Pumpkin Oatmeal Creme Pies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Creme Pies | A copycat Little Debbie snack cake gets a Fall twist of pumpkin flavor

Oh, Baby! These are so good.  Fresh Oatmeal Creme Pies with a hint of pumpkin pie going on.  No lie.  They are soft and rich, just like the popular snack cake and well they are stuffed with buttercream frosting.  Kinda hard to wrong there.

This was inspired by Pinterest and ever time I see a copycat recipe for them go by, I think Oooooh I should really try making some.  So here we are and yes, I did.  On a side note when you bake the cookies – YOUR HOUSE IS GONNA SMELL SO FANTASTIC.  True story.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Creme Pies | A copycat Little Debbie snack cake gets a Fall twist of pumpkin flavor

I adapted these lovely snack cakes, cookies, fall treats, or whatever you’d like to call them from the lovely blog: Carlsbad Cravings.  Her amazing Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie recipe can be found here: RECIPE.

You should make it a point to check it out and the rest of her blog.  It is filled with deliciousness and fun. ❤

Pumpkin Oatmeal Creme Pies | A copycat Little Debbie snack cake gets a Fall twist of pumpkin flavor

PUMPKIN OATMEAL CREME PIES
                makes 14 pies and 1 cookie to sample (or 2…)

For the cookies:

  • 1 cup butter , softened to room temperature
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon dark molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or ground cloves)
  • 3 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats

For the filling:

  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoons heavy cream (using anything with less fat will result in a much less creamy consistency)
  • 1-2  teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
For the cookies: With a stand or hand-held mixer: cream the butter, pumpkin, and sugars together at medium speed until light and creamy. Add egg, vanilla, and molasses, scraping down the sides if needed.
In a medium bowl: combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice – sift or stir to combine. Add the quick oats and mix again. Using a large spoon or rubber spatula fold the dry into the wet. (or you can use your stand mixer on low – I just prefer to mix by hand) 

NOTE: The dough will be pretty loose and a lovely golden orange.  Don’t worry it will bake up into rich, dense cookies that are soft and cake-like, just like the store-bought version. 
Pumpkin Oatmeal Creme Pies | A copycat Little Debbie snack cake gets a Fall twist of pumpkin flavor Pumpkin Oatmeal Creme Pies | A copycat Little Debbie snack cake gets a Fall twist of pumpkin flavor
Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking mat. Drop dough with a large cookie scoop or even spoonfuls (about 3-Tablespoons).  Gently pat down with two fingers, in a quick motion – the dough is sticky, but will yield.  The cookies will spread some in the oven, so leave a couple inches to allow room and even cooking.  Bake for 11-13 minutes, until cookies are lightly golden around the edges. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.  They will be soft and mine cooked perfectly right at 12 minutes.
For the filling: With a stand or hand-held mixer, beat room-temperature butter for about 1 minute until creamy. Fold in the powdered sugar, add vanilla, salt, and 3 Tablespoons of heavy cream; mix on medium speed for 1-2 minutes. Add additional cream if necessary.  I ended up using a whole 1/4 cup, but it depends on how thick you want your icing.
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Assemble: Add a dollop or small cookie-scoop (1-2 Tablespoons) of filling to the inside of cookie and sandwich with another.  Enjoy!
Pumpkin Oatmeal Creme Pies | A copycat Little Debbie snack cake gets a Fall twist of pumpkin flavor
I loved these cookies and really enjoyed taking on a week of pumpkin recipes!
All pumpkin’d out,
ApronClad

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