Baking | Oatmeal Nutella Whoopie Pies … and a peep into Old Delhi

“But there’s always a first time for everything”
Melissa de la Cruz

Oatmeal Nutella WhoopiesThese were cookies whoopies waiting to happen! One look at the inbox a few weeks ago and the Pioneer Woman had me bookmarking again. There’s loads of make-able stuff that Ree constantly churns out, and oatmeal in whoopies were right up my street. A few days ago we had Oatmeal Nutella Whoopie Pies!Oatmeal Nutella Whoopie Pies Whoopie pies are sweet baked delights that are a cross between a soft cookie and cake or pie, basically a set of cookies whoopies sandwiched together with a frosting. As expected they were a hit with the teens! It’s amazing how comfort food can bring out the kids in young adults. Both the ‘now much taller than me kids’ grabbed a pair each, pulled the cookies apart and proceeded to lick the frosting, savouring every Nutella lick. Then it was time to demolish whatever was left!!Oatmeal Nutella Whoopies PiesI took a small nibble of the unfrosted cookies and they were quite nice. Maybe I’ll skip the cinnamon next time as it reminds me of warm winter days. I think an orange zest kick would make yum summer whoopie pies! Mmmm, maybe that’s an idea since brown sugar, orange and chocolate are a good pairing.Oatmeal Nutella Whoopies PiesThe cookies were a tad on the sweeter side according to Mr PAB, so I’ll cut back the sugar next time. They disappeared really quick as I could see hungry eyes pick out the box from the fridge to devour the pies. I refrigerated them as the Indian summer has really kicked in, 42C and rising! Won’t even begin to tell you about the nonsensical and irrational power cuts…. sigh! Heat & Dust = North Indian Summer!Old Delhi, Purani Dilli It’s the beginning of a tough summer; a long hot month ahead before the monsoons get here. Then it’ll be hot + humid! On my list of things to do was a visit to Old Delhi which I managed a few days ago before the heat became unbearable. My Mum had some work there so I happily tagged along … Brass teapot, Old DelhiOld Delhi, Purani Dilli I bought this charming brass teapot {pictured with the whoopie pies} from a shop near Jama Masjid. I also climbed up rickety old ladders and pulled out vintage handmade copper boxes from a dusty old shop that sold copper by the weight. We had a wonderful local guide who walked us through quaint places, like Mohalla Kabristan which quite literally translates into ‘Graveyard Colony‘.Old Delhi, Purani Dilli It was an uncanny feeling having to walk nonchalantly around graves that lay in your path! This little colony was built ages ago around old graves that dot cemented streets. Goats languish lazily around every possible corner, heat, dust and more dust, shops that sell everything under the sun … beads, incense, bottles, cookware, bangles, buckets, cloth, paper, silver jewelery, fresh juice, food! Old Delhi, Purani DilliOld Delhi, Purani Dilli Old Delhi, Purani DilliA journey into the ‘walled city’ transports you into another world. We got onto rickshaws from the historic Turkman Gate {one of the 14 gateways to the Shahjahanabad of yore} in the heart of New Delhi. The minute we crossed the gate and took a right turn, the road disappeared into a ‘gali or narrow street! No cars, just rickshaws, people on foot, goats galore, mules too …. a different cacophony!Old Delhi, Purani DilliSome of my photographs might have a ‘rickshaw shake’ as we were in a hurry to get around, but I had to share them with you. It’s the essence of Old Delhi, a city I love, which appears rather mystically the minute you cross over into the walled area, or  Purani Dilli. The city  grows on you!Old Delhi, Purani DilliTomorrow I’m off to Goa with the kids for a short break, a revisit after a gap of over 20 years. Whoopie!! Hopefully will have some more pictures of yet another beautiful Indian city to share with you soon! Until then, here are my version of Rees whoopie pies!

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[print_this]Recipe: Oatmeal Nutella Whoopie Pies
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Summary: Charming little sweet oatmeal whoopie pies sandwiched with a Nutella frosting … brings out the child in you! Minimally adapted from The Pioneer Woman. I made half the recipe, about 12 whoopie pies.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes {plus cooling/chilling time}

  • Cookies
  • 190g brown sugar
  • 75g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 150g plain flour
  • 90g rolled oats
  • Nutella Filling
  • 2.5 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 75ml low fat cream, chilled
  • 75gm Nutella


  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Cookies
  3. Cream brown sugar and butter. Add egg, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder and mix. Mix baking soda and boiling water, then add to the bowl and mix. Add flour and oatmeal and mix well.
  4. Scoop dough onto parchment-lined cookie sheets so that you have rounded heaping teaspoons. Bake for 20 minutes, being careful not to burn. Remove from oven, transfer to a cooling rack, and let the cookies cool completely.
  5. Filling {adapted from That’s the Best Frosting I’ve Ever Had, by Missy Dew from here}
  6. In a small saucepan, whisk flour into milk and heat, stirring constantly, until it’s very thick. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. Stir in vanilla.
  7. Whip the low fat cream to medium soft peaks. Whip the cooled flour mix until smooth, then add the Nutella and whip again until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream, cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes/until firm enough to spread.
  8. Scoop a small amount onto cookies, pressing a second cookie on top.


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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  • 4 years ago

    Always love the pics of your trips!!! And the whoopie pies look great too! Love the picture of the old man!
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  • 4 years ago

    Lovely clicks and wonderful whoopie pies! Old Dehli is really beautiful and so photogenic.



  • 4 years ago

    Wow, the brass pot looks amazing, and so does that copper colour bucket hanging in a shop. I really would love to visit Delhi some day.

    Orange zest in those cookies would be pure magic !!! :)
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  • serena
    4 years ago

    Such a stunning photos. May I have the tour guide email address or phone, am planning to be in India in December.

    Love that classic teapot! Looooooove it!

    • 4 years ago

      Hi Serena, hank you for your sweet words. The local guide was a client of my mothers who had lived in the area when she was young. FB has many heritage walk tours for Delhi like . I believe they offer great tours of the city.

  • Such lovely clicks of old delhi…it’s almost as if there’s a certain quaintness in the dereliction!! have seen so many recipes for whoopie pies in american blogs.. have always wondered about giving them a shot!! can i also admit .. that a while back i attempted to make macarons and they were such an unmitigated disaster.. they looked a bit like these whoopie pies!!! :))

    • 4 years ago

      LOL Sarvani … in my hurry I forgot to mention that all my failed macarons {and there have been many} were a perfect whoopie pie fit!

  • 4 years ago

    What a wonderful tour through “Old Delhi”. I have never been to India but would LOVE to see some of these sights that are just night and day different from scenes in the U.S. Isn’t it fantastic that you are in India making ‘whoopie pies’ from a woman in Oklahoma (Ree)? The Indian tea pot is so pretty…I collect tea pots so I am definitely envious of it.

    • 4 years ago

      Intriguing isn’t it? So far and yet so connected!! Maybe I shall buy another tea pot like this one the next time I’m in Old Delhi and will then ask for your address Sarah. It’s a charming little addition to any collection!

  • 4 years ago

    Oh How I miss my trips to these alleys and streets filled with people, heritage and absolutely delicious food… I still miss chaat from street… And ofcourse Karim’s…
    Beautiful Whoopie pies!!

  • Your new treasures are beautiful! Have fun on your trip. I’ll look forward to the gorgeous pics. I need to make whoopie pies soon. Sound like a great version.
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  • 4 years ago

    Whoopie pies with marshmallow filling is a big hit with the kids of all age groups!!
    Just recently I did a post on Kulfi which reminded me so much of old Delhi and its unique culture..the food,cuisine and many other treasures like these!!
    Do check this out
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  • 4 years ago

    These whoopie pies are just mouth watering!
    Loved your clicks!
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  • 4 years ago

    am defenitely making them- drooling literally ! and the teapot looks stunning
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  • I can never say no to Nutella! And oh those props!!
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  • 4 years ago

    The whoopie pies look so delicious … baked cookies are my weakness :)

    Nice clicks. Old Delhi never fails to charm me, I just love the food out there and it’s great for picking up antique items. The pictures just reveal the magic of the place. Thanks for sharing these with us.

  • Colleen
    4 years ago

    The whoopie pies look great, but that teapot is just gorgeous! Wish I could get my hands on something like that!!

  • 4 years ago

    Lovely pics! How lucky you are to live in a such beautiful country! I love the teapot that goes so well with your delicious Whoopie biscuits! Have a great day,

  • 4 years ago

    yey, Nutella!
    And those amazing photos – they can go right to National Geographic!
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  • 4 years ago

    I love the things, the place and the food. I suddenly want to have a vacation somewhere. Is it hard to make cookies? I haven’t tried one but I’m looking forward to try making some.

  • Shital
    4 years ago

    Such fantastic pictures Deeba! Thank you for the tour..its beautiful. I never really venture into the old any city. The crowd and congestion scares me. But looking at these pictures makes me want to be a little more adventurous and open :-)
    Deeba, can you please tell me if chocolate and compound are different? Can I use compound instead of chocolate for baking? Will it compromise the taste? I can’t seem to find baking chocolate in Hyderabad. Do you know any online store I can buy from?
    Sorry for flooding you with too many questions..:-)

  • nice old delhi pictures……love the teapot :-)
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  • Brown35
    4 years ago

    I love baking and I’m so excited to prepared these whoopie pies, thanks for sharing…
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  • jennifer
    4 years ago

    I love whoopie pies and that’s the reason why I prepared it for my family, I am pretty amazing that they shout for another one… 😀

  • 4 years ago

    Just gorgeous – and one day i will make it to India :)
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  • Gracie
    4 years ago

    If you are using a convection oven, then the time does not need to change. Two pies will cook at the same time as one.
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  • 4 years ago

    Wow, these look so delicious! Do you post nutrition information for any of your recipes? Maybe I overlooked it.
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  • Your Old Delhi pics brought a lot of pleasant memories, how I wish I was into blogging 8 years then so my eyes would be ‘open’ to those charming props and antiques! Must make a trip again soon..enjoy your Goa trip! I can totally relate to macaron looking like whoopie pies, haha, but your pies are stunning.
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  • 4 years ago

    Love your dishes in your beautiful pictures. Anything with Nutella and I eat it :) Have a great day!
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  • 4 years ago

    Hi Deeba,

    I really wish I could have come shopping with you too :-) Love all those vintage props and copper pots , I’m secretly jealous 😉

    Your whoopie pies look really unique and definitely yumm! I too get hooked onto Ree’s site.

    Do stop by my space when time permits…would be glad to make blog buddies with you !!!

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  • Jennifer
    4 years ago

    Nestle semi-sweet chocolate and mixed them with her cookie dough. She thought the chocolate would blend with the dough to make a chocolate cookie. However, they retained their consistency as chips while baking in the oven..

  • Born27
    4 years ago

    This is what beautiful about brown and bronze.. You can actually appreciate the beauty. Just like you recipe here.. I love nutella peanut butter, and I will not have to second thought by trying to bake this recipe!

  • 4 years ago

    Never heard if a whoopie pie before but I love Nutella and will give these a go, they look yummy :) Fantastic photo’s too, what an amazing place!
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  • Neev
    4 years ago

    Hi deeba, just made yr butter chicken tonite for dinner again. Its a hit with my kids.
    Love yr pics and and the POT its so pretty. Was in India early this yr but no one took me to such places. LajpatNagar was the best I could do. Maybe will ask u for suggestions the next time Im making a trip.
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  • 4 years ago

    The cookies look.wonderful.
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  • Shital
    4 years ago

    Hi Deeba,
    Good to know you had a great holiday! Awaiting a reply on chocolate vs compound chocolate! I got some compound and want to use it..but need the expert’s opnion

  • 4 years ago

    What is the world coming to when the Baking Goddess (you!!!) has to go to PW for recipes (shaking head in dismay). You, my girl, are brilliant and so talented, she should be coming to you! But I do love what you’ve done to these whooping pies. Delish! And you make me yearn even more for India… it WILL happen! x
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  • 4 years ago

    thankkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkks alot very much

  • 4 years ago

    This are Delhi’s culture.I am glad to see such post that bears a tradition.

  • swapna
    3 years ago

    looks delicious…just made some homemade nutella…cant wait to try these…

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