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Cookie Butter & Nutella Babka

Prep Time:

30 minutes

Bake Time:

45 minutes

Total Time:

3.5 hours


6-8 servings




For the dough:

  • ½ cup whole milk, warm (120-130℉)

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk, room temperature

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, cubed

For the filling:

  • ½ cup cookie butter

  • ¼ cup Nutella

For the simple syrup:

  • ¼ cup water

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

Tools Needed

Stand Mixer

Loaf Pan

Cooling Rack

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Adapted from A Cookie Named Desire

  1. In a bowl, mix together the milk, yeast, and a pinch of the sugar together and set aside until bubbly, about 5 minutes.

  2. In another bowl,mix together the remaining sugar, egg, and yolk together.

  3. In a stand mixer, add flour and salt. Using a dough hook, mix in the yeast mixture as well as the yolk mixture until it starts to come together. Knead for about 8 minutes. While it is kneading, add in the butter a few cubes at a time.

  4. Take out the dough and form into a ball. It should be smooth, soft, and slightly sticky.

  5. Oil a bowl and place the dough inside. Cover with a dish towel and allow the dough to rise for about an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

  6. Lightly flour a flat surface, then roll out the dough into a large rectangle.

  7. Slightly warm the cookie butter in a microwave and spread it over the dough, leaving a small border along each side. Drizzle Nutella over top of cookie butter.

  8. Roll the dough along the long side until it forms a long log. Cut the log in half lengthwise using a serrated knife and place the halves cut side up.

  9. Twist the two halves together, keeping the cut sides up. Place in a greased 9x5 loaf pan.

  10. Cover again with a dish towel and allow to rise for another hour.

  11. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and bake for about 30-45 minutes.

  12. While the babka is baking, combine the water and granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has completely melted, making simple syrup.

  13. As soon as babka has finished baking, poke holes all over babka using a knife and immediately pour the simple syrup over top.

  14. Allow the babka to cool in the loaf pan for 10-15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Cool completely before cutting. Enjoy!


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