• Cooking Time: 12
  • Servings: 60
  • Preparation Time: 15


  • 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄3 cup (5 1⁄3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Nutella


  • Beat butter and sugars in a large bowl until well blended
  • Beat in egg, peanut butter and vanilla
  • Add flour and baking soda and add in parts
  • Stir in the flour mixture until blended.
  • Shape into 1-inch balls and arrange about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. (I have made these larger, too, with no ill effects)
  • Press flat with a bottom of glass coated in butter
  • "Schmear" Nutella over top of each cookie (as desired)
  • Bake, 1 sheet at a time, about 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand briefly, then remove to a rack to cool.
  • These cookies are quite fragile until they cook a bit. Don't try to remove them from the pan too soon or they may break apart.
  • The Nutella turns into a fudgy frosting on top of each cookie


I have been making these peanut butter cookies for years, but after a recent trip visiting family in Sicily I came up with this wonderful addition -- a Nutella icing that bakes right onto the cookie. I don't know why I hadn't thought of this before, but now I will make a batch of each -- one with and one without the Nutella -- each time.

Categories: Christmas  Cookies 

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