Nutella Waffle Sandwich Cookies

Nutella Waffle Sandwich Cookies #recipe

There’s no need to sugarcoat the inspiration behind these cookies. The truth is, they were a total accident.

I had originally intended to use this waffle cone recipe to create homemade fortune cookies, but a half dozen attempts and a pile of misshaped cookies later, I wised up to the fact that I needed a thinner batter. I’m not one to waste food, so while staring down a stack of the crunchy, golden brown rounds, inspiration struck and I made a mad dash for my pantry. When life gives you excess waffle cone batter, make waffle cone wafers … and then sandwich those wafers together with a thick slathering of creamy Nutella.

Best of all, these no-bake cookies are made on a panini press. Remember the Homemade Mini Ice Cream Drumsticks? Same recipe, different technique. A cookie cutter ensures uniform rounds, leaving you with leftover crunchy bits to use as an ice cream topper or to eat straight from the bowl.

Nutella Waffle Sandwich Cookies

Nutella Waffle Sandwich Cookies

Nutella Waffle Sandwich Cookies

Nutella Waffle Sandwich Cookies

Nutella Waffle Sandwich Cookies

Nutella Waffle Sandwich Cookies

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Nutella Waffle Sandwich Cookies

Yield: 1 dozen sandwich cookies

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 2 min


1 cup heavy cream
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ cups powdered sugar
1½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Equipment: a panini press; a 2-inch circular cookie cutter


In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream with the vanilla extract on medium-high speed until mousse-like, about 5 minutes.

Sift together the powdered sugar, flour, cinnamon and cornstarch in a separate bowl then gently fold the dry mixture into the wet until it is fully incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Heat the panini press to medium-high heat (or 375°F).

Place a heaping tablespoon of batter in the center of the panini press, close the lid and cook the waffle for about 90 seconds.

Quickly remove the waffle from the press and use a circular 2-inch cookie cutter to cut out rounds. Set the waffle cone cookies aside to cool.

Once the waffle cone cookies have cooled, spread one side of a cookie with Nutella and top with a second waffle cone cookie to form sandwiches.

Kelly's Notes:

It's important to work quickly with the waffle cookies when they're hot off the panini press. They'll harden and break into pieces if you wait too long to cut out the rounds.

Waffle cone recipe adapted from Panini Happy.


82 Responses to “Nutella Waffle Sandwich Cookies”

  1. #

    LOVE this idea!

  2. #
    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — April 4, 2012 at 8:53 am

    These are so adorable! And the look delicious! How fun!!!

  3. #
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — April 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

    my kids would love these! These are terrific for a party too!

  4. #
    Maria — April 4, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Awesome cookies!

  5. #
    Grishma @ZaikaZabardast — April 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

    love love love it. Especially because you used no eggs :))

  6. #
    Cassie — April 4, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Oh goodness, Kelly, these are so creative. I am going to check out the homemade fortune cookies too. What a great idea!

  7. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Talk about the best accident EVER!! Anything with Nutella is a total win. Found these through Pinterest :)

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — April 4th, 2012 @ 11:22 am

      Welcome, Megan! Thanks so much for checking out the site and I’m thrilled to have found your blog as well :)

  8. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — April 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I wish my accidents in the kitchen turned out like this :) These look ah-mazing!

  9. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — April 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    best.accident.ever!! these look so amazing, Kelly!! I’d eat so many of these sandwiches!!

  10. #
    Ann — April 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Wow – this is absolutely BRILLIANT! Sometimes happy accidents yield the best results! BRAVO!

  11. #
    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — April 4, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    What a happy accident! These look insanely good, and so pretty too. Yum.

  12. #
    Sarah — April 5, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Love it! I’ll put caramel in the center:)

  13. #
    Marge @ A Sweet and Savory Life — April 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Kelly, these look incredible– like my dream cookie. Crisp and creamy and chocolatey and nutty all at once. It was a mistake coming here hungry, I know. But now all I want is a big plate of these to gorge on. (please don;t tell the diet police!)

  14. #
    R — April 6, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Does anyone know if they taste as good the next day?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — April 6th, 2012 @ 8:09 am

      If you’d like to enjoy the cookies a day after making them, I’d suggest making the wafers and storing them in an airtight container. When ready to serve, spread on the Nutella and sandwich them together. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by the site!

  15. #
    Diana @ Appetite for China — April 6, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I love how you captured the gooey-ness of the Nutella in the photos. You have me craving dessert before 10am!

  16. #
    SharkCrossing — April 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Still need to try this … Usually I just go at nutella jar with a spoon. Just wanted to say that linked this to Pinterest this am & got an instantaneous overwhelming repin activity!

  17. #
    Javelin Warrior — April 13, 2012 at 8:47 am

    These are very creative sandwiches and I love the share an texture achieved by pressing them… I am featuring this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It’s a pleasure to be following your creations…

  18. #
    Carrie@Bakeaholic Mama — April 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Wow this is such a great idea!!

  19. #
    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — April 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    SO beautiful! I love the idea of keeping the cookie simple so you can really taste the Nutella. Too many nutella recipes make it tough to actually taste the nutella.

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — April 19th, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

      I couldn’t agree more, Jen! Thanks for stopping by!

  20. #
    Melanie — April 19, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    This is genius. I just drooled. And pinned it! I also agree with Jen. Love that the nutella stays the primary flavor!

    Style to Stage

  21. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Repinned! Excellent idea and way to be creative and not waste anything. I try to do the same when things don’t go as planned!

  22. #
    Becky @ PreppyPremed — April 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    This is a perfect end-of-the-year cooking experiment for my roommate and I to try.

    We have a panini press. We have a jar of nutella that needs to be used.
    Basically, this is going to happen!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — April 20th, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

      I love your enthusiasm, Becky! Please let me know how they turn out and have a wonderful weekend!

  23. #
    J ... semplicemente ... J — April 21, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Everything tastes great with Nutella … these look yummy!

  24. #
    Christina — April 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Do you think I could use a George Foreman grill instead of panini press?

  25. #
    Brandie @ Home Cooking Memories — April 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    They look simply beautiful! What a perfect idea.

  26. #
    Chelsie — May 12, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Do you think it will work on Foreman Grill?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 12th, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

      Hi Chelsie! I’ve never used a Foreman Grill, so I cannot say for certain. As long as it can reach 375°F, my guess is that it would still work. Hope this helps!

  27. #
    Jane — May 27, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    can anything substitute heavy cream? probably not huh

  28. #
    Laura — July 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    You had me at Nutella. We are having a girls night out tonight and these are on the menu. Thanks for the recipe. We are convinced that girls night out is the only way to spend Friday the 13th

  29. #
    Melissa — August 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I do not have a panini press. Could you use a regular waffle iron?

  30. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — September 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    LOVE this Kelly! I am making a Nutella Marble Poundcake this week for my bookclub on Thursday and this recipe made me even more excited to bake it! Very creative :)

  31. #
    Doris — January 6, 2013 at 5:46 am

    I don’t have a panini press. What’s a suitable substitute?

  32. #
    David Crichton — May 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    Just found your amazing blog. I want to make some malt flavoured waffles, to go with a maple miso ice cream, I don’t have a panini or waffle iron. Will the mixture cook like a pancake?


    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 26th, 2013 @ 10:20 am

      Thanks, David! I’ve never tried cooking this batter like a pancake so I can’t say for sure, however this batter is much thicker than pancake batter.

  33. #
    marla — May 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    These are so fun!!

  34. #
    Noha — June 18, 2013 at 6:45 am

    these look sooo yummyyy, will try them for sure
    But can the dough be frozen for later use?

  35. #
    Bobbie — July 19, 2013 at 10:47 am

    This site has your entire recipe and pictures, just fyi.

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — July 19th, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

      Thanks so much for the heads up, Bobbie! Emailing them now :)

  36. #
    KayleneP — July 29, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    What a great accidental recipe, they look so good. I’m sure they wont be made by accident in the future!

  37. #
    leslie — September 29, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Hi I don’t have a panini press do you think I could use my george foreman grill??


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