Soft and chewy oatmeal cookies are sandwiched together with delicious vanilla buttercream to create the perfect dessert. Forget Little Debbie, fresh, homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies are where it’s at.
Oatmeal Cream Pies are one of those store-bought items that I simply can’t have in the house. I loved them as a kid and even had them on my weekly shopping list in college – which totally contributed to the freshman twenty. Well, those, and Taco Bell nachos bel grandes with extra sour cream. Keepin’ it real, folks.
There’s just something about soft oatmeal cookies sandwiched together with a layer of sweet frosting that makes me happy and nostalgic. Do you remember opening up that crinkly plastic wrapper and getting hit with the sweet, oaty smell of those super soft cookies and delicious frosting? Someone should totally make a candle that smells like that.
I had to permanently remove them from my shopping list when I found myself noshing down on an entire box of them in a matter of a few days. If you haven’t had an oatmeal cream pie in awhile, allow me to remind you that there are 12 oatmeal cream pies in a box, so I was getting down with those suckers in a serious and not-so-good-for-me kinda way.
They’d pretty much fallen off my dessert/snack radar for years until last month when I stopped into a local bakery to pick up a cake. Keeping it even more real, this baking blogger bought a cake for her stepmom’s birthday. Sometimes life gets the best of you, and a bakery is just the way to go, friends.
The lovely girl who owns the bakery greeted me a gorgeous ombre rose cake and an oatmeal cream pie the size of my face. The thing was crazy big, so I broke a not-so-tiny piece off and passed the rest off on my mom. But then I immediately added giant, homemade oatmeal cream pies to my must-bake recipe list.
And since bigger is always better when it comes to oatmeal cream pies, I wasn’t messing around with small, flat oatmeal cookies. These babies are large, sturdy cookies. They’re slightly crisp on the outside and perfectly chewy on the inside, which makes them perfect for sandwiching together with a generous slathering of vanilla buttercream.
My whole house smelled like that candle I want someone to make, and it. Was. AMAZING. Eric had been out at the gym, and when he walked in the door, I believe he exclaimed, “OMG WHAT did you bake?!”. This house is never short on good baking smells, so that’s saying somethin’, folks.
These homemade oatmeal cream pies would be fantastic for taking along to summer picnics and potlucks because they travel easily and well. They’re sure to be crowd pleasers – have you ever known anyone to ever turn down an oatmeal cream pie, let alone a homemade one? Doubtful.
You’ll be a potluck hero, for sure!
Yield: 9 large sandwich cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes