Since learning the wonder of Nutella last year, it has become a staple around our house. It hasn’t quite reached the always-available status of peanut butter (since it does cost quite a bit more), but the kids love indulging as a treat. Okay, I’ll admit, I do too. I don’t think we’ve fully managed to convince my husband yet though. He’s the only one of us who wouldn’t choose a slice of toast spread with nutella over one with peanut butter. But we’re working on that!
I’ve made the decision that Nutella will be included in my Christmas baking plans in form or another from now on, in addition to being a favorite treat all year round. As I put together my baking list for this year, I tried to figure out the best way to showcase the silky smooth goodness of the nutella. A sandwich cookie sounded fairly simplistic to me, but I figured the right type of cookies would make all the difference. So I opted for a cookie that’s buttery and not too sweet with a good texture and bite. The combination is perfect!
Nutella Sandwich Cookies
- 1/2 c. butter, softened
- 1/3 c. sugar
- 1/3 c. brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1 1/2 c. flour
- 3/4 c. oats (old-fashioned or quick-cooking)
- 1/2 t. baking powder
- 1/4 t. baking soda
- 1/8 t. salt
1. Beat the butter and sugars together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat an additional minute.
2. Pour the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt into the mixing. Beat just until well combined.
3. Roll, a teaspoon of dough at a time, into balls. Evenly space the balls on a cookie. With a glass bottom, press down on the cookies to flatten them into circles. Try to get them all roughly the same size.
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 5-7 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
5. Once the cookies are completely cooled, spread a layer of Nutella on the bottoms of half the cookies. Top with remaining cookies to make sandwiches.
This makes about 2 1/2 – 3 dozen sandwiches.
If you want to freeze these ahead of time, either freeze the dough before baking or freeze the fully cooled, baked cookies before assembling the sandwiches.