I have a serious sweet tooth. Like an, “I want sweets every day,” kind of sweet tooth. One of my favorite kinds of cookies are Little Debbie’s Oatmeal Creme Pies. I’ve loved them ever since I was little, and begged my mom to get them at the grocery store.
I haven’t actually had any of Little Debbie’s version for quite a long time, and started randomly craving them the other day. Instead of buying them, however, I searched for a copycat recipe to make my own. I hit pay dirt on Sally’s Baking Addiction and tried out the recipe for the first time last night. Boy, was I impressed! They were even better than I remembered, and definitely have the upper hand on Little Debbie’s snacks.
1 and 1/4 cups unsalted butter (2.5 sticks), softened to room temperature
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon dark molasses
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
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)
3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons heavy cream (using anything with less fat will result in a much less creamy consistency)
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of salt, as needed
Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
With a stand or handheld mixer, cream the butter and sugars together at medium speed until light and creamy. Add egg, vanilla, and molasses, scraping down the sides as needed. Set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Whisk it all around. Add the quick oats and combine.
With the mixer running on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients. The dough will be quite thick and you may have to mix it all by hand after a few seconds in the mixer. Drop dough with a large cookie scoop, or make sure each ball of dough is 2 Tablespoons in measurement. Cookies will spread in the oven, so drop each ball of dough 2 inches apart.
Bake for 10 minutes, until cookies are lightly golden around the edges. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the filling: With a stand or handheld mixer, beat butter for about 1 minute until creamy. Add the powdered sugar and mix on medium speed for 1-2 minutes. Pour in heavy cream and vanilla extract. Mix on high for 3-4 minutes until fluffy. Taste and add a pinch or two of salt, as needed. If filling is way too thick, add a couple more teaspoons of heavy cream. Spread 1.5 Tablespoons of cream filling on the bottom side of half of cookies; top with remaining cookies, right side up.
Cookies stay fresh and soft (with creme filling) at room temperature for 2 days in an airtight container. After that, store in the refrigerator to keep the creme center fresh. These are best eaten within 2 days.
Cookies are adapted from myrecipes.com.