vanilla nutella butterball cookies.

i’m still testing recipes to get ready for holiday baking.  a lot of stuff going on these past two weeks + stupid daylight savings = not a lot of light to take pictures.  it’s so funny to me that a lot of people tend to have things going on every weekend in summer, non-stop.  for me, that doesn’t start until fall.  once september hits, it feels like there’s no stopping until february. 

these cookies have a lot of steps to them {especially for having so few ingredients} so there’s a lot of photo opportunity.  i don’t know why, but i really enjoyed photographing them { and  had a hard time eliminating pictures, hopefully you enjoy them as much as i do.  { and } the cookies.  wow.  melt in your mouth.  delicious.  most definitely staying on the list.  damn that nutella.  it’ll get you every time.


















i make my own tags with a stamp my sister gave me for christmas last year {find it here}.


vanilla nutella butterball cookies.

adapted from gale gand’s mary’s butterballs recipe.
yields 24 sandwiched cookies.


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup nutella
  • 2 cups vanilla sugar for drenching


  1. in a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until it’s light { and } fluffy, 5 minutes.  mix in the granulated sugar { and } vanilla.  when the mixture is well blended add the flour { and } mix until it forms a dough. 
  2. wrap the dough in plastic wrap { and } chill overnight. 
  3. take small pieces of dough { and } roll into small balls, chill the dough balls in the freezer for 1 hour. 
  4. preheat oven to 375°f.
  5. bake for 10-12 minutes on parchment lined cookie sheets, 2 inches apart.  remove from the oven { and } let cool on pans on wire racks. 
  6. spread or pipe nutella on the center of the flat side of the cooled cookies, not going all the way to the edge {you don’t want the nutella to ooze out of the sandwiched cookie}, { and } sandwich with another cookie. 
  7. dip the sandwiched cookie in vanilla sugar, coating well. 

20 thoughts on “vanilla nutella butterball cookies.

  1. I was so in the mood to bake all day today and couldn’t figure out what to make! Now I know:) I’m so excited I’m off work tomorrow so I can make the dough tonight and make cookies for tomorrow, although I think I’m going to skip the nutella (crazy, I know) and use jam instead…or maybe half and half!! Thanks for sharing

  2. I love this post. This is my first time to this site. I am so inspired, not only to make the cookies, but to take more pictures of food. I really love what you did with the pictures.

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