Just like the classic lunchtime treat but better–made with fresh ingredients, these homemade oatmeal cream pies will take you back to your childhood days.
With these warmer days, it’s been harder for me to stay inside and bake. Last week was filled with all things “yard.” I went shopping for new plants (because that’s always the first step, right? 😉 ), we cleared out some of our flower beds, got three scoops of mulch delivered, and even started ripping out some thorn bushes that went into the wooded part that surrounds our property. As a result of that, we stumbled upon a lot of poison ivy and poison oak. And man, oh man! I hadn’t had poison ivy so bad since I was a kid. All over my arms, it made working outside a bit more challenging. So I’m going to leave the rest of the clearing away to my husband, who isn’t affected by that stuff. Needless to say, I stayed inside earlier this week and got some things done–including these here oatmeal cream pies.
Growing up, we didn’t get a lot of packaged baked goods (with the exception of Tastykakes!). My mom made our desserts and that included little treats that went into our lunch bags. But I do remember going off to college, where things like Little Debbie went hand-in-hand with late night studying. I had my fair share of oatmeal cookie pies in those days. Well these “pies” are an ode to those good ol’ days, but they’re made with fresh ingredients–things you’ll find in your fridge and pantry.
Creamy butter filling sandwiched between two chewy cookies–these pies are easy to make and are an indulgent treat that everyone’s sure to love. If you’re craving something sweet, whip up a batch. They’re a fun recipe to do with kids too. Scooping out the dough and piping that filling–those are two “chores” my boys love to do (scraping the bowl clean is another one. 🙂 )
The cookie part has a wonderful brown sugar flavor, due to using Golden Barrel dark brown sugar as well as a touch of molasses. These are a sweet cookie so feel free to cut back on the sugar if you want.
Make up a batch (or two) for lunches or after-school snacks and your kids will be asking, “Little Debbie who?”
Kat is a mother of three boys who loves to bake and enjoys all things DIY. She has been blogging since 2010 featuring recipes and home design projects. Some of her home projects have been featured in Country Living and This Old House magazine, as well as many other prominent DIY blogs and websites.