Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Homemade Oreos


I know Halloween is over, but I have a recipe that I just have to share. I was going to include them with yesterday's weekend recap, but I thought that these babies were special enough to warrant their own post! I had the day off yesterday and I figured that a holiday + day off = bake something. Obviously. I wanted to make a batch of cookies for my Intercambio students, and while I was thisclose to making these candy corn cookies (so so cute, definitely making them next year!), I ended up deciding to make Homemade Oreos.

That's right, Homemade Oreos. Don't they just sound yummy? I had seen them featured by lots of different food bloggers, and had been wanting to give them a try for some time now. But when I saw this Halloween-themed version over on Smells Like Home, I thought that I'd kill two birds with one stone and finally try out them while still making a festive treat for my class. The original recipe comes from Smitten Kitchen, and I followed the recipe exactly. 

Homemade Oreos

Makes 25 to 30 sandwich cookies

For the chocolate wafers:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process 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
  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. (It was at this point that I also added the orange food coloring as well!)
  5. 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.

My only adaptation is that instead of using a pastry bag, I just put the filling in a Ziploc bag and cut off one of the corners and it worked like a charm. It's really amazing how much the dough tastes like Oreos, and the cream tastes identical to the Oreo cream before you add in the vanilla, but then it just tastes better once the vanilla is added. Make sure that you use dark cocoa powder, I used Hershey's Special Dark and it worked like a charm to give the cookies that black color. My only improvement for next time would be to make the cookies a little bit thinner, but other than that I have nothing but rave reviews! 


Enjoy and happy first day of November! Xoxo

PS: I made this as a side dish for dinner last night, and while I didn't take any photos, it was amazing. Brussels sprouts rock my world slash I am obsessed with Jenna's blog and her recipes. I suggest you give them a try ASAP.

7 comments:

  1. These look fabulous!

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  2. Oh my. Those look so stinkin GOOD!

    You should link them to my TASTY TUESDAY :)

    YUM!

    <3-Cami from First Day of My Life

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  3. Saw these on Foodgawker - and now I need to make them. Thanks for posting the recipe.

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  4. I absolutely love homemade oreos!

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  5. I love love the recipe! I was just wondering, how much/big is a cup?:)

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