Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cake of the Week: Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies/Oatmeal Cream Pies

I rarely eat sandwiches. Occasionally a PB&J English muffin is quite delish, but I never have bread, and I’m not a big meat and cheese person. Unless of course a cookie is my crust and frosting is the filling!
Here’s how these cookies happened:

After the Pumpkin Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies, I had leftover frosting in my fridge. What’s a girl to do? Eat it with graham crackers, with apple slices, with a spoon. But after a while even I have to stop the sugar coma, so I searched “Sandwich Cookies” and found a fabulous recipe.

But my late-night frosting forays had drastically depleted my frosting store…so there was only one thing to do…make more!

(I’m so sorry – alliteration and rhyming – I can’t control it!)

So I made some vanilla frosting to fill the rest of the sandwiches. They are SO GOOD. Very sweet but very delicious. The oatmeal cookies have a teaspoon of chocolate in them, which adds some depth of flavor. Be careful though, I sprayed my pan but they still kind of stuck. I was able to scrape them off with a knife, but maybe do parchment or wax paper to prevent that problem.

Creamy vanilla plus chewy cookie – these are my sort of sandwiches!

Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies (from A Spicy Perspective)

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

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.

Vanilla Frosting

3/4 stick butter, softened

3 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1-3 tablespoons milk or water

Using an electric mixer, mix vanilla and butter. Add in sugar and mix as much as possible. Add in milk or water one tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired frosting consistency.

To Assemble Cookies:

Match similar sized/shaped cookies. Scoop frosting into a piping bag, and pipe onto completely cooled cookies.

And then enjoy! :)