Nutella Pumpkin Thumbprint Cookies

by Jennifer on October 2, 2012

in Drop Cookies, Fall Desserts, Halloween Desserts, Nutella Desserts

The best part about coming home after a long weekend away?

Well, other than these guys.

…Tivo marathon!!

There is something magical about scrolling through the Now Playing list and seeing what Tivo has in store for us. It is a veritable gold mine of TV! What do we watch first? Project Runway? Boardwalk Empire? Fox’s Animation Domination wins and we work our way through the Sunday evening cartoons.

We may have gotten a little carried away and I started these cookie at 8pm last night. Oops.

Luckily, they turned out awesome, so I get to share them with you, instead of just pretending that they never happened.

Usually, pumpkin cookies are fluffy and cake-like. There is nothing wrong with that, but I wanted to create a pumpkin cookie with a more chewy, traditional texture. Oh, and I added Nutella, because everything is better with Nutella. Am I right?

4.5 from 2 reviews

  • 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter flavored shortening
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar, plus ½ cup for decoration
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ cup Nutella
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Place ½ cup white sugar into a bowl. Set aside
  2. Whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening, pumpkin, brown sugar, and ½ cup white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs. Stir in the vanilla. Gradually add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture. Dough will be sticky.
  4. Using a cookie scoop, add dollops of dough to the bowl of white sugar. Roll in sugar until completely coated. You can handle the dough after coating in sugar, rolling in your hands to create a smoother cookie.
  5. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on your baking sheet. Do not flatten. Put baking sheet into the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  6. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes. While baking, add ½ cup Nutella to a pastry bag or plastic bag and snip off one of the tips. This will make filling the cookies much easier!
  7. Once cookies are done baking, remove from oven and immediately press into the middle of the cookie with a utensil of your choosing – I found that my ice cream scoop was the perfect size and shape. Then, pipe Nutella directly into the center of each cookie.


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1 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me October 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm

How fun! My pumpkin cookies are always chewy, which like you said, is just fine, but it would be nice to have a more cookie-textured pumpkin treat. Super cute! Also, I similarly do hulu marathons :)


2 Jennifer October 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Thanks, Michelle! We probably spend a little too much time watching TV ;)


3 hani October 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

These sound super yummy and I love the pictures!


4 Jennifer October 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Thank you, Hani!! :) I really love those black cat cookies that you just posted – one of my favorites!


5 Jen @ Savory Simple October 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm

These cookies look incredible!


6 Jennifer October 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Thanks so much, Jen! They are quite yummy :)


7 trish October 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm

oh how delish!! YUM x infinity and beyond!!!!!!!!!!!!


8 Jennifer October 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Thanks, Trish! :)


9 susie October 3, 2012 at 8:06 am

Monday was my TiVo marathon while I decorated cookies. Homeland…the entire first season…I had to see what all the hoopla was about. Not disappointed! Nutella and pumpkin…sounds delicious!


10 Jennifer October 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

I was wondering about Homeland – I was aggravated when it won EVERYTHING at the Emmy’s; I was rooting for my shows! :) But, it must be really good! Now that my husband and I are caught up on Breaking Bad, maybe we should start getting Homeland from Netflix…hmmm…


11 Elizabeth @Food Ramblings October 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Yum! Look cookies with pumpkin, and I am obsessed with nutella :)


12 Jennifer October 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Thanks, Elizabeth! :)


13 Melissa {Simply Sweets by Honeybee} October 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

These look really good! I love pumpkin & Nutella. I have to try them soon.


14 Jennifer October 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Thanks, Melissa! :)


15 Annette November 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm

My dough was awfully sticky. Has anyone tried refrigerating the dough before making it into balls, instead of refrigerating the cookies before baking? Would it have any adverse effect?


16 Jennifer November 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Hi Annette! As I mentioned in the recipe, it is a sticky dough! If you refrigerate the dough before rolling into balls, I imagine the sugar would not stick to the dough as needed. Once you drop the dough into the sugar, it should be quite easy to handle!


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