What was your favorite childhood treat? Swiss Cake Rolls, Twinkies, Ding Dongs? I was a Oatmeal Cream Pie kind of girl.
How long has it been since you had one??? Sadly, they may not be quite what you remembered. Maybe we've matured beyond heavily preserved, factory
Nostalgia isn't quite what it used to be. ~Peter De Vries
Speaking of nostalgic things, a couple weeks ago, some of my "posse" met up for a girl's night out. We decided it would be great fun to go to the roller derby!
|I'm in the stripes.|
THIS IS WAY BETTER!
Behold, the revival of this showy, turbulent, contact sport involving baby-doll/punk
To top it all, the skaters names are FANTASTIC! You find yourself screaming for Poison Sue Smac, Ca-slamity Jane, Grafik Illuskater, and Mazel Tov Cocktail.
The brawl we witnessed faced the Blue Ridge Roller Girls against The Atlanta Rumble Bees. I'm proud to tell you the home-team, BR Roller Girls, SMOKED the Rumble Bees with a final score of 163-103!!! WHOO-HOO! Seriously, If you have not experienced this, it's worth going at least once!
|My apologies, I couldn't resist adding this photo!|
Alright, back to the nostalgic snack-cakes...
My hubby and I have recently discussed a new house rule for guarding our waistlines. "If you MUST have it, you must MAKE it from scratch!" This rules out feverishly grabbing ice cream bars, store-bought oatmeal cream pies, and any other junk that you only crave at 11:46 pm--the worst possible time to eat it! And who in there right mind is going to start baking at 11:46? Not me! But if my craving continues the next day, I will make it myself and delight my family.
So here's to nostalgic treats, to making it yourself, AND to roller derby!
Not so much to waistlines!
Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup melted butter
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
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1- 7.5 oz. jar of marshmallow fluff
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.
Cream the shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Mix in the marshmallow fluff.
To assemble: Match up two cookies that are of equal size and shape. Turn the bottom cookies over. Use a piping bag (or zip-bag with the corner cut off) to pipe the filling onto the bottom cookie. This is much easier than trying to spread it. Then add the top cookie of each cream pie and press down.
*I found I liked a thin layer of cream filling better than a thick layer--but you should have plenty if you want to pile it on!
Makes approximately 10 cream pies. (20 cookies)
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