana muffins
Broma Bakery

36. Nutella-swirled Banana Muffins

The riper the bananas, the sweeter the muffins. Feel free to go wild with add-ins, like honey-roasted peanuts, chopped walnuts or peanut butter chips.

nutella recipes strawberry nutella cheesecake
Gimme Some Oven

37. Strawberry-nutella Cheesecake

Strawberries are tasty. Nutella-dipped strawberries are delicious. Make them the crowning glory on this Greek yogurt cheesecake with Oreo crust and they’re straight-up heavenly.

nutella recipes s mores waffles with nutella and toasted coconut
Pinch of Yum

38. S’mores Waffles With Nutella And Toasted Coconut

While the waffle is still in the iron, slather it with Nutella, add a layer of mini marshmallows and sandwich the halves. Once pressed, the fillings will melt just right.

nutella recipes nutella crepes
Oh Sweet Basil

39. Nutella Crepes

Got ten minutes to make your family’s new favorite breakfast? You’re only seven pantry staples away.

nutella recipes two ingredient homemade nutella
The Almond Eater

40. Two-ingredient Homemade Nutella

When you’re in the mood for Nutella but don’t have a jar on hand, lean on this ridiculously simple substitute. All it takes is a little patience and a blender or food processor.

taryn pire

Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...