Oatmeal Cream Pies

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Oatmeal Cream Pies

I think I had my first Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie when I was in junior high. My mom never bought them for us, but they were sold at school and I developed a slight addiction. (As well as to Nutty Bars and those chewy cookies with rice cereal, whatever they were called–Star something.) Anyway, The cookie was chewy and soft and the filling was super sweet and gooey and when you’re 12-years-old, what could possibly be better than that?

Well, you may remember last year when I made these, I was hoping they’d taste like the Little Debbies. And they didn’t. At all. However, I’m happy to report that my 34-year-old self is pretty damn thrilled to finally have a recipe that does. The taste, texture, and gooey-ness are all exactly as I had remembered. They’re just not as pretty.

Two recipe notes: 1. Can anyone explain to me why the recipe calls for dissolving salt into hot water when making the filling? 2. I used a small scoop and my cookies were done in seven minutes.

One totally unrelated note: Nosh With Me is now on Twitter.

Photos of the process here.

Cookie Ingredients
1 cup margarine
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups quick oats

Cream Filling Ingredients
2 teaspoons very hot water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow cream
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In large bowl, cream margarine, sugars, molasses, vanilla, and eggs.
  2. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  3. Add to the creamed mixture; mix in the oats.
  4. Drop dough by TBS on ungreased sheets. (I used a small cookie scoop.)
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes,or until just starting to brown around the edges.
  7. They will look moist; don’t overcook.
  8. While the cookies bake prepare the filling.
  9. In small bowl, dissolve the salt in the hot water.
  10. Allow this to cool.
  11. Combine marshmallow cream, shortning, powdered sugar, and vanilla in med bowl; mix on hi until fluffy.
  12. Add the cooled salt water and mix well.
  13. Spread filling on flat side of one cookie, press 2nd cookie on top.

Recipe from Recipe Zaar.


21 Responses to “Oatmeal Cream Pies”

    paula on 1 December 30th, 2008 7:49 am

    Star Crunches! I loved those. Little Debbie brownies were my favorite though.

    I think they have you dissolve the salt so it isn’t gritty and so it disperses through the filling better (although I don’t think I would see the difference if you just added the salt as is).

    Cindy on 2 January 8th, 2009 6:57 am

    I have actually made this exact recipe a few times. The one time I didn’t dissolve the salt into the filling, I felt the filling came out on the salty side. My guess is also that the salt doesn’t incorporate as evenly.

    amy on 3 February 10th, 2009 9:34 pm

    Star Crunch!!! You must try one from the fridge!

    Kelly J. on 4 February 17th, 2009 1:18 pm

    Ok, you are my new hero! I LOVED those oatmeal pies when I was a kid. For me it was all about that filling. I am so going to make these! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    Ok, now I’m drooling!

    Hilary on 5 February 17th, 2009 10:38 pm

    Kelly J., let me know how they turn out when you make them!

    Kelly J. on 6 February 23rd, 2009 7:52 am

    Ok, I made them. **Yum** They were better than Little D’s by miles. Nice!

    I had some filling left and I used it to fill some dark chocolate cupcakes … OMG!!! I am going to post about those cupcakes over at my blog this week. I am including a link back to you, since you were my inspiration! I hope that is ok. ;D

    Thank you again for this recipe!!! It rocks my socks off!

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    steph tichenor on 9 June 25th, 2009 12:00 pm

    wow wow wow! how did u know what i had been dreaming of!
    the smell as the first batch baked really really smelled like little debbie’s and i could hardly wait!
    i have gluten issues and cannot have such delightfully unhealthy pre-packaged things as little debbies or hostess but for reals this is even better! (and fresh)
    u rule!
    let me know if you come up with that star crunch recipe!

    Colleen on 10 June 26th, 2009 9:00 am

    Yum! I am going to try this soon!

    Ashley on 11 July 1st, 2009 12:18 pm

    A friend made these little delights for a bake sale and I’m pretty sure I ate every single one. They were so delicious! My standards for baked goods are very high, so kudos!

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    Pretty. Good. Food. on 14 September 6th, 2010 6:47 pm

    I am definitely going to try these! I used to love these as a little girl!

    sarah on 15 October 20th, 2010 7:40 am

    how many does this recipe yield? I am making some for a Halloween party for 13-15 and am wondering if I should double or 1.5 x it. I guess I”ll just double it and bring the leftovers for work.

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    Tiff on 17 August 29th, 2011 6:31 am

    Made these as a cooking project twice–once with butter, and the next time with margarine. The margarine definitely is better to use in this case. They were awesome and the kids loved them. So good!

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    Candi on 21 April 26th, 2012 1:43 pm

    Made these: they turned out awesome! I did use a diff cream recipe for filling because I had no marshmallow cream. Thanks for the recipe!