Easy 5 Ingredient Nutella Cookies with Sea Salt (Gluten Free)

by | Aug 22, 2013 | Cookies & Bars, Desserts, Kid-Friendly | 12 comments

Everyone is obsessed with Nutella these days.  My love of Nutella started when I was a wee kid sneaking scoops of it into my mouth when no one was watching, and old habits die-hard.  I try not to bring a jar into the house too often, because it disappears too fast.  It ends up on my waffles, toast, crackers, in my cupcakes, etc.  But then I discovered this recipe and realized these cookies are probably the ultimate way to enjoy Nutella.

nutella cookie ingredients

The texture of this cookie is dense, fudgy, and chewy and all kinds of amazing.  These cookies remind me of my go-to holiday cookie recipe, chocolate crinkles, which are pretty elaborate and time consuming to make.  It’s kind of unbelievable that these Nutella cookies take all of 30 minutes to prep and bake, and yield such a similarly decadent and beautiful cookie.

nutella cookies 1

Even if you don’t bake, or are new to gluten-free baking, this is definitely a winning recipe to boost your baking confidence.  The sea salt takes these cookies to the next level of delicious.  I brought these to work today to share and they were a huge hit – my colleagues couldn’t tell they were gluten-free, or were so easy to make.  Well, until they read this.

nutella cookie close up

I wish I could take credit for inventing something as wonderful as these cookies, but if you Google ‘Nutella cookies’, you will see that there are a zillion versions of this cookie.  I’m not sure who the original inventor is, but to whoever you are, congratulations and thank you. This gluten-free version is probably one of the best cookies I have ever had.  I realize this is a bold statement, but I have never been as obsessed with a cookie as I am with these.  Except French macaroons, in Paris.

costco Nutella

I used the small jar of Nutella to make this recipe, leaving only a teensy bit behind to enjoy smothered on something the next day.  If I had to make more, I would use this jumbo jar of Nutella that I found at Costco.  With this recipe, I’ve finally found a reason good enough to haul the $30 bulk-sized jar of Nutella home – with this jar I can bake many batches of this delicious cookie to share instead of one tiny batch to devour all myself.

nutella cookie stack

Easy 5 Ingredient Nutella Cookies with Sea Salt (Gluten-Free)

The texture of this cookie is dense, fudgy, and chewy and all kinds of amazing.  These cookies remind me of my go-to holiday cookie recipe, chocolate crinkles, which are pretty elaborate and time consuming to make.  It’s kind of unbelievable that these Nutella cookies take all of 30 minutes to prep and bake, and yield such a similarly decadent and beautiful cookie.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: Bob's Red Mill, chocolate, gluten-free, kid-friendly
Servings: 18 cookies
Author: ness


  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • Flaked sea salt for sprinkling


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add egg and brown sugar to medium mixing bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer for 30 seconds. Add Nutella and flour and beat until combined. Dough will be thick. Cover with plastic wrap and place dough in freezer for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place balls at least 2 inches apart on parchment paper lined baking sheet or ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until just set. Cookies will be soft and a bit gooey looking. Remove from oven and sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool for a minute or two on baking sheet before carefully moving to cooling rack. Store cooled cookies in air tight container.
Recipe adapted from Ambitious Kitchen

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  1. Angela

    Nutella is a staple in my cupboard!!! It’s the only way my kid can eat whole wheat bread ;)… Thanks girl!!! I’ll definitely try this for the next bake sale ;)…. Love you and Miss You!!!

    • Vanessa

      I miss you guys too! PS – Your boys are too cute 🙂

  2. patty

    These look too good to be true. I really want to try these cookies since I love cookies and Nutella. My question is would it work with any type flour? Thank you.

    • vanessa

      Hi! Funny I thought the same thing! I adapted this recipe from a recipe that used all purpose flour so I’m pretty sure that would work.

    • Vanessa

      I haven’t tried it with other flours but Sarah did with all purpose and included her recipe notes 🙂 Good luck!

  3. Sarah

    I made these with normal flour and I baked them for 12 minutes took them out when they were gooey and then put on a cooling rack and they hardened after that. They were delicious!

    • Vanessa

      So glad they turned out finally 😉 Nice to hear they work well with normal flour too! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Mary

    These cookies sound amazing!!! I am using a low carb diet and I have lost 55 pounds (have 20 more to go) I feel re-born!!! Well, I know that probably sounds a little corny, but I really feel so much better (no candy, sodas, juice, potatoes, rice. I do have a piece of whole grain toast once in a while or a low carb tortilla…) Tell me, do you have any idea of the carb count in these cookies? If not I will research, but just wanted to see! I look forward to reading your web/blogs, love the healthy lifestyle that so many are adopting! Oh, am sending much prayer for your Dad, and I mean that. Thanks!

    • ness

      Thanks so much!

  5. LJ

    Great recipe with very consistent results. I hadn’t eaten Nutella since I was a kid, but I made these to take to work, hid them in the cupboard, and they still didn’t even make it out of the house! This time I’ve got a double batch ready to go in the oven!

    • Ness

      Thanks so much! I have a hard time getting them out the door too 🙂

  6. shawn

    just made these tonight and added chocolate chips and toffee chips. THEY ARE AMAZING. They look really pretty too!!! The salt was expensive, but so worth it. They taste fantastic. THANKS!!!



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