Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

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Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies are warm peanut butter cookies, stuffed with Nutella and sprinkled with a little salt. You’ll never want to diet again!

Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies
Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

I’m not sure there is any food combination I love more than peanut butter and chocolate. It’s a classic that never ever gets old in my books. See this fudge recipe or these cookies or these cookie bars for further proof. Today, I’m sharing with you a super simple, 5 ingredient (naturally gluten free!) peanut butter cookie that will blow your freaking mind. Following the step by step instructions below, you will see you only need sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, an egg and some vanilla to form the dough. Scoop them onto a cookie sheet and bake for a few minutes. Then stick a thumb (or the end of a spatula!) into each warm cookie to create a well and fill with nutella, which also miraculously happens to be gluten free. I’m a big time gluten enjoyer, but know there are lots of delicious gluten free recipes out there and this happens to be one of them. An optional last step is to sprinkle with some sea salt to get an extra added salty/sweet finish which I LOVE.

Basically, you should have most, if not all, the ingredients to make these today! Or tomorrow. I’m not picky.

Of course if you don’t have nutella handy, strawberry jam works in a jam. (See what I did there?!)

Here’s how you make them:

Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Start out with all your cookie ingredients in a bowl…Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookiesand stir. REALLY HARD, I know.

Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint CookiesScoop that onto your baking sheets and get them in the oven.

Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint CookiesBake them perfectly!

Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint CookiesOnce you pull them out, keep them on the hot baking pan for 5 minutes and then either punch a hole into the center with the end of a spatula or your thumb. My fingers are currently the size of Pringles cans, so I used the back of a rubber scraper.

Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint CookiesNow comes the good stuff, ya’ll!

Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint CookiesYou’re going to drop a 1/2 teaspoon of nutella into each hole! Chocolate and peanut butter make my world go round.

Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint CookiesWAIT. There’s MORE! Grab a little salt…

Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookiesand sprinkle away! You don’t want too much, but enough to make a slightly salty difference.

Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint CookiesNow, bite into a warm one and let the nutella ooze, baby!  And just like that, my husband can’t live without me.

Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint CookiesThese were so amazing, you guys. Make these asap!

Here’s the printable:

4.5 from 2 votes

Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies are warm peanut butter cookies, stuffed with nutella and sprinkled with a little salt. You'll never want to diet again!
servings 24 small cookies
Prep Time 12 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 22 mins



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • In large bowl, stir peanut butter together with sugar, egg and vanilla until combined.
  • Scoop onto prepared baking sheet using cookie scoop. Bake 10 minutes, until cookies have slightly flattened and are not shiny. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes on baking sheet.
  • Press thumb into the center of the warm cookie or use the back of a utensil to create an indentation. Spoon in 1/2 teaspoon nutella into hole and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve.


Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

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  1. kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    They look amazing. I agree that anything salty sweet can save the world. Nutella, chocolate, you name it! These are so getting made sooner rather than later!!

  2. Michelle

    OH wow. those look so good. I’m on day 16 with no sugar so I should pretty much just stay away from your blog. I hope you post before and afters of your kitchen renovation!

  3. Cheri

    They don’t just look amazing, they are. Yes, I am one of “those” co-workers…thanks for sharing… even if it was (understandably) with regret!

  4. Megan | Eats Daily

    Haha I’m sure your fingers don’t look like Pringles cans, but it sure put a funny image in my head!
    Oh and these look great!

  5. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    That Nutella on top is sucha great idea! I would punch those Bachelor girls in the throat too. #notashamedeither

  6. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    I seriously love these right now. And even more so that you use coarse sea salt because I cannot for the life of me mind fleur de sel anywhere than online.

  7. Rachel @ the Avid Appetite

    Maternity clothes in general are totally worth every penny! You know what else? Appropriate undergarments! I don’t think I’ve ever felt anything as life-changing as upgrading my unmentionables throughout my pregnancy 🙂

    These cookies look AWESOME! Yum!

  8. Carla @ Carlas Confections

    I get cold sores a lot too and they suck 🙁 I hope yours gets better really fast! And same with your renovation 🙂 But make more of these in the meantime and you’ll be golden! They look awesome and I love that they are gluten free! So amazing!!

  9. Rhonda_g

    Those look fantastic!!! And no your fingers aren’t like Pringles cans but more like Vienna sausages you know those little cocktail sausages lol just kidding can’t wait to try these ill probably make them today!

  10. Kristina

    NO I will not make out with you!!

    okay, for these cookies, yeah I would, tu tu tu TODAY, junior!

    I love the added salt… I can almost taste these now – as soon as I get my hands on some nutella I WILL!

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    1. These look amazing and I’m going to add them to my daughter’s birthday party goodies! And 2. I get cold sores too and they make me want to swear too! As soon as I feel that tingle, I take a good L-Lyseine pill. Take 7 of them. They almost always stop from popping out if you catch it early.

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