Sunday, August 24, 2008

Making Oatmeal Cream Pies Jealous

I made these yummy things for Sam's nurse. Last year I took oatmeal raisin cookies to her at the hospital. She said she doesn't eat many sweets, but these are her favorite cookies- score! So this year, I wanted to make them just a little better and I think I succeeded. These were awesome, with a capital A. I gave her half of them and refrigerated the rest. They were even better the next day because the cookies softened and tasted like Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies- only much better and dare I say- healthier?
Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
  • 1 c. raisins
  • 3 c. Quaker Oats, old fashioned, uncooked

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together butter and sugars til creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. Add combined flour, soda, cinnamon, salt. Mix til fully incorporated. Stir in oats and raisins.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet, then remove to wire rack.

NOTE: I used an ice cream scoop to make uniform sized cookies. They were slightly bigger than tablespoonfuls so they took a couple more minutes to bake- approx. 14-15 minutes. Using the scoop yielded 36 cookies (or 18 sandwich cookies).

Mascarpone Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2-3 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar, sifted

Combine cheeses in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer til creamy and lump free. Mix in desired amount of honey. Then stir in sugar til sweetened to your liking.

To assemble the sandwich cookies: Place about one tablespoon of mascarpone filling on one cookie and top with an additional cookie. Gently squeeze together to allow the filling to come to the edges. Don't press too hard or the filling will ooze out. Eat right away or refrigerate leftovers for up to 4-5 days. The longer they sit in the fridge, the softer they'll be. This recipe made enough filling for 18 sandwich cookies.


The Nanny said... had me until the "mascarpone cheese" part...can't bring myself to eat ANYTHING with the word cheese in it! Maybe I'll substitute whipped cream? Would that be terrible? Cause they look AWESOME.

Monica H said...

you don't even have to fill them if you don't want. they're good on their own!

Monica H said...

or you could use silken tofu sweetened with powdered sugar???

Monica H said...

...or marshmallow cream, or vanilla buttercream frosting

Okay, I'm stopping now- fill them with whatever you want :-)

Hennifer said...

Yay! Thanks for the recipe. I plan to make these on the next cool day.

Anonymous said...

Yummy...when I think I am capable of baking something good again will try these...thankyou

Chef Dennis Littley said...

OMG those cookies look amazing!!!!
your marscapone filling just pushes them way over the edge!!! they must be I'm craving those beauties!

Linz said...

Oh dear Lord, these are Heavenly!! My friend made some for me and I asked for the recipe and she sent me here. She subbed chocolate chips for the raisins and they are divine!! She said the cookies were a little hard before she made the sandwiches, but the next morning, after they had been in the fridge overnight, they were perfect.

Can't wait to make some for my husband. One of his favorite junk foods is Oatmeal Cream Pies and these are definitely better and fresher and I really hope I can save a couple of the ones from my friend to share with the hubby. We'll see if I make it all day...

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