Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

  • Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies bring your childhood favorite cookie back to life! Soft, chewy oatmeal cookies and creamy vanilla frosting are a classic combination that everyone loves. They’re better than store-bought every time! 

    Oatmeal cream pies stacked on plate with glass of milk in background.

    If you’ve been around a while, you may remember my recipe for Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies. There’s nothing better than a homemade oatmeal cookie than two homemade oatmeal cookies sandwiched with the most delicious vanilla frosting!

    These cookies are a total upgrade of the classic Little Debbies so many of us grew up on. They really aren’t difficult to make, and they are perfect for parties and holidays.

    Why you’ll love these cookies:

    • I am not exaggerating when I say that these oatmeal cream pies taste wayyy better than store-bought. If you like the ones from the store, you’ll LOVE these.
    • These cookies are really not hard to make! Start with the oatmeal cookies, then make the frosting while they cool. Then just assemble.
    • This is a good make-ahead or freezer dessert to have on hand. See my tips for this in the FAQ section.
    Hand holding oatmeal cream pies with more in background.

    Ingredients you’ll need:

    The first part of this recipe is the cookie. You will need butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, an egg, vanilla, and molasses. Then for the dry ingredients gather some quick or instant oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.

    Once the cookies are made, you can make the frosting. You will need butter (not shortening – it leaves a film in your mouth), powdered sugar, vanilla, milk, and salt. That’s it! This is a pretty simple recipe and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand already.

    How to Make Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies:

    MAKE THE COOKIES: First you will make these Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies. You can make them ahead and store them on the counter for a few days before filling, or freeze them and fill them later. The most important thing is to make sure they are fully cooled before filling with frosting.

    MAKE THE FROSTING: Using a handheld or stand mixer beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Then add in the powdered sugar, vanilla, 3 tablespoons milk and salt. Beat on high for 2-3 minutes or until nice and fluffy. If the frosting is too thick, just add in the remaining tablespoon of milk.

    ASSEMBLE THE CREAM PIES: Spread some frosting on the flat side of one cookie, then top with another cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies. Yes, it really is that simple.

    Vanilla frosting spread on oatmeal cookie with more cookies stacked behind it.

    Tips for making this recipe:

    • Make sure the cookies are completely cool before filling with frosting. If they are even a little warm, the frosting will melt.
    • To make all your cookies the same size, make sure to scoop them evenly. I suggest using an actual cookie scoop instead of rolling the dough in your hands in this case, since you really want both cookies to be the same.
    • To keep the cream pies extra fresh, store them in an air-tight container. I really find that this makes a big difference in keeping them soft and chewy for longer.
    Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies piled on white plate.

    FAQs:

    What is the filling in oatmeal cream pies?

    Oatmeal Cream Pies are two oatmeal cookies filled with fluffy vanilla buttercream frosting. The filling is super easy to make, but takes the oatmeal cookies to a whole new level!

    Do you have to chill the cookie dough before baking?

    Nope! These oatmeal cookies don’t require any chilling time, so they are fast and convenient to make. They do, however, need to cool completely before filling with the frosting.

    Can you make oatmeal cream pies ahead?

    Yes! You can make the oatmeal cookies ahead and store them for up to 5 days in a sealed container. Then just fill with vanilla frosting when you’re ready. OR you can make and fill the cream pies, then store them in a sealed container for 2-3 days at room temperature or up to 5 days in the fridge.

    Can you freeze oatmeal cream pies?

    You can definitely freeze these. I suggest wrapping each sandwich individually with plastic wrap, then storing in a sealed zipper bag. You can freeze them for up to 3 months. Then just thaw at room temperature before eating.

    Overhead view of 3 full cream pies and one broken cream pie.

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    5 from 1 vote
    These Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies are filled with a delicious vanilla frosting sandwiched between two soft oatmeal cookies. Way better than the original, I promise!
    Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     

    Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies bring your childhood favorite cookie back to life! Soft, chewy oatmeal cookies and creamy vanilla frosting are a classic combination that everyone loves. They’re better than store-bought every time! 

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: homemade oatmeal cream pies, little debbie copycat, little debbies, oatmeal cream pies, oatmeal creme pies, soft and chewy oatmeal cookies
    Servings: 7 -8 sandwiches
    Calories: 605 kcal
    Author: Countryside Cravings
    Ingredients
    Cream Filling
    • 1/2 cup butter soft
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 3-4 tablespoons milk
    • pinch of salt
    Instructions
    1. ***Let the cookies cool completely before filling them.***

    2. Using a handheld or stand mixer beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla, 3 tablespoons milk and salt. Beat on high for 2-3 minutes or until nice and fluffy. If the frosting is too thick add in the remaining tablespoon of milk.

    Assembly
    1. Spread frosting on the flat side of one cookie then top with another cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies.

    Recipe Notes

    Tips:

    • Make sure the cookies are completely cool before filling with frosting. If they are even a little warm, the frosting will melt.
    • To make all your cookies the same size, make sure to scoop them evenly. I suggest using an actual cookie scoop instead of rolling the dough in your hands in this case, since you really want both cookies to be the same.
    • To keep the cream pies extra fresh, store them in an air-tight container. I really find that this makes a big difference in keeping them soft and chewy for longer.

    Storage: Store in sealed container at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

    Make Ahead: Make the oatmeal cookies ahead and store them for up to 5 days in a sealed container. Then just fill with vanilla frosting when you’re ready. OR make and fill the cream pies, then store them in a sealed container for 2-3 days at room temperature or up to 5 days in the fridge. 

    Freezer: Wrap each sandwich individually with plastic wrap, then store in a sealed zipper bag for up to 3 months. 

    Nutrition Facts
    Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 605 Calories from Fat 252
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 28g43%
    Saturated Fat 17g106%
    Cholesterol 94mg31%
    Sodium 412mg18%
    Potassium 148mg4%
    Carbohydrates 84g28%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 58g64%
    Protein 5g10%
    Vitamin A 844IU17%
    Calcium 50mg5%
    Iron 2mg11%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.

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