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

Grab your panini press and satisfy your sweet tooth with this recipe for Nutella Waffle Sandwich Cookies.
5 from 1 vote
Nutella Waffle Sandwich Cookies #recipe
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 32 mins
Servings 12 sandwich cookies


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Nutella
  • 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.
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Waffle cone recipe adapted from Panini Happy.

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Calories: 187kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 8mg, Potassium: 31mg, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 290IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 0.7mg

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  1. These look wonderful and involve two favorite things: waffle cones and Nutella. Quick question: Your recipe lists “cook time” as “2 minutes”. But if I’m making 24 wafers (for 12 sandwich cookies) and each wafer takes 90 seconds (1.5 minutes), shouldn’t the cooking time be listed as 36 minutes?

  2. You could use a small or med fruit baller to make these, they would all be the same size, and would cut out the extra step of having to form them all the same size. Great idea!! I’ll bet these are delish!!

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

  4. 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?


    1. 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.

  5. 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 :)

  6. 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

    1. 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!

  7. 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!

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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!

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

    1. 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!

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

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

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

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