Wednesday, January 07, 2015

#FoodieExtravaganza ~ Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies

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We are a group of bloggers who love to blog about food!  Each month we will decide on an all-famous National Monthly Food Holiday in which we will base our recipes around. This month's the ingredient is oatmeal.  Yes, January is National Oatmeal Month along with a whole array of other delightful things!! Get excited!! We hope you all enjoy our delicious oatmeal treats this month and come back to see what we bring for you next month.  If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza.  We would love to have you! If you're a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board! Looking for our previous parties? Check them out HERE

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So back to these Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie CopyCat cookies... yumm. My husband (who is a L.D. Oatmeal Creme Pie aficionado) did not give these a "copy cat approved" seal, but he sure did think they were DELICIOUS!! My cookies had issues... I can't figure out if I'm just not adjusting to my new oven, or what the deal is but this is the third or fourth cookie recipe I've made at our new house (we moved in a little over 2 months ago) that have had issues with baking up flat and irregularly (some flat, some fine on the same cookie tray, at the same time). These cookies should have had a little bit thicker, softer texture to them (I think), but they came out pretty thin instead (though were still nice and chewy and not too crisp except for the super thin ones). Thankfully enough cookies at least somewhat held their shape so that I was able to make about 10 cookie sandwiches from what I had - the rest of the cookies were too flat and spread out, so those went in a separate bag (they are still really tasty and chewy, even if they are super thin!) These cookies are SUPPOSED to spread some - so you don't have a super thick cookie sandwich - but most of mine were spreading too much. I even tried chilling the dough and then went back and added some additional flour to the dough at the end, but even that didn't resolve the issue completely... cookie trial and error shall continue!



Definitely give this recipe a try, you can decide for yourself if you think they come close to a Little Debbie - personally I don't care if they taste like the original they intend to replicate - they are amazing and I would pick these over store bought any day! The creme filling is SO yummy. It complements the chewy, molassesy cookies beautifully. My son ate one and then said the rest might be gone before the next morning... however he is smart enough to know his daddy would probably make him regret that decision, so there were still cookies in the tupperware the next morning. :)


Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies Copy Cats from Sally's Baking Addiction

Ingredients

Cookies
1 1/4 cups unsalted butter (2.5 sticks), softened to room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 TBS dark molasses
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats (NOT whole-rolled oats)

Creme Filling
3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons heavy cream (I used whole milk, but reduced the quantity to help keep a creamier / thicker consistency)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of salt, as needed


Directions

For the cookies:
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line your cookie sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together at medium speed just until light and fluffy in the bowl of a stand mixer and then add in the egg, vanilla and molasses. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Combine and then stir in the oats.
  4. Turn your mixer on low and slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet. The dough should be fairly thick, finish mixing by hand if needed.
  5. Form dough into large (2 TBS sized) balls and place on baking sheet with about 2 inches between (no more than 12 per sheet, because mine spread so much I was only baking about 9 at a time).
  6. Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges. Allow to cool and firm on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling. 
For the Creme Filling: 
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer whip the softened butter and powdered sugar together until light and creamy (about 2 - 3 minutes). Add in the vanilla extract and heavy cream (you can start with a smaller amount of liquid and whip, and add then more cream if you want a thinner consistency). Blend another couple minutes until the desired consistency is reached.
 Assembling the Cookies:
  1. Flip a cooled cookie over and place about a TBS of the creme mixture (more or less to your personal preference) on the bottom of a cookie. Top with the bottom side of another cookie and you have a delicious, chewy, yummy cookie sandwich ready to enjoy!
  2. Filled cookie sandwiches will stay fresh in a tupperware on the counter for about 2 days, if they have not been eaten by then they should be placed in the refrigerator for storage.





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19 comments:

  1. These kind of sandwich cookies aren't available here in the UK which is a shame as they sound super tasty. Sorry to hear about your oven, have you tried inserting a oven thermometer to make sure your oven is at the right temperature?

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    1. I haven't tried an oven thermometer yet! I definitely need to - I've not had issues with anything except cookies, breads, casseroles, etc. all cook / bake fine! So confusing. Sigh. At least they still tasted great. :)

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  2. Even with your cookie problems they look delicious!!

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  3. What a childhood favorite you have made, Rebekah! Pour me a cold glass of milk and slide that plate my way, please!

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    1. Thank you Stacy - they were fun to make, and more fun to watch my hubby and kiddo digging in. :)

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  4. Oh man... I have every ingredient but the molasses. Oatmeal cream pies will have to wait until tomorrow. These look so delicious!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to try them out!! So yummy!

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  5. I've never had the Little Debbie version of these, but homemade always tastes better, right? They look delicious!

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    1. I definitely think these taste better than store bought - Little Debbies are delicious, but they still have that "packaged" aftertaste to me, I loved how fresh and soft these homemade ones were!

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  6. Love those cookies. Now I can make my own. Yum!

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    1. Definitely give them a try! So good!!

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  7. Oh my goodness--love!! And I am totally in love with the layout of your blog as well, it's so refreshing and bright. It's great to meet you, and I won't even mention how great it is to meet these little debbies ;)

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    1. Thank you so much Ala for stopping by!! :)

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  8. MY FAVORITE RECIPE WITH OATS IS THOSE NO BAKE SAUCEPAN COOKIES. MY SON'S BIRTHDAY IS COMING UP SOON AND I AM GOING TO SURPRISE HIM WITH YOUR COPYCAT OATMEAL CREAM PIES. THEY HAVE BEEN ONE OF HIS FAVORITES SINCE HE WAS A LITTLE BOY.

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  9. Oh these little cookies are so amazing and a homemade version can only be better.

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  10. I can't wait to try these cookies. I absolutely love oatmeal cream pies, but I've given up most processed foods. So excited for this recipe. Also, try adding a little extra flour to your cookie recipe. It should make them a little fluffier. Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas

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  11. I bet I'd prefer these! Crispy cookies are my favorite!!
    Good luck with your new oven though. Not quite the same, but I burn popcorn everytime I make it at this new-to-us house.

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  12. omg ... I love those Little Debbie oatmeal cream pies! I must try my hand at your recipe ... it sounds divine!

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