Sunday, December 14, 2014

Oatmeal Cream Pies

This month I joined a Cookie Carnival (as part of Secret Recipe Club), which is a group of bloggers who make each others cookies in December and then blog about them. I got the blog Join Us, Pull Up a Chair. It's written by Heather who is a mother, blogger, business woman, and she has a full time job. I'm going to bed now. No wait, because I have to tell you about these cookies which were everything I'd hoped they'd be and more. Truly, I had NO problem picking my cookie.

I picked these oatmeal cream pies because I used to love the Little Debbie version. I have many memories of coming home after school, climbing up on my counter, and stealing them from the cupboard where my mom kept them. In defense of this questionable behavior, let me distract you from myself and point the finger at someone else and say that I also have plenty of memories of my parents snarfing them down. So there we go.

Even though I haven't had a Little Debbie cream pie in years, anything that professes to be a better, homemade version can catch my eye. Now it can catch yours too. These are one of the best cookies I've made in a while. And I like to make cookies. They are way way better than any oatmeal cream pie you'll buy in a store. And you don't have to change out of your pajamas to enjoy them.

Oatmeal Cream Pies
from Join Us, Pull Up a Chair
Makes about 20 cream pies
Prep time: about 20 minutes
Cook time: 10-12 minutes
Cost: $2.65
oats: .20, flour: .10, butter: .50, sugar: .10, brown sugar: .20, egg: .10, cream cheese: 1.00, confectioner's sugar: .10, maple syrup: .25, other spices: .10

1 1/2 C rolled oats
1 C flour (I used all purpose)
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C light brown sugar
1 egg

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 C confectioners sugar
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350.

In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.

In a separate bowl, cream together butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add in egg. Then add flour mixture until well combined. Stir in oats by hand.

Roll batter into balls (about 1-2 Tbsp worth). Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned (on bottom).

Allow to cool completely.

While it's cooling, make the filling. Beat cream cheese with confectioner's sugar until smooth. Add maple syrup until combined.

When cookies are cool, plop a tablespoon or so of filling between the flat sides of the cookies.

They're amazing.



  1. What a terrific pick for the Cookie Carnival. My husband is a huge Oatmeal Cream Pies fan - but homemade sounds MUCH more appealing to me!

  2. AW, thank you for the sweet words! These are amazing cookies, and yes, I used to "steal" Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies from the cabinet too!

  3. Great Cookie Choice~ Happy Holidays~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  4. These sound amazing! My kids would be all over these! Great pictures!

  5. Oh man. YUM! I love the Little Debbie pies. Maple syrup in the frosting. Holy heck. YUM!

  6. Oh my goodness do I just love the looks of these cookies! I have been dying to make such a cookie but have been a bit intimidated about doing so. Thank you for the final push as now after reading your post I am feeling more confident in making such a cookie/treat! :-) Happy Holidays!

  7. Yum! Love the addition of maple syrup in the center. I will definitely have to try these.

  8. Thanks everyone. These are sooo good. And not hard at all.

  9. I've not heard of the Little Debbie version, but I love the sound of these ones!

  10. This is my first visit to your blog - so glad we had this cross-group event. I absolutely love that you put the prices on your recipes. I'll have to come by again and browse. Happy holidays!



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