Shortbread cookies around the holidays are an absolute must! These Shortbread Cookie Sandwiches are light, buttery, and filled with Nutella for added sweetness. This Christmas cookie recipe is great to make for Santa or your family.
It’s cookie-baking season! I look forward to the Christmas Cookie Exchanges and endless Christmas holiday parties. With the jump from Halloween straight to Christmas (Thanksgiving gets no love), I am totally into holiday-baking mode and experimenting with different treats I can share with all of you! I am getting started with sharing this Shortbread Cookie Sandwich with Nutella recipe. I also believe these cookies are called “Yo-Yo’s” due to the look of the cookie.
The star of these sandwich cookies is Nutella. I’ve used this hazelnut chocolate spread in a few recipes, such as Pumpkin Nutella Brownies and Chocolate Nutella Baby Cakes, which are small cakes made of chocolate and Nutella in batter and frosting.
How to make these Shortbread Cookie Sandwiches
Like most of the recipes on my blog, the recipe for these simple cookies is pretty straightforward.
- You begin by combining the ingredients to make the cookies (i.e., the butter, flour, extracts, sugar, egg, and baking powder). Combine the ingredients in a bowl of a stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer. Once the ingredients form a dough, you will use your hands to form a ball.
- When ready to bake the cookies, roll the chilled dough (if that is what you decided to do) onto a flat-floured surface to about ¼ inch thick. You can use a simple round cutter or a Christmas cookie cutter if you would like to make the cookies more festive. Bake in a preheated oven of 350 degrees.
- Once the cookies have been baked, allow them to cool completely and smooth about a tablespoon of Nutella onto one of the cookies and add another cookie, making a sandwich!
PRO TIP: A good thing about this recipe is you do not have to put the dough in the refrigerator. However, it is a pro tip to wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and chill it in the fridge for at least an hour. Chilling the dough and then baking the cookies will make the cookie chewy.
You can decorate the cookies however you like. I’ve dusted them with powdered sugar and even drizzled more Nutella on top before. But you can add sprinkles or other festive edible Christmas cookie decorations! Whatever you decide to do, I am sure they will be a batch of perfect cookies for Santa!
What I love about this recipe is that the cookie itself isn’t very sweet. This is a great holiday cookie option that is simple to make and perfectly balanced with sweetness, crispness, and a slightly soft interior.
Recipe partially adapted from Taste of Home Holiday Cookies magazine
Commonly Asked Questions
No. In fact, I never recommend using margine in any cookie recipe because it also contains oil, which can make the cookie goopy and oily.
Yes! You may want to allow it to sit out at room temperature a bit before you begin workingthe dough into cookies. But that is an option.
Yes! You can use dulce de leche or a fruit preserve would do well such as cherry, raspberry, or apricot.
How to Make Christmas Cookie Boxes
For a list of cookies to include in your cookie boxes, click the link below!
Shortbread Sandwich Cookies with Nutella
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Yield: 24–28 1x
These Shortbread Sandwich Cookies with Nutella are a perfect holiday cookie that everyone will enjoy. It is a buttery shortbread cookie with Nutella filling to give a sweet touch!
- 1 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened (3 sticks butter)
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp. Milk
- 1 tsp. Almond extract
- 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 c. All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp. Baking powder
- 1 c. chocolate hazelnut spread
- Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees
- In a large bowl, using a handheld or standing mixer, add the butter and blend with sugar until light and fluffy.
- Next, add the egg, milk, almond, and vanilla extract, and mix them.
- In a separate large bowl, combine the dry ingredients of flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together. Add the flour mixture, one cup at a time into the wet ingredients. A form of dough will form.
- Turn the dough onto a lightly floured service. Use a rolling pin and roll the dough out into a rectangle stretch about 11 inches by 8.
- Use a cookie cutter and cut it into even pieces. Place cookies onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or wax paper. Place the cookies about an inch and a half apart and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool, and place them on a baking rack.
- Once the cookies have cooled, spread the chocolate hazelnut spread on one cookie and join it with another cookie. Serve as desired.
- NOTE: You can also use a cookie press for this recipe to make different shapes as well.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Category: Desserts
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: nutella stuffed cookies, nutella shortbread cookies, nutella christmas cookies, nutella butter cookies
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