Friday, November 5, 2010

Oatmeal Nutella & Walnut Cookies

I discovered Nutella a few months ago, and I just can't get enough of it!  Whether it's spread on toast for a post-workout snack or right out of the jar with a spoon at the end of a stressful day, Nutella is like heaven in a jar and has a special place in my kitchen.

I've experimented baking with Nutella only once before with these cupcakes, and they were a hit at the office!  Today was a coworker's birthday, so I pulled out my Nutella again for these cookies.  It was definitely a good choice!

You'll need:
1 stick of butter, softened
3/4 cup Nutella
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 1/4 cups oats

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Mix butter, Nutella, and sugars for 2 minutes.

Add eggs and vanilla, and mix for another minute.

Add dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon).  Most people mix these in a separate bowl first, but I usually just go ahead and throw it in as I measure.... it all mixes together in the end anyway!

Using a large wooden spoon, mix in walnuts and oats.  Place rounded spoonfuls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  No need to grease with cooking spray; parchment paper is magical, and your cookies will slide right off.

Bake for 10 minutes.  Let them cool for another 10 minutes as the scent of Nutella spreads through your entire house... another reason why the kitchen is the best room.  Just a warning... you may need some milk with these. :)

And they're great for celebrations...

Happy birthday, Debbie!

Sending you love (in the form of Nutella) from my kitchen.

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