Nutella-infused cookies made with smashed Oreo pieces for a crazy, easy cookie that’s a far cry from your average chocolate chip recipe.
I might have mentioned a few times that I come from a big family. There are 8 of us, my parents and then six kids: five sisters* (I’m the oldest) and one brother (who everyone claims to feel sorry for — don’t).
My mom home-schooled all of us, so imagine a household defined by raucousness, loudness, laughter and just all-around chaos. Some days were kinda like having your head jammed in a bee-hive, only with more shrieking and less stinging (usually).
And while I was never dying to get out of the house, I never thought that I cared all that much about living near my family. I commuted to college trough my undergrad years for practical, financial reasons, but really I thought I wanted to go to a college in North Carolina.
I always had the idea that someday I’d move to rural, southern North Carolina. (For the record, I don’t know why I’ve had my heart set on that particular location, probably because it’s been romanticized in so many books that I’ve read, and I’d expect much milder winters than our icy Maryland ones).
But then, when Zach and I got married and I finally moved out of the house, we moved only a mere 15 minutes away from each of our respective families.
And that’s when I realized that no matter how mild the winters in North Carolina might be, they couldn’t possibly make up for living in such close proximity to my family.
Yesterday we met at a nearby park with our dogs and ate dinner outside for Mother’s Day, and I just felt so much gratitude. Gratitude because we do this often, not just for special occasions or when someone is in town. Ever since moving out, I have so much appreciation for being able to go to my sibling’s soccer games (Jaclyn coaches while Nikki and Joshua play on the team), going to the gym with Casey (or rather, having her demand that I stop making cookies and get in some cardio), or stopping in at Nikki’s part-time job to drop off large batches of scones and receiving random hugs as if she hasn’t seen me in months.
I love having such a big family, and I love being close to them much more than I want to go to North Carolina (besides, Zach won’t go to North Carolina because the Orioles don’t play there).
As a bonus, they also proudly double as waste-less garbage disposals that will devour my recipe failures just as happily as my successes (except for Casey, who would rather eat a plain chicken breast than a cookie, so I’m not positive that we’re actually related), and will remove excess batches of Nutella Oreo Smash Cookies from my house.
These cookies weren’t hard to get rid of, though (especially not after Zach ate half of the batch himself for “lunch”). They’re made with Nutella, spiked with vanilla extract, studded with smashed cookies, and baked just long enough to eradicate any risk of Salmonella.
They’re chewy, fudgy inside, and sweet without being too sweet. The idea for them was born after I made my Nutella Crunch Dessert Shooters a few weeks ago, and spent too much time smearing Nutella on Oreos and shoving them in my mouth.
These cookies are packed full of flavor and are, in their own way, loud, boisterous, and a bit ridiculous, which I thought was fitting for my family.
I recommend making a batch and sharing them with someone who you appreciate. <3
Oreo Smash Nutella Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large, microwave-safe bowl, cut the butter into Tbsp-sized pieces, microwave until just completely melted, and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
- Stir in Nutella.
- Add brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla extract and stir until combined.
- Stir in egg.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Stir flour mixture into butter/Nutella mixture until combined.
- Stir in crushed Oreos.
- Scoop cookie dough by heaping 1 1/2 Tbsp and gently roll into balls.
- Place on cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart and bake on 350F for 9 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool on sheet for 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack to cool completely.
*Fun fact: Despite having 5 girls, we all have either boy names or names that can be shortened to boy names: Sam(antha), Casey, Jac(lyn), Nik(ki), Joshua (my brother, whose name is pretty definitively masculine) and Andi (Andrea).
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