Peanut Butter Nutella Thumbprint Cookie Recipe (Nutella Mud Puddles)

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Peanut butter Nutella thumbprint cookies are easy to make and the most amazing chocolate and peanut butter combination of flavors. 

Chocolate and peanut butter pair perfectly in peanut butter Nutella thumbprint cookies.

I've already established my deep affection for the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, and nowhere is it more delicious than in the Nutella Mud Puddle cookies I made for the Mud Pie Bakery party.

Peanut Butter Nutella Thumbprint Cookies on a white serving tray.

To come up with this cookie, I combined classic technique for making jam thumbprint cookies with my favorite, tried-and-true peanut butter cookie recipe.

Peanut Butter Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

Peanut butter cookie dough being rolled in sugar.

Start by mixing up a batch of peanut butter cookie dough.  Nothing beats the winner of the Peanut Butter Cookie edition of The Hungry Games!  Roll balls of the dough in sugar, just as you would to make standard peanut butter cookies.

Balls of peanut butter cookie dough on a baking sheet.

But instead of pressing them down into that distinctive criss-cross pattern with a fork, bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit in this ball shape for 8 minutes (two fewer minutes than you'd usually bake them).

Peanut butter cookies being shaped into thumbprint cookies to be filled with nutella.

After 8 minutes, pull the pan out of the oven, and, moving quickly, create indentations in the center of the cookie, using the back side of a spoon, or the same cookie scoop you used to form the balls of dough.  Put the cookies back in the oven for the remaining two minutes of baking.

Nutella in a disposable piping pastry bag.

The easiest way to add the Nutella to the centers of the cookies was by piping it in with a disposable pastry bag.  I always have these bags on hand, but if you don't, you could easily just put the Nutella in a small ziplock bag and snip off the corner.  It'll work exactly the same way.

Peanut Butter Nutella Thumbprint Cookies on a baking sheet.

When the cookies are fully baked, remove from the oven to cool and fill the depressions with utterly delicious Nutella.  Nutella is always yummy, but combining it with really fabulous peanut butter cookies...heaven!

Peanut Butter Nutella Thumbprint Cookies on a white tray.

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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