Oatmeal Cream Pies

Roller Derby Pies!

What was your favorite childhood treat? Swiss Cake Rolls, Twinkies, Ding Dongs? I was a Oatmeal Cream Pie kind of girl.

How long has it been since you had one??? Sadly, they may not be quite what you remembered. Maybe we’ve matured beyond heavily preserved, factory processed baked goods.

Nostalgia isn’t quite what it used to be. ~Peter De Vries

Speaking of nostalgic things, a couple weeks ago, some of my “posse” met up for a girl’s night out. We decided it would be great fun to go to the roller derby!

You may remember (if you are, ahem, my age or older) the crazy roller girl bouts televised in the seventies….anyone??? Well let me say with some authority, like the packaged lunchbox treats mentioned above, things are not what they used to be.

THIS IS WAY BETTER!

Behold, the revival of  this showy, turbulent, contact sport involving baby-doll/punk costumes uniforms, speed skates, and jeering fans! The teams battle on a roller rink, scoring points by slinging their “jammers” to the head of the pack, past the opposing team’s blockers. A whizzing onslaught of grabbing, shoving, swearing, and occasionally blood. It is NOT for the faint of heart!

To top it all, the skaters names are FANTASTIC! You find yourself screaming for Poison Sue Smac, Ca-slamity Jane, Grafik Illuskater, and Mazel Tov Cocktail.

The brawl we witnessed faced the Blue Ridge Roller Girls against The Atlanta Rumble Bees. I’m proud to tell you the home-team, BR Roller Girls, SMOKED the Rumble Bees with a final score of 163-103!!! WHOO-HOO! Seriously, If you have not experienced this, it’s worth going at least once!

Alright, back to the nostalgic snack-cakes…

My hubby and I have recently discussed a new house rule for guarding our waistlines. “If you MUST have it, you must MAKE it from scratch!” This rules out feverishly grabbing ice cream bars, store-bought oatmeal cream pies, and any other junk that you only crave at 11:46 pm–the worst possible time to eat it! And who in there right mind is going to start baking at 11:46? Not me! But if my craving continues the next day, I will make it myself and delight my family.

So here’s to nostalgic treats, to making it yourself, AND to roller derby! 
Not so much to waistlines!

To prepare:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Sift the dry ingredients into a medium bowl and set aside.

Use an electric mixer to cream the brown sugar, butter, egg and vanilla. Once smooth, slowly add the dry mixture to the wet until well combined. Stir in the oats.

Use a tablespoon-sized scoop to form equal dough balls. Allow them plenty of space to spread. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool completely before moving off the parchment paper.

Cream the shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Mix in the marshmallow fluff.

To assemble: Match up two cookies that are of equal size and shape. Turn the bottom cookies over. Use a piping bag (or zip-bag with the corner cut off) to pipe the filling onto the bottom cookie. This is much easier than trying to spread it. Then add the top cookie of each cream pie and press down.

*I found I liked a thin layer of cream filling better than a thick layer–but you should have plenty if you want to pile it on!


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Yield: 10 cream pies

Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

Ingredients:

For the Oatmeal Cookies:
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup melted butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 ½ tsp. cocoa powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup rolled oats

For the Cream Filling:
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1- 7.5 oz. jar of marshmallow fluff

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Sift the dry ingredients into a medium bowl and set aside.

Use an electric mixer to cream the brown sugar, butter, egg and vanilla. Once smooth, slowly add the dry mixture to the wet until well combined. Stir in the oats.

Use a tablespoon-sized scoop to form equal dough balls. Allow them plenty of space to spread. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool completely before moving off the parchment paper.

Cream the shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Mix in the marshmallow fluff.

To assemble: Match up two cookies that are of equal size and shape. Turn the bottom cookies over. Use a piping bag (or zip-bag with the corner cut off) to pipe the filling onto the bottom cookie. This is much easier than trying to spread it.Then add the top cookie of each cream pie and press down.

*I found I liked a thin layer of cream filling better than a thick layer--but you should have plenty if you want to pile it on!

Makes approximately 10 cream pies. (20 cookies)


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73 Responses to “Oatmeal Cream Pies”

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    Eileen — September 27, 2010 @ 3:00 am

    I had to smile at this post. We have roller-derby here too. I've been tempted to join. I don't think I could wear those little rumble shorts though :) Those oatmeal pies look good. I don't usually buy baked goods because I figure if I'm to lazy to get up and make something I don't need it after all.

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    My Kitchen in the Rockies — September 27, 2010 @ 3:21 am

    Well, my waistline really doesn't care if it is store bought or homemade. I make everything from scratch and it doesn't help either.
    I have never eaten one of those delicious looking cream pies.
    The roller derby seamed like a great girls night.

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    Magic of Spice — September 27, 2010 @ 3:34 am

    These look so good…and I love your new house rule :) Fun pics…

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    Belinda @zomppa — September 27, 2010 @ 3:38 am

    I've heard roller derbies are awesome. What a great snack!!

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    Shirley — September 27, 2010 @ 4:19 am

    They look yummy and healthy! I tell myself all oaty things are healthy.
    I feel you on the maturing of tastebuds. I used to love gorging on Entenmanns' chocolate cake as a kid, and a couple years ago I bought a box as a treat. Could not get over the storebought taste and pounds of sugar. It was a little sad. lol

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    motherrimmy — September 27, 2010 @ 4:44 am

    What fun! The cookies are fantastic too. I'm a big oatmeal fan.

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    Angie's Recipes — September 27, 2010 @ 6:05 am

    Beautifully baked oatmeal cream pies! You look so YOUNG!

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    Cherine — September 27, 2010 @ 7:01 am

    the cookies look fabulous!! I'm sure they're addictive

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    alison — September 27, 2010 @ 8:02 am

    such a beautiful and delicious pie!

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    Katerina — September 27, 2010 @ 9:02 am

    Your post was really funny. I enjoyed a lot the photo with the girl's bottom. Your cookies look fantastic. My favorite candy as a child was and still is chocolate.

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    thelonelyradish.com — September 27, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    Loved this post. I have a few friends who skate, back home, but I have yet to go. Great pictures. I still have a homemade yodel recipe from about 6 years ago that I have yet to make. I will defeat the roll cake!

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    Wheels and Lollipops — September 27, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

    These look delicious and looks as though you had a great time !

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    5 Star Foodie — September 27, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    Loved reading this! And the oatmeal pies look so scrumptious! I've never had one, and would love to try!

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    Victoria K. — September 27, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

    Haha, looks like fun! The pies look great too :)

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    High Plains Drifters — September 27, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

    Roller Derby has a fairly serious cult following here in Denver.

    Homemade oatmeal cream pies … next, can you give us a recipe for homemade RC cola? :^)

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    Emily Z — September 27, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    OMG I won?!? I never win anything! YAY! I will e-mail you! And these oatmeal cream pies look awesome, they were always one of my favorite Little Debbie snacks! =)

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    Biren — September 27, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

    Blogging is fun but unfortunately not so good for the waistline. These pies would be great any time of the day.

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    laura — September 27, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

    Hilarious, Sommer! I would never think to go to such an event – if only we lived closer so you could push me out of my box!!! ( : The oatmeal cream pies are genius – I always loved them but would never eat them from the package at this point – perfect!

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    claire — September 27, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

    these look unreal! your roller derby experience looks hilarious!

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    Suchitra — September 27, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

    oh boy, these look sumptuous! Love your post and your recipes :)

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    Amy — September 27, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

    Can't wait to try this recipe, and love, love, love your "rule."

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    Prerna@IndianSimmer — September 27, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

    Mmm Mmm Mmm! Ridiculously good :-)

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    Ginny Marie — September 27, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

    I used to love those cookies sandwiches when I was a kid! We would buy them all the time, along with the chocolate krisp cookies with a layer of caramel inside. Back then, I could eat whatever I wanted and stay skinny! Those times are long gone…

    Visiting from SITS!

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    Reeni — September 27, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

    The roller derby looks like good, wholesome fun! Just like oatmeal cream pies! I ate many of them when I was a kid. I bet these put them to shame!

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    Sprinkled with Flour — September 27, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

    I love homemade oatmeal cream pies! They taste great frozen as well, maybe even a little better:)

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    Torviewtoronto — September 27, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    delicious cream and pies

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    A Little Yumminess — September 27, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

    Fun, fun, fun. Great project for me and my little one!

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    Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron — September 27, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

    I adore this post and oatmeal cream pies. I agree that we should make it from scratch! I have my version of oatmeal cookies and the cream recipe from your blog will certainly be useful! The roller battle sounds so fun and everyone seemed to have a good time.

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    BakingWithoutaBox — September 27, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

    This is awesome!

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    fromBAtoParis — September 27, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

    Could you send me at least 42 of those pies??? I LOVE them !!!
    Thanks

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — September 27, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

    i am having some serious cravings for some of these right now. love it!

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    Truffle Shuffle — September 27, 2010 @ 10:29 pm

    Mmm, yummy pies. And congratulations to the giveaway winner!
    -The Ardent Epicure

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    Lori — September 28, 2010 @ 12:18 am

    Oh yes I certainly remember roller saktes. I remember thinking I was Pinkie Tuscadaro… remember? I thought she was too cool for Hollywood. Yes I know does Pinkie and skating go together- kinda, remember the waitresses were on skates. If my memory serves me right… it's that age thing again.

    Cool pies! My favorite was Hoho's and they thoroughly disgust me now. All of them leave a film in your mouth – yuck!

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    Cooking with Coley — September 28, 2010 @ 1:54 am

    Wow this looks incredible! No wonder why it's in the top 9! Congrats!

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    Stella — September 28, 2010 @ 2:44 am

    Hey Sommer, I just saw this on the Top 9-they looks so wonderful! And I've never seen anyone get a cookie that looks quite so much like the original. I'm making these once I'm moved, as these were my favorite snack when I was little;)
    p.s. that photo is hilarious!

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    Hyosun Ro — September 28, 2010 @ 3:31 am

    Wow! These pies look so good.

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    Marisa — September 28, 2010 @ 3:59 am

    Congrats on making top 9 for this! You really deserve it. I love the oatmeal cream pies in the package–you did an amazing job replicating them. I can't believe that frosting–OMG. And the roller derby looks like so much fun. I wish I could be that badass!

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    Rachèle — September 28, 2010 @ 4:23 am

    Congrats on the Top 9!

    That house rule is brilliant! I have so many recipes I want to try, but only two people in our household to eat them! I think I'll try a version of this trick and give myself a rule that if I'm going to bake… it must be from scratch! No mixes and nothing pre-made! :)

    Love the blog!

    R.

    akajolie.blogspot.com

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    Pacheco Patty — September 28, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    Great post, back in the day we watched roller derby on TV, probably snacking on ding dongs or something close to it! Hoorah for marshmallow fluff and your great recipe;)

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    Priscilla - She's Cookin' — September 28, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

    Congrats on the Top 9! Fun post – I'd love to see a roller derby match! Love the photos, esp. the one you couldn't resist taking :) And your oatmeal pies are spot-on!

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    Nirmala — September 29, 2010 @ 12:07 am

    My friend is a roller derby girl! It's intense. I want to bite into your cookies.

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    Chow and Chatter — September 29, 2010 @ 12:33 am

    wow what fun and you've been to India thats neat your hubby isnt Indian as well is he!!

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    Mama Cupcake — September 29, 2010 @ 12:52 am

    Moonpies for sure!

    I wanted to drop by and thank you for stopping by my blog :).

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    Susan @ The Spice Garden — September 29, 2010 @ 1:17 am

    Back in the day, we knoshed Little Debbie Oatmeal Cakes and watched roller derby on Saturday afternoon. It was broadcast opposite Championship Bowling out of Watertown, NY … or maybe Syracuse. Anyway, thanks for such a nostalgic kick in the butt! The cakes look awesome! Worthy of this year's family Yankee Swap where everyone will have a rush from the past!

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    Megan — September 29, 2010 @ 2:08 am

    too funny and I love the "butt shot"….Those roller derby gals are tough… you need a bit of padding to survive all the falls…. this recipe is the bomb! Love it – have a super Tues. night! – megs

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    The Mom Chef — September 29, 2010 @ 2:48 am

    I love Little Debbie's version of this so I can't wait to make these. Home made is SO much better.

    Ok, that was a serious wedgie. She looked like my 4 year-old daughter does most of the time (and at least my daughter doesn't know better).

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    baking.serendipity — September 29, 2010 @ 2:59 am

    These were one of both my and my husband's favorites as kids :) He would love this recipe! I always ate them after heating them up in the microwave for a few seconds…yum!

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    Lynne @ CookandBeMerry — September 29, 2010 @ 6:54 am

    Your roller derby photos are so fun! I can just imagine all the screaming and cheering. And your treats look fabulous. Yum.

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    Foodessa — September 29, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    My brother and I used to love watching Roller Derby with much amusing times. Sommer…those are great action pics!

    Those cookie pies sound like I better get my roller skates out and get them dusted off ;o)

    Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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    Amanda — September 29, 2010 @ 5:12 pm

    The Atlanta team just posted this on our forum and I have to say the butt comments make me laugh…because it's mine.

    This one made me laugh the most-
    "Ok, that was a serious wedgie. She looked like my 4 year-old daughter does most of the time (and at least my daughter doesn't know better)."

    The thing is that I have been taught that wedgies are possibly bad and maybe not something that you should expose to the general public. Because I wear this boutfit (yes, boutfit ;) ) I have to be prepared for commentary that's less than supportive. But that's ok. It makes me laugh that I, clearly not a size 6, has the nerve and pride to show the world my money maker. Plus, I think butts are funny.

    Also, I cannot tell you how much I love oatmeal cream pies. Yum!

    Demanda Rumble

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    Heather — September 29, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    When I lived in Madison, there was a HUGE roller derby scene. Champaign (where I now live) JUST got a roller derby league. We finally managed to get tickets–this Saturday! Woohoo!!

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    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE — September 29, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

    Dearest Demanda Rumble~

    Thanks for your comment! I had such a great time at the roller derby and am now a huge fan of the sport!

    I appreciate your sense of humor…thanks for not being mad about the booty-shot! If I ever decide to show mine in public, I'll send you a snap! ;)

    Sommer

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    Amanda — September 29, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

    Sommer,

    Sounds great ;)

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    Rick — September 29, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

    These are amazing! I'm not kidding, I really want one!

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    Chef Dennis — September 30, 2010 @ 12:36 am

    I do remember roller derby , and of course oatmeal pies! My childhood favorite were twinkies though, but I certainly wouldn't refuse one of those lovely cookie pies!

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    denise @ quickies on the dinner table — September 30, 2010 @ 4:14 am

    Don't tell anyone, but I remember those roller derbies on tv *shhhhhhh* ;)

    These truly look amazing! I think we need that rule here too – waistline expanding treats MUST be made from scratch! There's time for the ardour to cool off and can anything really be better than home made?!?!? Puh-leaze!!

    Your white KitchenAid looks so pretty – mine's ice blue…….. and I dinged it a few weeks ago with the edge of a cleaver …. don't ask *sob*

    Btw – Amanda, that's what I call a REAL woman's butt!

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    sweetlife — September 30, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

    I was a total oatmeal pie kinda girl and I never buy them anymore for fear of well getting more junk in my trunk, love this…oh I'm excited….glad you had a great time out, looks like a blast,
    sweetlife

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    Sanjeeta kk — October 1, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    Lovely texture for these cute cookies. Nice to be here. Best wishes.

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    Tasty Eats At Home — October 3, 2010 @ 12:45 am

    OMG those look great. These were also my favorite overly processed "dessert"!

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    Gitte — October 3, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

    Roller Derby looks like so much fun!!! and your cookies looks so amazing. I want some, please.

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums — October 5, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

    That is a great sport! A pity we don't practice that here…

    Your pies look so irresistible!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Pretty. Good. Food. — October 6, 2010 @ 12:43 am

    Mmmm, these look delicious! I'm making these as soon as I can!!!
    I have a friend who is a Derby Doll :)
    http://derbydolls.com/la

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    Ginny — October 8, 2010 @ 3:19 am

    Oatmeal Pies were my favorite too! I would eat one before every swim meet!

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    evenstarlight — October 29, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

    I am making these TODAY!!! :) I can't wait..part of Judah's birthday celebrations…we've been doing lots of tasty autumn treats and these will fit right in!
    Although I did have to buy the marshmallow fluff on-line from a special American imports store….so we can't make these too often :(

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    evenstarlight — November 8, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

    Hey :) I made these two weeks ago and my husband liked them but said he'd prefer them without the cream bit (He did not grow up with these) so I have now just made a batch of the cookies!! They do make a lovely oatmeal cookie! May try adding raisins next time!

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    Isaac — January 11, 2011 @ 6:54 am

    The pies look delicious. You and your hubby's new rule is seriously disturbing.

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    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE — January 11, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    Oh Isaac,

    Be nice! ;)

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — June 25, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    How awesome do those look!!!! These cookies are such a tease!

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    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — June 26, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    Oh, yum, I can’t wait to make these!

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    Leigh — July 31, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    Dear god I love you. These are amazing.

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    I will be Dudette’s hero for life if I can make these properly. Little Debbie’s Oatmeal Pies are her new favorite thing and she’s unhappy with me at the moment because I neglected to buy her any last time I went shopping. So, maybe I can make up for it by presenting her with the real deal. I know I’ll feel better about a treat I made myself. I like the new rule in your house, by the way. In order to enforce it though, I’d need to find a recipe for Cheetos. Have anything up your sleeve?

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    Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife} — March 18, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    Those look AH-mazing!

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