Sugar Dish Me

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Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cream Pies

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carrot cake whoopie pies

Growing up, my sisters and I had a favorite book. I’m not sure my brothers ever cared much about it, though I KNOW it lived in the giant book basket that was perched next to the hearth, and I’m sure my mom must have read it to them. My mom read us lots of books.

Anyway, our favorite book was called Fanny and May, by Jon Buller (and NO, this has nothing at all to do with the giant loan conglomerate Fannie Mae, though they should probably read it and learn a few life lessons). Pleeeeeease tell me you’ve read this book.

If you haven’t read this book, you need to find it and commit it to your everlasting mind… stat. Download it to your kindle, search it on your nook, read it on your iPhone. I don’t care if you have no small children in your life. It’s THAT crucial. I promise.

In this book, a sugar obsessed elephant named Fanny lives with her mom and her little sister, May, in a house made of CAKE.

That’s right. I said cake.

So in the story, published in 1984 because that year helps this next part make sense, Fanny and May’s mom (also an elephant… a very fit elephant) marches through the cake house in leg warmers, a leotard, and a fuzzy headband and says she is heading out to aerobics class. If I lived in a cake house I guess I’d probably have to take like 17 aerobics classes a day, but I wouldn’t be caught dead in a leotard. My mom used to rock the leotard/leg warmer/fuzzy headband look in aerobics class at the Y when I was little. That’s because she is infinitely cooler than me.

carrots for cookies

Okay, so the elephant mom is heading out to aerobics class, and the last thing she says to the girls is, “And don’t eat the house!!!!”

Ummmmm… I don’t know about you, but if I told my kids not to eat the house made of cake while I left for an unspecified amount of time, I’m pretty sure they would do exactly the opposite.

set up to bake carrot cake cream pies

When mom is away, elephant girls will play! It wasn’t long before cakey cravings got the best of Fanny and she just had to lick the house frosting.

flours and oats

May tries to tell Fanny that licking the frosting is a sliiiiiiiipery slope. Very slippery. Because only a teensy percentage of us possess the willpower to have just one tiny taste of some kick ass frosting (though I’m wondering… does house cake stay fresh? Does the frosting melt in the sun? Does it freeze like wedding cake? What kind of foundation do you build it on? So many questions…).

Of course, Fanny does not listen to May. If she did this would be a really boring story.

beat the butter and sugars

Fanny tempts fate, licks the frosting, licks some more frosting, has a bite of cake, and then CAN’T STOP EATING THE CAKE.

Before she knows what has happened, Fanny eats the whole house.

And then May is all like, “What’d you do that for, Fanny? Why can’t you be more like me and exhibit some freaking self-control? Mom is going to kill you.”

beat in the eggs

Fanny starts to worry, though thinking back, I’m not sure how she wasn’t in a sugar coma. Maybe elephants metabolize cake better than I do?

So here’s the best part of the whole story: Fanny’s like, “Whatever, May. You’re such a goody two-shoes. What kind of elephant girl doesn’t WANT to eat a house made of cake? Gah.”  And then! She jumps on her skateboard and heads to the wishing well. In case you couldn’t tell, that’s my favorite part.

dry to wet ingredients

When Fanny gets to the wishing well she waits in line for a while, hoping she can fix the problem before her mom gets done working out. There’s this creepy man in line right in front of her and when it’s his turn, he throws his coin in the wishing well and does the WORST THING EVER.

He says, “I wish for there to be no more wishing well!” Then he cracks up laughing in Fanny’s face.

I mean, who does that?! I suppose, in the real world, someone would probably commandeer a wishing well and ruin the fun for the rest of us. There is no way a wishing well could ever exist peacefully in the center of a small town. But I still think it’s a pretty crummy thing to do to a little girl on a skateboard, for crying out loud.

stir in carrots

Poor ‘ol Fanny makes her way back home, dreading the conversation she’s going to have to have with her mother.


P.S. Before I finish with storytime here, I’d like to note that the above photo is a very clear picture of What Not To Do when making these cakey little cream pies. DO NOT shape, smush, or flatten out the dough. Just let it be weird and rounded and ugly. You’ll be glad I warned you when you make these.

carrot cake oatmeal cream pies

When Fanny arrives home, her mother and sister are busy baking new bricks of cake to rebuild the house. The mom was pretty nice about it. Probably nicer than I’d be if my kids destroyed our home. Maybe she had really good insurance? At any rate, I always felt sort of bad for Fanny. We all know what it feels like to totally lose control and eat the whole house.

Moral of the story? You can’t have your house and eat it, too.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cream Pies (adapted from THIS recipe at Cookin Cowgirl)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats, divided

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cloves

2 medium carrots, peeled and grated

Pre heat the oven to 350. Butter a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper.

Beat the butter and sugars together until they are fluffy and smooth- this takes about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, continuing to mix until they are just combined. Blend in the vanilla.

Using 3/4 cup of the oats, make oat flour. Just pulse the oats in the food processor or blender until coarse crumbs are formed.

In a large bowl whisk together the oat flour, remaining oats,  all purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and cloves. Using a sturdy wooden spoon stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Then fold in the shredded carrots.

Drop the dough by the rounded tablespoonful onto the prepared cookie sheet. Do not try to flatten or shape the sticky cookie dough – you want the cream pie sandwiches to be fluffy and this dough has a tendency to spread in a tasty but not-so-pretty way.

Bake for 10 minutes and then let the cookies cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Cream Pie Filling

The Pioneer Woman says that marshmallow fluff tastes EXACTLY like the filling in a Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pie. That would be a great shortcut if you have it on hand. I used vanilla buttercream because I was out of cream cheese (a sin, I know). The original recipe calls for a cream cheese filling, which I bet would be amazing, considering cream cheese and carrot cake are practically best friends. So the cream cheese option is what I’m including for you here:

8 ounces cream cheese

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar **Note: Again, I haven’t tried the frosting part of this recipe, but if it were me, I’d cut the sugar and the cream cheese in half.  Annnnd I’d sift the powdered sugar. If your frosting seems too thick, add heavy cream a teaspoon at a time until the consistency is where you want it. Okay. I’m done.**

Beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add in the vanilla. Then beat in the powdered sugar. Beat until the frosting is smooth and creamy. Spread a bit onto the flat side of half of the cookies. Sandwich the frosting between another cookie.


Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

September 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

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  1. I haven’t thought about Fanny and May in so long! And can you PLEASE overnight some of these to Asheville?


    September 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    • If you will eat them I WILL SEND THEM! I was actually gonna put a package for you in the mail and then mom told me about all the things that have been eliminated from your diet. Also I’ve been so slack about emailing you compatible recipes. Please consider this my public apology

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      September 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      • Yea well that crashed and burned after day 8. I was hungry. SEND AWAY.


        September 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

  2. Oh my gosh these cream pies look incredible! Who needs carrot cake 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

    Choc Chip Uru

    September 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm

  3. omg I’m Fanny…all the way!! I totally enjoyed reading this story (as in you telling it…I’ve never heard of this before lol) it’s like the story of a sugar addict haha So the mom rebuilds the house…and what happens when big fat Fanny wants another piece of cake? lol Sequel? haha I’ve loved cream pies ever since Honey I Shrunk the Kids…I’ve dreamed of living inside one like they did haha That cream is the best thing ever!!! Never seen a carrot cake one, but these def remind me of whoopie pies and you know how I love those!!! haha The picture of the brown sugar mixed with the butter looks so soft and fluffy I just want to eat a spoonful of it hahaha


    September 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    • I’m Fanny, too. I would totally eat the whole house. I’m glad you liked the story… it is STILL my favorite. I don’t think there was a sequel… but Jon Buller has written other children’s books. The artwork here is hilarious because Fanny and May look completely crazy. Carrot cake remains one of my all time favorites… it’s right up there with chocolate and funfetti. These cream pies are soft and fluffy. I loved the texture! And Evan wouldn’t eat them because he was having a no-carrot kind of day. MORE FOR ME! I had to fight Chad off with a wooden spoon. He tried to eat them all when I went to bed.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      September 22, 2012 at 7:31 am

      • Chad’s a smart man lol I would have tried to eat them too!!! haha I love almost every kind of cake…but I’m a total chocoholic!!!! I’d take chocolate over everything else haha


        September 23, 2012 at 2:13 am

  4. THIS is why I love reading your blog. For me, it’s not the recipes, it’s the stories. My daughter was born in 1984 – how did miss this book? I must have been at work:-(


    September 22, 2012 at 7:06 am

    • My mom worked at night so she and I logged LOTS of library time. Story time at the public library is AWESOME!!! This book is soooo great. My sister is an elementary school teacher and when she stocked her classroom bookshelf for the first time we all searched high and low for Fanny & May. Amazon is great. But! If you don’t manage to find the book, I’ve basically just recapped the whole thing from memory, except I left out one thing: Fanny had to frost the whole new cake house by herself. And she couldn’t lick a single drop of frosting. I’m glad you like the stories. Writing things down is sort of my favorite part 🙂

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      September 22, 2012 at 7:16 am

  5. hahaha.. I love how you were narrating the story as you were showing step by step pictures. It almost made me feel like the pictures were leading up to an awesome house made of cake! I miss your blog Heather!


    September 22, 2012 at 11:18 am

  6. Oh wow I love the look of these! Yum 🙂


    September 23, 2012 at 4:07 am

  7. Haha – that story is ace and the illustrations look hilarious, look at their faces! I also especially enjoyed the fact that she jumped on her skateboard to get to the town wishing well! I think I need to hunt down a copy for my class! I never used to likle carrot cake (I think I grew up a bit suspicious of it, since it was meant to be cake and it had CARROTs in – Evan, I totally get ya!) but a couple of years ago I ate some by accident and realised I like it after all.


    September 23, 2012 at 4:23 am

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