Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Apple & Spice Oatmeal Cream Pies

Oatmeal Cream Pies are back....this time, with the delicious twist of Apple & Spice! The perfect treat for fall....you won't be able to resist the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cream cheese, and apple that make this twist on a classic over-the-top delicious!


Growing up in a family of 6 when your dad is a social worker and your mom stays at home, money is a little tight....and one thing you definitely get used to is being told no. Don't get me wrong - my parents made all the important things happen - like sports and music lessons and family vacations and college- but when it came to frivolous purchases, like candy in the checkout lane, sodas at the stadium, or individually packaged treats....forget it!!




You'd think, since the answer to these things was ALWAYS no, at some point we would have stopped asking. But that's not really how it works with kids.....(now that I'm a mom, I understand this!) So every time we were at K-Mart we asked for an icee and every time we were at the grocery store we asked for a quarter to stick in those little machines and every time we passed Little Debbie snacks, I can guarantee we begged for them.....! And you know what? Every now and then....it actually paid off! Every now and then, my mom would splurge and buy Nutty Bars or Swiss Rolls or Oatmeal Creme Pies! YES!!!!!!


I'm not sure what it is about having a little treat that's all your own, right down to the little wrapper, but when you're a kid, there's nothing you want more! But you'll never believe this - my mom actually made us share anything that had two treats inside!! So as soon as we ripped open the package of our "individually packaged" treat, we'd have to hand over the extra Nutty Bar or Swiss Roll to a sister or brother! Definitely torturous.....which is maybe why I've always had a special affinity for Oatmeal Creme Pies.....because I didn't have to share them!!


I'd like to think, as an adult, that sharing my treats would no longer be an issue. But let me tell you - if someone asked me to share one of these Apple & Spice Oatmeal Cream Pies with them, I'd tell them to get their own! Because once you bite into the chewy apple & spice oatmeal cookies and taste the spiced marshmallow-cream cheese filling, you won't be able to get enough! The LAST thing you'll feel like doing is sharing! But don't worry....you won't have to! These are Oatmeal Cream Pies, remember?? Swiss Rolls would be another story altogether.


Apple & Spice Oatmeal Cream Pies
1 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/3 c. molasses
1 egg
1 tsp. apple pie spice
1 c. grated apple, with skin
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
1 tsp. baking soda
Cream Filling (recipe below)

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheets with butter and set aside.
2. Combine brown sugar, butter, sugar, molasses, egg and apple pie spice in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well-blended. Stir in grated apple.
3. Combine flour, oats and baking soda in a separate bowl; add gradually to creamed mixture and beat until well-blended.
4. Drop by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until center is just set. Cool slightly on baking sheet, then remove cookies to foil-lined baking sheets to cool completely.
(*Cookie recipe adapted from The Great American Cookie Cookbook's Carrot Oatmeal Cookie recipe)

Cream Filling 
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice
2 jars (7 oz. each) Marshmallow Creme

1. Beat butter, cream cheese, and vanilla on low speed until smooth and thoroughly blended, about 1 minute.
2. Add powdered sugar and apple pie spice, mixing until smooth, about 1 minute, then beat on medium speed 1 minute to lighten the frosting.
3. Add 2 jars Marshmallow Creme to frosting and mix until smooth.
4. Refrigerate until mixture has set slightly, about 30 minutes.
5. Spoon mixture between cookies, approx. 1/4 cup per sandwich.
6. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to eat.
(*Cream Filling recipe adapted from cupcakes! Cream Cheese Frosting recipe)

Enjoy!


Be sure to check out some of my other delicious fall treats, too!






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28 comments :

  1. Oh wow those look awesome! Definitely a delicious treat :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    1. Thanks, Eric! I am so happy with how they turned out....definitely something I need to share so I don't end up eating all of them :)

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  2. These little pies sound like a delicious treat. I wouldn't make you share one with your sister. ☺

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    1. Ha! Good thing...because I'd put up a fight if you tried!! :)

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  3. These really sound delicious! =)
    Pinning to save!

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  4. My nana used to have these for me after school every day in elementary school. I forgot about that until now. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! I need to make these as I loved them and apples are like my favorite thing ever.

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    1. Glad I could bring back some special memories, Melanie! You MUST try these!!

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  5. Oh my heavens, girlfriend. I wish you were my neighbor!! These look so good!

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    1. If I were your neighbor you might have to turn me away with all the food I would try to send your way, Mariel!! :)

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  6. Oh Lordy these look amazing! I love Oatmeal Cream Pies and I can only imagine how amazing they would be with fall flavors!

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    1. I love them too, Julie....and I love how these ones turned out!

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  7. I lived on Little Debbie's Oatmeal cream pies!!! It's sort of a shame that my kids have never tried a Little Debbie. And that aren't going to because I'll be making these!

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  8. These look delicious! I love those Oatmeal cream pies but don't buy packaged stuff often. I can't wait to make these for fall!

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  9. These just put me in the mood for fall, totally!

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  10. These cookies sound delicious........Photos are very pretty..almost ready for apple season........Andi

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  11. These sound delicious. I love apples and spices as Autumn approaches. Visiting from Marvellous Monday's.

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  12. These look so, so yummy! Pinned so I can make them with my kiddos! I popped over from Practically Functional-- thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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  13. These look awesome! As a kid I loved those Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies, too! I'm drooling just looking at your pictures.
    I'm stopping by from Overflowing With Creativity (#40 Bowl Licking Good Guacamole and #43 7 Easy Crock Pot Recipes) Have a great weekend!

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  14. Oh yum, these look amazing! I love oatmeal cookies and turning them into cream pies can only make them better! In case you didn't see it earlier, I featured this on my blog today! I'm stopping by to pin, and to let you know you can grab a Featured button if you don't already have one! http://practicallyfunctional.com/celebrate-fall/

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  15. Oh my goodness... these look heavenly! You've been Featured!! Thanks so much for coming to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell. Swing on by and grab a Featured button http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com and I'd love you to share again! Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo~ Ruthie

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  16. I really want to try these but need to know what size jar of marshmallow you are calling for in the filling. Please let us know so we can try these immediately! Thank You!!!

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  17. So sorry, Julie! The jars are 7 oz. each....hope this helps and hope you enjoy these!! They were a huge hit among my family and friends!!

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  18. Love it! I adore cream pies, so this is something I certainly want to try.
    Just letting you know, I also featured this on my Pinspirations Monday round up! Love the recipe!
    Morgaine @ Madcap Frenzy
    http://madcapfrenzy.blogspot.com/2013/09/pinspirations-monday-all-about-apples.html

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  19. These looks divine! I'm planning on making these for a tailgate tomorrow. How do you store them? In an airtight container in the fridge? Thank you so much! :)

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    1. Hi Stephanie! Glad to hear you're going to make these....they will be a huge hit! Yes, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They taste good cold or at room temperature. I'd love to hear how yours turn out - hope you enjoy them!

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    3. Thank you for your quick response, Cathy! You were right; they were a huge hit! Everyone had an absolute fit over the cream pies! I brought them to the tailgate in a small cooler with ice, because I live in Texas (and it is pretty hot right now), and I didn't want them to melt. They were absolutely delicious, and I will be definitely making them for Thanksgiving as well! Thank you for sharing such a delightful recipe! :)

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