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Homemade Oatmeal Whoopie Pies

These homemade oatmeal whoopie pies feature sweet, fluffy, vanilla buttercream sandwiched between two thick and chewy oatmeal cookies!

Every now and then, we all need a little treat. Whether it’s a birthday or just your weekly cheat day, something sweet goes a long way.

Personally, I’m a huge fan of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. With that being said, these homemade oatmeal whoopie pies are a close second.

Cookie sandwiches, oatmeal cream pies, no matter what you call them, it all comes down to the same thing.

Two stacked oatmeal whoopie pies on the counter.
Nothing beats creamy frosting sandwiched between two soft oatmeal cookies!

Creamy, decadent buttercream filling sandwiched between two sweet and chewy oatmeal cookies.

Now, as far as the recipe goes, it may look complicated but the whole process takes less than 90 minutes.

Not bad, right? If that sounds like a little too much for you, then check out our cranberry dark chocolate oatmeal cookies instead.

How to make oatmeal whoopie pies?

To begin, you’ll want to make the cookies first. You know what that means, right, softened butter.

Similar to our chocolate chip loaf cake, I recommend removing the butter, for both the oatmeal cookies and the frosting, at least 1-2 hours before getting started.

Once the butter has softened, then you can get started on these tasty oatmeal cookie sandwiches!

How to make oatmeal cookies from scratch?

First, grab a medium mixing bowl and combine the softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.

Brown sugar, granulated sugar, and softened butter in a bowl.
Make sure the butter is soft before you combine it with the brown and granulated sugars.

After that, use a stand or hand mixer to beat the 3 ingredients together until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Next, add the cracked eggs and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture. Again, use your mixer to combine everything. Set the bowl aside.

Eggs and vanilla have been added to the butter sugar mixture.
When making cookies, it’s a good idea to cream the butter and sugar together before adding any other ingredients.

Then, grab a separate mixing bowl and combine the flour, ground cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

Usually, I use a whisk to combine my dry ingredients. But, a kitchen fork will work in a pinch.

Flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt mixed in a bowl.
Again, another good practice is to mix your dry ingredients before adding them to the butter and sugar mixture.

At this point, you can now combine the flour mixture with the butter and sugar mixture.

Kim usually adds the dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Not the other way around.

The flour mixture dumped into the butter sugar mixture.
Dump the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients. Not the other way around.

Using the low speed setting on your mixer, combine the ingredients. Only mix the dough until the flour has been incoporated.

We’ve provided a photo below so you can use it as a reference. Notice how there are no streaks of flour in the bowl?

The dough has been mixed until no streaks of flour remain.
Don’t over mix the cookie dough or it will effect the texture of your oatmeal whoopie pies.

Once the oatmeal cookie dough is combined, add the quick oats to the bowl. Go ahead and use your mixer on the lowest setting to mix in the oats.

On the other hand, you could use a rubber spatula to fold the oats into the whoopie pie cookie dough.

Quick oats have been added to the cookie dough.
We recommend using quick oats, not rolled oat or steel cut oats. Simply because we prefer the texture of quick oats in our oatmeal cream pies.

Now, cover the dough with plastic wrap and place it into your fridge to chill for about 30 minutes. Why, you ask?

Because, the butter needs to firm up a little before baking. Otherwise, you’re going to end up with flat cookies.

The oats have been mixed in and the dough is ready to chill.
Is there anything tastier than oatmeal cookie dough? I don’t think so!

In the meantime, prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat. Also, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

When the dough has chilled, remove it from your fridge. Roll the dough into balls and place them on the baking sheet.

Eight balls of dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
We used parchment paper; however, you can use a silicon mat or non-stick cooking spray.

Gently press down on each ping-pong sized ball to flatten them out a little just before baking.

Last, place them into the oven to bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove them from the oven and let them cool.

How to make filling for oatmeal whoopie pies?

While the cookies cool, you can make the buttercream filling for the oatmeal whoopie pies.

Butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl.
You don’t have to flavor the filling with vanilla extract. Get creative and use whatever extract you want for unique cookie sandwich.

First, grab a large bowl and toss in the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, butter, and milk.

Next, use your hand mixer on low to medium speed to combine all the ingredients into a smooth and creamy filling.

Last, if needed, add a little more milk to thin out the filling. Some people prefer a thinner frosting and we understand.

It’s pretty easy. Simply take one oatmeal cookie and apply the filling to bottom of the cookie.

Afterward, grab the second oatmeal cookie and place it on top of the filling. That’s it, your cookie sandwich recipe is complete!

Kim and I hope you enjoy these little treats and we wish you all the best 🙂

If you like this dessert, then checkout our homemade strawberry marshmallows or cherry hand pies!

Two cookie sandwiches stacked on a white plate.
You can store these cookies in your fridge in a sealed container. However, we doubt there will be any leftovers.
A close-up of the cookie sandwiches on a plate.

Homemade Oatmeal Whoopie Pies

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chilling and Cooling Times: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings: 18 Servings

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Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups quick oats

Buttercream Filling

  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Make the Cookies

  • In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
    1 cup unsalted butter
    1 cup light brown sugar
    1 cup granulated sugar
  • Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until combined. Set aside.
    2 large eggs
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix on low speed just until no flour streaks remain.
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pour in the oats and mix on low until combined.
    3 cups quick oats
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line two baking sheets with parchment and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • After the dough chills, roll the dough into tablespoon-sized balls (ping pong-sized balls) and gently press them down, so they're no longer rounded on the top. Place the dough on the baking sheets 2-inches apart.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are very light brown. The centers will still be soft.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. While the cookies cool, make the filling.

Whoopie Pie Filling

  • In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer combine the powdered sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla. Mix until the filling is smooth and creamy. Add a teaspoon or two extra milk if necessary to thin out the filling. The filling should be spreadable but not too thin.
    2 ½ cups powdered sugar
    ¾ cup unsalted butter
    1 tablespoon milk
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • After the cookies cool, use a piping bag with a large, circular tip to place filling on the bottom of the cookie. Add a second cookie on top of the filling to form a sandwich.
  • Store the finished oatmeal cream pies in the refrigerator for up to 4 to 5 days.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of 1 whoopie pie. Actual calories will vary.
The cookie sandwiches can be stored in a sealed container, in your fridge, for up to 4 days.


Serving: 1sandwich cookie | Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
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Friday 26th of August 2022

I want to make ahead & freeze to keep fresh till I need them. Will that change the texture? I'm hoping it will soften the cookie after it thaws as mine were a bit crispier then I had hoped.


Friday 26th of August 2022

Hi Martha!

Freezing might soften the cookie a bit. We haven't had the cookies turn out on the crispier side, so I can't say for sure how much the texture would change after they're frozen. It's worth a shot. :)


Tuesday 5th of April 2022

Is there a way to make these up ahead of time? I want to use them for a wedding shower that’s out of town. Maybe just not fixing the icing until the day needed?


Wednesday 6th of April 2022

Hi Stephanie!

We generally don't travel with baked goods, so I'm not sure how well these will hold up. I'd recommend making a trial batch ahead of time to see how they'll do.

That said, the cookies should stay fresh if they're layered in a sealable container between pieces of parchment paper. Be careful of humidity or drastic temperature changes that may cause the cookies to sweat. The buttercream will stay fresh in the refrigerator for a day or two. When you're ready to use it, just mix it with an electric mixer for a few seconds then pipe it onto the cookies. Hope this helps! :)


Sunday 4th of April 2021

Omg so good!!! Not your typical fluffy Whoopie pie but it is seriously delicious. I added some marshmallow fluff and salt to the cream filling.


Sunday 4th of April 2021

Thanks so much, June! The addition of marshmallow fluff sounds amazing! We hope you have a wonderful week. :)