Chocolate Cookies Desserts

Oatella Cookies and the Big 5

August 7, 2014

How excited are you about a recipe that uses an ENTIRE JAR of Nutella! Got your attention, right?! These Oatella Cookies are a beautiful marriage between oatmeal cookies and Nutella. They are so much more than oatmeal meets chocolate-hazelnut goodness though. They may not look too enticing, but they hit you in all the senses in one bite. You’ve got oatmeal, Nutella, then a hint of cinnamon, and a salty aftertaste. The cookies spread when baking, so you get a nice crispy outside and a thin, chewy center. I love everything about these cookies and am so happy they turned out fabulously because today I’m celebrating FIVE YEARS of blogging! Happy 5th blogiversary to So, How’s It Taste!

Oatella Cookies

So, how’s it taste?

Clearly I loved these cookies. Anytime I have trouble putting one down, that’s a good sign. They’re heavenly right out of the oven and I didn’t care if they burned my mouth. Once they cool, they get a little crispier, yet still keep a chewy inside. I love me some chewy cookies! They remind me of my Unbaked Fudge Cookies, almost like they’re distance cousins. I was curious how the cinnamon would turn out with the hazelnut in the Nutella. I thought they may compete with each other, but they are such a lovely combination.

Oatella Cookies

What really surprised me was the salty aftertaste. The recipe calls for kosher salt, which is always a bit saltier to me, and it seems like a lot of it. If that salted flavor isn’t for you, reduce the amount. I adored it though. Nutella is crazy sweet and that taste of salt after balances everything out. All that’s left is to grab a tall glass of cold milk and forget about eating dinner. These cookies are a perfect substitution I think. 😉

Oatella Cookies

I tell ya, five years of blogging goes by crazy fast. When I started this blog five years ago, I had no idea how much it would grow and how much work it would be. There are a lot of ups and downs with blogging, too. I’ve had several moments of thinking that it might be time to stop and call it a day. It gets really frustrating when you catch yourself playing the comparison game with other bloggers. Lucky for me, my moments of enjoying being a blogger far outweigh those times when I start thinking too hard about it. At the end of the day it all comes down to really loving talking about food.

I love sharing recipes with readers and being able to honestly tell what I liked and what I didn’t like about a recipe. I love being in this world of food bloggers and reading about their lives and what they’re doing in the kitchen. Food has always been an outlet for friendship and to get to share that on the web is just amazing. Technology…what a thing, huh? It’s been so fun connecting with fellow food bloggers that live across the states and even across the globe from me. I’m so thankful that people actually stop by and read my little space on the web. Thanks for being part of my love for food for the past five years and thanks for being there when the frustrations kick in. Your comments really put a smile on my face. I can’t wait to see what the next five years bring! Now let’s eat some cookies!

Yield: 60 cookies

Total Time: 1 hr

Oatella Cookies


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 (13 oz.) jar Nutella (yes, entire jar!)
2 cups rolled oats


1. Preheat the oven to 375° and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the salt, cinnamon and baking soda. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the shortening with both sugars at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, scraping down the side of the bowl. Add the Nutella and beat until smooth. Reduce the speed to low and beat in the dry ingredients until just incorporated, then beat in the oats.

2. Scoop 1-tablespoon* mounds of dough 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned and the cookies are just set; shift the pans from front to back and top to bottom halfway through baking. Immediately transfer the cookies from the pan to racks to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough.

*Note: I used a 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop and got 46 cookies.

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  • alexandra August 7, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Happy 5 years, Leah! I’m so happy you continue to blog – your recipes + your honest reviews keep me reading. I’m a chewy cookie fan, too, so these are definitely going to have to be made. Though, maybe after I’ve made a little more progress in my “lost the tire” goals! 🙂

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice August 7, 2014 at 11:08 am

    You definitely got my attention with Nutella! I am addicted to that stuff, and these cookies look amazing! Definitely pinning to try these out! And congrats on reaching your five year blogging mark! That is so exciting, and it sounds like you’ve accomplished so much!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 7, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Happy Blogaversary!!!!
    A whole jar of Nutella? What about the couple of spoonful’s that I sneak out when making it? 😉
    Great recipe, they look delicious.

  • mary @ minutes per mile August 7, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    congrats! 5 is a big one! eat a cookie for me please 🙂

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! August 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    You know how to celebrate, don’t you!? I am pretty sure there’s no better way to celebrate anything, especially a blogiversary, than with a jar of Nutella and Cookies. And the name… oatella cookies – you’re a genius :)!!! Congrats, dear!

  • Shannon @ Bake. Frost. Repeat. August 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! I do have to credit your blog for taking our relationship from the level of just co-worker status to BFF status! 🙂 I totally remember coming home after we went out with Gilley that night and accepting your friend request on FB and looking at your profile and seeing that you had a food blog. I was blown away because at that time I was dying to start one and had no clue what to do. So, thanks So How’s It Taste? for bringing such an awesome friend into my life. (awww, sappy much?)

  • Shannon @ Bake. Frost. Repeat. August 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Oh, I totes forgot to comment about the cookies……..
    A WHOLE JAR OF NUTELLA!!!!!! I just passed out from joy!

  • Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron August 7, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Aw, happy blogiversary! These cookies look like a great way to celebrate, and I love salty-sweet 🙂 These guys look right up my alley!

  • Isadora August 7, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    That is so awesome, a huge congrats to you on your five year anniversary!! I totally hear you, sometimes it can be so stressful and I also play the comparison game with other food bloggers sometimes, but then nice things happen you and meet some really awesome people and you realize that it is all worth it! On another nice note, these cookies look and sound amazing! I’m all for any recipe that uses an entire jar of nutella!!

  • danielle August 8, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Congratulations on 5 years.. and as an all things oatmeal lover – I am all over this recipe 🙂

  • dina August 8, 2014 at 9:05 am

    they look yummy!

  • Katie August 8, 2014 at 9:46 am

    congrats on your 5 year Blogaversary! That’s quite an achievment! And what a great way to celebrate with these cookies…a whole can of nutella!! I’m loving that!

  • cheri August 8, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Leah, Happy FIVE! These cookies are the perfect way to celebrate!

  • Lesley Eats August 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Happy blogiversary!

    Vegetable shortening and a whole jar of Nutella? Um, please let me know when you’ll be making these again so that I don’t have to. I just need one. 🙂

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout August 9, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Happy blogiversary and congrats on making these gorgeous cookies! Cookies are probably my favorite kind of dessert… and oat cookies are the best 🙂

  • Olivia - Primavera Kitchen August 9, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Happy 5 years, Leah! This is for sure a big achievement!
    These cookies look so delicious and tasty! Great way to celebrate your blogiversary!!

  • Kelly August 10, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Yay, happy 5 years Leah! Congrats, that’s such a great achievement! So glad you stuck by it and can’t wait to follow along for what’s to come next! These cookies are perfect way to celebrate a blogiversary! Love love love oatmeal cookies and anything with an entire jar of nutella totally has my heart 🙂