If we’re pals on Instagram, you know that a few days ago I got a random idea that this week would be Oatmeal Creme Pie Week.
Sometimes, those random ideas just hit ya like a ton of bricks. Or it’s possible that your restrictive diet made you go stir-crazy and you had to have a valid excuse to inhale the intoxicating spiced, sweet smell of oatmeal creme pies…and possibly sneak a few bites of one off the record.
Anyways, oatmeal creme pies remind me of my childhood — sneaking into the kitchen while my grandma watched her soaps to swipe a handful of individually wrapped cookie pies as quietly as possible so I could stuff my face with them while watching Scooby Doo in the next room. I savored every soft & chewy bite of those sweet cookies and loved squeezing them — almost smashing them into flattened patties so I could lick that gooey, sticky-sweet marshmallow filling off from the sides. Also because I have terribly strange eating habits and find that some things taste better once they’re destroyed. E.g, biting a hole out of my Taco Bell bean burrito tortilla and sucking all of the filling out like some freakish Mexican food vampire, then eating the tortilla plain. Or stripping my pizza completely of its toppings, then eating the crust. Or in this case, completely crushing my petite creme pie with my fists before devouring the flattened cookie carnage.
So this week I have dedicated entirely to celebrating this cute & sweet cookie pie — for in its simplicity and convenience lies a multitude of recipes inspired by this classic snack. To kick off this iconic week (which I am positive will go down in history and in future years will be a reason to take off work & school to celebrate), I made easily one of the BEST things EVER. (No, seriously). An Oatmeal Creme Pie Magic Bar.
It’s no surprise I love magic bars — they’re incredibly versatile, easy to make and SO irresistibly chewy & gooey that no one can pass up a piece [my personal favorites are the center pieces!]. These bars are absolutely the epitome of chewy and gooey. Loaded with tons of oatmeal cookie flavor, sweet and sticky gooeiness from the sweetened condensed milk and the melted creme filling and offering tons of sweet & spiced flavor and texture, they’re sure to be a new winner in your book!
Or the reason you end up in Oatmeal Creme Pie rehab.
- 1 box spice cake mix
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup oil
- ¼ cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 box Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies, roughly chopped
- 1 bag miniature iced oatmeal cookies (the crunchy kind, like by Mother's brand), crushed into small pieces
- ½ cup cinnamon chips
- ½ cup butterscotch chips
- 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, cinnamon and oats with a rubber spatula until incorporated. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Evenly distribute the chopped Oatmeal Creme Pies, the crushed oatmeal cookies, and cinnamon & butterscotch chips across the top of the dough. Drizzle the can of sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top. Return to the oven and continue to bake for an additional 15-17 minutes, or until the top is golden and bubbly and the center is just about set (minimal jiggle in the middle).
- Cool the bars completely before lifting the bars out of the pan with the foil and cutting into squares. Serve! Store leftovers airtight at room temperature up to a week.
Not even joking — this is easily one of my new favorite recipes on the blog ever! They are SO chewy, SO gooey and SO perfect. Almost like a vessel that transports me right back to my childhood, smashing the pies mercilessly and sucking all the gooey filling out. Beware for sticking fingers — an inevitable side effect of stuffing your face with these cinnamon spiced bars!
And stay tuned — more amazing Oatmeal Creme Pie-inspired recipes are coming your way!
Have a fantastical day!