M&M and Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

Nutella brings back so many memories for me. I think back to my childhood years. Those Saturday mornings, eating toast with Nutella spread all over it, while watching Transfromers, The Mighty Hercules (Herc Herc!), HeMan and the Masters of the Universe, The Flinstones, The Jetsons and more! Those were some good times. Now I have kids and they also love Nutella. Sometimes I will have a slice of toast along with them and the memories come right back. I love it!

Today, I was craving some thumbprint cookies. These cookies, also known as bird’s nests, have been around for decades and get filled with many different toppings. I had a jar of Nutella in the cupboard and knew that a spoonful of that on these cookies would be amazing! Along with the Nutella I sprinkled some mini m&ms on top.


Why not!

They taste as good as they look.

M&M and Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 30
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1 cup butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 slightly beaten egg whites
  • 2 cups finely chopped nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, etc.)
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup nutella
  • 1 package mini m&ms


  • With an electric mixer cream together the butter and brown sugar. Beat in the egg yolks followed by the flour.
  • Shape the dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Roll the balls in the beaten egg whites. Then roll in the chopped nuts. Place on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper. Press your thumb into the centre of each ball.
  • Bake in a 375F oven for 10-12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Before you serve these cookies, spoon 1 tsp of Nutella in each cookie. Place 6-8 m&ms on the Nutella of each cookie.


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. These looks absolutely wonderful. I love the chopped walnuts your rolled them around with and the M&M for the added color! I bet they were a hit with the kids. 🙂

  2. Hi Steve! When I was growing up in Japan, nutella or even peanut butter weren’t something we are familiar with (could be still, but not too sure). We were missing out so much. These cookies look so delicious. When my kids see m&m on the cookies, they literally jump up and down for excitement (also you can tell I don’t bake…it’s very “special” thing for them). Your pictures look great – I’m really happy to find you. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Yum. What could be bad about Nutella and M&M’s? 🙂

  4. These cookies look fun and yummy!

  5. Oh my gosh, these are the bomb. They look incredible. Your pics are fantastic.

  6. yum, these look amazing! i also posted a nutella recipe on my blog yesterday – great minds must think alike!

  7. Steve! If you weren’t already married to a fabulous girl, you’d be the hottest bachelor in the universe! Just stunning recipe and cookies!! Ally 🙂

  8. I love those cookies, and your images are stellar!

    I was looking for a contact form, to ask you if I could talk you into doing a guest post for me. If you would like to shoot me an email and we can work out the details.

    hope to hear from you!

  9. Nuts, nutella & M&M candies- a great combo for a triple indulgence-yum! Not only the flavors, these look so inviting. I’ll bet you had some problems keeping little hands away until you go the pictures done! Enjoy the weekend!

  10. Incorporating nutella into any cookie is never a bad idea. 🙂

  11. Holy cow, those look amazing! Love the chopped peanuts in the cookie dough, too, what a treat!

  12. What a delicious idea for thumbprints, Steve! Both beautiful and yummy 🙂

  13. Mmm… sounds delicious. I love hazelnuts and chocolate.

  14. yumm these are so creative! and they look delicious.

  15. Love these cookies, Steve! The light in the photographs is gorgeous too. What a great treat!

  16. Ooooh two things I love in this world, brilliant combination!!

  17. Those are so ridiculous cute! Although I would be just as happy eating a ball of the dough rolled in the nuts as I would the finished cookie!

  18. Yum, Steve! Aren’t treats associated with childhood memories the best? I too love Nutella smothered onto fresh toast. As usual, you’ve created something wonderful here!

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