Shortbread Cookies with Nutella, Banana and Almonds

I’ve labored over this recipe for days.

Never mind that it’s just store-bought shortbread cookies + Nutella + bananas + almonds. Never mind that there’s no baking involved or that it only takes 10 minutes to assemble.

The recipe is about the technique of the beautiful, fluid Nutella swoop.

It’s a very technically technical technique.

And if you’re thinking about subbing out the Nutella for something stupid like fat-free no-calorie peanut butter….don’t. Just don’t.


Shortbread Cookies with Nutella, Bananas and Almonds

Servings: Makes 24 cookies Prep Time: 10 Cook Time: 0

This little cookie comes from my friend Cynthia Nim's "Gourmet Game Night" cookbook, which makes a perfect gift for friends who enjoy hosting game nights, from mah-jong, Poker, Scrabble to Wii, Guesstures and Spin the Bottle (okay, uhnevermind, if you're playing spin the bottle, you prob will be drinking instead of eating). Cynthia calls these cookies "Nutella & Banana Galettes" and she even has a recipe for home made shortbread.


24 shortbread cookies (I used Walker's Pure Butter Shortbread Cookie)
1/2 cup Nutella
2 bananas, sliced
1/4 cup chopped almonds


1. With your non-dominant hand, hold up your first three fingers. Slightly cup your hand and gently grasp a shortbread cookie by its edge. Position your hand so that your thumb is closest to your body, let's call this 6-o'clock position.

2. Get a butter knife and with the non-serrated edge, scoop out exactly 1 teaspoon of Nutella. Position your knife at a 45-degree angle, serrated edge side down (using the serrated edge will give you ugly "teeth" marks on your cookie) above the cookie, pointing at the 12-o'clock position. Your cookie hand should still have your thumb positioned at 6-o'clock.

3. Take a few calming breaths to relax and center your chi.

4. Everything in this next step happens in one motion, so you might want to read this a couple of times over and practice the motions before proceeding. Lower your knife and in one flowing motion, rotate the knife counter-clockwise until you reach the 8-o'clock position. At the precise moment that the knife reaches this point, slowly rotate your cookie hand so that your thumb is now at the 9-o'clock position. When the Nutella swoop is complete, lift your knife from the cookie and follow through with a graceful wrist twirl.

5. Top with bananas and almonds.

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Comments 40

  1. Monica

    I love the intricate instructions for this recipe and my favorite quote about the recipe is “And if you’re thinking about subbing out the Nutella for something stupid like fat-free no-calorie peanut butter….don’t. Just don’t.”

    Oh Nutella…how I love thee! Thanks for making me smile today (and for making me regret my lunch when I could have had this instead).

  2. Barbara | VinoLuciStyle

    Got to love something SO easy and Nutellay! Love the swoop. I just made some zucchini bread with a cinnamon buttercream frosting to send back home for my Dad and my Aunt, both very elderly and always happy to have a home cooked treat.

    Despite years of using all sorts of tools to decorate cakes and cookies, I just had to do my ‘technique’ I used when I was a girl and baked for my family. It also involves some swooping on the top of that frosting; seems much more in keeping with a 50 yr old recipe and something that will mean more to my Dad than the fanciest piping around.

  3. Emily @ Petite & Polished

    Love, love, love this “recipe”. I’m a huge nutella fan, so I definitely need to try this. Of course, I’ll have to practice the swoop quite a few times and I just can’t let the testers go to waste!

  4. kitchenhag

    Briliant instructions…I actually understand what to do and I’m lefthanded. Love your e-mails Jaden

  5. Eva

    Trader Joe’s used to have this cereal that looked like life cereal but was filled with nutella what tasted like inside. I used to chop up bananas and have it in with the cereal in a bowl, then they discontinued it and I was very very sad. But this sounds like the perfect substitution! And even better because of the shortbread cookies, yum!!

  6. Carlos

    I just love nutella. Growing up used to stop at the bakery and buy a loaf of french baguette. rushed home to slice it and load it with nutella! mmmm…. best snack in the world.

  7. Karen Abir

    Simplicity never looked so good! I would like to visit the Nutella factory for my birthday, it is one of my favorite ways to indulge in chocolate and hazelnuts in one bite.

    Thanks for a new variation. Your site is such an inspiration.

  8. Candace

    I’ve made these twice now and everyone has loved them. They are so simple, but have a great presentation and taste wonderful!

  9. natashaskitchen.comn

    I’ve been seeing alot of nutella recipes and ideas lately. I have an amazing shortbread recipe and have a jar of nutella in my pantry. Plus bananas and walnuts; YUMM! Its calling my name!

  10. Pat

    This is perfect. My husband bought 2 boxes of girl scout shortbread cookies. I’ve known him for 18 years and he should know by now that I only eat cookies involving chocolate. Your recipe will make those 2 boxes very edible!

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  14. Helga

    Creating well-thought recipe ideas can be a chore, but this one has indeed been made with a great effort. I was recommended to this website by a friend, and I found this interesting. I am not yet sure whether this would be good for our party this week, but I’m sure this will be good to share among my colleagues. You’re amazing! Thanks!

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