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Oatmeal Cream Pie Bars

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Oatmeal cream pie bars will remind you of the oatmeal creme pies you used to get in your lunchbox.  These chewy cookie bars are super easy to make and will give you a taste of childhood.

lifting first piece out of oatmeal cookie bar out of pan.

Chewy oatmeal cookie bars are rich with deep molasses flavor and topped with marshmallow fluff buttercream for the perfect treat.  These bars come together super quickly, they can be in the oven in under 10 minutes.

Then a quick marshmallow frosting layer is spread over to make them out of this world good.  They are just like those Little Debbie treats we all grew up on!

If these don’t bring back childhood memories of sack lunches, I don’t know what will.  Actually, to tell you the truth I am not sure that I frequently had these in my lunch box.  

I seem to think I ate school lunch most of the time.  Though I do know that when I was older, my mom always had a treat basket for my younger siblings’ lunches.

oatmeal cookie batter in bar pan ready to bake.

They seemed to bring cold lunch more often and they got to pick one item from the treat basket for their lunch box.  Of course the treats were the best part of the lunch packing (and eating) experience!

Why We Love These Cookie Bars

These cookie bars are easy to make.  You don’t have to worry about them spreading, so you can start with melted butter and soft dough.

fresh baked oatmeal cookie bars.

You can mix it by hand with no problem, no need to pull out the stand mixer or anything! Just spread it, bake it and load it with frosting!

There is the warm depth of molasses and just a slight cinnamon spice.  It is a great compliment to the marshmallow fluff buttercream frosting.

In fact, the molasses and creamy frosting combine to make almost a caramel flavor.  And the chew of the cookie is so good.

I originally shared this recipe here on the site back in 2016.  I made them for a football party and they were a hit.

But most of you didn’t know I existed back in 2016 and I have been dreaming of these bars for the past couple of months.  So I whipped some up, shot some new pictures and a video and added a printable recipe card so you could more easily make them too.

square of oatmeal creme pie bar on plate in front of pan of remaining bars.

And I really hope you do.  These went with me to family dinner and everyone kept going back for a little more.  

They also lead to a lot of fun conversation about our favorite packaged treats.  What are your favorite convenience treats?

It would be fun to make more copycat versions of stuff.  Just let me know what you’d like and we’ll see what we can come up with!

Can I use old fashioned oats instead of instant?

If you only have old fashioned oats in your pantry, go ahead and use them. The texture of the oatmeal cream pie cookie bars may be slightly chewier, but they will still be delicious.

fork taking bite of oatmeal cookie bar with marshmallow fluff buttercream.

Storing Oatmeal Cookie Bars

These cookie bars can be stored at room temperature for a couple of days.  They are at their chewy best when stored at room temperature.

For longer storage, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week.  Or freeze them for up to three months.

If you chill them until the frosting is set, you can stack them for storage.  But I would but them in a single layer to defrost them.

My guess is they won’t last that long anyway.  They are super tasty and hard to stay out of once you dig in!

More fun cookie bar recipes

If you are a fan of soft and delicious cookie bars, you may want to check out my recipe for soft sugar cookie bars.  I topped mine with a chocolate frosting and plenty of sprinkles for a fun treat!

Or for a fun fall flavored treat, make some pumpkin spice cookie bars.  They are another fabulous option to go with the marshmallow fluff buttercream!

Blondies are a quick and easy way to get sweets to the masses.  The recipe for chewy caramel and candy blondies are a fabulous large batch treat for parties. 

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lifting first piece out of oatmeal cookie bar out of pan.

Oatmeal Cream Pie Bars

These fun cookie bars will remind you of the oatmeal creme pies you used to get in your lunchbox.  They are super easy to make and will give you a taste of childhood!
4.88 from 25 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Servings
Calories 205 kcal


  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups instant oats
  • cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 recipe marshmallow fluff buttercream
Makes: 10 x 15inch rectangle1inch height


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 10×15-inch bar pan.
  • Stir together butter, brown sugar, molasses and vanilla. Add eggs and mix well.
  • In another bowl, stir together dry ingredients.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stirring until just combined.
  • Spread in prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until set.
  • Allow to cool and spread with frosting.
  • Cut into squares and serve.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 138mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19g
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Oatmeal cream pie bars will remind you of the oatmeal creme pies you used to get in your lunchbox.  These chewy cookie bars are super easy to make and will give you a taste of childhood.

Thanks for sharing!

Recipe Rating


Sunday 30th of August 2020

where is the marshmallow buttercream recipe? The link takes you to a blog page and no recipes. Thanks


Sunday 30th of August 2020

Thanks for letting me know. The link should be fixed now, sorry for the trouble.


Friday 21st of August 2020

Looking forward to try these bars. How do I Pin?


Saturday 29th of August 2020

There are buttons at the top and bottom of the post, otherwise you can click the little v shape with the dots on it by the teal heart. I hope that helps!

Andrea Nine

Friday 14th of August 2020

These look absolutely divine! My family loves oatmeal cream pies so I think they would be over the moon for these! Have a beautiful weekend!


Saturday 29th of August 2020

They are sooooooooo good! Thank you!


Friday 12th of February 2016

Oh these look like a great treat. Molasses is not something that we use here but I like the sound of it!


Friday 12th of February 2016

I usually only use it in gingerbready type recipes, but it added the perfect flavor to these oatmeal bars. I need to experiment with it more!

AJ @ Aspen Jay

Wednesday 10th of February 2016

Hi Carlee, Yum! I wish my mom put these in my lunch when I was a kid! I guess I can start putting them in my boys lunches when they are old enough to go to school. Thanks for sharing these delicious bars with us at #TalentedTuesday. Cheers, AJ


Wednesday 10th of February 2016

Sometimes I get carried away thinking about all of the fun things we'll do with LD when he is a bit older. Sometimes the thought of him getting older and going off to school makes me sad! We like to make treats for daycare though, so that is good enough for now! In fact, he and I have a cookie baking date for tonight! Have a wonderful evening!