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Nutella Crumb Bars

With a buttery shortbread base, a thick layer of Nutella in the middle, and crumble topping - these Nutella bars are irresistible.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Nutella Crumb Bars, Nutella Shortbread Bars
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 9 very large bars
Calories 473kcal


Shortbread Base

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter softened
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Crumb Topping

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

Nutella Filling

  • ¾ cup Nutella*


  • Preheat the oven to 325F (160C) degrees.
  • Line an 8x8 inch (20x20 cm) square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang around the edges.

Make the Base

  • In a medium bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  • With the mixer on low speed, mix in the flour, cornstarch and salt. The mixture may be a bit crumbly, which is ok.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the top looks set.
  • Remove from the oven, leaving the oven turned on.

Crumb Topping

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon.
  • Stir in the melted butter - the mixture should be like wet/damp sand.

Assemble & Bake

  • Spread the Nutella over the baked shortbread base. Be careful, the pan will be hot.
  • Crumble the crumb topping mixture over top of the Nutella, squeezing it in your fist to form crumbles.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the top is golden.
  • Remove from the oven and cool the bars fully in the pan. They should be completely cooled.
  • Optionally, cover the pan and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour (after the bars have fully cooled) before slicing for cleaner cuts.
  • When ready to slice, use the parchment overhand to lift the bars out of the pan and place on a cutting board. Slice bars using a sharp, thin knife (not a butter/table knife).


  1. I do not recommend using homemade or natural chocolate hazelnut spread. It can separate and make the base layer oily and soggy.
  2. Store bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  3. Nutrition info is based on 1 bar, assuming the pan is sliced into 9 equal bars. 


Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 589IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg