Nutella Swirl Ricotta Cookies

3 minutes
February 27, 2023
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe

If you like Madeleine cookies, these Nutella Swirl Ricotta Cookies should be on your list of recipes to try!

Nutella Swirl Ricotta Cookies

Nutella only recently entered my life, but I have welcomed it with open arms. A new way to consume chocolate is always a good thing, and I love hazelnut too.  I found a recipe for ricotta cookies and planned to make it pretty much as written, but before I knew what was happening, I was slathering Nutella on the dough making cookie magic.

These ricotta cookies have more of a cake texture than cookie, reminiscent of Madeleines. The first time I ever had a Madeleine was when I joined Costco years ago.  I received a free, jumbo-sized tub of soft, fresh Madeleine cookies with my membership, which made it worth the price of admission. I have never gotten a prize with my membership renewals, which always feels like a ripoff. I have to buy my own 2-gallon containers of cookies now, or better yet, make my own! Adapted from Family Circle Quick and Easy Recipes (affiliate link).

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Ricotta Cookies with Nutella Swirl - These lightly-sweet cookies have a cakey texture.

Ricotta Cookies with Nutella Swirl

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These lightly-sweet cookies have a cakey texture.

  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x




  1. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. With an electric mixer or by hand, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, and ricotta, and continue to mix until smooth. Stir in flour mixture until combined.
  3. Roll dough between two sheets of plastic wrap into a rectangle about 1/4″ thick. Remove top of layer of plastic wrap, and evenly spread Nutella over the cookie dough. It should cover the surface almost all the way to the edges.
  4. Starting with one of the short sides, carefully roll the dough into a cylinder. Wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 4-24 hours.
  5. After dough has chilled, remove it from the plastic wrap and slice into 1/2″ thick cookies. Place 1″ apart on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone mats. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
  6. Carefully transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool before enjoying.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 240
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Cookies

 Like Nutella? Don’t miss this Cinnamon Hazelnut Dip!

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Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


Lilly Sue
11 years ago

Apparently, I have not stopped by in a while. I love the new layout!! And these cookies I am sure are A-mazing!!! :D

Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
11 years ago

These cookies look so good! Love, love, love nutella. I’ve never used ricotta in my cookies but it makes sense. Definitely have to try these. :)

Nusrat Azim
11 years ago

How artsy ! How yum ! Love those swirling-twirling cute cookies :)

Looks like I’d be glued to your blog for the rest of my life :D

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thank you for such a sweet comment, Nusrat! I usually think swirly cookies seem like too much work, but this recipe might have changed my mind since it was actually pretty easy. It’s just hard to wait hours for the dough to chill when I want to eat the cookies right away!

Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama
11 years ago

Oooooo… how very Italian! These look and sound delicious, Andi! :)

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

I didn’t think about them being Italian, but I guess you are right! Thanks so much for stopping by, Carrie :)

Trish - Mom On Timeout
11 years ago

Ooh these cookies look amazing! So pretty!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks a lot, Trish!

Tanya Schroeder
11 years ago

Free madaleines??? I need to go to your Costco!! These look wonderful! That Nutella swirl is to die for!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Tanya! Julie from This Gal Cooks said recently that her bank gives out free cookies on Fridays. I need to get in on that too!

11 years ago

These cookies look so airy. Yum! Thanks for sharing.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Leslie! I had no idea what a ricotta cookie would taste like, but I’m glad I tried the recipe.

11 years ago

Am thinking that I did not receive a prize for joining Costco. sniff, sniff. Ah well. Glad if you did.

Yes, nutella rocks. Tasty cookies–always more delish to bake your own :-) Your boys are lucky lucky.

Another topic: it’s not Friday, but was inspired by another blogger to mix up a mint julep today. And let me tell you: not just for Derby Day anymore! Put it up on deLizious facebook. Though now I need a nap…

Hope your day has gone well.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

I am terrible at keeping up with FB I have to admit, so I appreciate when you tip me off about these things! Mint julep sounds lovely. Is it hot where you are? It’s wet and foggy here lately, more like hot toddy weather!

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