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Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies with Strawberry Hearts

Whew. I got this in in the nick of time!

Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies

It’s World Nutella Day people! A day to celebrate that wonderfully delicious spread that has caused me to go up many a pants size in my lifetime. I swear, I could be addicted to Nutella. I have it in my cabinet for baking emergencies (like this one) but I never, ever, ever let myself open the jar unless I’m baking with it. It’s too dangerous. One spoonful and I’m done – the jar is gone and I’m sick to my stomach.

I kind of love all these food holidays. It’s just too bad I forget about all of them until it’s (almost) too late. Want to know a few, so you can put them on your calendar?

There’s National Pie Day – January 23

And actual Pi Day – March 14 (I would never, ever, ever forget that one. Be sure to come by that day. I’m having a party.)

National Chocolate Mint Day is on February 19 (which is so weird because that’s Jordan’s birthday and she just asked me for a mint cake – kind of freaky).

National PB&J day is April 2.

May 25 is National Wine Day. (I think I can handle that one.)

National Doughnut Day is June 1, not to be confused with National Jelly Doughnut Day on June 8.

My anniversary, July 22, is National Penuche Fudge Day, which I think I’ll have to celebrate wholly and enthusiastically.

And my birthday is National Pecan Cookie Day, September 21. I’m glad I got a good one and not one like National Acorn Squash Day, which, no offense to all the acorn squashes, just isn’t very fun.

{FYI, you can read a whole list of dates here.}

Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies

Anyway, today is World Nutella Day and I’m celebrating with Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies. You all know how much I love pudding cookies. I’ve made lemon. And Almond Joy. And Fruity Pebble. And I’m not done yet. I’ll never be done.

Adding a box of pudding to a cookie is genius. Nikki is the one that showed me how. They are so easy and they work. Every. Single. Time. Soft, delicious pudding cookies, flavored with whatever flavor of pudding you use and whatever add-ins you like. They stay soft for days, and I’ve never, ever gotten a hard batch. They are pretty much fool-proof. (EXCEPT. Don’t use sugar-free pudding. That can have disastrous consequences. I need to test that in a recipe more before I can allow you to do it.)

I decided on chocolate pudding for these cookies. I added some Nutella, because it’s goooood. The idea for these cookies came to me when I was cruising the Valentine aisle at Target. The Dove candy section jumped out at me. These Strawberry Swirl hearts looked pretty, and I knew they’d add color and good flavor to a chocolate Nutella pudding cookie.

The beauty of this recipe is that, if you can’t find the Strawberry Swirl hearts, you can sub what you do find. Milk or Dark Chocolate. Reese’s Hearts, anyone?

Like with pudding cookies, the options are endless!

Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies

But you have to put Nutella in something today. Because it’s Nutella Day!

What is your favorite way to eat Nutella?

Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies with Strawberry Hearts

Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies with Strawberry Hearts

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 1 package Milk Chocolate & Strawberry Swirl Dove Hearts, unwrapped (Buy 2, just in case.)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Whisk together baking soda, baking powder, and flour and set aside.
  3. Cream together butter, Nutella, and both sugars. Add the pudding package and beat until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour and mix until just combined.
  4. Scoop 1” balls and place on your cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a Dove Heart Promise candy on each cookie. Let cool completely before removing from cookie sheets.

Notes

If you can’t find the Strawberry Swirl Dove candies, try one of their other flavors!

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Other Nutella goodness:

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Sweets from friends:
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68 Responses to “Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies with Strawberry Hearts”

  1. Lisa @ Wine & Glue posted on February 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm (#)

    Dude. I DID need all those on my calendar!! Thanks. And now I need to make these cookies and jump on the pudding bandwagon! (Where did I put my maternity pants . . . )

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 5th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Yes, yes you do. Pudding cookies rock!

      Reply

  2. Trish @ Mom On Timeout posted on February 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm (#)

    I need a calendar with those dates on it – more excuses to bake and, of course, eat bunches of goodies. These look so amazing – I need to start baking with Nutella instead of eating it directly from the spoon…

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 5th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      I know, I need to go through it with a fine tooth comb and add them to my calendar! If only every day was Nutella day…

      Reply

  3. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on February 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm (#)

    Who knew there were so many days dedicated to food??!!?! I need to bookmark a calendar to keep up! Dying over these cookies; you just can’t go wrong with Nutella.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 5th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      No, you really can’t! Thanks Ashley!

      Reply

  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on February 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm (#)

    Love the recipe and I posted something in honor of the holiday too. I love this holiday as well as the ones you listed.

    The pudding cookie trick…I have never made them. Ive made cake mix cookies, and my fave banana bread recipes always include a box of pudding. There is something about how soft & moist it makes bread that’s not able to be duplicated no matter how much sour cream, yogurt, butter, oil, etc I add!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 5th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Ooooh, I just saw you posted baklava. Swoon! I’m headed over now. :) I have to force myself NOT to use pudding in cookies nowadays!

      Reply

  5. Pamela posted on February 5, 2013 at 4:48 pm (#)

    Dorothy these looks so good! I want one right now, chocolate in the middle and Nutella and pudding in the cookie!

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  6. Meg @ Sweet Twist posted on February 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm (#)

    There is an acorn squash day?? too funny.

    Cookies wonderful as always.

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  7. Mom posted on February 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm (#)

    No fair…my birthday is International Gum Drop Day. I really don’t care for gum drops (they don’t come in chocolate flavor)!
    Love, Mom

    Reply

  8. Jayne posted on February 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm (#)

    Ahhh… why didn’t I know about this Nutella Day thing earlier? I would have posted a Nutella recipe on my site. Sigh. Your pudding cookies look so good! Can’t possibly be any easier to make.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 5th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Ha, I figured it out this morning. Thank goodness I had these already made!! :) Pudding cookies are my favorite!

      Reply

  9. Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips posted on February 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm (#)

    I am cracking up right now. 1 – I wrote a post about how I can’t open a jar of Nutella (http://cupcakesandkalechips.com/2012/03/13/chocolate-almond-banana-oatmeal_recip/) 2 – the Chemical Engineer geek in me is so excited you celebrate Pi day. Speaking of Pi, or pie, my birthday is National Bavarian Cream Pie Day and my anniversary is National Soft Ice Cream Day (my fave food everrrr).

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 6th, 2013 at 6:55 am

      Awesome. I want those dates! And yes, Pi day is HUGE in my house. HUGE. When I was a teacher I had a license plate that said ITCHPI because I taught geometry.

      Reply

  10. Kristin posted on February 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm (#)

    Is it weird that I’m bookmarking that website with the dates on it? Every day can be a celebration! Also, is it weird that I’ve actually never HAD nutella?? (Probably)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 6th, 2013 at 6:54 am

      LOL, I need to pin it. That’s my new bookmark…

      Reply

  11. Heather @French Press posted on February 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm (#)

    what cute hearts in the center {the cookies looks great too}

    even with the list – I still am always late to the food holiday

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 6th, 2013 at 6:54 am

      There are just too many to add to the calendar. Which to choose????

      Reply

  12. Sue posted on February 5, 2013 at 8:41 pm (#)

    Oh how I would LOVE to sink my teeth into one(or two) of these! I don’t know if I can keep up with ALL of these food holidays, but Pie Day (3/14) for sure:)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 6th, 2013 at 6:53 am

      Yes, that’s my favorite one! :)

      Reply

  13. MrsCzi posted on February 5, 2013 at 9:58 pm (#)

    They look dangerously good!!

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  14. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on February 6, 2013 at 6:10 am (#)

    One of these days I will sit down and write all the good food days on my calendar…until then I will be rushing to post on time when it works out :-) LOL! I am so glad you are as obsessed with pudding cookies as me…love these Nutella ones so much!!!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 6th, 2013 at 6:51 am

      I know, thank goodness I had these already made! There’s just so many holidays. Which ones to choose????

      Reply

  15. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on February 6, 2013 at 6:54 am (#)

    Omigosh yesss!!! Nutella chocolate pudding cookies sound amazing and the strawberry hearts are adorable and are such a great addition!

    Reply

  16. sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more posted on February 6, 2013 at 7:26 am (#)

    oh they look good and pretty too:)

    Reply

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  18. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection posted on February 6, 2013 at 8:53 am (#)

    Mmmm I love that they have pudding mix and Nutella in them! And the strawberry chocolate hearts are the perfect touch. I’m loving all of the hearts and red things I’m seeing on everyone’s blogs. :)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 6th, 2013 at 9:48 am

      I know, I love this time of year. Pink rules. :)

      Reply

  19. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on February 6, 2013 at 9:17 am (#)

    the pretties cookie award goes to these cookies. :) And any involvement of Nutella in cookies – I am ALL about Dorothy!

    Reply

  20. Jess posted on February 6, 2013 at 9:43 am (#)

    OH my goodness these look amazing! :) I pinned for later!

    Reply

  21. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on February 6, 2013 at 9:48 am (#)

    Mmmmm Nutellaaaa… I’ve been searching FOREVER for those strawberry hearts! I love those and the cherry (raspberry?–I forget) ones. Valentine’s candy rules!

    Reply

  22. Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry posted on February 6, 2013 at 10:29 am (#)

    Somebody needs to create a calendar with all these important food holidays! I had no idea yesterday was World Nutella Day. I’ll have to bake these cookies and make up for lost time.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 6th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      I’d buy that calendar! :)

      Reply

  23. AMy posted on February 6, 2013 at 10:55 am (#)

    I too love pudding cookies! These look great with Nutella. I have made pudding cookies for years, and I always use sugar-free pudding mix in them. I have never had a problem with it!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 6th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Good to know! I have to try it. I had a report on one of my recipes that they used boxes of SF pudding and it didn’t come together. I’ll have to give it a go!

      Reply

  24. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies posted on February 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm (#)

    What! How did I miss nutella day? So sad. I’ll have to drown my sorrow in these super tasty looking cookies to make up for it! (or a spoon right in the jar? Me? no. never.)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 6th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      LOL. A spoon is perfect! :)

      Reply

  25. carrian posted on February 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm (#)

    Alright, these look perfect for a little get together tomorrow night. I’ll let you know how it goes. Woohoo!

    Reply

  26. Loretta / A Finn In The Kitchen posted on February 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm (#)

    A peanut butter cup? I’d love that on these! Happy Nutella day!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 6th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      I know! I want to make them again with those!

      Reply

  27. Tanya posted on February 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm (#)

    Who decides in these days anyway??? I never remember either, I just wait until I see something on Facecook!! I need to pin these sweet little cookies, so I can make them for my sweeties!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 6th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Ha, that’s where I saw Nutella Day. I never remember either!

      Reply

  28. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork posted on February 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm (#)

    May 25th is marked, starred & highlighted in my calendar. :)

    Reply

  29. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on February 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm (#)

    Ok This is crazy. I had no idea it was World Nutella day. Where do you guys find these crazy tid bits of information? What I do know is that I love your cookies! We were on the same wavelength but you Knocked It Out Of The Park! Yum yum yum! Pinned! : )

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 6th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Ha, I figured it out from Facebook! :)

      Reply

  30. Back For Seconds posted on February 7, 2013 at 9:17 pm (#)

    These cookies are SO pretty, Dorothy! I want to reach in and take a few :) i need to check out that calendar!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 8th, 2013 at 6:53 am

      Thank you! I wish you were here to share them with me!

      Reply

  31. Brenda posted on February 7, 2013 at 9:28 pm (#)

    Thank you for the tip about pudding in cookies … I must try it! That calendar is a crack-up … some days have two things to celebrate!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 8th, 2013 at 6:52 am

      They are my favorite cookies!! Thanks Brenda!

      Reply

  32. Aubrey @ Real Housemoms posted on February 9, 2013 at 7:14 am (#)

    I’m addicted to Nutella too! I can’t have it in the house and if it makes its way in I have to hide it behind bags and bags of rice. Then I just cross my fingers. I will be trying these beautiful cookies out.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 9th, 2013 at 8:03 am

      Ha! I do that too. Problem is, I know it’s there… ;)

      Reply

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  37. Jamie posted on January 15, 2014 at 10:49 am (#)

    Do you think pudding would work in gluten free cookies?

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 15th, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      Hmmm Jamie, I’m not sure. I’ve never tried it, and I couldn’t find anything when I googled. Maybe try it on an easy recipe and see what you think? Let me know how it turns out!

      Reply

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  40. Beautiful Cake Pictures posted on March 22, 2014 at 11:36 am (#)

    Love this recipe, my kids devour nutella like crazy, never tried making them cookies with it. They loved it! Beautiful pictures and great recipe!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 22nd, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Awesome! I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

      Reply

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