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Monday, September 9, 2013

Chew on This | Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches

The second my kids get home from school they drop their backpacks, wash their hands (after being reminded 17 times), and sit down to an after school snack to fend off the starvation. It's amazing how hungry they are at the end of their school day, like they haven't been fed for days and days. I like to give them something healthy, and substantial, since they have practice looming on the horizon. As well, they don't usually eat their dinner until after practice, which can sometimes be as late as 8:00pm. 

These Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches are an after school crowd pleaser. Satisfied smiles on the lips of my babes when they find these morsels waiting for them. Now, I realize that cookies are not a nutritionally wholesome choice for snack. However, these are chock full of oatmeal - quite filling. And...when paired with apple slices and peanut butter, you've got an afternoon snack combination that will sustain and fuel the hungry little athletes in your family, too!

When I started making these sandwich cookies I had visions of those Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies. These are not those, not by a long shot. These are crunchy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside, stuffed oatmeal cookies with a creamy filling warmed by Fall spice. Enjoy them!


Here's our recipe:

Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies
1 1/2 C flour
1 t salt
1 t baking powder
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t cinnamon
1/2 C (two sticks) butter, softened
1 t vanilla
1 C granulated sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 C oats

1/4 C (one stick) butter, softened
2 1/2 C confectioner's sugar
2 t vanilla
1/2 t salt
1 t pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
1-2 T milk

Preheat your oven to 350℉. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or spray with baking spray.

To make your cookies, combine your flour, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Stir with a whisk to incorporate thoroughly. In another bowl, cream together you butter, vanilla, and sugars. Add in your eggs, one at a time, to your butter mixture, beating after each addition. Now add your butter mixture to your dry ingredients and mix. Once all of your ingredients are thoroughly mixed, pour in your oats. Hand stir your oats into the batter until evenly distributed.

Place tablespoon-sized rounds of cookie dough onto your prepared baking sheets and place into your preheated oven. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool completely before making into oatmeal cookie sandwiches.

While your cookies are baking, make your cookie sandwich filling. To start, in a mixing bowl, cream together your butter and confectioner's sugar. Start off mixing slowly or you'll be covered in sugar (not that I'd know anything about that). Once the sugar and butter are creamed together, add in your vanilla, salt, and spice. Mix thoroughly. With the mixer still running (on low), add in 1 tablespoon of milk. Check your filling's consistency - is it too thick? Add in a touch (1/2 T) more milk. You want the filling to be smooth and creamy, but not even close to pourable. The filling must be able to hold up to being smooshed between two oatmeal cookies. If you add too much milk, no problem, add in a bit more sugar to the bowl and mix.

Make your oatmeal cookie sandwiches by spreading a huge dollop of filling onto the back of one oatmeal cookie. Place another oatmeal cookie atop the filling and BOOM - oatmeal cookie sandwich! Enjoy!!

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