Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

I had to save the best for last this week. Oatmeal Cream Pies were my all time favorite. There’s just something about that soft chewy oatmeal cookies with the cream filling smooshed between.

I have a confession to make about the store bought version of this cookie. When I was in High School, I was the yearbook editor senior year with a good friend of mine K. He and I had a class period each day to do yearbook work as an independent study class. We had the yearbook room to ourselves for one hour a day. It was a lot of fun. We kept Oatmeal Cream Pies in the yearbook drawer and would house these things on a regular basis. We’d go through a disgusting amount of these cookies in one hour. Thank goodness for my high-school metabolism (which has since vanished), as well as my stomach of steel. Oh man, parts of high school were a good time.

Back to reality. In the past 10+ years since then, my stomach has become more sensative to dairy and other foods, and I have to work to not gain weight. I’ve learned a lot about how to eat healthy and gained quite the love of cooking and baking. I’ve also learned that most store bought foods can be made a hundred times better at home.

These cookies are no exception. The brown sugar in the cookies keeps them perfectly soft and the filling is so much better than what’s in the store bought version. It’s like a homemade marshmallow fluff, and it’s amazing. I packaged them in celophane bags so they were easy to throw into lunches for me and Hubby this week.

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Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

Yield: 24

Ingredients:

For the Cookies
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
2 tsp baking soda
3 Tbsp boiling water

For the Filling
1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp unflavored gelatin (about 1 1/2 packets)
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup water (divided)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
8 ounces vegetable shortening

Directions:

Make the cookies
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside (or use parchment).

Cream the butter, sugar, and eggs in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, sift together the salt, flour, and baking powder. Add to the creamed mixture. Add the cinnamon and oats. Mix well.

In a small dish, add the baking soda to the boiling water, and then stir the mixture into the rest of the batter. Mix well.

Drop by the tablespoon onto the baking sheets about 2 inches apart and bake until the cookies are firm and just starting to turn golden around the edges, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool the cookies on a wire rack or a plate.

Make the filling
In a small measuring cup, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/3 cup cold water. Let stand, stirring once or twice until the gelatin softens, about 5 minutes.

In a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the granulated sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup hot water until well blended. Continuing to stir, raise the heat to high and bring to a full boil. Continue boiling for 30 seconds. Immediately remove from the heat. Stir in the gelatin mixture until it dissolves completely.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the vanilla.

With a mixer on medium speed, beat for 20 seconds. Gradually raise the speed to high and beat until the mixture is stiffened, white, very fluffy, and cooled to barely warm, about 5 minutes.

Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the powdered sugar.

Add the shortening and beat until completely smooth.

The filling will set up as it sits, so wait until it is thick enough to spread or pipe before filling the cookies.

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43 Responses to “Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies”

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — July 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    CRAVING Lofthouse now! Haha. Well, now I know how to make my own 😉 Thanks, this will definitely be one I try out soon!

    • beantownbaker — July 3rd, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

      Sorry about that. These are seriously so good. My frosting was a bit runnier than the Lofthouse frosting, so be careful when you’re adding the milk so the same thing doesn’t happen to you!

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    Rachita — July 3, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Could I halve the recipe?

    • beantownbaker — July 3rd, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

      I don’t see why you couldn’t. Halving an egg can be difficult sometimes though…

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    Shannon W. — July 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Ohhh nononono. This is a problem. This type of cookie is one of my all-time biggest weaknesses. Apparently this recipe needs to happen immediately.

    • beantownbaker — July 3rd, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

      It definitely does. Trust me, they’re so good!

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    Amy — July 6, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Just made these. I cannot say thank you enough. The Loft cookies have always been a weakness of mine and I honestly think these came out better than them. Now to figure out how to make the Key Lime frosting my friend wants hers frosted with.

    • beantownbaker — July 7th, 2013 @ 11:54 am

      OOhhh key lime frosting is a great idea. I’m sure you could find key lime extract online? I want to try to make these with lemon flavoring next.

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    Archie — July 27, 2013 at 2:45 am

    I made some today and it has turned out great. I halved the recipe and used two eggs! Thank you so much for such an easy and yummy recipe!

    • beantownbaker — July 30th, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

      So glad it worked out for you to cut the recipe in half! Glad you enjoyed them.

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    CMills — September 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    These sound delicious. I have 2 questions as I would like to make for a bday party. Does regular food coloring work or does it need to be a special kind? Will they hold up well if made 2-3 days in advance?

    • beantownbaker — September 25th, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

      Since I didn’t use any, I’m not sure. I tend to prefer the gel food coloring instead of the liquid kind just because it’s more concentrated.

      They do stay fresh for a couple days in an air-tight container.

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    Heather — November 20, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! Do you think the dough is the right consistency to roll out for cookie cutters?

    • beantownbaker — November 24th, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

      It probably could be rolled out. I don’t think it would hold shapes very well though. But you could roll it out and make round cookies without any issues.

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    Katie — December 9, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for the recipe – these turned out great! So simple and yummy. I’m taking some to a cookie exchange tonight. 🙂 Cheers!

    • beantownbaker — December 9th, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

      I’m sure they’ll be a hit at your cookie exchange! I love how soft they are.

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    Kiana — December 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Hey there! How would these be afterthought a batch in the freezer?

    • beantownbaker — December 17th, 2013 @ 10:53 am

      I haven’t tried freezing them. I think you could probably freeze the dough, or even the baked (but unfrosted) cookies. I wouldn’t freeze them after frosting them though.

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    vania — December 14, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Can I leave the dough in the fridge over night?

    • beantownbaker — December 17th, 2013 @ 10:57 am

      I think the dough would be fine sitting in the fridge overnight.

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    Dorothy Meredith — December 18, 2013 at 1:04 am

    My mixer doesn’t have a paddle attachment. Is it necessary?

    • beantownbaker — December 18th, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

      Use whichever attachment you usually use. I assume you have something that isn’t a dough hook?

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    aundrea — December 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Do you think the cookies taste better the next day……taste like bread. They look pretty though.

    • beantownbaker — December 26th, 2013 @ 11:28 am

      The cookies themselves are not very sweet. The combination of the cookies and the frosting is what makes these so great. Hope you enjoyed them.

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    toni — January 10, 2014 at 4:21 am

    these cookies are awesome…for the first couple of days…then not so much….they become very dry and kind of bland on the cookie end….great for bake and eat affairs,….they do not store well beyond day 2

    • beantownbaker — January 10th, 2014 @ 10:44 am

      Thanks for the feedback, I’ll update the recipe to reflect this. They never last that long in our house…

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    J. G. — February 1, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    My dough came out VERY thick. Is that normal?

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    J. G. — February 1, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Ah, please disregard my last comment. The cookies came out fine!

    • beantownbaker — February 3rd, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

      Glad they worked out. I was sitting here thinking for a few minutes if that dough was thick or not…

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    S.G. — March 9, 2014 at 1:56 am

    When I tried my dough it was kind of salty is this okay?

    • beantownbaker — March 9th, 2014 @ 10:18 am

      It shouldn’t be overly salty… Did you use table salt or kosher salt?

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    S.G. — March 9, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Does the taste get better when you let them cool?

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    M.G — March 11, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I am not very impressed. I made these for my friends but they crumpled EVERYWHERE every time I I would touch one it would fall apart! How am I supposed to ice? The batter is good but I’m really mad that they crumpled and I even doubled and made around 60. I ended up tossing all of them because you couldn’t eat them unless you used a spoon :/ not the
    best recipie..,,

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    Kim — April 1, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    These are the best cookies I’ve ever made. I still can’t even believe they came out of my kitchen (she said, her words muffled by cookie…)

    I wanted mint chocolate cookies, so I switched it up a bit by substituting 1/2 cup of the flour with cocoa, and 2 tsp of the vanilla with mint extract, and used 1/2 vanilla 1/2 mint for the frosting.

    They’re soft and cakey and melting in my damn mouth. I’ll be making these again for sure!!

    • beantownbaker — April 16th, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

      Wow – that sounds great with those substitutions. I’m going to have to try that out.

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    Isabella — May 18, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Since I was eight my parents would leave me home alone and they would come home to a batch of cookies, cupcakes, pies, and turnovers. I am eleven now and i still love baking and want to be a baker when I grow up. These are my favorite cookies in the world ,but i didn’t know the name of them so i couldn’t cook it. I finally learned the name last week and i have been searching all over the internet for a good recipe and I think the best one i saw is your. I am going to make the tomorrow ,because my parents are going out and i work best when my parents are gone. I think my parents an my two younger and one older brother are going to LOVE this. Thank you for the recipe i hope it works.

    • beantownbaker — September 2nd, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

      Hope these cookies worked well for you. We love this recipe!

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    Audrey — August 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    How many serving does this make?

    • beantownbaker — September 2nd, 2014 @ 7:31 pm

      About a dozen cookies.

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    Cyri — September 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

    How would you make these into Pumpkin cookies? I made these a few times and loved them and would like to make a pumpkin version. I made a different recipe last night that were pumpkin lofthouse style and was a little dissapointed because I was hoping they would have been more like these cookies. Any insight would be great. I love Fall!!!

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    Katie — October 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I just made these and for some reason the cookies didn’t bake well…this made about 15 cookies (a batch of 9 and a batch of 6). I put the batch of 9 in the oven for 10 minutes, they weren’t cooked all the way through, so I put them on for 2 more minutes, still weren’t cooked completely, so I put them on for 5 more minutes and I’m still not convinced they’re completely cooked…they’re extremely doughy…Any idea what I could have done wrong?

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    Melessa — June 1, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    family are big chocolate lovers so I made these and then I made my homemade chocolate frosting to top IG . They turned out great ! I think these are better than Lofthouse thanks so much for the recipe !

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    Becky — December 14, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I eat the Walmart frosted sugar cookies about 1 a day. Are these cookies the same as Walmart’s? I would love to make them at home.

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