I have been a Little Debbie devotee since I was a teenager. I talked all about it when I made the Hostess Choco-Bliss Chocolate Snack Cakes, but to make a long story short, high school pretty much made up for all of the junk food that my mom kept out of the house when we were kids. I fell especially in love with Little Debbie; I found it incredibly hard to turn down Zebra Cakes, Nutty Bars, Swiss Cake Rolls or Oatmeal Creme Pies. With the exception of the occasional Swiss Cake Roll, I don’t think that I’ve had any of those treats since high school or college.
I’ve been a bit obsessed with homemade versions of childhood favorites for some time now, and I was way overdue for tackling oatmeal cream pies. This isn’t what I would call a “copycat” recipe (check out Jaclyn’s version for a great one!), as this is simply a combination of super soft and chewy oatmeal cookies sandwiched with a fluffy cream cheese filling.
Normally, I love big, thick cookies. Go big or go home is my typical cookie motto. However, when we’re talking about sandwich cookies, then I want my cookies as thin as possible so I can maximize the amount of filling per bite. I know, I’m crazy. I’m the same way about cake. I prefer very thin cake layers so I get more frosting per bite. What can I say? I’m all about the filling and frostings!
The cookies will be very soft when you take them out of the oven. That’s okay, that’s how they’re supposed to be, and that’s what makes them super-soft to eat even days later.
These cream pies were one of the most sought-after desserts I’ve made in some time. Totally addicting! My Chief Culinary Consultant and I kept breaking cookies in half because we “didn’t want a whole cookie”.
Multiple times. In a short amount of time. You do the math.
If you’re over store-bought treats, you owe it to yourself to make these!
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A simple recipe for soft and chewy oatmeal cookies with a cream cheese filling.