When I was 12 years old, I vividly remember tearing open a box of Little Debbie Oatmeal Crème Pies. One by one, I devoured the tasty treats with such gusto and determination. An hour later and eight mini pies in my stomach, I was done. The ensuing tummy ache was well worth it.

But unfortunately, that experience marked the end of my oatmeal pie-eating days. I had pushed it to the limit, much like a child who’s been forced to smoke a pack of cigs in the back shed, never again did I even look at an another oatmeal pie.

That was until last week, when I paid a visit to the brand spanking new Pie Shop at Terry’s Finer Foods. This new endeavor, the brainchild of Palette Catering owners Jeremy and Jacquelyn Pittman, offers up a wide variety of pies, including: rhubarb, German chocolate, dark chocolate raspberry, peanut butter banana cream, broccoli cheddar, and of course … an oatmeal cream whoopie pie.

Guess which one I got? That’s right … I ended my 24-year hiatus and purchased the oatmeal cream whoopie pie.

For lack of a better expression, this thing looks like a Little Debbie’s on steroids. A plentiful layer of creamy icing is smashed between two rich, thick oatmeal cookies. The cookies are about two inches in diameter, but don’t let the smallish size fool you.

After just two glorious bites, I had to wave the white flag. This deliciously gluttonous dessert ($6) is ideally for two. But if you’re flying solo, I highly recommend nursing this bad boy, taking a few nibbles over an extended period of time.

My bulging gut tells me these oatmeal cream whoopie pies will have somewhat of a cult following in our town.

Just don’t overdo it.

*Photo courtesy of Little Rock Foodcast

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