A little while ago, Dee, a reader and real-life recipe user, wrote in with a question about my stuffed cookies. She made my Nutella-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies and loved the flavor combo, but she had a little trouble with the stuffing process and wanted to know if there was a way to unstuff a stuffed cookie recipe:
Hi oatmeal cookieblogger,
I'm a beginner baker, and am always trying new stuff. I came across your blog, and I absolutely LOVE it. I tried a couple of you recipes, and to be honest with you, I was never an oatmeal cookie type of girl until i tried your cookies. I made the red velvet cookies and the nutella stuffed peanut butter cookies, and they are amazing. In fact, the nutella stuffed peanut butter cookies are my favorite cookies now
But, stuffing them is such a pain. I'm not complaining, really, but it gets really messy, and I end up making less that I want. My question is, if I want to just make peanut butter nutella cookies (without stuffing it), how do I go about with the recipe? Do I just put the nutella in the creamables, and follow the rest of the recipe?
Thanks for taking the time to read my email. You're super awesome.
Hi, Dee. Thanks for writing in. And thanks for trying some of my stuffed recipes. They can be a little complicated, so I'm impressed that you--as a beginning baker--took them on.
Unfortunately, I'm afraid adding the filling ingredients to the wet ingredients as a work-around for stuffing won't work because doing so would throw off the wet-dry balance in the recipe, making the dough really wet and the finished cookies kind of cakey. And I think it would also muddy the flavors.
What makes my stuffed cookies so tasty is that you get bites filled with big flavor. Each element of the cookie--the "shell" and the filling--has a distinct taste that works on its own and in combination with each other. Mixing those two flavors together would lessen the overall impact they have when they're kept as separate elements.
So, instead of mixing the two flavors together into a "unified" dough, I think you should try a simpler technique than stuffing that will produce the same effect as stuffing: make thumbprint cookies.
Simply make the dough balls, use your thumb or finger to make indentations in the dough balls, spoon the filling mixture into the indentations and bake. (Take a look at this video I made and posted on YouTube a long time ago.)
I hope this helps. Keep baking...and experimenting!