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These homemade oatmeal cream pies are quite possibly the cookie you didn’t know you needed in your life…but trust me, you do. They are everything you WANT a Little Debbie to be: perfectly soft, cinnamon oatmeal cookies with a creamy, buttery filling that doesn’t squeeze out of the cookie sandwich. I’m telling you, these are THE BEST.
These homemade oatmeal creme pies are made with a special ingredient – Domino® Golden Sugar. Golden sugar is essentially a less processed version of the sugar that we all know and love. It’s made from pure cane sugar and works cup-for-cup just like granulated sugar. It also imparts just a hint of molasses flavor and bakes into your desserts like golden perfection.
Ingredients for Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies
These homemade oatmeal creme pies don’t require a ton of ingredients; here’s what you’ll need to make them:
- Butter: The one and only. You’ll need it for the dough and the filling.
- Dark brown sugar: The extra molasses in the sugar spikes these cookies with a more complex depth of flavor. It also helps make the cookies unbelievably soft.
- Domino® Golden Sugar: This helps balance the brown sugar and contributes to the cookies spreading to the perfect thickness.
- Eggs: These help with the structure and overall stability of the cookies.
- Vanilla extract: It enhances all the other flavors in the recipe. Leaving it out will result in cookies that taste a little bland.
- All-purpose flour: Only 1.5 cups of all-purpose flour is needed, making these the perfect treat to indulge in if you’re trying to ration the flour you currently have!
- Baking soda: Helps to create a soft, slightly fluffy cookie.
- Salt: Like vanilla, it’s a flavor enhancer. Don’t forget it!
- Cinnamon: YUM.
- Cloves: DOUBLE YUM. Also totally optional; feel free to replace with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.
- Old-Fashioned Oats: I prefer using old-fashioned oats as it gives you a chewier texture; however, you can use quick oats if that’s all you have on hand. The final look and texture of the cookie will be different, but still delicious!
The creme filling is truly unforgettable too! Just butter, powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla bean paste. YES PLEASE.
How to Make Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies:
These oatmeal creme pies are ridiculously easy to make!
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Beat together the butter and sugars until pale and fluffy.
- Stir in eggs and vanilla extract.
- Whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves, then add in the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
- Shape dough into balls, then bake for 12 to 14 minutes.
- Completely cool before spreading with buttercream filling.
Here are a few tips to help ensure your cookie-making success!
THE COOKIE DOUGH IS STICKY
This cookie dough is thick and quite sticky. Don’t let that worry you, though! It yields a very soft, delicious cookie! Below is a photo of how the dough should look once it’s finished mixing.
MEASURE THE COOKIE DOUGH
Use a large 2-tbsp cookie scoop to measure out each cookie. If you want smaller cookie sandwiches, feel free to use a medium cookie scoop instead and lower the bake time to 10-12 minutes!
COOL THE COOKIES COMPLETELY & THEN MATCH
I think this is the fun part… finding the perfect match for each cookie! Make sure to allow them to rest on the baking pan for about 3 minutes before you remove them, and let the cookies cool completely before filling them. The cookies are extremely fragile when they first come out of the oven and will instantly break if you attempt to remove them before they’ve set!
How to Store Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies:
These cookies can be stored at room temperature for 1 or 2 days, but I highly recommend storing them chilled in an airtight container. They will keep for 3-4 days when stored properly in the fridge!
Can I freeze Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies?
Yes! If you want to freeze them, simply put them on a baking sheet and place the sandwiched Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies in the freezer. Once they are frozen, transfer to a plastic bag or freezer-safe airtight container to store. When you would like to enjoy them, remove from the freezer and let them sit at room temperature until thawed (about 1 hour)!
Tips For Making Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies:
- This dough doesn’t require any chilling time; you can bake it as soon as you mix it up! Because there’s no chill time, these cookies spread while baking… so make sure you give them ample room when placing them on the pan!
- Don’t over bake the cookies. The edges should be slightly brown and crispy, but the centers will be soft and chewy.
- If any cookies look misshapen after baking, use a round biscuit/pastry cutter to gently scoot the edges in and reshape while still warm on the pan.
- Make sure the cookies are completely cool before filling them with the vanilla bean creme filling; otherwise it will melt!
- Leave room around the edges of the cookies when you pipe/spread the filling on. When you press another cookie on top, the filling will spread to the sides.
Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies
For the Oatmeal Cookies:
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 cup Domino® light brown sugar
- ½ cup Domino® Golden Sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp coarse sea salt
- ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
For the Vanilla Bean Creme Filling:
- ¾ cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 2½ cups Domino® confectioners sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 tbsp heavy cream
To Make the Oatmeal Cookies:
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter, light brown sugar, and Domino® Golden Sugar together on medium-high speed until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs and the vanilla and mix until combined, scraping down the sides as needed. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and oats together. With the mixer on low, slowly add the oat mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. (The dough will be thick).
- Using a large cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2.5 inches between each cookie (they will spread as they bake). Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until lightly golden brown around the edges. Allow cookies to sit on the pan for about 3 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely. While the cookies cool, prepare the crème filling.
To Make the Vanilla Bean Creme Filling:
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium-high speed until fluffy and lighter in color, about 5 minutes.
- Turn the speed down to low and gradually add in the powdered sugar. Continue mixing on low speed until the powdered sugar is completely incorporated. Add in the vanilla bean paste and heavy cream and mix until combined.
- Turn the mixer back up to medium-high speed and beat the mixture for an additional 3-5 minutes until the buttercream is fluffy. If needed, add in a little more cream 1 teaspoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
- To fill and assemble, pipe or spread about 1½ tablespoons of crème filling on the bottom side of half of the cookies; top with the remaining cookies, right side up.
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