Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Dessert of the Month Club: Oatmeal Cream Pies
I know you may be shocked to see a heart picture at the beginning of this post, but Valentine's Day is just around the corner.....
And what better way to your hubby's heart than through his stomach!?!
This year for Christmas, I gave my husband a gift card for the "Dessert of the Month Club."
This certificate entitled him to one special dessert just for him each month ~ I got to pick the dessert, and he got to pick the day!
Maybe this would be a good gift idea for your hubby for Valentine's Day or his birthday?
Now I don't know what your hubby likes, but maybe these ideas could light a little spark in your own thinking.
And if your hubby doesn't like desserts? Maybe a savory snack once a month, or a favorite dinner once a month would be the thing to make him smile!
First up, one of my honey's childhood favorites, Oatmeal Cream Pies!
They aren't difficult at all (the filling looks a little tricky, but it really wasn't!), and they taste way better than Little Debbie's, in my opinion!
Oatmeal Cream Pies
1 c. butter, room temperature
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. honey
1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. quick cooking oats (uncooked)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cover baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside
Cream together butter, brown sugar, and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, honey and vanilla, and beat until incorporated.
In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
Slowly add the flour mixture into the butter mixture and mix just until incorporated. Stir in oats until evenly distributed.
Chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Remove dough from refrigerator and drop by tablespoons onto baking sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes just until the edges start to brown.
Cookies may seem moist in the middle, but they will set up.
Cool on baking sheet until set and then transfer to a cooking rack to cool completely.
2 egg whites
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
In a double boiler, add egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar and heat over simmering water.
Whisking frequently, heat until egg whites become very frothy and sugar is dissolved (approx. 160 degrees).
Carefully add egg mixture to small narrow bowl and whisk at high speed (in mixer or by hand will both work) until egg mixture will hold stiff peaks and is light in texture.
Carefully fold in vanilla until incorporated.
Add frosting to cooled cookie and then top with another cookie!
*If you live in a hot place, these are delicious straight from the freezer!
If not, store in an airtight container.