08 February 2012 ~ 35 Comments

Oatmeal Cream Pies

When we were younger, my mother was a health-food nut.  I’m talking wheat germ, tofu, and all-natural everything.  She once tried to make her own whole wheat macaroni and cheese(ish).  That was a failure of epic proportions.  *scary flashback*

If you’re reading this mom, do you remember the apple juice-sweetened cookies that you made us take on that road trip?  It was our “treat”.  You know…the ones that tasted like ground cardboard?

Well, these ain’t them.

And this isn’t a rant against healthful eating.  It’s a rant against my deprived childhood and my mother sprinkling wheat germ on my plain Cheerios.  Yes, that’s right.  We got plain Cheerios, because Honey Nut was apparently socked full of enough deadly toxins to kill ya’.  Plus wheat germ.  Wheat germ!  On the Cheerios.  And on everything else.  (Love ya’, mom!)

These cookies ended up being therapeutic.  Thanks to Macaroni and Cheesecake for posting them.

Oatmeal Cream Pies

Printable Recipe

Ingredients for Cookies:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbs. honey
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats


Cover baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350.

Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer), cream butter, brown sugar and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs, vanilla and honey, and blend until well-combined.

In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

Slowly and in small increments, add the flour mixture to the sugar/butter mix.

Once all flour has been added and batter is well-mixed, add oats and mix well.  Chill the dough for 15 minutes before spooning onto baking sheets.

Once dough has chilled, spoon dough by the heaping tablespoon onto the prepared baking sheets, placing cookies 3 inches apart.  (For rounder cookies, slightly roll the tablespoons of dough before placing on baking sheet)

Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until edges of cookie have begun to brown.  (center of cookie will appear slightly underdone)

Allow cookies to cool until set on baking sheets before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once cookies are completely cool, frost the underside of one cookie with marshmallow frosting (by spooning frosting directly onto the cookie), and then top with another cookie.

Ingredients for Marshmallow Frosting:

2 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

In a double boiler add egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar, and heat over simmering water.

Whisk egg white mixture constantly, while heating mixture until it reaches approximately 160 degrees on a candy thermometer.  Sugar should be dissolved and egg whites will appear foamy.

Add egg mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer (you can also use a hand mixer) and whisk on high for several minutes, or until egg white mixture forms stiff peaks and is white and pearled in appearance.

Carefully fold in vanilla extract and immediately use to frost cookies.

I’d call dibs on these over those apple-juice sweetened cardboard things any day.

35 Responses

  1. Griffin's Grub 8 February 2012 5:40 pm Permalink

    The cookies look amazing! Do you ship?

  2. bakingaddict 8 February 2012 5:45 pm Permalink

    These look amazing!! Love the step by step photos too :)

  3. Liz 8 February 2012 7:35 pm Permalink

    These were one of the few packaged cookies that I adored as a child…and I’m certain your homemade version is SO much better! How delicious these must be!

    • Jen 8 February 2012 8:36 pm Permalink

      I didn’t taste these until late in life, but love them too! These honestly put them to shame. And I’m totally not saying that to show off. LOL.

  4. Kiri W. 8 February 2012 8:27 pm Permalink

    Ooooh! I didn’t grow up on oatmeal cream pies (not an American), but have since been introduced. They were good, but these look so much more fantastic :) Bookmarked for later use!

    • Jen 8 February 2012 8:37 pm Permalink

      Yay! Let me know when you try ‘em!

  5. Danny 8 February 2012 9:47 pm Permalink

    These cookies look wonderful and the cream in the middle….. mmmmmmm :)

    • Jen 9 February 2012 5:44 am Permalink

      Oy. They are so divine. You practically want to drown yourself in the marshmallow alone.

  6. Julia 9 February 2012 6:09 am Permalink

    These look amazing! I used to eat oatmeal cream pies like every day when I was little and I bet these are like ten times better. The filling itself looks good enough to eat with a spoon :)

    • Jen 9 February 2012 6:29 pm Permalink

      I’ll totally admit I tasted the marshmallow filling 42 times. For quality control!

  7. Kristen 9 February 2012 6:54 am Permalink

    I love homemade versions of processed store stuff. Those cream pies look SO good. I can just see the frosting covered smiles I would receive if I made them :-)

    • Jen 9 February 2012 6:29 pm Permalink

      The kids will be begging to clean their rooms as long as you make them these cookies! I promise!

  8. Alaiyo Kiasi 9 February 2012 7:34 am Permalink

    As a child, my absolute favorite cream pies in the world were “Little Debbie’s Oatmeal Cream Pies”. Seeing this post, the pictures, the recipe, brought a flood of nostalgia. I absolutely must make these! The taste must be amazing!

    • Jen 9 February 2012 6:28 pm Permalink

      Let me know when you polish off your first batch, Alaiyo!

  9. Abby 9 February 2012 7:40 am Permalink

    I grew up with the Little Debbie version too, I love that you have this recipe…now we can enjoy them without the icky preservatives and stuff.

    • Jen 9 February 2012 6:26 pm Permalink

      Exactly! All-natural yumminess. Nothing’s better than that!

  10. fatpiginthemarket 9 February 2012 11:38 am Permalink

    That was hilarious. I had a childhood friend who used to practically dance on command for nachos…as long as her wheat germ fanatic mom wasn’t around. Love the marshmallow filling in these.

    • Jen 9 February 2012 6:26 pm Permalink

      My dad used to sneak me Rolos to contradict the damage my health-nut mother was doing to me. And then he’d say, “Don’t tell your mother!” I never told her. ;)

  11. Lacy @ NYCityEats 9 February 2012 3:44 pm Permalink

    Haha oh no! My childhood was probably the complete opposite, my mom is a huge fan of chips and so kindly passed that on to me, it’s terrible! But these cookies look amazing!! The sound so delicious, wish I could have one right now. Would definitely make this horrible work day SO much better.

    • Jen 9 February 2012 6:25 pm Permalink

      These cookies could definitely bring about world peace.

  12. Kristina 10 February 2012 8:12 am Permalink

    hahaha thats how it was at my friends house too, I was the lucky kid in the neighborhood that got to eat Doritos and drink pop (maybe that’s why all I do is bake now!) But these oatmeal cream pies look amazing! We use to eat these when we were kids too, I love soft cookie sandwiches!

    • Jen 10 February 2012 5:43 pm Permalink

      I didn’t taste Doritos until I was grown. I’m making up for it now. On principal, of course! ;)

  13. The Messy Baker 10 February 2012 12:54 pm Permalink

    Oatmeal cream pies are my favorite. They remind me of my childhood. I will def. be giving these a try. Thanks.

  14. Eliot 11 February 2012 6:00 pm Permalink

    Giggling right now. These remind me of the totally unhealthy Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies that we had growing up. We thought they were wonderful. I don’t know if I could choke one down today, but I certainly would like one of these.

    • Jen 11 February 2012 6:34 pm Permalink

      These are NOTHING like those pre-packaged things. These are DIVINE! ;)

  15. Kim Bee 11 February 2012 7:57 pm Permalink

    These look delicious. My childhood was the opposite. My mom ate french fry sandwiches and I never ate a salad till I hit adulthood. So crazy.

    • Jen 12 February 2012 8:22 am Permalink

      Wow! I’ve never even heard of a french fry sandwich! ;)

      Seriously, it is crazy how we all had different experiences. I know my upbringing absolutely changed the way I eat now.

  16. smittenbyfood 12 February 2012 6:48 am Permalink

    Never thought of crackers and bacon before! Such a great idea! =)

  17. Peggy 12 February 2012 7:46 am Permalink

    These bring back so many memories! Definitely look better than any pre-packaged Little Debbie snack that we grew up with =)

    • Jen 12 February 2012 8:23 am Permalink

      There is simply NO comparison! I hope you try them!

  18. lauren 12 February 2012 8:01 pm Permalink

    my dad loves oatmeal cookies! ill have to make these for him!

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