Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups

These Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups have a soft, chewy chocolate cookie base filled with the creamiest no bake Nutella cheesecake. They’re cute, delicious, and perfect for sharing – or not!

For the cheesecake version of this tasty treat, head over to my fool-proof No Bake Nutella Cheesecake Recipe!

Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups with a bite out of one

Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups on a white cake stand

Chocolate Cookie Cups with Nutella Cheesecake Filling

So we just got back last night from spending a long weekend in Hilton Head, S.C. with my family. Hilton Head is an annual trip for us. We’ve been going since I was a kid and it holds so many memories for me. Even the hubs has been coming with my family since we were in college.

It’s such a great beach for families – so clean and laid back. I look forward to hopefully being able to bring our kids to Hilton Head one day.

Before we left yesterday, the hubs and I decided to spend as much time at the beach as we could. It ended up being the day with the best weather, so we stayed later than we thought we would.

One fun thing about the beaches is that we always see dolphins swimming off the shore at least once. If you know me well, you know I LOVE dolphins. They are easily my favorite animal and every time we see them, I wish they’d swim up to me and carry me out to sea with them for a day. I’d just chill on their backs or something and be one with the dolphins. They totally want to hang out with me, they just don’t know it yet.

We hadn’t seen them yet this trip and I was a little bummed. Well, yesterday we fixed that. We saw some swimming down the shore around midday and then we were walking along the beach yesterday afternoon and we saw a ton of them!

Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups on burlap
Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups on a white cake stand

Fish were jumping like crazy all day long – more than I’ve ever seen at a beach. It was just constant. The dolphins basically had an all you can eat buffet going on. It worked out well for us, because we had to have seen more than 20 dolphins in all after watching them all swim by.

We walked down closer to the water just in time to see one come in really close – there wasn’t anyone in the water in this spot – and go after fish. He was so close, you could see him through the water. His fin was up out of the water and his head was pushing a wave forward as he kept coming out of the water to get the fish. He even gave us a big, full jump out of the water – like the ones they do in shows. It was beautiful!

A few minutes later we saw another one jump out too. I’m a total dork over dolphins and it made my day.

It’s amazing how everyone on the beach stops and watches the dolphins. They are just the prettiest and coolest animals. There were some people out on paddle boards and the dolphins were so close to them. I made a mental note about that one. I see paddle boards in my future for next year’s trip. 🙂

Close-up of Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups
Close-up of Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups

As for these cookie cups, I see them happening in my future as week – again.

Tips for Making Nutella Cheesecake Cookie Cups

The cookies are soft and chewy and perfectly chocolatey. As usual, I used my Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa, which I recommend. But you can replace it with regular cocoa, if you’d like.

The Nutella cheesecake is no bake and absolutely delicious. Smooth and creamy, I wanted to pipe it straight into my mouth. There was a tad bit left after filling the cookie cups and I couldn’t part with it. We piped it onto Nilla Wafers and eat it that way too. So stinkin’ good.

I topped them with off raspberries for two reasons. 1. It compliments the sweet Nutella perfectly. 2. They finish them of perfectly and make a pretty presentation.

These cookies make perfect individual treats and are a fun mix of two great things – cookies and cheesecake. They’re also perfect for that holiday tray you’ll be taking to parties soon. 😉

Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups on a white cake stand

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Recipe

Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: About 16 cookie cups 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups have a soft, chewy chocolate cookie base filled with the creamiest no bake Nutella cheesecake. They’re cute, delicious, and perfect for sharing – or not!


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Ingredients

CHOCOLATE COOKIE CUPS

  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch

NUTELLA CHEESECAKE

  • 10 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup Nutella
  • raspberries, for garnish, optional

Instructions

1. Coat cupcake pan with non stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugar together for 5-7 minutes, until light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Dough will be thick.
5. Makes balls of about 2 tbsp of dough. Press cookie dough in bottom and about 1/3-1/2 way up the sides of each cupcake cup, forming a cup shape.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling. The centers should fall a bit while cooling, but if the centers aren’t cupped enough to add filling, use the end of a wooden spoon or the bottom of a tablespoon to press the center down a bit.
8. Once cookie have cooled, make the cheesecake filling. Blend the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and Nutella together until smooth.
9. Pipe or scoop cheesecake filling into cookie cups.
10. Top with raspberry, if desired.
11. Store in refrigerator.

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52 Comments
  1. Claire

    Hi Lindsay, I’m a big fan of your site, love your creative flavour combinations and gorgeous pictures! I’m keen to make these for an event, but as I’ll also be preparing other food close to the time, do you think it would be ok to bake the cookie cups a few weeks ahead, and defrost and fill them with the cheesecake within a day of the event? Many thanks xo

  2. Brittany

    Hi! Love these cups! I’ll be attempting to make these for Valentine’s Day!!! Also for the butter, is it normal butter or unsalted sticks of butter?

  3. Marcellina

    Finally got around to blogging about these! They are so delicious! I added more Nutella cause I love it so much! Linked back to your blog. Thanks!

  4. Ellie

    Is that sweeted or unsweetened cocoa powder?
    I have unsweeted so do I need to add extra sugar? If so how much is needed ?
    Tysm 

  5. Rose

    These look amazing! Making them tonight for dinner tomorrow, how long can they be stored in the refrigerator for? Is it okay to leave them in the fridge overnight? Would I need to leave them at room temperature for a bit before serving? 

    1. Lindsay

      Yes, they are best stored in the fridge. They can be stored in the fridge for up to several days, I’d say 3-4 days at the most for them to be freshest. I personally like these best when cold because of the cheesecake, but you could definitely let them sit at room temperature for a bit.

  6. Mahony

    Hi! 🙂
    I saw a picture of these on FB and I decided I had to try them, AMAZING! I used half the sugar for the frosting and it was still so yummy. I just wanted to come and thank you, I’m now a fan of your website and plan on re-creating all of your cookie cup ideas. Much love,

    Mahony.

  7. Marcellina

    I love your cookie cups! I have bookmarked your apple caramel ones but never made them. Now these ones come up! I think I will have to make them soon. I have my daughters 21st birthday party on the 16th January and these would be great for the dessert table.

  8. Lyn

    Thanks Lindsay,
    My husband and my boys love this cookie cups so much! They are soft and chewy and sinfully delicious ????

    I want to post the picture but I don’t know how to attach them in this reply!

  9. Alexis

    Saw this on Pinterest! These are super cute!!

    So, these are cookie cups? does it taste like a frosted cookie?

    I’ve never done a cookie cup before, but you have a whole bunch on here, it seems basically like a cuter way to do cookies. I love it!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Yea, it basically is a cuter cookie. 🙂 This one though is filled with a no bake cheesecake – it’s delicious!

  10. Alessandra

    Hi. I’m from Brazil and I like your recipes so much. Your site is amazing!!!
    But sometimes I get confused about some terms, because my English is not very good. For example, in this recipe, when you say “cocoa”, you mean “cocoa powder”? Is it the same thing?
    Thank you!

  11. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking

    I’ve never seen dolphins in the wild before, only on TV or in captivity — I’m so jealous! I got to see whales one summer when my mom and I went up to Alaska for a church mission trip, but still. They aren’t quite the same as cute and playful dolphins. 😉 And these cookie cups… Oh my GOODNESS I want to see them in person just as much as a dolphin! You’ve combined 3 of my favorites — dark chocolate, nutella & fresh berries — so I’m positively smitten! Pinned!

    1. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking

      P.S. Not sure why, but my second comment went to your spam again… I’m so sorry about causing problems!

  12. Jessica+@+A+Kitchen+Addiction

    I’m always looking for dolphins when we go to Florida! The trip just isn’t the same when we don’t see any! These cookie cups are beautiful!

  13. Julianne+@+Beyond+Frosting

    Oh gosh these look awesome! Chocolate and Nutella on my! Sounds like you had an awesome trip!

  14. Michele @ Two Raspberries

    oh man these are so pretty 😉 I love the two different chocolates with the raspberry beautiful! and looks delicious !

  15. Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules

    I can’t believe you can see so many dolphins from the beach! I’ve never seen any at the beaches in California. That’s amazing! These cookie cups are so cute!

  16. Heather+@+Shards+of+Lavender

    Love your passion for dolphins:) Sounds like your Hilton Head vacation was a blast! Just noticed that you have a verse of the day in your sidebar; how did I not see that until today. Thanks for sharing it; I really needed it today:) These cookie cups look like something my husband would love; pinned for later!

  17. Tina+Vlerebome

    So glad y’all had fun at the beach!!! Paddle boarding is awesome but with dolphin would be the absolute best!!! I can’t wait to make these delicious cookie cups – Nutella is a family favorite!! Crew eats it every day!!! Thanks again for making my scale jump 10 pounds!!!

  18. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    I think I might cry! These are exactly what I need for a Monday morning.
    So pretty too. Pinned!

  19. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Sounds like you had an amazing trip to the beach…so cool you got to see the dolphins like that!! And these cookie cups? Seriously gorgeous! I’m with you on the dark cocoa powder…must use it every time!!! And with Nutella and raspberry? Perfection!

  20. Taylor+@+Food+Faith+Fitness

    You saw dolphins?! I am SO jealous! That is my life goal haha!
    Until then, I will drown my never-seen-a-dolphin sadness in 1 million of these. You are the cookie cup queen! Pinned!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      It was my life goal to swim with them too. We got to on our honey moon. 🙂 Best animals ever!

  21. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    sounds like you had a blast with your family and the dolphins! 🙂 love watching them too . . they are so smart! and these cookie cups?! oh my gawd. . so perfect!!! love that the Nutella cheesecake is no bake!!! Winning! and Pinned!!

  22. Mir

    Gotta tell you, Lindsay, that nobody rocks the cookie cups like you do! These are so incredible.
    I’ve been dying to learn how to paddleboard! Apparently, it works your core like crazy and it’s super fun. And it’s in the water. How could it be anything but amazing?

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Thanks Mir! That’s what I hear about paddle boarding too. It’d be worth it if dolphins come cruising by 😉

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