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Oatmeal Cream Pies

Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies are even better than store-bought! - Bake or Break

My grandmother’s kitchen always had a box of oatmeal cream pies. They were those store-bought kind with the thin, soft oatmeal cookies sandwiched around a sweet filling. I shudder to think how many of those I ate in my childhood.

I somehow never really thought about trying to make them myself. When I happened upon this recipe, I knew that I had to try my hand at these as soon as possible.

Recreate that childhood favorite with a batch of homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies! - Bake or Break

Let me just go ahead and say how good these are. They are one of my favorite things I’ve made in a while. I must say that the cookies on their own didn’t do much for me. And, the filling is super sweet on its own. But, together, the two components complement each other perfectly.

Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies are even better than store-bought! One of my favorite cookies! - Bake or Break

Homemade just about always trumps store-bought, and these cookies are no exception. They are miles ahead in the taste department. I love the hint of cinnamon in them. Plus, they are really simple to make. With all that going for them, you may never go back to store-bought again.

Oatmeal Cream Pies

Yield about 18 sandwich cookies (36 cookies)
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes

Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies beat store-bought, hands down!

Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies are even better than store-bought! - Bake or Break


For the cookies:

  • 1 & 1/2 cups (180g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups (240g) uncooked quick-cooking oats
  • 1 & 1/4 cups (282g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (220g) confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


To make the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in oats. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and sugar until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, and mix well. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring until well blended.
  4. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes. Cool on pan for 2-3 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

To make the filling:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer on low speed, beat until combined. Then, increase mixer speed to high, and beat until light and fluffy.
  2. Spread about 1 tablespoon of filling over the bottom side of half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies so that the bottoms of the cookies are facing the filling.


Recipe adapted from My Recipes.

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    23 Comments on “Oatmeal Cream Pies”

  1. Oh my, these look ridiculous! And I’ll take your word that they’re good since everything else I’ve made from your blog have been my absolute favorites! I pinned this recipe, can’t wait to try these!

  2. That just looks amazingly good, will have to try!!

  3. Those look wonderful. I tried my hand at making a slightly different version last year. And you’re right, I’ll never go back to store bought.

  4. These look SO good. Oatmeal cookies are my favorite, and I’m sure they are only made better by that sweet cream filling! Can’t wait to try them!

  5. These look amazing! I will be making these this weekend.

  6. Made these today – WOW – so easy and so yummy! The cookie alone is really good, but the cream filling puts them over the top! thanks for the recipe. Next time, I need to double the recipe…the batch I made disappeared too fast with my family.

  7. Oh me, oh my these are awesome & very dangerous! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I look forward to many more on your site!

  8. These are absolutely amazing!! I love these cookies 🙂

  9. Wonderful recipe…reminds me of the fact that I still eat those store-bought oatmeal pies and they are good, but am sure these are much better. I need to make these!

  10. These were always my favorite Little Debbie snacks growing up. I am so excited to try this recipe. I hope that regular milk will suffice in the cream center, I don’t think I want to buy heavy cream for just a few tablespoons. Plus, maybe it will save a few calories 🙂

  11. I’m a huge fan of both oatmeal cookies and whoopie pies and these seem to combine the best of both worlds. I’ve bookmarked these in hopes of making an acceptable tasting version that’s a little lighter and healthier for me and my fellow Weight Watchers members.

  12. I was just recently shopping and had to forcibly walk away from the cream pie boxes on the shelf. So glad to have a homemade recipe!

  13. These look outrageously delicious! I love the store-bought ones but am always convinced they have enough preservatives to last to the end of time. Will be trying these soon!

  14. A friend of the family made these for us in March. They were so delicious that I joined Pinterest just to get the recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  15. I don’t want to fail

  16. these are fantastic. i made them a few months ago and people are still raving. i am being told i must make them again, and soon!!

  17. Do you have any idea what could be used to sub out for some of the confectioner’s sugar? I have learned from cookie recipes past that fillings like this one are too sweet for me, but you obviously need to make the filling thick with something. Cornstarch in any quantity has a pretty strong flavor, IMO. Any suggestions? Because these guys look delicious, and perfect with a hot cup of tea!

    • Hi, Lisa. You can reduce the sugar in the filling. It may alter the texture a bit, but not too much unless you take out a lot. Another thought is just not to use as much when you assemble the cookies. Just make the filling layer thinner.

  18. These did not turn out good at all! They were so dry it was hard to even make a dough to form the cookies. Wouldn’t make these again! 🙁 Waste of time.

  19. Added these to the cookie list for Christmas this year and they are amazing!! The cookie is soft and chewy and the filling is exactly like a whoopie pie filling, which is perfect. Everyone who tried one raved and some even questioned if they were homemade by me or ordered from a bakery???!!! For the ones I’m gifting, I rolled the edges where the cream shows in red and green sugar. Beautiful! This recipe is a keeper. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  20. I was skeptical at first but these oatmeal crème pies turned out to be so delicious. I definitely will be making again. 

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