Oatmeal Cream Sandwich Cookies

Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies were hands down our editor-in-chief’s favorite childhood snack. To this day, they’re one of Brian’s road trip essentials. Bigger and better than store-bought but just as nostalgia-inducing, these jumbo Oatmeal Cream Sandwich Cookies prove that you can never have too much of a good thing.

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4.8 from 4 reviews
Oatmeal Cream Sandwich Cookies
Makes 12 sandwich cookies
  • 3 cups (274 grams) quick-cooking oats
  • 1½ cups (188 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons (10 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1¾ teaspoons (4.5 grams) kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon (2 grams) ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 grams) baking soda
  • 2 cups (454 grams) unsalted butter, softened and divided
  • 1½ cups (330 grams) firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup (67 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs (100 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon (21 grams) molasses
  • 1 tablespoon (21 grams) dark corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (64 grams) finely chopped raisins
  • 1 teaspoon (6 grams) vanilla bean paste
  • 4 cups (480 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) whole milk
  1. In the work bowl of a food processor, pulse oats until almost ground but not powdery. Add flour, cocoa, 1½ teaspoons (4.5 grams) salt, cinnamon, and baking soda; pulse just until combined. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat 1 cup (227 grams) butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar at medium speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in molasses, corn syrup, and vanilla extract until combined. With mixer on low speed, gradually add oats mixture, beating until combined. Stir in raisins. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line several baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Shape dough into 24 (1½-inch) balls (about 54 grams each), and place 3 inches apart on prepared pans.
  5. Bake until cookies flatten and turn deep golden brown, 10 to 11 minutes. (Do not overbake.) Let cool on pans for 5 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
  6. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat vanilla bean paste, remaining 1 cup (227 grams) butter, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt at medium speed until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth. Beat in milk until smooth. Pipe or spread about ¼ cup (60 grams) filling onto flat side of half of cookies. Place remaining cookies, flat side down, on top of filling.
PRO TIP: To pipe the filling with the traditional scalloped edges, transfer filling to a large pastry bag fitted with a large round piping tip (Wilton 1A). Pipe teardrop-shaped dollops onto flat side of half of cookies, beginning each dollop at the edge of the cookie and ending near the center.


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  1. This was a good recipe I’ll use it some time again in the future when I want oatmeal cookies. Even though I modified it a bit, it still turned out great. 54 grams was way too big though so, I halved all of them which resulted in twice as many reasonable-sized cookies. The modifications I made were, I took out the cocoa powder, corn syrup, and raisins, and I also skipped the first step to blend the oats, so I had to add more flour.

  2. Full Disclosure: 5 star rating is for cookie portion of this recipe – I did not try.make.use the filling recipe because I have my own personal favorite cookie filling recipe that I use.

    Made a double batch of these cookies to share with some friends today. Excellent feedback from friends but I also think they are THE BEST cookie for an oatmeal cream sandwich cookie. THE BEST!!! Just so darn good and the texture is perfect for a cream filled cookie – not so hard/crisp that it squishes the filling out but a really nice chew to them. I’m a huge fan and I will not need to experiment with other recipes anymore. This is my winner.

    My personal notes to share – in case they are helpful to others.

    – Each of my cookies was 35 grams – so smaller than the recipe called for. As a result, I got 18 cookies from each batch. I thought this sizing was perfect for what I was looking for.
    – I added 1/4 t. of cloves to the cookie dough because I love it.
    – My baking time varied from the recipe. Even though I downsized the cookie from 54g to 35g I still needed to bake them for 12 – 12 1/2 minutes in order to get them to set up.

    If you love the famous Oatmeal Cream Sandwiches – you will really love this homemade version. Don’t miss out on making these!


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