3-Ingredient Nutella Cookies: the Recipe for Quick and Easy Delicious Cookies!

Total time: 25 min.
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 10 people
By Cookist

There are many different types of 3-ingredient cookies, and there is a good reason for this. It’s quick and easy to make, and you can have delicious cookies without having a massive pantry. For these 3-ingredient cookies, you will need all-purpose flour, hazelnut cream (like Nutella), and an egg. That’s all! Simply mix together the ingredients, form balls, and bake. The cooled cookies are filled with more hazelnut cream and then sprinkled with a selection of hazelnut grains, pistachio grains, and coconut flakes. Whether you're a seasoned baker or just starting out, these 3 ingredient cookies are sure to bring a smile to your face and satisfy your sweet tooth.

What Are 3-Ingredient Cookies?

Three-ingredient cookies combine the best of simplicity and resourcefulness. With only 3 ingredients, you can make delicious crispy cookies in no time…who doesn’t love that? The most popular 3-ingredient cookies are without a doubt, peanut butter cookies, usually made with sugar, egg, and peanut butter. The cookies gained popularity in the 20th century, making it easy for home bakers to bake a delicious cookie without lots of ingredients.  These days, you can get all kinds of 3-ingredient cookies, including this one made with only all-purpose flour, hazelnut cream, and egg.


  • Don’t have Nutella? Any hazelnut cream spread will work.
  • To make equally sized balls, use an ice cream scoop or melon baller.
  • To indent the cookies, you can use your thumb or the back of a wooden spoon.
  • To make the hazelnut cream easy to work with, make sure it’s at room temperature. This will make it more pliable.
  • Spray your measuring cup with cooking oil spray before using, this will make the hazelnut spread easy to remove!
  • Eggs should be at room temperature!

What Can I Add to 3-Ingredient Cookies?

  • Instead of sprinkling the cookies with nuts, you can drizzle the cookies with melted chocolate.
  • Instead of using hazelnut cream, you can use dulce de leche for the filling.
  • Make a vanilla buttercream, and use it for the filling.
  • Add mini chocolate chips to the cookie dough.

Can you Freeze 3-Ingredient Cookies?

Yes, you can! Unfilled cookies are perfect for freezing. Wrap the cookies tightly with plastic wrap, or place them in an airtight container, and freeze them for up to 3 months.

Can I use plain flour instead of all-purpose flour?

Yes! You can use either cake flour, bread flour, or all-purpose flour. Make sure not to use self-rising flour, which contains rising agents.

Can I Make 3-Ingredient Cookies in Advance?

Yes, to make these in advance, mix the dough and form the balls. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake them.

How to Store the Cookies?

Place the cookies in an airtight container and store them at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Hazelnut cream
200g (3/4 cup)
1 egg
All purpose flour
160g (1 1/4 cups)
Hazelnut cream
hazelnut grains
pistachio grains
Coconut flakes

How To Make 3-Ingredient Cookies

In a bowl add the hazelnut cream and egg and mix to combine.

Add the flour and continue mixing.

When the dough starts to form knead it with hands to obtain compact dough.

Take the mixture with your hands and obtain the small balls.

Transfer them to the baking tray covered with parchment paper.

Use the back of a wooden spoon to make indentations in the cookies.

Bake at 180°C/360°F for 10 minutes.

Let the cookies cool after baking and then fill them with the hazelnut cream.

Decorate with hazelnut grains, pistachio grains, and coconut flakes and serve.


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