Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

These Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies are some of my favorite cookies ever!
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
How do you feel about that?
Personally I think imitation is a nice way of saying “copy”.
I am not judging, Lord knows I have done my fair share of copying in my life.
I know everyone remembers the “Rachel” hair style.
Yep, I copied.
I had suspenders in the 3rd grade like Mork’s from Mork and Mindy.
I had no shame in copying.
I copied Bridget at Bake at 350 and started a blog.
Copy Copy Copy.
When someone copies YOU, though, it sometimes is less flattering and more annoying.
I had a roommate in my college years that copied the food that I ate.
It was really odd.
You might think that is a great thing because I would like all the food in the apartment.
Not so much.
The food that I existed on in college were Twizzlers and Diet Dr. Pepper and my roommate would hoard the snacks in her closet no sharing involved just weird snack copying.
I also had an acquaintance of mine tell me all about her first job…
Unfortunately the story she told me of her first employer was the exact same story I had told her the week before of MY first job.
Again, very odd.
I will say the “acquaintance” had a few screws loose beforehand and my husband said that anyday now he was going to come home to her wearing my skin ala Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs.
Anyway, yes…copying CAN be creepy, but sometimes it can be pretty awesome.
At least I hope Little Debbie thinks it’s awesome, otherwise I am just lumped into the same category as my creepy ex-roommate and skin wearing old acquaintance.
Gosh I hope not.
So I copied Deb and made her “Oatmeal Creme Pies”.
Mine are different…I didn’t spell Cream in the fancy Little Debbie way…
I try to keep it real.
I am going to tell you that these “pies” are good.  I mean REALLY good.
Like go to the store and get your supplies now good.
It has been a long time since I had an authentic Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie, but I think it’s safe to say that the homemade version is thrice as delicious.
I said it.  Thrice.

 

Sorry Little Debbie for being a thunder stealer on this one..I mean at least until I try and duplicate the Star Crunch!

 

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Oatmeal Cream Pies


Ingredients

Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 Tbsp boiling water

Filling

  • 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp unflavored gelatin (about 1 1/2 packets)
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup water (divided)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz vegetable shortening

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper…this is an important step.
  3. Cream the butter, sugars, and molasses together with your mixer.
  4. Add eggs and mix on medium until combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the salt, flour, and baking powder. Add to the creamed mixture. Add the cinnamon and oats. Mix well.
  6. In a small dish, add the baking soda to the boiling water, and then stir the mixture into the rest of the batter. Mix well.
  7. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto the baking sheets about 2 inches apart and bake until the cookies are golden around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes.
  8. The cookies will look slightly wet in the middle..just go by the color of the edge.
  9. Let the cookies cool completely on the parchment lined baking sheet and carefully move to a wire rack.
  10. The cookies will be soft and fragile, so be extra careful when moving them!

For the filling:

  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/3 cup cold water.
  2. Stir it together and let it stand about 5 minutes.
  3. In a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the granulated sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup hot water until well blended. Continuing to stir, raise the heat to high and bring to a full boil. Continue boiling for 30 seconds. Immediately remove from the heat. Stir in the gelatin mixture until it dissolves completely.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the vanilla.
  5. With your mixer on medium speed, beat for 20 seconds. Gradually raise the speed to high and beat until the mixture is stiffened, white, very fluffy, and cooled to barely warm, about 5 minutes.
  6. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add your powdered sugar.
  7. Add your shortening and beat until completely smooth.
  8. The filling will set up as it sits, so wait until it is thick enough to spread or pipe before filling the cookies, but don’t let it sit too long, though because it will become a giant marshmallow!!
  9. Let the cookies set up for about 20-30 minutes and they will be PERFECT!

53 Responses

  1. Aimee

    Your post cracked me up! I copied those awhile back too, funny enough my daughter asked me to make them again today. Thanks for the chuckle!
    Aimee

  2. InsightsbyApril

    How funny is it that while at the grocery store today I saw the oatmeal creme pies and was hoping there was a homemade recipe out there.. Good timing!!

  3. Taylor

    I definitely had the Rachel haircut too! I might be copying you on these oatmeal cream pies…hope that doesn't annoy you 🙂

  4. adoll

    I was thisclose to buying the Debbie version at Wally World the other day. My birthday party is this weekend and lets just say that these are going to be making an appearance!!

  5. sugarswings

    oh man, they look awesome!! i love those pies and i never look at the nutrition label when i do indulge because that would be ridiculous…great job!

  6. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    These look copy-worthy! I used to love those little oatmeal "creme" pies! Homemade must be a zillion times more delicious.

  7. Trish - Sweetology101

    I am down with OCP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To know that I could produce these babies in the confines of my own home without venturing out to the wally marty to get them….revolutionary idea!

  8. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Those little Debbie cookies are one of my husband's favorite childhood treats! I'm going to have to make these for him.

  9. Food Glorious Food!

    Oh yeah… My class mate used to copy whatever I eat for lunch and how I tie up my hair.. a little odd. Great looking cookies… I wish I can have a bite! Thanks for sharing dear!

  10. Kelli

    Dammit! Now I'm going to have to make these! I'm starving.
    I was never popular enough to be copied frequently expect by the one or two girls that were less popular than I. Honestly? Not a good place to be.

  11. Faith

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving that sweet comment! Love your blog, and what a great post! Oatmeal cookies are high on my list of favorites and sandwiched together with that creamy filling they really are irresistible!

  12. bridget {bake at 350}

    Oh and…"I copied Bridget at Bake at 350 and started a blog.
    Copy Copy Copy." NOTHING could make me happier! Seriously?!? You really just made my day! I can't imagine a food blogging world WITHOUT cookies and cups!

  13. Rebecca

    Thanks for posting this. They look AMAZING. My daughter has a life threatening peanut/treenut and has never been able to eat any Little Debbie snacks. By extension, neither have I! In 7 years! I'm going to introduce her to the wonderful delight of Oatmeal Cream Pies this weekend. She'll be in heaven!

  14. Joanne

    I'm pretty sure I LIVED off of these in high school. Literally. I had these and those Hostess cupcakes for lunch. Almost every day. I was an equal opportunist snacker.

    I'm so excited to be able to make them at home! And then I'll be copying YOU. Sorry if that's annoying.

  15. Georgia Pellegrini

    I don't think I've ever tasted anything like this at all, and I just adore oatmeal cookies! I'll try them as soon as I finish my move and am settled into a proper kitchen.

  16. Kristan

    Oatmeal Cream Pies are my most favorite Little Debbie of all time.

    I'll be waiting for these in the mail. You know my address.

  17. Kristen

    Did you know that oatmeal cream pies are one of my absolute favorite things? That and fudge rounds? Might as well package up some for me too since you are headed to the PO w/ Kristan's delivery anyway 😉

  18. Evan @swEEts

    I have had a recipe for oatmeal cream pies in my book of "to makes" for a long time, but now I'll have to wait a few more months to make them so I don't copy you 🙂

  19. Stacey

    I made these yesterday and they were a big hit. I did leave the shortening out of the cream. I don't think it hurt at all to leave it out. Then I didn't feel as guilty eating one for breakfast this morning!
    Thank you for this post, I couldn't believe I actually had everything at home to make these!

  20. Laura

    Hi Shelly! I love your blog, and these look amazing! I will definitely be trying them. I just started my own blog, little girl big taste, a few days ago and I hope you get the chance to check it out! It's filled with all things baking & fashion 🙂

  21. Elizabeth

    I love all things Little Debbie and can’t wait to make these with my son. Thank you! BTW, your story about copying is hilarious.

  22. Katie

    Have you tried freezing these? I’m guessing they’d be fine, but just checking. I plan on making these today and freezing for a party this weekend.

  23. Oh man, just made these this past weekend, but cheated on the filling by using a fluff-based cream. They were amazing!!! And they’ve gotten better with time. Thanks!

  24. Mary

    These look delicious, and I plan on making them for a party this weekend. However, I couldn’t see anywhere in the recipe how many cookies/pies a batch made. Any ideas?

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