Thursday, May 07, 2009

Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

homemade oatmeal cream pie

This past weekend my dad and brother when on a camping trip with their scout troop. When they came home, they brought something with them. No, not expansive knowledge of knot tying (although they did bring that also). Little Debbies. Oatmeal Cream Pies to be exact. I know what you’re thinking, how dare they bring pre-packaged pastry products into the house of a baker. I thought the same thing.

oatmeal cream pie

I’m pretty sure I was about 8 the last time I had a Little Debbie. I was at a friends house, her mom always had snack cakes in the house (my mom never did, still doesn’t!).I didn't even remember what they tasted like. So being the adventurer I am, I decided to try one of them.

It was gross. It just tasted bad. Artificial. So I thought, surely I can make a something better. Right?

Wrong. At first at least. The recipe I used was a disaster! First, I didn’t have enough plain oats. So I had to PICK APPLE PIECES OUT OF CINNAMON APPLE OATMEAL. Then sift all the sugar and cinnamon out. Let me tell you this, there is A LOT of apple bits and sugar in those little packets of oatmeal.


Then I tried three different times to get it to work. The first time, at the temperature the recipe gave. The second, at a lower temp. The third time I used a silpat because I couldn’t get the things off the pan. They burned far too quickly and spread out too much.

They actually tasted fantastic, but they were totally flat and impossible to get off in one piece.

homemade oatmeal cream pie

But I was determined to make it work. So, I bought new oats, found a new recipe, tweaked it a bit, and tried again. This time they came out great, not too thin, and not too sweet.

And plus, they are kind of adorable in that reminiscing about simpler times kind of way. You should make these, you won’t be sorry.

homemade oatmeal cream pie

Oatmeal Cream Pies

1 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups quick oats

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars.
Add eggs one at a time, until well combined, then add vanilla.
Whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, cocoa powder, cinnamon and oats. Add to the creamed mixture. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes.

Drop about a tbsp of dough on cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes, or until they are just starting to brown around the edges, they will look moist in the center, so don’t overcook.
Put them on a wire rack to cool.

1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups marshmallow cream
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 tablespoons milk

Cream the shortening with the marshmallow cream, then add the powdered sugar and vanilla, beat on low for about a minute. If it’s too thick, add a little water. You want it to be spreadable but not runny.


  1. Mmmm... Oatmeal Cream Pies used to be one of the main things I would buy when I was in high school and my mom would forget to give me a check for a lunch ticket and just give me cash. Once she found out (I went to HS in a small town), she rarely forgot to write the check - but I'm with you - since I have become an avid baker, they are kinda gross now.

    Thanks for the recipe. I am totally gonna have to try these out. Thanks to you for perfecting them - these might just be my undoing. :P

    Oh- also, in the filling ingredients, "marshmallow" is spelled incorrectly. (Just thought you'd like to know! :) )


  2. these look great hannah...and look at that perseverance! my boyfriend, sean, would love these. he loves those little debbie ones, but i won't buy them for him, these look like a much better subsitute.

  3. Crap, this is one thing I forgot to add to my list!! Where did you get the second recipe from? It looks fantastic! :D

  4. I make those a lot! I use this recipe:

    And they are perfect. I have friends that beg me to make them for their birthdays, parties, whatever... but they're so time consuming (and whoever got the bright idea to put marshmallow fluff in a mixer should be shot)!

  5. Morgan: That's the recipe I used the first time, it came out awful for me!

  6. Hello Hannah! I got to your blog through Meredith's. I enjoy reading your blog alot because I cook alot to! Well as much as one would cook for ten family members! I've been cooking all the meals since I was 12, I'm now 13 almost 14. We made those things before, but they were way to sweet for my liking. I might just have to try your's! Kelsey

  7. oh my goodness! i didnt think it was possible to make these sweets-they are my favorites!
    thank you so much for the recipe! i really really really really really really really really really really want to do this, but i have to say that i would not have as much determination.... if a recipe doesnt work out for me-its ashes get thrown out the window. :) that is something i need to work on, must have more determination in baking!
    thank you hannah-dear!

  8. Yum those look great! I can't believe how much patience you have. I probably would have given up after the second batch!

  9. Hannah, you are the best! I loved eating these when I was a kid, and you've reminded me of how much I miss them. I can't wait to try this out. Thanks so much!

  10. Oh that's awesome. I ate my fair share of these as a child, thanks to my grandma. Yours look far superior to the original!



  11. Tasty tasty tasty!! Those look fabulous!!!! I tried this recipe, it's similar, but quite different at the same time:

  12. I was thinking that! It drives me crazy when my brother loves his shortening + chemical cookies..haha

  13. Yum! This looks sooo great! I wish I could have one right now! Thanks for sharing!

  14. What the heckkk?!?! I am making these right now and they look like we had the same problem, I should have just used your recipe haha... fail!

  15. haha....

    "how dare he bring these into the home of a baker..."


    and i must say these look AMAZING!

  16. they look utterly delicious!! Cant believe you sifted through flavoured oatmeal, that's dedication to the cause :p

    Katie xox

  17. Ooh i love them! So much prettier than the original! One of these sounds delicious right now

  18. YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to try these! Thanks! :)

  19. You are amazing! I made these for my husband to take branding...they are so good. I didn't have marshmallow cream so I made my own...very easy to do. Thanks for posting the recipe, Shaylyn

  20. These look beautiful. I plan to gorge as long as my ingredients let me...and then buy more ingredients...and then gorge...

  21. Oh, fantastic! These Oatmeal Cream Pies look really good!



  22. Fantastic!! I applaud you! Thanks for the recipe!
    My daughter found your blog and we are so glad she did!!
    Happy Cooking and Baking!
    Blessings, Lilly

  23. Mmmm.... those look SO yummy! Way to keep on trying for the right result! Those look really fun to make. Must do some afternoon. :)

    Thanks for sharing the yummy photos!


  24. these look so yummy ... I might just try making some for myself :o)

    ok and my family :o)


  25. Never had Little Debbies. Never. Did I miss something in my childhood? These though, your homemade oatmeal cream pies? If I'd had these in my childhood I may have never grown up.

  26. So excited to find this recipe for oatmeal cream pies! I used to LOVE these, but like you express in your blog, I wouldn't dream of buying them today. Thanks for the post!

  27. This is so weird! I JUST went to the Amish country this weekend, and had these homemade from an amazing farm shop. My brother and I were obsessed, and I couldn't wait to come home and make them. Thanks for posting your efforts!

  28. I just made these for my family who adores the boxed version. I'm the meanie who never buys it for them so I decided to try out your recipe. It was a huge success. I may have won them over from poor Little Debbie.

    Thank you! Your blog is so lovely and I look forward to trying more of your tasty treats. Thank you so very much.

  29. Omg, they look sooo delicious! I love sandwich cookies...
    The only problem is that we haven't in Poland marshmallow cream, I don't even know how it can taste like (like marshmallows i suppose :D ). Do you think I can replace it with something else?

  30. I just made these and they are delicious! My boyfriend loves oatmeal cream pies and he said these taste so much more "sophisticated." :) thanks much for posting your efforts!

  31. Those look amazing! I have been craving something like that forever. What kind of oats did you use? Also, do you think it's possible to make these without a standing mixer?

  32. oh wow very delicious, I think that I am going to make this true this excellent pastry, I think that I am not going to be happy until I started eating some pieces of it. Buy Viagra Viagra

  33. Would I need to tweak the cookie recipe any if I wanted to add some raisins?

  34. This is seriously the best recipe! I don't have to alter the recipe at ALL for the cookies or the cream. Oatmeal cream pies are my boyfriends absolute favorite and I surprised him with these on Valentine's Day. He said he'd died and gone to Heaven! Love them!!

  35. Wow, you really are determined! They turned out perfect! I would eat the whole batch!!

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