Combining three of my favorite things: oatmeal cookies, school spirit and Nutella. How could this go wrong?
Well, actually … these were better in theory than execution. The oatmeal roll-out batter worked alright but when it came to cutting out the paw shapes the oats didn’t really cut, yielding misshapen cookies. Further, the cookie cutter I bought for the occasion from Sur La Table just didn’t make defined paw shapes. Un-iced and misshapen the cookies were at their lowest point. They were very plain. Between the flavor and shape they made me think of dog treats.
But the Nutella frosting was a creative triumph. I wanted an icing that would harden, but I only saw recipes for fluffy cake-style Nutella frostings. I combined one of those with a recipe for regular cookie icing (basically just added corn syrup and powdered sugar to the Nutella- sugary Nutella plus more sugar!). It hardened nicely and worked out just the way I wanted it to.
I added almonds for “claws” and we were set.
The school spirit part worked out fine. I shared them with the team on the bus ride to Regionals. They weren’t a huge hit, but they got nods for their cuteness.
Still, I’m glad I tried. Probably wouldn’t make them again but it was fun for one time.
RECIPE: Nutella Cookie Icing
- 1/2 cup Nutella
- 1.5 cups powdered sugar
- 5 T milk
- 1 T corn syrup
Combine all ingredients and blend with hand mixer until very smooth. Spread with offset spatula. Icing will harden after 5 hours.