Coach’s Oats Oatmeal Creme Pies
Remember when your mother gave you summertime? She’d say, somewhat sternly, “It’s summertime, go play outside
With the neighbor kids
In the pouring rain
and hail. So you did.
And it felt like little beads of magic had wrapped themselves around your day. And it felt so good to be a child.
Remember when your neighbor concocted some crazy-arse technique for encouraging drivers to drive slowly down your street?
(I’d try to explain this bizarre safety idea which sat in the middle of the street all weekend–complete with cardboard child in the middle of the street and camera rolling behind it–but I really have no clue. No clue at all.)
Remember when your mother told you to get your mind out of the gutter, but she never told you that you’d have to get your kids out of the gutter?
Remember when summer was the one time your mother would let you run rampant through the neighborhood in your swimsuit
Or winter parka
…and blue sweater mittens?
Remember when your mother proffered homemade treats a plenty. How her hair curled tenderly around the corner of her eye. How she’d wipe her brow and smile at you from the front porch and you knew you were the greatest kid in the world. You just knew it.
Remember when you became the mother and you gave summertime to your kids? And, while they aren’t yet quite so nostaligic or orderly or dry as you remember them, they are nonetheless magical. Absolutely, blissfully magical.
Yeah. I remember.
Coach’s Crème Pies
These soft little cookies bake up flat and tasty, thick with the flavor of brown sugar and steel-cut oats. If you haven’t yet tried Coach’s Oats (available at Costco), you simply must hunt them down for this recipe. They lend a deep, nutty flavor and rich, soft texture to these cookies. Smear with a giant dollop of white buttercream, and enjoy.
3 t. olive oil
3 t. melted butter
1 c. dark brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Pinch of salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 ½ c. Coach’s Oats
1 c. whole wheat flour
In a large bowl, combine olive oil, butter, eggs, and brown sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add remaining ingredients, mixing well to create a thin dough. Plop teaspoonfuls of the batter onto a cookie sheet. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes, or until the cookies have flattened and cooked through (but are not browned on the outside! We don’t want these cookies too crispy!) Remove from oven and immediately transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack with a thin, metal spatula. Allow to cool. Frost the centers with White Vanilla Buttercream
White Vanilla Buttercream
4 T. shortening
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 lb. powdered sugar
2-3 T. milk
½ tsp. clear vanilla extract
Whip all together in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Smear into the center of oatmeal creme pies. Enjoy!
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