Fifth Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange

Bringing you the Fifth Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange with the most amazing chocolate chip oatmeal cream pies recipe plus eight additional recipes from eight bloggers across the country!

Fifth Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange | Louella Reese

I am so excited to be back with my favorite series of the year, the Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange! I truly look forward to this series each and every year. It is so much fun to connect with some of my best blogger girl friends and grab inspiration for the best baking season of the year! This year I’m back with several cookie exchange OGs as well as a few new blogger ladies for y’all to connect with.

Fifth Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange

The gals were very creative in the kitchen with several unique recipes I personally cannot wait to try! For those of you that like a more classic Christmas cookie there are several recipes for this as well. Before diving into this years virtual cookie exchange check out past recipes. Last years‘ was my favorite as Joshua took part!

I hope y’all enjoy the cookie exchange again this year and find some baking inspiration for this holiday season. We would also love to hear some of your favorite recipes! Leave them in the comment section below.

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cream Pies | Christmas Cookies | Louella Reese

Typically with the Virtual Cookie Exchange I create a unique cookie recipe. Last year, however, I went the classic route with the ultimate sugar cookie cut out recipe. Well this year I’m meeting in the middle with a classic cookie recipe that packs a little extra excitement! The little extra excitement comes in the form of a whole lot of filling. These Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cream Pies are the perfect sweet treat for the holiday season. And really every season after that!

The way this cookie exchange works is each blogger will feature another blogger and their recipe at the bottom of their post. There you will find a photo, what cookie they made, and a link to their site. There are a total of nine bloggers participating in today’s virtual cookie exchange. I highly recommend following the chain and checking them all out to find your favorite recipe!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cream Pies

INGREDIENTS

FOR COOKIES
  • 1 cup coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
FOR FILLING
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
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METHOD

STEP ONE

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper

STEP TWO

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the coconut oil and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low and add the eggs one at a time, mixing until well blended after each addition. Add vanilla and mix until well incorporated.

STEP THREE

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda. Slowly add this mixture to the mixer and beat until well combined. Reduce to low, slowly add in oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts until well combined.

STEP FOUR

Scoop the dough onto one of the prepared baking sheets, use a tablespoon size spoon or 2-ounce cookie scoop. Place cookies 2-3 inches apart. Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes (I recommend up to 2 hours).

STEP FIVE

Bake for 13-15 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 10-15 minutes and then place on cooling rack. Bake remaining cookies – be sure to always leave in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

FOR THE FILLING

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter on high speed for about 3 to 4 minutes – until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla. On low speed, slowly beat in the powdered sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time. The beat in the milk. When the mixture is smooth, increase speed to medium, mixing until throughly combined and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Set the cookies up in pairs, with the bottom of one of them facing up. Using a small scoop/spoon, place filling on the bottom of the upside down cookie. Place the second cookie on top, right side up, and sandwich them together. Press just enough to spread the filling to the edges of the cookies. Repeat until all cookies have been filled and sandwiches.

ENJOY!

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Now it’s time to head over to the next bloggers site to find their cookie recipe! I am sending y’all to Carly A. Hill for some white chocolate peppermint cookies. Carly is located in New York City where she enjoys rooftop gatherings with incredible cheese plates, a venti oat latte while exploring the city, and Broadway plays (hopefully they’re back soon). Hope over to grab Carly’s recipe & be sure to check out some of her recent posts while you’re there!

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68 Comments

  1. Jessica Camerata wrote:

    oooh I’ve been wondering how her cookbook was! I love an oatmeal cookie but dare I say I think I’ve NEVER had a cream filled one?! These look so yummy.

    xo Jessica
    an indigo day

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
    • oh it is amazing! definitely one of my favorites – highly recommend it. oh you need to try an oatmeal cream pie immediately – they’re amazing!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 12.14.20 Reply
    • D wrote:

      What is the name of the cookbook, please?

      Posted 12.24.20 Reply
  2. Shelby Back wrote:

    These are taking me back to my childhood & I’m obsessed! I can’t wait to try them!

    xo!
    Shelby
    http://www.glitterandgingham.com

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  3. These are so fun! I am also glad to see you opted to leave out the raisins!!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  4. Morgan wrote:

    Oatmeal creme pies are one of my favs! I’ve never made them myself though .. need to try this recipe!

    -Morgan
    the HER chronicles [] http://theherchronicles.com

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  5. Leisl Gering wrote:

    Christmas sugar cookies are my favorite

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  6. Syd ey wrote:

    Ohhhh cream pies! Over here melting! They look delish!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  7. Mary Margaret wrote:

    YUM! I love oatmeal cream pies and this variation looks delicious!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  8. Jessica Noe wrote:

    I will have to make these one day!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  9. Elizabeth wrote:

    Yumm, looks delicious!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  10. Sydney wrote:

    These look yummy!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  11. Michelle L wrote:

    I’ve never tried baking oatmeal cream pies before so this will be a great recipe to try!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  12. Riley Egan wrote:

    This virtual cookie exchange is such a great idea!! Thank you for putting it together and introducing me to new bloggers (and cookies, of course!)

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  13. There’s nothing I love more than an oatmeal cream pie! So excited to put these on my baking list! Honestly might be a new all year favorite.

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  14. Ryanne wrote:

    Those look yummy! 🤤🤤

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  15. Elle wrote:

    Wow these look incredible!!

    Posted 12.12.20 Reply
  16. Hannah wrote:

    Yum!

    Posted 12.12.20 Reply
  17. Susan Christy wrote:

    These are going on my holiday baking list! YUM! One cookie I make every year is a big soft ginger cookie.

    Posted 12.12.20 Reply
  18. Alex wrote:

    YUM! I’m usually not a “whoopie pie” type of gal, but these look and sound so good! Your imagery is beautiful, too, friend! xx

    Alex | adoredbyalex.com

    Posted 12.12.20 Reply
  19. Debbie wrote:

    These look so good! Definitely look forward to trying these. Thanks!

    Posted 12.12.20 Reply
  20. Debbie wrote:

    These look so good! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 12.13.20 Reply
  21. Rach wrote:

    How cute is this virtual cookie exchange! And this oatmeal cookie sandwich LOOKS amazing!!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    Posted 12.14.20 Reply
  22. Those look absolutely delicious. P.S. I am also loving your hair color in these pictures.

    Posted 12.14.20 Reply
  23. Lizzie wrote:

    OMG this looks so good! My husband loves oatmeal cookies. Might have to surprise him with these 😀

    Lizzie

    Posted 12.14.20 Reply
  24. greta wrote:

    This is such a cute idea! My friends and I have been trying to think of something we can all do together since we won’t be seeing each other this year.

    Posted 12.14.20 Reply
  25. Stephanie wrote:

    I’m so glad you’re doing this again. It’s been fun to see the different bloggers share their favorite recipes. I’m super allergic to oats, but my husband is a HUGE fan of oatmeal cream pies, so I might just have to make these for him as a fun surprise!

    Posted 12.14.20 Reply
    • oh no! I’m sorry gal! that’s a bummer of a thing to be allergic too. you are too sweet to still make oatmeal goodies for your husband!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 12.16.20 Reply
  26. Kileen wrote:

    Oh wow these cookies look so yummy! The added cream just takes them over the edge!

    Posted 12.15.20 Reply
  27. Oh wow, all those cookies look epic. I love this idea! xoxo, Sarah

    Posted 12.15.20 Reply
  28. Caroline Briggs wrote:

    Yum homemade oatmeal pies sound delicious!

    Posted 12.15.20 Reply
  29. Andrea wrote:

    My favorite Christmas cookie is the Italian wedding cookies!

    Posted 12.15.20 Reply
    • oh I haven’t had one of those in forever! thank you for the reminder to get/bake some!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 12.16.20 Reply
  30. Mackenzie wrote:

    Yum! You should make peanut butter blossoms next!

    Posted 12.16.20 Reply
  31. Lydia wrote:

    What a unique holiday cookie! I always make the classics, but it would be so fun to try out something new. I’ll have to see what everyone else is baking too!

    Posted 12.16.20 Reply
  32. Kristina wrote:

    I’m so bad- my idea of baking cookies is breaking apart the Tollhouse ones lol.. but these look good! And love your plaid apron 🙂

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  33. Jackie wrote:

    First of all, everything looks delish. Second of all, I love your photos! And lastly, we have that mixer and love it!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply