The idea of these came together when I was deciding what dessert to make my husband for his birthday. The man is simple. He likes cookies. I could make an elaborate cake, or tart, or pie. But really, he would only eat the frosting on a cake and the crust on a tart or pie. How about I don’t waste my energy on something he will only say he loves because he knows I put a lot of effort into it. How about I make something he will truly love, even though it isn’t ‘fancy!’
Every year for his birthday and Christmas I usually get him some store bought treats that he LOVES! I HATE buying them because they are things that can be bought at a gas station during a road trip, which means they are G-H-etto. Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies. Oh good night the man will devour an entire box before he realizes he has done it (well, I don’t think he has actually ever done it, but you get my point). He just loves them that much. He loves them the way I love cake donuts with chocolate frosting topped with peanuts. You know, those little guilty pleasures you only indulge in sometimes, but that indulgence taste Oh. So. Good. So originally I was going to make just an oatmeal cream pie, but decided to add the Nutella because he sorta LOVES it. And it was a good call on my part. Quick. Simple, Delicious. In fact, I made the entire batch in about 45 minutes. Mixing, baking, cooling, and sandwiching (where I spread the Nutella on the cookies and turn them into a sandwich, isn’t that the technical word?)) all during that time.
makes about 24 cookies, so 12 sandwiches
1 stick butter, room temp
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
Nutella (about 1 tbsp per sandwich)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Ina bowl with a hand mixer (or stand mixer), beat the butter and sugars. Beat them for about a minute, then add the egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl sift the flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Slowly add the dry mix to the wet mix as you are beating it.
Scoop with a small ice cream scoop onto a lined baking sheet. I put 12 on each sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes. Cool on the pan for about 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Cool the cookies completely before spread with Nutella. Nutella will melt if it is added to hot cookies. Which tastes yummy, but looks ugly in presentation when you have Nutella dripping off the edges of the cookies.