Nutella Oatmeal Cream Pies

These were originally just going to be Nutella Oatmeal cookies. Shannon had some bloggers over to her place for a cookie swap this past weekend and I debated for days what to make. After taking inventory of my ingredients, I decided to combine Nutella and oatmeal into a cookie. I made the dough ahead of time from this recipe and baked it into cookies early on the day of the swap. I followed the recipe exactly except that I added a bit more Nutella than called for. I wanted there to be no mistaking what was in these cookies. I took the first batch out of the oven when they still looked quite soft in the middle, but after they cooled they were much crispier than I was hoping for.

How do you salvage a too-crispy cookie? Throw some frosting into the mix and make it a sandwich cookie! I have fond memories of eating Little Debbie oatmeal cream pies and I’d been meaning for some time to make a homemade version. I still wanted the cookie to be softer on its own, even without the cream filling, so I took the subsequent batches out of the oven when they looked almost raw in the middle to keep them from being too crisp. These set up nicely when cooled but stayed soft and chewy all the way through. If I hadn’t been trying to remedy the texture of the first batch, I don’t think it ever would have occurred to me to add Nutella to a regular oatmeal cream pie recipe. Sometimes minor mishaps produce the best creations.

Nutella Oatmeal Cream Pies
cookie recipe adapted from Spoonful of Sugar

For the cookies:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup Nutella
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

For the frosting:
8 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 cups confectioners sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg, vanilla, and Nutella and beat 1 minute until well incorporated. Add the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined.

3. Scoop dough into tablespoon-sized balls and arrange on cookies sheets leaving ample space in between. Bake for 5-6 minutes. They should look almost raw in the centers when you take them out.

4. To make the frosting, beat the butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Turn mix to low and slowly add sugar, beating until combined. Mix in the vanilla extract.

5. When cookies are completely cooled, spoon a tablespoon of filling (or however much you like) onto one and press it into a sandwich using a second cookie.

Curious to see what else made it to the swap? Unsurprisingly, a group of bloggers puts out an impressive spread of cookies. Clockwise from bottom right:
Bridget’s Butterscotch Brownies
Lauren’s “Better than Crack” Brownies
Melissa’s Chocolate Mint Cookies
Kerstin’s Spiced Caramel Pecan Bars
Ranjani’s Cranberry Caramel Bars
Shannon’s Pumpkin Blondies and Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries
Lizzy’s Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies and Hot Cocoa Cookies
My oatmeal cream pies
In the center:
Cara’s Cinnamon Coffee Pecan Cookies and Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Joanne’s Rainbow Cookies

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27 Responses to Nutella Oatmeal Cream Pies

  1. Oh yummy, they look so good. Perhaps the perfect dessert with a little ice cream?

  2. Michelle says:

    These cookie sandwiches look AWESOME! I also have a fondness for Little Debbie’s oatmeal cookie sandwiches. I haven’t had one in over a decade!

  3. You know I am obsessed with anything Nutella!! These look sooooo good. Bummed to miss the cookie swap. Hopefully next year!
    PS- hello from the Philippines 🙂

  4. Little Debbie’s oatmeal sandwiches were sooo good! This version looks way better, however. I wished I had been able to make the swap –

  5. Lizzy says:

    I can vouch personally that these cookies were amazing!!! So good in fact that I just one for breakfast!!! oops! I wish I had more, guess I will have to bake them!

    I lived on Little Debbies growing up and this is the grown up version!!! So good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Becky says:

    Inspiring, I’m making something similar this afternoon! Have you tried speculoos (Dutch/Belgian type of crispy spice cookie)? TJ’s has a “speculoos butter”, which is a spread made out of the cookies, it’s amazing. And I’m trying to think of a way to re-integrate it into a cookie. I’ll keep you updated.

  7. Megan says:

    These sound fabulous! A cream filling was a great solution!

  8. You are killing me! I have been craving cookies so much lately, and these look delicious! I was sad to miss the cookie swap.

  9. Molly Galler says:

    And . . . I’m drooling at my desk. What a spread!

  10. These were delicious! And the plain cookies were great too. I may or may not have eaten some last night…

  11. How many sandwiches does this recipe make??

  12. shannon says:

    i even loved the extra singles you brought to the party 😉 ha. they probably softened a bit, but they were extra scrumptious with the frosting!

  13. Daisy says:

    these look SO good. bummer I wasn’t around for the swap, sounds like some delicious treats were on hand.

  14. Megan says:

    This is Little Debbie’s Oatmeal Creme Pies kicked up 11 notches. Love it.

  15. Joanne says:

    Um TOTALLY in love with these. And I can vouch for their awesomeness because I ate not one, but TWO of them and only stopped myself from eating more so that other people could get a taste.

  16. Erica says:

    Wait to save the cookies! They look absolutely delicious…I would have taken extra 😉

  17. These sound absolutely amazing – with or without the frosting. I love the idea of adding nutella to anything, but especially a cookie.

  18. Hi Elizabeth:
    It was so fun meeting you last night at the Forum restaurant. I ate the leftovers tonight and they were so delicious! My boys decided that they do not like dates. Hmmm. Looks like I’ll have to come up with a date recipe they’ll love and want to eat.
    I’m adding you to my blogroll. I need to connect with more Boston food bloggers. Such a fun group. Hope to run into you at the next blogger event 🙂

  19. erin says:

    Yum! I love oatmeal creme pies and was just thinking the other day how I would like to make some homemade ones. And adding nutella makes them sound even better!

  20. Janel says:

    I suddenly have a craving for those little debbie oatmeal cookie sandwiches!

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  22. Sook says:

    I LOVE NUTELLA! I’ve been making some stuff with nutella lately. These look so good!

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