So I bake. Like a lot. Maybe more than I cook. Probably way too much, for the normal person that is.
There are a lot of us in this house (but you already know this). We like our chocolate (again, I am sure you have figured this out by now).
Creaming butter, whipping cream, melting chocolate those are all second nature to me. I could do them in my sleep. So to say that I am excited for all the holiday treats (cookies, cakes, cupcakes, tarts, sweat breads, and truffles) that I have yet to make is an understatement! See I have been writing my “to bake this Christmas list” since October. I know…this is embarrassing and I should not be telling you this.
So yeah, I have my Christmas treats planned from now until Christmas. Yes, I am crazy. And yes, probably a little OCD as well. But honestly what is better than Christmas cookies. You can NEVER have too many! I mean come on, I can not be the only one with people dropping in for an overnight (errr, more like week) stay? I have to be prepared!
First up this season? Lace Cookies. But of course not just any old lace cookies. Nutella Stuffed Oatmeal Lace Cookies. I had never made lace cookies before yesterday and I have no idea why! They have a really nice mix of crunchy and creamy. I know that sounds odd, but it is the best way to describe them. Other than insanely addicting!
Crunchy, creamy, buttery, and chocolatey! These cookies are soo goood! Yes, I know, I say this all the time. I really mean it though. I mean let’s be real, there is Nutella in the middle. How could anything stuffed with Nutella not be crazy good?
Nutella Oatmeal Lace Cookies
Yields: 7 cookies
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg white
- 10-14 tablespoons Nutella Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Melt the butter with the sugar in a saucepan over low heat, stirring, until the mixture thickens and the sugar is almost dissolved, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the oats, flour, vanilla and salt. Let cool 10 minutes, then stir in the egg white.
Drop 7 rounded tablespoonfuls of batter onto each prepared baking sheet, about 3 1/2 inches apart. Spread each mound into a 3-inch circle. Bake, switching the position of the pans halfway through, until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheets until firm, about 3 minutes, then carefully remove using a thin metal spatula and transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Spread the 1-2 tablespoons Nutella on 7 of the cookies. Top with another cookie.
When working with the lace cookies be very gentle. Because they are so thin they break easily.
Oh, did I mention my family calls me Mrs. Claus? I am starting to understand why now.