Homemade Oreos

It should be exceedingly apparent by the title of my blog that I bake A LOT.  My addiction to baking comes and goes in spurts. Sometimes I will bake up a storm for days using enough butter to make Paula Deen wince, sometimes I don’t bake for weeks at a time. The amount of baking that occurs in any given week depends on 4 very important factors

1. my schedule;
2. my level of laziness;
3. how tight my pants fit and
4. inspiration.

This recipe falls under the inspiration category…I have seen homemade Oreos pop up in the blog world on numerous occasions, but when I had the idea to dye the centers pink for Valentine’s Day I made them that night.

I was delighted how these turned out…the pale pink center just screams Valentine’s Day and would also be perfect for spring…think pale orange, yellow, blue and green!  If you are not into dying the centers, that’s fine too because as you can see they are just darling when kept white.  I was honestly pretty shocked at the flavor of the chocolate wafers because they taste very similar to the real deal. Brian put it best when he said they taste just like Oreos, only better! You may not see much of me next week because I am thinking factor 3 (see above) may be a cause for minimal baking after consuming these addictive little cookies. Have a fabulous day and a great Valentine’s Day! Thanks so much for taking the time to check out My Baking Addiction!

Homemade Oreos

Yield: 25-30 sandwich cookies

Ingredients:

For the Chocolate Wafers

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa (I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar [see recipe note]
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) room-temperature, unsalted butter
1 large egg

For the Filling

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) room-temperature, unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used clear vanilla extract)
Optional- Gel dye

Directions:

1. Set two racks in the middle of the oven. Preheat to 375°F.

2. In a food processor, or bowl of an electric mixer, thoroughly mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt, and sugar. While pulsing, or on low speed, add the butter, and then the egg. Continue processing or mixing until dough comes together in a mass.

3. Take rounded teaspoons of batter and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet approximately two inches apart. With moistened hands, slightly flatten the dough. Bake for 9 minutes, rotating once for even baking. Set baking sheets on a rack to cool.

4. To make the cream, place butter and shortening in a mixing bowl, and at low speed, gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla. Turn the mixer on high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy. (Optional: Blend in a tiny bit of gel dye until you reach the desired color.)

6. To assemble the cookies, in a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch, round tip, pipe teaspoon-size blobs of cream into the center of one cookie. Place another cookie, equal in size to the first, on top of the cream. Lightly press, to work the filling evenly to the outsides of the cookie. Continue this process until all the cookies have been sandwiched with cream. Dunk generously in a large glass of milk.

Notes:

- I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder instead of Dutch Processed.
- I used Wilton Gel Dye to color the centers.
- Once I measured out a rounded teaspoon of dough, I rolled the dough into small balls before baking.

This recipe is slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen and can be found at http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/05/my-kingdom-for-a-glass-of-milk/


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67 Responses to “Homemade Oreos”

  1. Sarah — March 1, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Also wanted to point out how they take a long time to make, and that they are messy and fragile before they are baked, but well worth it!

  2. Steph — May 19, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I hate to rain on this Oreo parade, but I was not a fan of the filling. The cookies were fine, however the shortening in the filling was all I could taste. I made some cream cheese filling which tasted much better.

  3. Melissa T — February 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Hi There!
    I live in Australia and stumbled across your blog about a month ago. I think it is fair to say that I am possibly in LOVE! Every recipe I have cooked has turned out perfectly and I am so excited to try ALL of your recipes. It is so inspiring to find a new blog full of recipes that for us are a little different i.e. Pumpkin anything by someone so passionate about baking.
    Thank you.
    I can’t wait for my oreos to come out of the oven.
    Keep up the AMAZING WORK!!
    Melissa

  4. pearl — April 22, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    hey thanks for the recipe. i was looking at the original smitten kitchen recipe and i noticed those dont look quite as dark as the ones in your photos. why is this? id love for mine to be as dark and chocolatey as possible !:) thanks so much

    • Jamie — April 23rd, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Pearl-
      I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder which is darker than a traditional unsweetened cocoa powder. Hope this helps.
      -Jamie

  5. Gina Chun — January 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Are these more like whoopie pies or crunchy cookies?

    • Jamie — February 4th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Gina-
      The texture is more crunchy than cake-like. I hope this helps.
      -Jamie

  6. Lisa — March 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Can these be frozen?

    • Jamie Lothridge — May 5th, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Hi Lisa,
      I haven’t done it, but there’s no reason they couldn’t.
      – Jamie

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