Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies

Ok, I know what you guys are thinking. Some days she's a clean eater; some days she's a vegetarian; some days she's a smoothie nut; AND, some days, she does things like this....


Listen. I just like culinary experiments. AND...I saw an Oatmeal Creme Pie on Pinterest. Then, I wanted said Oatmeal Creme Pie. If we're honest, we'll admit that the only thing making those plastic-wrapped cookie-esque things delicious is nostalgia. They really aren't that delicious. Who didn't get an Oatmeal Creme Pie in their school lunch once or twice, right?!

I told my husband about my sudden hankering for oatmeal creme pies and he reminded me of Grandma Carey's delicious oatmeal cookies. No sooner was I feverishly messaging sisters and calling up old blog posts for the recipe. It really is amazing. I know store-bought Oatmeal Creme Pies are probably filled with a combination of garbage and HFCS. So, after consulting with the hubs, we decided the only appropriate filling would be homemade cream cheese frosting. I know, right!?

So, the hubs started dinner while I started the frosting and cookies. Everything was finished about the same time and we enjoyed warm, delicious oatmeal cookies joined together with a layer of decadent homemade cream cheese frosting, right after supper.

Here's the cream cheese frosting recipe (it makes more than you need):

Here's what you need:

  • 1 block softened cream cheese
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Here's what you do: 
  • Add all to mixing bowl and blend until thoroughly combined. (Easy peasy, right?)

Grandma Carey's Oatmeal Cookies

Here's what you need: 

1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cups white granulated sugar
1/2 cups shortening
1 egg
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoons milk, cow's
1 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cups oatmeal

Here's what you do:

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. 

  • Beat brown sugar and granulated sugar, shortening (can use coconut oil, canola oil or butter), egg, vanilla and milk until smooth.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. 
  • Add all at once to egg mixture. Beat until smooth.
Add oats and mix well. 
  • Add 1/2 cup (optional): butterscotch chips, nuts, chocolate chips, raisins, Craisins, or other mix-in to oatmeal mixture. 

  • Drop from teaspoon onto cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes or until light brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing.

  • Yield: 3 dozen cookies
  • I used a butter-flavored Crisco stick for my shortening. 
  • I used a medium sized cookie scoop and got about two-dozen instead of three. 
  • I want to make these again, tomorrow. :) 

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