Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Cookies: Oatmeal Creme Pies

I have a pretty big thing for oatmeal creme pies and so when I saw the recipe on Pinterest I couldn't resist. The recipe came from this blog, and thank you to them for opening my eyes to a world of endless oatmeal creme pies...assuming I always happen to have a jar of marshmallow goop around.

Let's take care of the actual cookie part first:

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups quick oats

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon in a bowl.  
3. In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. 
4. Add in eggs, beating after each. 
5. Finally beat in molasses and vanilla.  
6. Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture and beat until just blended.
7. Mix in the oats with a wooden spoon.  
8. Drop dough by tablespoons on parchment lined sheets, with plenty of space in between.  
9. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until just starting to brown around the edges.  
10. Let sit on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

A little ingredient intensive.

I don't think I let my butter soften enough...

Yes, parchment paper is different from wax paper.

I literally used a tablespoon with these guys.
Now...while the cookies are cooking let's do the yummy, creamy part:

2 teaspoons hot water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow cream
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In small bowl, dissolve the salt in the hot water. Set aside and allow this to cool.  
2. Combine marshmallow cream, shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a bowl.
3. Mix on high until fluffy (3-4 minutes).  
4. Add the cooled salt water and mix well.  

All of the ingredients.

Shortening and marshmallows=lots of fat. 

The finished creme.

Once the cookies have cooled and the creme is ready, use a small rubber spatula to spread some of the creme on the flat side of one cookie. Press the flat side of another cookie on top the creme and voila! Homemade oatmeal creme pie.

Tasty oatmeal creme pie.

What I learned:
1. I'm still not very good about the butter softening thing.
2. Molasses stinks.
3. The cookie part of these cookies will be quite a bit thicker than the store bought variety.
4. I like homemade oatmeal creme pies.

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