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Oatmeal Creme Pies

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These scrumptious Oatmeal Creme Pies are a homemade version of my childhood favorites. Chewy oatmeal cookies sandwich a delectable marshmallow creme based filling.

Store bought treats were rare in my childhood home, but on occasion, my mom would bring home Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies. They disappeared in a red hot minute. And believe it or not, this homemade version is even better than my memories of these sweet sandwich treats!

Oatmeal Creme Pies stacked on a white plate


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Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies

Growing up, there were certain grocery store items my sisters and I were hoping would be in our mother’s shopping cart. I was always pining for Archway Pecan Sandies, boxed gingersnaps, and Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies. But my mom was very frugal and those types of splurges didn’t happen very often.

But fast forward to college. Thank goodness the shelves were usually stocked with Little Debbies on our 2 AM post bar sprees to Quik Trip or whatever 24-hour convenience store was closest. I hadn’t thought of these sandwich cookies in years, but once I spotted a copycat recipe on my friend, Jen’s blog, I knew I’d have to bake up a batch.

Oatmeal Creme Pies lined up on a wire rack

Tips for Making These Soft and Chewy Sandwich Cookies

  • I tweaked Jen’s recipe a wee bit, adding ginger to the cookie recipe and butter to the filling instead of shortening. Butter trumps shortening 99% of the time, though the latter is great for making a flaky pie crust.
  • I also made 12 Oatmeal Creme Pies  instead of 20. They had to be BIG like the original Little Debbie version. Feel free to make any size you like, but make sure to adjust your baking time if you elect to make smaller cookies.
  • Using a spatula to tap the oatmeal cookies into perfect rounds as soon as they come out of oven, makes for better looking sandwich cookies.
  • Also, using a cookie disher to make consistent sized cookies is extremely helpful.
  • I like using an offset spatula to spread frosting on these cookies.

The result was soft and chewy cookies with a spectacular marshmallow filling! My friends proclaimed them better than Little Debbies! I thought so, too! I hope you’ll try this classic!!!

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Oatmeal Creme Pies | Better than Little Debbies!!!

Oatmeal Creme Pies

Chewy oatmeal cookies filled with a marshmallow cream frosting recreate a childhood favorite!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 44 minutes
  • Yield: 12 large cookies
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flour

Filling::

  • 1 cup butter.at room temperature
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 7-ounce jar marshmallow creme
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Cream butter and sugars. Add molasses, eggs, and vanilla, and mix well.
  3. Add salt, soda, cinnamon and ginger, and mix well.
  4. Add oatmeal, and mix until combined. Add flour and mix until just incorporated.
  5. Using a cookie disher if available, drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes.
  6. For filling, mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth and fluffy.
  7. Frost flat side of half of the cooled cookies, and sandwich together with an unfrosted cookie.

Notes

Adapted from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

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40 comments on “Oatmeal Creme Pies”

  1. I know I’d love these and bigger is always better when it comes to cookies:@)

  2. Can I have 1? or ? or all of them? 😀

  3. These look JUST like the Little Debbie Ones! What a fun treat! I always loved pecan sandies growing up, and of course these oatmeal cream pies!

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever had an oatmeal cream pie. I really want to make some to see what all the fuss is about.

  5. These yummy cream pies do look like Little Debbie ones…only so much better, and healthier without preservatives to make them last longer. I’m sure you didn’t have a problem making it last long, Lizzy!
    Yummy! xoxo

  6. All the love of Little Debbies without the processed ingredients? Yes, please!

  7. Today I made the oats pies, they are very nice but I love yours with the cream Inside!
    How was the blogger’s meeting? It looks fun 😉

  8. Hellllo comfort food! Looooooove this!

  9. As soon as I told my daughter about this post she said, “And you will be making these when?” LOL she loves you Liz!!!

  10. My husband is going to go crazy when I make these! Thanks!

  11. pure perfection.
    I want one of those RIGHT NOW!! x

  12. i love love love these. i’ve been wanting to make some. yum!

  13. These creme pies look incredible, I think you made them the perfect size!

  14. These look yummmm Lizzy!:))

  15. Wonderful to have this copycat recipe. Liz. My husband’s favorite NJ cookie as a child were also Little Debbie.

  16. Hi Liz, this could be my most favorite of your recipes yet, love them!

  17. I’ve never heard of Little Debbie’s. I remember shopping with my mother and hoping she’d put in something with sugar. But alas – just more wheatgerm! Your cookies are gorgeous and I love how your friend Jen, rekindled the memory and gave you the inspiration xx

  18. oh I love oatmeal cream pies, they look delicious Liz and so perfectly made! 🙂

  19. How do you get them so perfectly round? I do remember Little Debbie. Probably full of everything we’re trying to avoid but a book and a oatmeal creme pie made for a good afternoon in the dark ages.

  20. Perfection by Liz!

  21. By looking at them I can feel the taste and the texture of these delicious little treats.

  22. Boy, this looks soooo good. Wish I can grab some from the screen right away.
    Hope you’re having a lovely week ahead dear.
    Blessings, Kristy

  23. I love those sandwiched oatmeal cookies!

  24. A taste of childhood.

  25. I haven’t tasted these before but they look so appetising and I can never resist a good cookie with my cup of tea. Thanks for the recipe.

    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

  26. no lie- i just got home from target with some GF rolled oats. I am so making this recipe

  27. I’ve eaten more of those little Debbie snack cakes than I care to remember. I just know that these are SO much better!!!

  28. YUMMY
    These look wonderful and I just loooooove marshmallow filing 🙂

  29. Never bought these but want to make asap. marshmallow filling, oh yes!

  30. Dang, Liz. You nailed them! A cleaner version, of course, but I appreciate your detailed attention to getting a perfect round sandwich cookie with just the right amount of filling. My hat’s off to you, my friend.

  31. Yum! These look so delicious. I can’t wait to give these a try 🙂

  32. Oh Liz, these look amazing! I would totally take a batch of your homemade ones over Debbie’s Oatmeal Cream pies any day 🙂

  33. wow! they are just perfect!

  34. I must admit that I was not a big oatmeal cookie fan as a child but I have come around. Your oatmeal creme pies are stunningly perfect, Liz. How do you get them so perfectly round?

  35. The ginger really makes them perfect for this time of year.

  36. these oatmeal creme pies look a million times better than storebought (AKA yummy x a million!!)

  37. I tried these and they spread over the entire baking sheet! What did I do wrong?

    • Is it warm in your kitchen, Lyn? I made these in the fall, so if your butter was too soft as it can do quickly in the summer, that would cause your cookies to spread. You want the butter to be soft enough to stir into the sugar easily, but not so soft it starts to look oily. Refrigerating the dough would have helped firm up the dough if that ever happens again. Hope that helps!

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