I could not be more excited that Christmas is coming up. I see people ice skating at ice rinks, christmas trees are being sold, and the weather is... in the 70's. Oh, LA.
Well every year I make boxes and boxes of cookies to give away for family and friends just before Christmas. Throughout the year I experiment with TONS of cookie recipes that can potentially be put in these boxes and sent off to the bellies of loved ones. Therefore, I must have deeeelicious cookies to send out because I love my friends and I do not want them eating burnt or dry cookies. It's like, the rules of feminism.
Here is one of my all-time favorite oatmeal cookie recipes. Stuffed with Nutella, of course. I have tried so many oatmeal cookie recipes and I was never truly happy with the outcome- until now! I had learned that you can get a very different texture when you use different types of oats. Did you know that? I tried everything from oat flour, instant oats, thick/thin old fashioned rolled oats until I was left with a cookie that made me swoon! These chewy and buttery-tasting cookies have the perfect flour-oat-sugar-butter ratio and the Nutella inside makes them to-die-for!
If you're making cookies for friends and family this year, I strongly suggest you try out these bad boys.
Recipe makes 24 cookies or 12 cookie sandwiches.
1 Cup (2 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
1+1/4 Cup dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 Cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Cups all purpose flour
1/2 Cup old fashion rolled oats
1+1/2 Cup instant oatmeal
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 jar Nutella (you will use about 1/2-3/4 cup total)
1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpat. Set aside.
2. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or in a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients- flour, old fashion and instant oats, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Then, add the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix until a dough is formed.
4. Using an ice cream scoop, a spoon or your hands, shape the dough into small balls (about the size of a walnut: 1-2 heaping Tablespoons) depending on your preference. Place the balls 3 inches apart and bake for 8-10 minutes, depending your oven. They should be a very light golden brown around the edges and have puffed up completely. Then remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for at LEAST 5 minutes. These cookies are very soft and fragile when right out of the oven. They need time to firm up! Let cookies cool completely.
5. Using a spoon or a knife, spread about 1 Tablespoon of Nutella in between two oatmeal cookies to form a sandwich. Continue with the rest of the cookies- you should have about 12 cookie sandwiches in total.