Strolling through the aisles of the grocery store yesterday, I found myself on the aisle that is home to all of the pre-packaged sweet snacks. Growing up, I remember my friends always ate those sweet confections wrapped in plastic and poor me, always had homemade baked goods. I laugh at it now, but when I was younger I wanted one of those artificially enhanced, crushed in the bag, sweet treats desperately. Instead, the Original Preppy Hostess made my brother and I homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies with REAL ingredients. Crazy, I know. I’ve yet to try one of those cookies wrapped in plastic and shoved in a box but I’m pretty positive these are much, much better.
There’s just something about soft oatmeal cookies sandwiched together with a layer of sweet frosting that makes me smile. Fluffy oatmeal cookies are sandwiched in-between a light and creamy buttercream frosting, that is so good, you’ll definitely want to lick the bowl. I love oatmeal cookies on there own but this frosting just sends them over the top. I love anything that brings me back to the sweet times of my childhood, and these cookies certainly do. Serve with a tall glass of extra cold milk… I highly recommend it.
For the Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick or old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup rasins
For the Cream Filling
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cup unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk or half and half
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Add in oats and raisins and mix until incorporated.
4. Use a small cookie scoop to drop dough onto cookie sheets. Bake in a pre-heated oven about 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Allow cookies to sit on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool.
5. To prepare the cream filling, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes. Gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar and mix until well blended. Add in the vanilla and milk (or half and half) and blend until well combined.
6. To frost cookies, either pipe frosting with a pastry bag or use a knife to spread a thin layer on the bottom of a cookie. Top with another cookie to sandwich together.
I grew up in upstate New York and coastal Florida. I also spent summers on the beautiful and historic Nantucket Island where baking and spending quality time with my mother nurtured a love for cooking, entertaining, event planning and home décor at an early age.
Ever since my younger years, even before I was tall enough to reach the kitchen counter, family and friends have voiced that I have always been organizing events and creating recipes. From crafting delicious party dishes, to picking the perfect throw pillow, or putting together fabulous fashion styles; I quickly became everyones “go-to-girl”. This gave birth to the development of a culture that inspires a preppy and glamorous life – The Preppy Hostess.
In August 2013 I founded The Preppy Hostess. In less than 4 years it has grown into a leading media publication for recipes, lifestyle topics, restaurant reviews, and cultural insights. My intentions were simple: share my love for food and art with other young adults.
Unfortunately, I feel that a growing number of people in my generation are often not interested in hosting dinner parties, creative baking, wine tasting or sampling the latest Chevre, and I want to change that. Cooking is not only a life skill, it is a way to express, share and nurture. As the Preppy Hostess, I love taking an overwhelming concept and creating easy tweaks and ways so that everyone can apply it live a better life.