Friday, February 4, 2011

Cocoa Oatmeal Cookies~ Nutella Style

Did you know that February 5th is "World Nutella Day"? Well, it is:)  As I was looking on the internet for Nutella recipe ideas I landed on this popular recipe at Lindsey's blog, Gingerbread Bagels. It caught my eye because the cookies looked like our family favorite cookie,  cocoa oatmeal cookies*, which I first posted about here and included the recipe handwritten by my mom, so many years ago.  I have it framed and hanging in my kitch 
*The only variation with this recipe is that Nutella is substituted for the peanut butter.

I think we originally got the recipe from here:
I was in a Brownie troop and we made these recipe booklets for our moms:) I don't know why I have written " To MOTHER" because I always called her Mom. Yes, it is from 1963(YIKES!), but I am a grandma:)

Inside the booklet is this recipe:
 Click on photo to enlarge.

With mom's pencil changes (above) this recipe became our (No-bake) Cocoa Oatmeal Cookies:) I never recall working alongside my mom in the kitchen, but I don't think she ever made these cookies with canned milk (though she noted it). Also, "oleo"(in the recipe) is margarine/butter.
Mom has been gone for 26 years, and I'm so glad she saved this little Brownie Cookie book:)

 (No Bake) COCOA OATMEAL COOKIES (Nutella style)

In large mixing bowl put:
3 cups oats
1/2 cup Nutella (In the original recipe this is peanut butter)
1 teaspoon vanilla
a pinch of salt 

Set this bowl aside.

In a large saucepan put:
1/2 cup butter
2 cups granulated sugar
3 heaping tablespoons cocoa(my mom actually used Neslte's Quik(Now Nesquik) and so do I)
1/2 cup of milk

Bring this mixture to a full rolling boil(stirring) and boil for 1 minute and 10 seconds(If you don't boil it long enough it's too gooey, and if you boil it too long, it's too dry).
After boiling, immediately add this mixture to the bowl with the dry mixture and mix well.

Drop by spoonfuls onto the wax paper lined baking sheet and refrigerate until firm. Makes 20-24 cookies

The cookie is very good with the Nutella, but I am a traditionalist/sentimentalist and prefer it with the peanut butter:) 

In the past I have also made HOMEMADE NUTELLA,(excuse the crummy photos) and it is surprisingly easy and so delicious, and a grilled Nutella sandwich, which may be my favorite thing to make using Nutella!

This post is also linked to Maggie's Linky party:"Decidedly Healthy or Horribly Decadent". Of course you know which category these cookies go under~Ha ha!


  1. I Love Nutella ^_^ good idea Sue!
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  2. I have never thought to make a grilled Nutella sandwich...can't wait! Ahhh, being a kid in the 60's (a much simpler time!), cute recipe book. Who knew you'd grow up to be a food blogger?!?

  3. wow so awesome you still have that! My kiddos are allergic to nuts so no nutella or peanut butter here...or i'd eat it all! maybe not a bad!

  4. Oh Sue. That little "Cooky" book is the sweetest thing ever!

    What a great twist on the original cookie!

  5. What a wonderful keepsake. So nice that you have your Mom's notations in her own handwriting. I love Nutella and never thought to make no-bake cookies with it. What a trip down memory girls first cookie attempts where the cocoa peanut butter no-bakes.

  6. I love no bake cookies. Clever idea subbing with Nutella :)

  7. Sue these cookies sound delicious! The thought of making them with nestle Quik sounds super delish!

    And your cookbook is so sweet. WHat a treasure to have and pass down to your Grandchildren!

  8. Happy World Nutella Day :). This looks unbelievably delicious, Sue. I want them in my mouth for serious.

  9. I'm so glad you tried out my recipe. They look really good and the book is too cute.
    In my recipe, I used more Nutella, 3/4 of a cup. Had to replace the peanut butter cause I'm allergic to peanuts! So sad about that!

  10. I remember eating these cookie growing up as well. Switching out the peanut butter for Nutella is a fabulous idea.

  11. My daughter Tati's favorite go to cookie is the no-bake cookies. We love them. I haven't tried them with Nutella but I love Nutella, like everyone else. That is a cute little recipe that you gave to your mother. We always called my mother --"mother" -- never mom. I don't know why. Happy Nutella Day. Joni

  12. I totally missed the Nutella boat this year. I don't know what rock I was hiding under because all of my favorite bloggers participated in the wonderful "holiday." Those sound like wonderful cookies.

  13. You got me at the stuff.

    What a touching story, your mom sounds like THE Perfect MOM!xo

  14. These remind me of Frogs, my favorite cookies!!
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  15. The recipe book is such a priceless treasure! The cookies are such a great creation for delicious taste and wonderful memories :D

  16. I love old recipe books like that. I think I may still have a couple of my old ones too. Looks like your book is a keeper with such a delicious recipe in it. You must be thrilled you found such a wonderful memory. Thanks for linking up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  17. I love how you've still got your old recipe book-it's still in great condition too! :D

  18. Sue, these are brilliant! I'm so glad to see a fellow Nutella fan.

  19. I love Nutella! and the story of your original recipe book is so beautiful!

  20. The thought of oatmeal Nutella cookies has my socks going up and down. The thought of no-bake cookies has driven me wild. These really sound delicious. It's a great recipe. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  21. Sue I bet these are to die for. My mom had a coconut, oat, chocolate no bake cookie recipe she'd gotten from the newspaper that was one of her favorites. For some reason the fight (ah, dicussion) amongst the kids over who would get to scrape from the pan was always rather lively :-)

  22. Nutella yummy! I love no bake cookies. I can't believe it never occured to me to make the switch from peanut butter to nutella. Thank you so much for sharing.

  23. Happy Nutella Day! I love your little cookbook!
    I wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for the Stylish Blogger award. If you want to pick it up, you can do so from my blog. Thanks for keeping a blog that's always fun to visit!

  24. I think the oats make these 'healthy', right? Right. Okay then, I will make and eat a batch asap. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Oh my goodness.....I made many of those little construction paper booklets back in the day and my mom gave me a packet of them several years back. I have to go look at them right away after seeing yours! And these cookies from 2011 look pretty darn good too!

  26. I love recipes with a little history! My grandma always used "oleo" when writing out her recipes and believe it or not, I had to google it to figure out what the heck she was talking about ;)

  27. Oleo...I remember that from when I was little. I love seeing old recipe books. Yours is just precious. How cute you wrote "Mother"...had to giggle. Great and easy Nutella recipe for me to do with the kids:)

  28. We love no bake cookies too! I made them last week and will be posting our recipe this coming week!

  29. What a treasure that cookie recipe booklet is! I was in a Brownie troop too. The troop number was 666. True! I still have the uniform hanging in my closet - I love it!

    Your cookies look great!