Monday, October 25, 2010

Oatmeal Cream Pies


I rarely eat junky snack food, and never buy premade cookies or baked goods.  However, sometimes I get the urge for a Little Debbie oatmeal cream pie.  To me, there is just something special about that flavor and texture combination.  After I made Snickerdoodle cupcakes, I had a ton of marshmallow meringue frosting left over.  Licking my dipped finger, I was reminded of the fluffy, creamy, lightness of the filling of oatmeal cream pies, and I decided right then and there that I would make my own!  Voila!  Perfect!  Perfect chewy oatmeal cookie, not too heavy and dense.  The marshmallow meringue was perfect sandwiched in between the cookies. 

Oatmeal Cream Pies
Cookie Source: Diane Steury, a friend (adapted)
Marshmallow Meringue: here

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup milk
2 cups quick oats

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Beat butter and both sugars together; add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition; add vanilla.  In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.  Add flour mixture to butter mixture in two batches, alternating with the milk.  Add the oatmeal and mix well.

Drop by rounded teaspoons (I used a regular spoon) onto ungreased cookie sheet 2-inches apart.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown.  Let cookies cool most of the way before removing them from the baking sheets (this lets them finish baking and harden a bit so they don't crumble when you remove them from the sheet).

To make cream pies, match up like-sized cookies to form pairs.  Turn one cookie over, and gently squeeze marshmallow meringue onto bottom side of cookie (I filled a large zip bag with the frosting and cut the bottom corner off to form a tip).  Top with its pair.  Repeat with remaining cookie pairs.  You should now have about 2 dozen oatmeal cream pies!

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