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Can I interest you in a Nutella cookie?

cooking mess


No takers?

I can’t imagine why…

cooking mess

Are you sure???

All joking aside, I’d hoped to give you a Nutella cookie recipe today. After all, it’s World Nutella Day! But as you can see, this cookie recipe = a major fail. Major. If anyone was under the impression that my recipe experiments always work out on the first try, let the above photos stand as evidence to the contrary Confused smile.

It often takes me two or three (or four or five!) tries before I get something worthy of posting on the site. So I won’t give up on that Nutella cookie recipe yet. Hopefully the next batch you see will look a heckuva lot better than these! (They couldn’t look worse, right?) In the meantime…


Do try this recipe: Healthy Chocolate Nutella.

It’s really quick and easy, much better for you than regular Nutella… and it tastes way better, too! Just don’t turn it into cookies. Trust me. Winking smile

Question of the Day:

Have you had any recipe failures recently?

Tomorrow, I promise to give you a recipe that is not a failure. I’m just deciding which one to post first: Triple Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate-Chip Love Cookies, Raspberry Truffle Ice Cream…

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Claire says:

    Sadly, I love Nutella enough that I am interested in those cookies :). Cant wait for the successful recipe!!

  2. I sometimes don’t think people know how much work goes into getting a great post ready to post! ….Even if this recipe isn’t where it needs to be yet, you’ll get there! :) Happy Sunday!

  3. Denise says:

    I like the concept! Keep creating your beautiful food stuffs Kate, they inspire and delight 😀


  4. Jessica says:

    Aww, thanks for sharing the cookie photo, now I feel less bad when I have recipes that don’t turn out either. It happens to everyone and its comforting that you shared it here.

    I’ll love anything that you post tomorrow, but I’m definitely looking forward to the Triple Chocolate Mousse. Everything I’ve tried on your site has been delicious, but mousse is one of my favourite desserts and I’ve love a healthy, dairy-free recipe from a good source!

  5. Alan Kleesattel says:

    hehehe, they don’t look TOO bad, actually in all honesty they look okay. Don’t give up. Did you try them though?!?!?!? How did they taste?

    1. I did… unfortunately, they tasted super-sticky… and a little bit burnt!

  6. Michelle says:

    I hate when recipes fail…yesterday I kinda failed at your granola bar one but I knew I didn’t put enough agave I think and time was a minute too long…ugh my hubby still usually eats things but I get so mad at myself…silly I kno. I kno you put a lot of work perfecting your recipes…we really appreciate it 😉

  7. Georgia says:

    i’m looking forward to the next batch!


  8. Emma says:

    Chocolate raspberry ice cream!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Ashley says:

    triple chocolate mousse for sure!

  10. Michaela says:

    Usually, I am pretty lucky when it comes to creating new recipes.
    However, the last time I made hummus, I added too much liquid and then decided I could make hummus patties and simply added oats and grated carrots to the mixture. They turned out wonderfully and everybody asked for the recipe 😉
    But your cookies… I hope they at least tasted good 😀
    And I cannot wait to see you on TV, that is soooooooo exciting!

  11. Sapphire says:

    I made a vegetable soup in my slow cooker and made the big mistake at putting in pasta too early and it was absolutely horrible.

    World Nutella Day, eh? My kids (and husband) love Nutella. I’m not so much for it. I prefer maple almond butter myself. Or chocolate almond butter. I’m fixing “brinner” tonight so I am guessing Nutella waffles will be on the menu.

  12. I have a love/hate relationship with nutella, but I might have to celebrate today :)

  13. I’d at least taste the flops 😉 I had a pnb cookie disaster over the holidays, so I rolled the mushy baked cookies into a ball and froze them for nibbling. The sugar was burnt, so the flavor wasn’t that great, but it kind of grew on me. LOL

  14. Chocolate chip love cookies please!!!

  15. Erin says:

    I would still eat those; i’m sure they taste better than they look. 😉 For tomorrow, I vote either mousse or the cookies.

  16. Aja says:

    I can’t wait for the successful recipe. Keep working at it! :)
    I vote for the cookies.

  17. I bet that still taste delicious anyway! Thanks for your honesty, you are a cool chick!

  18. I have been trying to make gluten free, healthier lemon drizzle cupcakes all weekend with sad, soggy results, so your post made me smile. Great to share the flops as well as the fab!

  19. Mich says:

    It took my sis and I 3 tries to get Nutella cookies right. In the end we realized they only need to be in the oven for 4-5 minutes, or they’ll end up breaking your teeth. :/ Good luck with your recipe!!

  20. Steph says:

    Ummm that actually looks really good. Can I have the whole pan and call it one giant cookie?

  21. Well, I failed macarons for the 6th time today. Urggghh! If there aren’t any failures, success wouldn’t mean anything! 😀

  22. emma says:

    I love that you posted a failed recipe – imperfections make people more endearing to me :-) And I already think you’re fab…..and now you’re fabber!! :-)

  23. Amber K says:

    I had a major flop just today. I made a bean dip I found online. While their bean dip came out thick and like refried beans, mine came out like bean soup. If anything I cut back on the amount of liquid they added, so I have no clue what happened!

  24. haha I always have recipe failures! I tried adding xantham gum to a gluten free microwave cupcake recipe, since I’ve seen it in a lot of gluten free recipes, and my cupcake came out like half the size as normal and a weird texture… Haha worth a shot I guess!

  25. Haha oh no! Can’t wait for the recipe 😉

  26. jessica w. says:

    I just made macaroons for the first time, and the third try was finally successful!

  27. Molly Francis says:

    is it weird that they still look delicious to me?? haha…

  28. hahaha awww, it happens to the best of us, Katie! You should have seen my gluten-free vegan pecan pie I made at Christmas…I worked so hard on it, and the whole thing ended up being a giant mess when I tried to bake it. We can’t be perfect, it happens 😉

  29. Oh we all have fails… I try to save them but sometimes it’s just impossible. I hate it though because I see all that precious sugar and nutella or peanut butter or whatever it is in just a soupy pile and I want to lick the cookie sheet…or at least figure out what I did wrong so I don’t have a fail repeat.

  30. Ann says:

    Thanks for sharing your “failures” as well as your successes. I often feel discouraged when adapting/making new recipes and it’s good to know that even superstar food bloggers like yourself run into trouble sometimes! Now if I could only convince my kids to eat less-than-perfect products…

    1. Oh goodness, if only I could show you all the failures I have! There are a lot!

      But sometimes, failures turn into something awesome… like when I tried to make granola bars and ended up with really good cookies instead! 😉

  31. Sara says:

    … I’d eat it.

  32. They still look good to me! And by the way, I made your pb cookies (for about the 20th time) with Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter and they were immense :-)

  33. Sassy Stephanie says:

    Hey, I would still scarf ’em down! I’ve made some before with nothing but Nutella and an egg. Comes out sooooo yummy. Like the crisp and chewy edges of a brownie.

  34. I always mess up with recipes on the first time – more so with baking than cooking!

  35. sharon says:

    Maybe you should go for nutella bars instead of cookies. To my way of thinking…it’s not so much if it looks like a cookie but does it taste like one? :)

  36. Selina says:

    chocolate chip love cookies please!!

  37. Kat says:

    I know about recipe failures. I made your sugar free chocolate chip cookie dough dip. It was horrible. I thought I could salvage it and possibly make cookies by adding oats and baking them for 10-15 mins at 350. They came out ok because the chocolate was warm and melty and masked the flavor a bit, but I tried one cold and it was disgusting. I’m annoyed that a whole can of chickpeas was wasted. Good thing only 1/3 cup of chocolate chips was wasted in this recipe.

    1. S. says:

      Why on earth would someone write such a rude and nasty comment? :(

      1. S. says:

        Plus, I’ve made that recipe a million times now, and it rocks. Really rocks. It sounds like YOU did something wrong, because there’s nothing wrong with the recipe. So don’t go blaming the recipe for your wasted chickpeas :(.

  38. Eek–I hope that didn’t drip into your oven! Burnt cookie is a mess to clean up!

  39. Albizia says:

    I ruined the same soup twice because my mother forgot to share a tiny detail when she save me the recipe. I was just starting to think that I was a hopeless idiot when she finally told me what was wrong :) .

  40. Fortunately no! Sorry your cookies didn’t turn out so good-looking. I’m sure they would have tasted good though. You can’t go wrong with Nutella! I didn’t know it was nutella day. Happy nutella day! I coincidentally did have pretzels with nutella though. I must have a 6th sense! :)

  41. Hannah says:

    I fail with recipes all the time! Last night I tried to make an alfredo pizza without a recipe- but the sauce was too thin (and I stupidly didn’t attempt to thicken it), I added too much, the crust was too thin at the center of the pizza… I ended up eating it with a fork in a very pasta-fashion until I got to the crust (which were kind of breadstick-y I suppose?)!

  42. I can’t wait to try your Nutella cookies (I would try those in the pic)!

    I made your chocolate chip cookie dough last night (a double batch) for a small group fellowship this afternoon and a superbowl party tonight. It was a big hit!!!

  43. Katie says:

    I adore the fact that you posted pics of your “failed” recipe (even though I’m sure they still tasted delicious!) I can understand wanting to show pretty food pictures of successful recipes, but the truth is, when most people try experimenting it’s tough to get it perfect on the first (or tenth) try! Thanks for reminding me that it’s a good thing to take risks and try new recipe combinations….we’d never discover the good stuff without all the experiments. Keep up the good work and looking forward to the next recipe:) Ps – I’m already working on batch #2 of your healthy nutella, definitely a favorite!

    1. I definitely didn’t want to lead anyone on… People need to know that it’s perfectly ok to fail at a recipe sometimes. It doesn’t make you a bad cook, and it’s nothing to get upset over. (Ok, so I was a *tad* upset having to clean that giant Nutella mess! But at least I got a fun story out of it ;).)

  44. Rachel says:

    I’d still try them =)

  45. Sarah says:

    recipe failure: I dropped a whole bowl of your cookie dough dip onto the floor right after I finished making it. mega sadness.

    1. LOL oh no!

      Sometimes I drop chocolate on the floor… is it bad that I always eat it anyway? 😉

  46. vogelstar says:

    They actually don’t look that bad, maybe a bit squished :)
    Some of the ugliest food I have made has been the tastiest

  47. Alexz says:

    That’s a cruel cruel joke! I got really excited!

  48. Emma says:

    Ahahaha that’s great! The same thing happened when I tried using Nutella instead of peanut butter in the 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies (1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg). I think the millk in the Nutella caused them to run all over the place.

    If you wanted to be super sickeningly cute (a la Rachel Ray) you could call them “Not-ella” cookies.

  49. LizAshlee says:

    Ah yes…of course! My pancake fell apart the other day..I didn’t have a small enough spatula to flip it..fell to pieces, but made a pancake truffle so it turned’ll get it next time!

  50. Jade C says:

    Heyy Katie,
    Good luck with perfecting the recipe!!
    I was wondering, did you just try to make PB cookies but replace the PB with your “Nutella”?? Just wondering ;).
    I don’t know if you’re heard of these,
    they’re kinda new, but I think a “Nutella” cookie based on them would be awesome!! I know you could healthy-fy and improve these ((probably using about 1/4 the ingredients I bet!!)). Just an idea!!..

    ((P.S. – Sorry the link goes to Youtube – it was the only info on them that I could find online!! It’s basically a chocolate-filled cookie..))

    1. Jade C says:

      Also, sorry about the video – it’s the one they’re advertising at the moment and I think it’s ridiculous!!

  51. Jenny says:

    My friend, her husband and I tried to make Nutella cookies a few years ago and they came out just terrible. I mean really, really bad. We ended up pouring the huge amount of leftover batter into a cake pan and baked that. It became a terrible cake. Her husband ate it all, though, because he said it wasn’t too bad and he hates wasting food. Looking forward to successful Nutella cookies!

  52. I love that you post about your fails too. We all have fails in the kitchen and it happens to the best of us! Why not share it?! I have had a few fails recently but I can’t actually remember what they were… haha, guess I blocked them out.

  53. I would still eat those cookies. They look better than a lot of the stuff I make at home. Anything made with Nutella… Yum! Going to check out the home made Nutella recipe now!

  54. Mozzie says:

    well, to tell you the truth i have really bad luck with the frosting shots recipe – but i’m still working on coconut milk, don’t worry 😀

  55. Ok, I would still eat those!! The entire pan. Not kidding.

  56. Laura says:

    Did you try making chocolate cookies with finely chopped hazelnuts, topped with nutella?

    1. That sounds like a great idea… or oh wow, you’ve got me thinking. What about nutella-stuffed chocolate cookies??? Thanks, Laura!