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Feb 05

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 heart shaped centers


  • 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 heart shaped chocolate candies, shown: Milk Chocolate & Strawberry Swirl Dove Hearts, unwrapped (Buy 2, just in case.)


  1. Preheat oven to 350Ā°. 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 1ā€ 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.


You don't have to use the Dove candies shown, or even hearts. Use any chocolate candy - a Hershey's Kiss, another Dove flavor, or a peanut butter cup!

Nutella Pudding Cookies with heart shaped candy centers

Other Nutella goodness:

Strawberry Nutella Tart


Peanut Butter Nutella Nutter Butter Pie

Nutella Peanut Butter Pie

Nutella Mousse for Two

Nutella Mousse for two

Sweets from friends:
Malt Whopper Pudding Cookies by Chef In Training
Nutella Brownies from Mother Thyme
Nutella Pudding Cookies by Something Swanky

68 comments on “Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies with Strawberry Hearts

  1. 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 . . . )

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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

  6. There is an acorn squash day?? too funny.

    Cookies wonderful as always.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. I am cracking up right now. 1 – I wrote a post about how I can’t open a jar of Nutella ( 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).

  10. 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)

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

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

  12. 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:)

  13. They look dangerously good!!

  14. 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!!!

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

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  17. 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. :)

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

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

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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.)

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

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

  26. 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!

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

  28. 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! : )

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

  30. 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!

  31. 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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  36. Do you think pudding would work in gluten free cookies?

    • 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!

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

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