Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Homemade Oreos


When I was little, my mom never really bought me and my sister many store bought cookies or toaster pastries, or anything like that, as I'm sure I mentioned before in my Pop Tart Pops post.  She never really thought cookies and things like that were the healthiest things to give us, and I'm not going to disagree with her.  These store-bought cookies became almost a treat for us, that we would only get to enjoy every now and then, which I guess is a good thing, because it's a habit that stuck.  To this day, I honestly don't really eat cookies very often, they're really just treats I enjoy every now and then.


This does not apply to Oreos though...obviously.




Oreos are just too good to pass up.  Seriously.  There's something about Oreo cookies that makes them irresistible to me.  Maybe its the chocolate wafer. Maybe it's the fact that the filling comes in such a variety of flavors and colors.  Eating them is also fun and interactive; they can be eaten as is, or the top and bottom can be swirled and pulled apart.  Mmmm, so good.


These cookies were not difficult at all to make.  Really, they weren't!  The chocolate wafer dough comes together very quickly, and measuring the dough out by teaspoons ensures that the cookies all come out to be the perfect size and uniform.  The filling comes together nicely too.  The next time I make these oreos though, I have to remember to use clear vanilla extract to make sure the filling stays white, and I would probably use a little less sugar than the original recipe calls for, as I thought it was a little too sweet for my taste.  




I was shocked by how much these cookies tasted like real Oreos...I know that sounds stupid, because after all, shouldn't a recipe for homemade Oreos make cookies that taste like the real thing?  I just hadn't been expecting the cookies to come that close to the real Oreo taste!  Success!!!


Homemade Oreos
recipe from Smitten Kitchen


Ingredients


For the Chocolate Wafers:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter (1 1/4 sticks), room temperature
  • 1 egg
For the Cream Filling
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar *
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract


Directions

Position two racks in the middle of the oven, and preheat to 375°F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and salt.  While mixing, add the butter, followed by the egg.  Mix until the just comes together and is just combined.


Measure out rounded teaspoons of the dough and place on a silicone lined/lightly sprayed baking sheet.  Shape each piece of dough into a round ball, and with slightly damp hands, flatten each ball of dough a little bit. Arrange the dough two inches apart from each other on the baking sheet to allow for the cookies to spread while baking.  Bake for 9 minutes, and then transfer the cookies to a wire rack, and allow to cool completely.


To make the filling, cream together the butter and shortening in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer.  Gradually add the in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat the cream together on high speed until the cream is light and fluffy.




To assemble the cookies, place the filling inside a piping bag that has been fitted with a large round plain tip (I used an Ateco tip). Pipe a small amount of cream filling onto the bottom side of a chocolate wafer, and then place another chocolate wafer cookie on top of the cream.  Lightly press the cookies together to help spread the cream filling to the sides of the cookie.  Repeat until all the cookies have been assembled.   

*The recipe originally calls for 2 cups of powdered sugar.  Personally, I found the cream filling to be too sweet, so the next time I make them I think i will use 1 3/4 cups of powdered sugar instead.  Adjust to your personal taste.

5 comments:

  1. They look great...I'll be trying this soon.Love oreo

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  2. I'm not an oreo girl, but I bet homemade is so much better! Tommy would LOVE them!!

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  3. Those look delicious! I might even try them.. not that that is a stretch or anything :)

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  4. Wow, this is look great. I like it. Look very nice to eat. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing. Freight Audit

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  5. What perfect home made oreos!

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