Coming from an Italian household, we always had Nutella on hand. Whenever a chocolate craving struck, I would grab a spoon and tuck into a jar of delicious chocolate-hazelnut heaven. Since then, I have upgraded on my Nutella snack with a recipe so easy and simple, you can make it in minutes! I am so excited to share my recipe for these easy 3 ingredient Nutella cookie cups with you. These are like nothing you have ever tried before, you won’t believe how quickly these come together, yet how impressive they look. The best part is, these 3 ingredients are likely things you already have in your kitchen! I also show you an option to add in a 4th ingredient when it comes to decorating these cups, as they are perfect to bring to any event and impress your family and friends with. I have filmed this recipe that you can watch HERE to see how it’s done, but here is the written recipe:
Cookie Cup Ingredients:
1 Cup (275g) Nutella *+ approx. 1/4 Cup extra for filling
1 Large Egg (45g)
3/4 Cup Flour (105g) *I used all-purpose Flour
*Optional Decorating Ingredients:
Flaked Salt or Chocolate to melt & drizzle
Cookie Cup Instructions:
Preheat your oven to 350F (or 175C).
In a medium sized bowl add in 1 cup of Nutella, as well as 1 large egg. Give this a whisk with either an electric mixer, or you can do this by hand. This takes about 1 minute, you looking to incorporate the egg and Nutella until this looks shiny and fully combined.
Next add the 3/4 cup of flour to the medium bowl with the Nutella and egg, and lightly mix until the flour is just combined. This takes less than a minute, and you can switch your electric mixer for a simple spatula. You do not want to over-mix this dough. Your mixture will look a bit sandy or grainy, but you can pack this down and see how the mixture sticks together.
Ta-da! Your cookie cup batter is done! Now you will need to fill a mini-cupcake or muffin tin with this batter. I use a non-stick cupcake tin, if you are worried that yours is not non-stick you can simply spray each cavity with oil or butter, or you can use mini cupcake or muffin liners.
I use a tablespoon as a rough measurement, so scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the cookie dough, roll it into a ball with your clean hands, then gently place this ball into the cavity of your mini cupcake/muffin tin, and lightly press it down. You want each crevice to be filled to the top. This makes 12 mini Nutella cookie cups.
At this stage you do not need to do anything else but place this into your 350 oven for 14 to 16 minutes, or until the dough slightly puffs up and crinkles.
As soon as the cookie cups come out of the oven you will need to make a small indentation. I like to use a melon baller, but if you don’t have that you can use a little teaspoon or the back of a spoon. We are just looking to make a small indentation in our dough so that we can later fill this crevice with Nutella. You can see me do this here. Since the dough is hot, you only have to press lightly to make this indentation in your dough.
Allow your dough to cool in this mini pan for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes you can gently remove these cookie cups from the mini muffin tin, simply take a toothpick to the side of the cookie cups, and gentle prod the cups out. They should come out very easily if your tray was non-stick. You can see me do this HERE. I like to use a toothpick rather than a knife, because these are quite delicate and mini.
When I take out each cookie cup I then place them onto parchment paper to cool for an additional 10 minutes.
After the additional 10 minutes of cooling, you are now ready to pipe in some Nutella in each crevice we made by indenting our warm dough. Simply use a piping bag, or you can even use a sturdy zip-lock back, and fill it with approx. 1/4 cup of Nutella. Pipe in about 1 tsp of Nutella, or until the cookie cup is full. Be generous with your Nutella 🙂
You are technically now done, and you can eat these right away! If you would like to decorate these cookie cups, they will be even more lovely, and technically this is the 4th ingredient! I like to decorate these with either flaked salt, or a melted chocolate drizzle.
If you are using flaked salt, I love the Maldon Flaked Sea salt, it looks so lovely on top, and the thick flecks of salt stick nicely to the creamy Nutella. Simply sprinkle on the salt and enjoy 🙂
If you would like to pipe melted chocolate drizzle on top, you will need to melt your chocolate. I used about 1/2 cup, and melted it in the microwave for 30 seconds, gave it a stir, next 20 seconds, gave it a stir, and finally 10 seconds and stirred. If your chocolate isn’t fully melted simply microwave it in increments of 10 seconds, and stir until fully melted. Next place this in either a piping bag, or zip-lock bag, and cut a very tiny tip off. The smaller the better, as chocolate drizzle always looks more elegant drizzled with the tiniest of tips. You can see me do this HERE. I like a small drizzle. You can use dark, or milk chocolate to give these cups a nice chocolate feel, or you can use white chocolate like I did for a nice contrast.
Additionally, I also coloured my white chocolate a light shade of pink using pink gel food colouring. This is optional, but it is also fun to play with coloured chocolate to give these cookie cups a personal touch, and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought it was a cute idea. Simply add the tiniest amount of food colouring to your melted white chocolate and stir. I used a toothpick to add the food colouring, as a little goes a long way, but if you want a more vibrant colour simply add more colouring.
However way you serve these, either plain, with flaked salt, or melted chocolate, these are as lovely as they are delicious, and they could not be easier to make. I love that these are small batch cookie cups, but if you would like to make more, you can easily double this recipe.
I am happy to share my incredible Nutella Cookie Cup recipe with you all, and if you enjoyed this 3 ingredient small-batch recipe please let me know 🙂 Happy baking to you! If you would like to see a video on exactly how I make my 3 ingredient Nutella Cookie Cups, you can watch me make them HERE.
Love: Lisa (@ladolcelisa)