Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Almost identical to the Little Debbie variety, I found this recipe for Oatmeal Cream Pies on Chow.com. The cookie recipe I followed, for the most part, but I really wasn't in the mood for the complicated filling, so I made a batch of my Black Moon filling and I think it's pretty close to utterly fantastic
For the Oatmeal Cookies:
2 sticks of butter*, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups oatmeal**
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
* Chow.com called for 1.5 sticks of butter, and I upped it to 2 sticks for a crisper cookie.
** Chow.com called for pulverized oatmeal, but I don't own a food processor, so I used rolled oats and I liked them a little chunkier.
Cream the butter and sugars together until light and the mixture comes together, about 5 minutes. Add the egg,milk and vanilla, and beat until smooth.
In a separate bowl, whisk together all the remaining ingredients. Add to the butter mixture and stir by hand until dough comes together (it should be well incorporated but not overly mixed). Place dough in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls, about 2 inches apart, onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a Silpat. Bake at 375Â°F until golden brown but soft in the center, about 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Cream 1/2 white vegetable shortening with 1.5 cups of marshmallow cream and 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla. If it's too stiff, add milk a teaspoon at a time until spreadable, but not runny.
Once cookies have cooled completely, match them in pairs and fill with a big tablespoon of the filling. Continue this process with the remaining cookies.
I made these cookies at A Full Plate Cafe and brought two home to share with the Marge and Angela. They're great, and make only twelve cookies, so you can't really over-indulge as long as there are a few friends around.