Oatmeal Creme Pies
Who doesn't love oatmeal creme pies? With their two soft oatmeal like cookies sandwiched between a layer of vanilla creme, Little Debbie oatmeal creme pies were a staple in my lunchbox growing up. One of my favorite ways to eat them was to pull off the top cookie layer and fold over the second cookie onto the layer of creme. This created the perfect double stuffed creme pie! Now that I’m older (and supposedly wiser), I have found myself reading more and more labels on food products. All of the processed foods that we grew up with as children are packed with so many preservatives and food additives. Including those delicious Little Debbie's that I enjoyed so much as a child. What a downer!
Having worked a fair amount of years as a professional pastry chef, I am usually able to re-create a more natural and tastier version of many of my childhood comfort foods. When recreating a recipe, I am often asked “where do you even begin?” Recipes such as oatmeal creme pies are typically a collaboration of two or more favorite recipes combined to form one delicious outcome. This recipe is certainly no exception.
My favorite oatmeal cookie recipe is slightly altered to form a soft and chewy cookie that is then sandwiched between a layer of my light and creamy vanilla buttercream. Oh my god these are good!!! I made them, photographed them and put them under glass on the counter. The next morning I noticed half of them had disappeared. Both kids had grabbed one and to my surprise my husband had eaten two! You may wonder why this is surprising? As much as I love to bake, my dear husband is surprisingly not a "sweets" kind of guy. Desserts are often handed out to neighbors or friends before they are eaten by any members of my family. However, these cookies were just too good to give away and they sure didn’t last very long at all.
Wanting to keep this recipe as natural as possible I choose to use Organic vanilla extract. Our Organic Vanilla Extract is made from a blend of select Bourbon vanillas used to create an equal balance of flavor and aroma. Bold cherry-chocolate flavor characterize the proprietary blend of Planifolia beans we used to create this extract. The end result is unique and balanced extract unmatched in our industry, making it our most versatile extract and perfect for these healthier alternatives to those not-so-healthy Little Debbie's.
Oatmeal Creme Pie Recipe
Yields 7-8 creme pies
- 1 cup butter (softened)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. Organic vanilla extract
- 1¾ cups flour
- ½ tsp. allspice
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 ¾ cups quick oats
Vanilla crème filling
- ½ cup butter (softened)
- ½ tsp. ground vanilla
- ½ tsp. Organic vanilla extract
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup milk
Place softened butter and both sugars into a mixing bowl on a stand mixer. Fit the mixer with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high until the mixture is light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until well incorporated. In a separate small bowl whisk together the flour, ground allspice, vanilla extract, salt and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the stand mixer bowl. Beat on medium speed until a dough is formed. Add the oats and mix until just incorporated. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Scoop the dough onto parchment or silpat lined baking sheets using a standard ice cream scoop. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes until the cookie is lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.
Vanilla crème filling
Place the softened butter, ground vanilla, organic vanilla extract and powdered sugar into a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Turn the mixer on low and add the milk, increase speed to medium high and beat the ingredients until they are light and fluffy.
Invert one cooled cookie and spread a layer of vanilla crème onto the cookie. Sandwich a second cookie onto the cookie with the vanilla crème. Enjoy!