Per the request of my niece, I’m whipping up an oldie but a goodie. Do you guys remember oatmeal cream pies? Those cream filled oatmeal sandwich cookies by Little Debbie. My niece Hailey absolutely loves them. I have to admit, I use to enjoy them quite a bit when I was her age as well. But not so much now as an adult. I find them way too processed for my precious little taste buds. Once you get used to eating fresh baked homemade goodies, store bought treats won’t cut it anymore. I’d much rather re-create them in my home kitchen. To be honest, I’m a bit obsessed with doing so. This won’t be the last time you find me making a copycat recipe here on my blog. It’s a fun way to take a trip back down memory lane, plus they usually taste better than their store bought counterparts. I did a little digging and found a recipe that’s a dead ringer for the classic little Debbie snack. It has the same great flavor without the yucky aftertaste from the fillers and preservatives. The full delicious recipe with pics is listed below. I hope you have just as much fun recreating this blast from the past as I did!
- Don’t over bake the cookies. Bake cookies for 6 to 8 minutes. The edges should be set, however the middles should be soft. Don’t worry, they will continue to bake on the cookie sheet. Let them stand on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
- Don’t let the cream filling sit too long. After whipping the filling until it’s nice and fluffy, let the mixture stand for 5 to 10 minutes being sure not to let it sit too long or the mixture will be too difficult to spread.
Oatmeal Cream Pie Recipe
- 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin (about 1 1/2 packets)
- 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup water (divided)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
Make the Cookies:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Make cookie dough: In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, and molasses together for 2 minutes. Add the eggs, salt baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon and mix for 1 minute, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour and oats, mixing until combined.
Form balls of dough: Using a medium (2- tablespoon) cookie scoop drop the dough on to the prepared baking sheet 3- inches apart. These cookies will spread.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are golden and centers are just set. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack, carefully, to cool completely. The centers of the cookies will (and should be) very soft, which is why letting them cool on the baking sheet is an important step.
Make the Filling:
Mix gelatin and water: In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/3 cup water. Stir it together and let it stand about 5 minutes. Mixture will get thick as it sits.
Heat: In a 2- quart saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the granulated sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water until mixture comes to a full boil. Continue boiling for 30 seconds and immediately remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the vanilla and gelatin mixture until it dissolves completely.
Whisk: Transfer the mixture to the clean bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. With your mixer on medium speed, mix for 20 seconds. Gradually raise the speed to high and mix until the mixture is stiff, white, fluffy, and cooled to barely warm, 5-7 minutes.
Add sugar: Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add your powdered sugar, mixing until combined.
Add in the butter. Turn the mixer up to medium speed and mix until completely smooth, about 2 minutes.
Cool briefly: The filling will set up as it sits, so wait until it is thick enough to spread or pipe before filling the cookies, 5-10 minutes. Make sure not to let it sit too long, as it will become too thick and marshmallow-like to spread.
Add filling and top with another cookie: Use a large piping tip or an offset spatula to spread about 2 tablespoons of filling onto the bottoms of half the cookies. Press the remaining cookies onto the filling, creating sandwiches. Allow the cookies to set for 20-30 minutes.
Original Recipe can be found at cookiesandcups.com