PUMPKIN & APPLE CIDER OATMEAL CREME PIES
Prep Time : 20 mins / Cook Time : 14 mins
FOR THE COOKIES:
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 and 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup cinnamon chips
FOR THE CREME:
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
- 8 oz reduced fat cream cheese, softened
- 3 tablespoons apple cider syrup (recipe below)
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
FOR THE APPLE CIDER SYRUP:
- 1/3 cup apple cider
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars together until creamy. Beat in the egg, and then add the vanilla extract, maple syrup, and pumpkin puree. Mix well.
- In another bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
- Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring with a wooden spoon until just combined. Fold in the cinnamon chips.
- Drop 2-tablespoon-sized heaps onto the parchment-lined cookie sheets with plenty of space to spread, and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are golden but the cookie is still very, very soft. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets until firm enough to move to a cooling rack. Repeat with as many batches as necessary.
- As the cookies cook, make the creme.
- The creme requires apple cider syrup, which is made by simply heating 1/3 cup of apple cider in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil, and then reducing it to a simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the cider has reduced by half and coats the back of a spoon. It will thicken more after it is removed from heat, so don’t overdo it or you will wind up with candy rather than syrup. The cider syrup will stay good in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 1 week.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
- Beat in the cider syrup and 2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice.
- Mix in a cup of the confectioner’s sugar. When well-combined, mix in half of the flour. Then, mix in another cup of the confectioner’s sugar. Mix in the remaining flour. Mix in the remaining confectioner’s sugar. (Mixing in a bit at a time this way prevents chunks or unevenness.)
- Scoop the creme into a plastic freezer bag and cut off one of the bottom tips of the bag. Seal the top of the bag and squeeze the bag to pipe the creme.
- Pipe a generous amount of frosting on the underside of a cooled cookie and sandwich another cookie on top. Repeat until all of the cookies have been sandwiched.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate. The cookies will stay fresh for up to a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.