Old Fashioned Oatmeal Pies

Who didn’t grow up and fall in love with the chewy delicious Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies? They are simply delightful. The creamy goodness in the center and the chewy yet firm oatmeal cookie? I am drooling just thinking about it. When I was little I was what my mom likes to call the food Nazi. You see my brother was one of those boys who couldn’t gain weight for the life of him (and still is). As most of you can relate, as a teenage girl always watching my weight I was rather frustrated at the fact everyday he tried to eat as much as possible while I was trying to eat as little as possible:)

So the story goes that when my mom would buy certain snacks that we loved I would hide them in the pantry so my brother couldn’t get to them or I would go tell on him for eating like a dozen of the cookies, hence oatmeal pies. Disregard the fact that she could just get more at the store, the point was my brother was eating and leaving me very little of my favorite snacks, those that I looked forward to as somewhat of a treat for doing so well with my girlish figure and it just wasn’t FAIR!

This is where the Oatmeal Pies come into play. They were one of mine and Phillips favorite snack and I love to this day. I found an old recipe for oatmeal pie cookies that I remember making a long long time ago but what I didn’t remember was just how absolutely out of this world delicious they were. They are the perfect combination of the perfect textures, chewy, slightly hard, moist, buttery and well just perfect! Paired with the ultimate cream filling (from William’s Kitchen), no one and I repeat no one can resist them!

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Pies
  • Cookies:
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour plus 2 TBSP
  • 1 cup of AP flour plus 2 TBSP
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 3 cups old fashioned cooking oats
  • 1½ sticks of butter, unsalted, room temp
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cream Filling:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Whisk together flours, 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 8-10 minutes. Cool on pan for 2-3 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.




  1. Rachel

    Thanks for the mention. I’m adding your blog to my RSS pronto! You have some delicious recipes!

  2. Mary

    These sound and look just perfect! There is NO chance I’d be able to eat just one or two. I’m pinning this to try next time I’m baking for more than just my family! Thanks.

  3. val

    I mean nothing could be better than these beauties, Yum.

  4. Jo-Lyn

    Oh….these sound like perfection! Nom Nom Nom! *gets out the cookie sheets* 😉

  5. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    Oh, I love this recipe!! Oatmeal cream pies are one of my favorites…they remind me of my grandparents’ house. 🙂

  6. Shawn

    Completely my “happy place” 🙂

  7. yummychunklet

    Oh, these and Star Crunches were my favorite Little Debbies. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  8. Tara

    Mmmm I love oatmeal cookies. One of my favorites for sure!

  9. Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef

    Little Debbies???? holy cow I haven’t had one of those in years. Just a step up from a Twinkie I suspect.

    I can’t wait to try these, they look wonderful.

  10. Jihane @SinfulSundays

    OMG, my brother and I would fight over these too! He would eat all of them and then leave the empty box in the pantry which would infuriate me more when I went to get one and saw that there were no more. ugh!

    These look great! Happy to see this homemade version! 🙂

  11. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I didn’t know what’s Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies, so I googled it. I saw the package but still not familiar with it. Do they still sell it in stores? Your version looks 1000x better than one from the package! The last close up shot is killing me… Drool!

  12. Reem | Simply Reem

    You know I can to tally relate to ur post, my brother was always underweight no mater how much he ate and I was always scared that I will gain even if I will look at food…LOL
    These do look yummy and delicious…
    Great Recipe Jessica!!!

  13. vianney

    OHHH I loved, still love little debbie’s oatmeal pie… so happy to have a homemade version!! they look sweet and the pics are perfect!

  14. Vicki Bensinger

    I loved Little Debbie’s and would eat them whenever I could. I can’t wait to make these. I might make them for the Share Our Strength event I will be part of next weekend.

    Your story with your brother reminds me of mine with one of my sisters. Only she hoarded the food. One day she had Cracker Jacks sitting on the glider outside while we were swinging and I wanted some. She said she’d kill me if I took any, so I hit the glider and they fell and spilled. I knew I was in for it so I took off running. She threw the swing at me and hit me in the eye. I ran off screaming and crying and haha she got in trouble and I got ice cream because I got hurt.

    Funny how we remember such silly stories and the things we did at times to torment one another.

    Your Little Debbie’s story sure brings back memories. I look forward to making this recipe. Since my dogs just woke me to let them out and I’m on my iPad I decided to save it to a Ziplist which I’ve never one before. Thanks for offering this handy option.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  15. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Lovely recipe – comfort cookies.
    🙂 Mandy

  16. Baker Street

    Oh YUM! These oatmeal pies look fantastic and would make for a perfect weekend treat. 🙂

  17. Jenny

    Yep, my brother was the same way! LOVE this recipe and can’t wait to try it!

  18. Joanne

    I haven’t had oatmeal pies in YEARS because lord knows what is in those things…but this homemade version needs to make up for lost time! They look so good…just like the originals but WAY better!

  19. Kristy

    I have a son that sounds a lot like your brother. 🙂 These do look irresistible!!!

  20. Lisa

    These look great! I wish you lived closer to me to help me bake some goodies for the National Food Blogger and Baker bake sale for Share Our Strength!

  21. lena

    friend, you sound a little aggressive today..LOL! i think you re not only fearless in the kitchen, you’re fearless in everywhere!! but watch out, i think your kids will be fighting with you over these cookies very soon!

  22. sportsglutton

    I haven’t thought about Little Debbies in years, but use to eat a bunch of them once upon a time. If these have the same addictive quality then I can never make them!! 😉 Have a great weekend!

  23. Malli

    Aaauuuh! Little Debbie Oatmeal pies ..reminds me of when my girls were young children. There was a time when they never left home without one Little Debbie treat in their lunch bags. I love your homemade version of them— but again, I love all your homemade dishes Jessica!!

  24. foodonfifth.com, Teresa

    Beautiful, homey looking cookies. I love your story. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    What an awesome story! I love just saying the words oatmeal pie..and they look very addicting.
    Thanks for sharing.

  26. Shea

    For some reason, I never liked the oatmeal pie cookies that you buy at the store. But your homemade version looks simply irresistible–those I definitely wouldn’t be able to pass up!

  27. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh these look wonderful! .My husband loves them but I quit buying them a few years back when I noticed how much ” junk ” is in the store bought ones. Boy is he going to be excited about these!!

  28. Eva kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com

    Yet another delicious treat we Canadians are kept from; and dare I even say, because of the oatmeal, of course, that they are healthy? 😉 Well, we can dream, can’t we. I bet your kids went crazy for them.

    1. kbelleicious

      Of course Eva! They are extremely healthy with the oatmeal and whole wheat flour! Extremely! Lol!

  29. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    I must have lived under a rock when I was young because I never had a Little Debbie Oatmeal Pie. I have to say your little pies look very yummy. I’m being to think that I had a deprived childhood.

  30. Greg

    Little Debbie eat your heart out. These look wonderful.

  31. daphne

    oh cookies!!! I love the. And even more so when it is rustic like this- You have outdone yourself!

  32. Amanda

    Oh my! I haven’t had oatmeal pies- oatmeal cookies, yes, but these look even better! I’d love to have one!

  33. rosita vargas

    OMG….me encantan son muy saludables especial para colación,saludos abrazos hugs,hugs.,

  34. Mary

    Cute story! Delicious looking pies – cream cookies!! I love this idea 🙂
    Mary x

  35. Sandie

    These look addictive! BTW, it’s NO fair that some people can eat and eat and never gain weight!!!

    1. kbelleicious

      Amen sister!

  36. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    There is nothing better in this world than an oatmeal pie and yours look perfect! What I wouldn’t give for a box of those beauties – mmm!

  37. megan

    Hi – Can I use whole wheat pastry flour?

    1. kbelleicious

      Yes you could! The cookies might not rise as much but heck! They will still be just as delicious! Go for it!

  38. ModernMom

    You had me at Oatmeal….

  39. Candace

    Gorgeous, gorgeous photos, Jessica! I am turning my computer off now and heading to bed hungry. Hungry, I say! These have me seriously craving one of these luscious little pies. Not good at all for my diet!!!

    1. kbelleicious

      Hey everyone deserves a little treat on their diet? Lol!

  40. sara@domesticallychallenged

    Sigh. These poor things NEED me in their life.

  41. Jane Kirn

    I don’t need them, but they need me maybe?
    My kind of cookie, and yes I remember them.
    When I first looked at the photo I thought you put ice cream inside.
    Is that an option?
    Your recipes are always so inspiring.

  42. marla

    Now these cookie pies look way better then anything you could buy at the store!! Pinning now 🙂

    1. kbelleicious

      Thsnks for the pin!

  43. Baking Serendipity

    These were (are?!?) my husband’s favorite store bought snack. I can’t believe I haven’t made them homemade yet! Yours look perfect 🙂

  44. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    I grew up a few miles from the Little Debbie plant and back in the day (40 years ago?) my father handled their group insurance for the workers. Once a month or so they would let my Dad come in and buy fresh Little Debbie’s from the ‘company store’ that was available to the employees. We got to pick out a favorite box, but of course had to share with my three brothers and sister. Such a fun memory! These look amazing and love your site!

  45. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    I didn’t grow up eating Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies. In fact I don’t think I’ve still ever had one. I’ve obviously been missing out. I need to make your recipe asap.

  46. Asmita

    Wow, these pies look amazing! I have never tried Little Debbie oatmeal pies. Yours looks so good!

  47. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb

    Unfortunately we didnt grow up with oatmeal pies. now I wish I had!
    So unfair when boys can eat whatever they want, right!? shameless creatures… 😉

  48. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    Oh.my.goodness. This reminds me of school lunches or after school snacks and boxes of Little Debbie…only like 1 million times better! Wish I had one (or ten) of these right now!

  49. Pure Complex

    I haven’t had an oatmeal pie in such a long time. I just don’t like the ones from the store. I will have to make this recipe one day. 🙂

  50. nancy at good food matters

    I have to laugh about those Little Debbies. We all thought they were so good—but I bet we’d think differently today! Unless, of course, they were made with Your recipe. These look great. And I have a feeling that the cream filling is just divine.

    1. kbelleicious

      I know! Makes me think about what else we thought was soooo good! Lol!

  51. Laura @ Family Spice

    How can you go wrong with a sandwich cookie! This look very addicting!!

  52. Velva

    I do remember Little Debbie Oatmeal pies growing-up. I enjoyed them often, My grandmother would buy them-My mom was less keen on snack foods. I loved going to my grandmothers. I would drink a big Nehi orange or grape soda and enjoy an oatmeal pie, or other Little Debbie snack. Seriously, this post brought back memories.

    Great post. Thanks for sharing with us.


    1. kbelleicious

      Nehi orange! Oh the memories!

  53. Marina@Picnic at Marina

    Oatmeal pies? I have to admit I never had one (I am not a big sweet eater either). Those look very delicious and pretty too!

  54. Val

    I live for little debbie oatmeal cream pies. I know these would be a hit in my house.

  55. Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}

    it’s the first time I hear about oatmeal pies but I have to try them. They look insanely delicious!

  56. Geni

    I never had those growing up. Apparently, I was missing out on ALOT since these look so yummy! Can you believe, my brother is and was the same way? Couldn’t gain weight if he tried and I was always having to watch what I ate. Not fair!

    1. kbelleicious

      Why is that? It seems everyones brother was like that! Too funny! I have to be honest here- you were missing out:) they are so yummy and the homemade version is triple delicious!

  57. Kristin

    I loved those things! I bet the homemade version is soooooooo much better!

  58. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    I, for one, can’t resist that, Jessica! That’s pure deliciousness!

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  61. Mary

    Oh my goodness – these look out of this world delicious!!!!! I think I”ll have to make them to celebrate the new year!!
    Mary x

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