If you loved those delightful Lil’ Debbie Oatmeal Creme pies as a kid, you’ll really love this money saving recipe. These delicious morsels can be made at home, freeze well and will make any kid light up when they find one in their lunch bag.
The boxes of snacks aren’t in the budget for us, the size of the snack is shrinking while the cost is steadily rising! Here’s a recipe that is so close in flavor, if you close your eyes, you won’t be able to taste the difference.
2 cup uncooked Quick Oats
1 1/2 cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Cloves
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Sugar
2 1/2 sticks softened Butter (1 1/4 cup)
2 tsp Vanilla
1 tbsp Molasses
1/2 tsp Salt dissolved in 4 Tsp Hot Water
14 oz Marshmallow Creme
1 cup Shortening
2/3 cup Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
Preheat the oven to 375° F
Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper and set aside.
For the Cookies
In a medium bowl combine flour, pats baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves, mixing well until the ingredients are combined, set aside.
In a large mixing bowl cream the butter, brown sugar, sugar and vanilla together until smooth and creamy. Beat in the egg and molasses. If you don’t have molasses you can substitute honey in a pinch.
Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mixing just enough to incorporate, but don’t overmix.
Drop dough about 2″ apart on the prepared cookie sheets. We use a cookie dough scoop which is approximately 2 Tbs of dough at a time. You can make your cookies as big or small as you like, that’s the point of homemade.
Bake 8-10 minutes. Let them cool before filling.
To Prepare Filling
In a mixing bowl beat marshmallow creme, shortening, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth and fluffy, add the cooled salt water mixture and beat again.
Spread the filling as thick or thin as you prefer on the flat side of a cooled cookie and top with another to create an Oatmeal Creme Pie Sandwich.
Makes 22-24 Large Sandwiches
Lil’ Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies Ingredients
In case you’re wondering what’s in the “real thing”, the ingredients are :
Corn Syrup, Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Barley Malt, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean And Cottonseed Oil With Tbhq to Preserve Flavor, Dextrose, Whole Grain Oats, Water, Sugar, Molasses, Raisins, Contains 2% Or Less of Each of The Following: Leavening (Baking Soda, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate), Whey, Emulsifiers (Soy Lecithin, Mono- And Diglycerides, Sorbitan Monostearate, Polysorbate 60, Propylene, Gylcol Monostearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Polysorbate 80), Salt, Corn Starch, Eggs, Palm And Palm Kernel Oil, Soybean Oil, Citric Acid, Pectin, Sodium Citrate, Egg Whites, Modified Corn Starch, Cocoa, Modified Wheat Starch, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Dried Apples (Sulfite Treated to Preserve Color), Colors (Caramel Color, Titanium Dioxide, Red 40, Beta Carotene, Yellow 5, Turmeric, Annatto Extract, Blue 1), Natural And Artificial Flavors, Rice Flour, Nonfat Dry Milk, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Malic Acid, Carrageenan, Spices, Sorbic Acid (to Retain Freshness). Contains Wheat, Milk, Soy And Eggs. Peanuts And Tree Nuts May Also Be Present In This Product.