Tuesday, July 26, 2011

DIY Oreos

I'll be 100% honest; I hate Oreos.  I wouldn't even eat them if they were the last thing in my cupboard.  I am not really sure why I detest them, I don't really care for any store bought cookies, but I have always wondered what all the hype is with Oreos.  I ran across this DIY Oreo recipe and decided to give it a shot because I figured homemade has got to be better than store bought.  These were really good!  I made one batch with a really crunchy cookie, and another with a soft cookie (which is soooooo good) and I will definitley be making these again!  Don't be afraid of the filling recipe, even though it calls for shortening.  As a general life rule I never, ever, in a million years would use shortening in a recipe, but Annie highly recommended it, or the filling would be like cake icing; which is yummy, but not really the effect we are going for here!  Make these with your kids today, because the sun ain't shining!

DIY Oreos
Yield: about 20-24 sandwich cookies

For the cookies:
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1-1½ cups sugar*
10 tbsp. (1¼ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg

For the filling:
4 tbsp. (¼ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup vegetable shortening
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 tsp. vanilla extract

*The range of sugar called for here allows you to make these cookies as sweet as you like (or not).  To make it closer to a store-bought Oreo, use 1 cup.  For a sweeter cookie, use the full 1½ cups.  I split the difference and used 1¼ cups.
Preheat the oven to 375˚ F.  Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.

In a food processor or the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar.  Mix briefly to combine.  Add the butter to the bowl and pulse or mix briefly to incorporate.  Add in the egg and mix until the dough forms a cohesive mass.

Scoop a scant tablespoon of batter onto the baking sheet. (I used the Pampered Chef medium cookie scoop.)  Continue scooping, spacing the dough balls a couple of inches apart.  With moistened fingers, gently press down on the dough balls to flatten slightly.  Bake for 9-11 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking.  Transfer the baking sheets to a wire rack and let cool completely until the cookies are firm and set.  

Be sure the cookies are completely cooled before filling.To make the filling, combine the butter and shortening in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Beat on medium-high speed until smooth.  Add the confectioners’ sugar to the bowl and mix on low speed just until incorporated, then increase the speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.  Blend in the vanilla extract.

To assemble the cookies, pair them up by size.  Use a pastry bag fitted with a plain round tip to pipe a swirl of filling onto the flat side of one cookie of each pair.  Sandwich together with the remaining cookie and press down so that the filling reaches the edges.

Source: annieseats.com who slightly adapted it from Smitten Kitchen, who adapted it from Retro Desserts by Wayne Brachman


  1. Thank you for posting this recipe!! Made them and they are a huge hit, although I made them all a little too crunchy without knowing it. Next time I will be UNDER baking the entire batch!!


  2. Glad you liked them Jaime; I am definitley an under-bake kind of gal for cookies, why doesn't Oreo make a soft version? Hmmm... I might be on to something!