Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies

Soft-baked and delicious Oatmeal Creme Pies are easy to make at home!

Copycat Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies by sallysbakingaddiction.com. They even taste better than the originals! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I’m feeling sort of nostalgic today. I remember eating Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies when I was younger. Unwrapping and crumpling the wrapper between my fingers, trying desperately (and failing) to stuff the whole squishy soft cookie sandwich into my mouth all at once. I LOVED oatmeal creme pies! And still have a giant oatmeal creme pie size spot in my heart for them.

I haven’t had them in a long time – homemade cookies and cupcakes have taken precedence over my favorite mass-produced packaged snack, but that doesn’t mean I don’t remember how incredible they are. So… I set out to bake my own from scratch.

Copycat Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies by sallysbakingaddiction.com. They even taste better than the originals! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I made oatmeal pumpkin creme pies last fall and adored them. The oatmeal cookies are tiny, puffy, and very chewy. They have texture. I filled them with a pumpkin cream cheese frosting, one of the frostings I developed in my pumpkin rampage last September. This pumpkin version isn’t particularly a copycat recipe to Little Debbie, as the cookies had some texture and chew and they were very small in size.

Today’s oatmeal cookies are made with super soft, large, and delicate oatmeal cookies – full of brown sugar, molasses, and butter. The cookies melt in your mouth. I sandwiched them between a bright white vanilla creme center. They are much oat-ier than Little Debbie’s version. Sometimes I wonder where the oats are in hers!

Are you ready for these?

Let me begin by telling you how much butter you’ll need for this entire recipe. 2 and 1/2 sticks just for the cookies and 1 and 1/2 sticks for the creme filling. New Years resolutions can take the back seat! These are not a healthy cookie and I do not suggest making them into a healthy cookie. They are oatmeal creme pies, not diet food.

And are worth every single bite!

The source for this copycat recipe does not call for ground cloves, but I wanted to pack some flavor into the buttery oatmeal cookie. Another thing? For the cookie’s proper texture and spreadability, it is imperative to use quick oats in these cookies. Old-fashioned whole rolled oats will not work. You want very fine, small pieces of oats in the dough. Since I prefer whole rolled oats in my granola recipes, my pantry is never stocked with the quick kind. I make my own quick oats if I need them for a recipe. For today, I measured 3 cups of whole rolled oats and pulsed them in the food processor 4-5 times. Now you have quick oats! Easy, right?

The cookie dough is quite thick; I had to stop the mixer after about 10 seconds to mix the rest by hand. Unlike most of my cookie recipes, this dough does not require chilling prior to baking. More often that not, I chill my cookie dough before baking since cold dough assures a thicker cookie. Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies are not thick cookies, so not dough chilling is necessary. You want the cookies to spread and stretch out in the oven.

Copycat Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies by sallysbakingaddiction.com. They even taste better than the originals! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Copycat Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies by sallysbakingaddiction.com. They even taste better than the originals! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I used my favorite OXO large cookie scoop to scoop the cookies into uniform sized balls. Typically, I do not use a cookie scoop for my cookies. But I knew I needed one today since the cookies have to all be equal in size to sandwich together. If you do not have a cookie scoop, be sure to roll 2 Tablespoons of dough for each cookie.

Allow the cookies to cool completely before filling. The creme center is unlike many copycat creme center recipes I’ve found before. There is no shortening, marshmallow creme, corn syrup, or gelatin. I do not use shortening in my frosting recipes,; just not a fan of the texture!

My creme filling isn’t a dead ringer of Little Debbie’s, but it’s just perfect for us.

Copycat Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies by sallysbakingaddiction.com. They even taste better than the originals!

I am infatuated with these oatmeal creme pies! I can honestly say that they are one of the best cookies I’ve ever made. The taste comparison to Little Debbie’s version is uncanny!

They are soft, ultra-moist, and squishy like Miss Debbie’s. I made them large, reminiscent of the originals (2 Tablespoons of dough in each cookie – 4 in the whole cookie sandwich). When you eat one, the filling will squeeze out the sides – perfect for licking the creme around the edges. Get ready to have some sticky fingers.

ENJOY!

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Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 14-15 cookie sandwiches
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Soft-baked and delicious oatmeal creme pies are easy to make at home. They’re better than the original!


Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/4 cups (2.5 sticks; 290g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon dark molasses
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (187g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 cups (240g) quick oats (not whole oats)

Creme Filling

  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks; 175g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 cups (360g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) heavy cream
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together on medium-high speed until light and creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and molasses, scraping down the sides as needed. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and oats.
  4. 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. Cookies will spread in the oven, so drop each ball of dough 3 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden around the edges. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. For the filling: Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat butter on high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat on medium speed for 1-2 minutes. Pour in heavy cream and vanilla extract. Beat on high for 2-3 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 the cookies; top with remaining cookies, right side up.
  7. 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 creamy filling fresh.

Notes

  1. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.
  2. Cookies are adapted from myrecipes.com.

Keywords: oatmeal creme pies

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233 Comments

  1. I should never have looked at this post. These are one of my serious weaknesses, and I’m sure the homemade version is 10x better than the store bought kind!

    1. they are a HUGE weakness of mine too Alyssa! This is a recipe I shouldn’t make all the time because I WILL eat the whole batch!

  2. I always prefer to have homemade anything instead of store-bought so these will be perfect the next time I’m craving oatmeal creme pies! They are beautiful…almost too good to eat….almost! 🙂

  3. Oatmeal Creme Pies were always my favorite Little Debbie treat–I haven’t had one in years, but like you, I can totally still remember the way they taste. These look phenomenal, Sally–so soft and chewy and perfect.

  4. I’m drooling over these as always Sally. I’m itching to get in the kitchen but can’t decide on cookies or macarons. Anything sandwiched with cream filling is always a winner.

    1. I adore macarons! They are so perfect, but soooo difficult to make I hear. I like getting them from the bakery instead. 🙂

  5. I love these Little Sally’s! I mean Little Debbie’s! 😉 It’s becoming addicting to read your blogs with my girls next to me 🙂 They want me to make everything!!! These I want to make for sure – Oatmeal Creme Pies are my favorite from LD!

    1. Aww! Your girls are probably so sweet like you Anna! I’m obsessed with LD oatmeal creme pies and am so glad i can make them at home now!

  6. I’m a new reader, and I love all of your recipes and pics! I was a big fan of the Little Debbie oatmeal pies. And yours look delicious!! 🙂

    1. Hey Kristen! Thanks for asying hi. I’m glad you like my website so far. And LD oatmeal creme pies are soooo good, yes 🙂

  7. Ohmigoodness I love these! I adored the oatmeal creme pies from Little Debbie and I bet these taste like a bjillion times better!

  8. You’re not even going to believe this when I tell you this….I was researching OCP’s last week (well, all 2012 actually) They were a bucket list 2013 item and 2 days ago I made….a Little Debbie product. It will be blogged about this week. It’s not an OCP. I reallllllly wanted to make them and in fact if you go to aimee/shugarysweets comments on a post of hers (not even her OCP post but another one within the last week, she and i had a little OCP discussion in her comments b/c she also makes chocolate ones & I was picking her brain about which one she likes better!) But anyway, I just got overwhelmed with the recipe choices and said…another time. And made another treat. Stay tuned 🙂

    Onto these– Sally, they are stunning! I am in love with them. Love uniformity. The filling is perfect. They have that sort of flat in the middle of the cookie with a barely barely sloping downward edge JUST like the real thing. The dark brown sugar, the molasses, being super precise with the cookie scoop…you nailed it! I cannot tell you how much I love OCPs (this comment is so long sorry b/c that’s how much I love them). Oh and I can I make them as a diet food with less butter? KIDDING! Enjoy them in all their glory I say!

  9. Sally, you’ve done it again! These remind me of being a kid. Whenever I went over my grandma’s house she’d have the pantry stocked with them, and when I went home I had to beg and beg for my mom to get some for me. I have been wanting to make an oatmeal cream pie of my own for a long while. I tried once, but the texture was off (probably because I used whole rolled oats – you’re clearly more clever than I!) WIth your help, I think I just might have success! As always, your photos are beautiful and capture these little treats perfectly!

    1. Thank you SO much Jodye! Your memories sound like mine. Yes, the quick oats are key here! The photography compliment – thank you so much! It was a gorgeous sunny day, perfect for shooting.

  10. Oatmeal cream pies were my favorite! In high school, we’d go camping in the woods and eat a bunch of junk food. In the morning, we’d eat the leftovers for breakfast. Yikes.

    Your recipe looks fantastic!

  11. I’m tweaking a Little Debbie knockoff in my kitchen this weekend too!! SO fun 🙂 mmmmmmmmmmmmm

  12. These Little Sally’s are like the grown up/better ingredient version of a Little Debbie cream pie…. I’m pondering right now how many extra minutes of cardio I have to do at the gym to eat one(or possibly two) of these little guys!

  13. I love making my own versions of nostalgic favorites, so much fun! These look delicious, I imagine the cookies would be great all on their own (though let’s be honest, everything is better when sandwiched with cream). I might have to try and make my own knock-off nostalgia recipe soon; I’d definitely try my hand either at cosmic brownies or those snackwells devil food cookies.

    1. Emillia – I LOVE them on their own! We saved a few and didn’t put creme in them. SO good! Love cosmic brownies! I want to make my own at home sometime!

  14. My mom used to make these when I was a kid and we called them Oatmeal Whoopie Pies. 🙂 They were always a hit around our house!

  15. I loved oatmeal cream pies growing up but, of course, haven’t had one in ages. I do love oatmeal cookies too. These look wonderful, Sally!

  16. Homemade oatmeal creme pies? Lil Debbie better watch her back! Like you, my childhood consisted of many Oatmeal Creme Pies. I love the chewy, hearty cookie with that sweet, mallow-y filling. Yours, thankfully, pack more oats which I’m often missing in my pies, too!! I want!!

  17. Oh, mannnnnnn! These were my favorite Little Debbies growing up. Just thinking about them makes me happy. Looks like I know what is next on my baking list!

  18. Oh wow, Sally, thank you so much for working up this recipe! Oatmeal Creme Pies were my absolute FAVORITE when I was little! These look just perfect. I’m definitely a fan of your original recipe here, but I’m also wondering about some variations after I make the basic version…like lemon or maple extract in the filling, maybe. I also think they would be adorable mini sandwiches. I love the picture with the leaning tower of three pies in the background! 😀

    1. lemon extract in the filling… oh my gosh that sounds incredible!!! so does maple. my head is swirling with ideas right now!

  19. OMG – Oatmeal creme pies were my absolute favorite Little Debbie treat. I used to bring one to school every day. I totally need to make these!

  20. Can you believe I’ve never had a Little Debbie anything? Crazy! But I think I’d like yours better!

  21. i made a version of these a few months ago and LOVED. oh my goodness. when i could get a little debbie snack it was ALWAYS the oatmeal creme pies….now your recipe gives me a great reason to make these again!

  22. Little Sally! I love it! Your filling sounds so perfect and I can almost taste how soft and chewy those oatmeal cookies are!

  23. Mmmm these are taking me back! Loved oatmeal cream pies as a kid, but I’d feel much better about eating a home made version:)

    Ps. how’s your training coming along?!?

    1. Hey Kristy! It’s going well. I haven’t been running outside as much that’s for sure – sticking to the treadmill. But yesterday was a nice warm day in Baltimore and I got out there. I need to be more strict!

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