Little Debbie’s Oatmeal Cream Pies. Another open box is a empty box in this house. Twelve to a carton. Established in 1960. O.D. McKee named the cookie after his daughter. Wait for it… Debbie. Little Debbie® snacks are available in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, as well as on U.S. military bases throughout the world.
A dear friend of mine calls them smashy cakes, a favorite for long road trips. Compact, individually wrapped goodness. I remember my grandparents used to have a box stashed on top of the refrigerator. It’s not hard to think about Oatmeal Creme Pies without going through a whole mosaic of other food memories.
This curator of sweet goodness eats Oatmeal Creme Pies like she does Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: all around the outside, saving the ooey gooey creamy white cloud of candied heaven for last. What good mother would not pass down the names and faces of such memories? Her obsession. Yes, this IS as good as it gets! Oatmeal Creme Pies! So, when I ran across The “Classic Snacks” Gluten Free Cookbook, be still my heart.
Once again, mix up some wonderful ingredients with one of my old friend molasses. Rabbit trail: one of the healthy hints about molasses, it is nutrient rich in one of the things our bodies in this era are sorely lacking, magnesium. Look it up, no joke! However, two tablespoons was a little hot for my taste. I would cut back just a little. Parchment paper or baking stones worked evenly well. The house, once again, smells SO GOOD!
While the cookies are baking, the filling is started. Once again, Ziplock is my friend. This time, though, it didn’t matter what the middle looked like. Just make sure the zipper IS ZIPPED! Just sayin’.
I’m going to say ONE MORE TIME: baking gluten free is not for the diabetic at heart! Four cups of confectioner’s sugar in the filling alone. We ended up with a baker’s dozen of luscious Oatmeal Creme Pies. Sweet molasses goodness. This definitely called for a cup of milk or coffee.
Friends, these are not quick bake fix’em and forget em’ cookies. But if you really want one, bake away. Thanks again Nicole Hunn. Check out her book at the library. No, BUY her book/s. Check her out on Facebook, too.