Home-baked goods will always be my preference, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies. It’s a very nostalgic food for me, as I grew up eating them and there’s just something so comforting about those soft oatmeal cookies with cream filling.
I don’t think I have had an oatmeal cream pie in probably ten years, but I still get a craving for them every once in awhile. I developed this recipe for Maple Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies with this childhood treat in mind, and I have to say – they did not disappoint!
The oatmeal cookie in these sandwich cookies is soft, yet holds up really well to the maple buttercream filling. I think a soft cookie in a sandwich cookie is key because you don’t want crumbs from a crunchy or crumbly cookie as you sink your teeth into each bite. The cookies are sweetened with a combination of brown sugar and maple syrup, and spiced with cinnamon. They smell absolutely divine as they bake in the oven!
While I first tried making the buttercream frosting with maple syrup, I didn’t get an overwhelming maple flavor that I was looking for. On my second attempt I picked up some maple extract and that did the trick!
When I first made the cookies and tried one before adding the buttercream, I kind of thought they didn’t even need the buttercream. After making the buttercream and assembling the sandwich cookies, I realized how wrong I was. Yes, the cookies are incredible on their own, but with the maple buttercream? They are absolutely divine and so irresistible!
If you’re looking for a pumpkin treat that doesn’t involve pumpkin or apples, but still has those warm cozy spices, these Maple Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies are just the thing!