Oreo Cookies

Oreos are my favorite type of cookies (not counting the classic chocolate chip, of course). I discovered this homemade Oreo recipe about 4 years ago and it’s been one of my most requested deserts ever since! In times of extremely stress, instead of studying, I often find myself in the kitchen cooking up a storm. One winter finals season, I made nearly 100 of these delicious delicacies as stress relief presents for friends. I’m happy to say that I wasn’t procrastinating when I made Oreo cookies today. What better way to celebrate the winter solstice than with some of these babies! Over the years I’ve made a few adaptations to the recipe and have finally settled on something I’m happy with. This recipe uses vanilla extract for the frosting, but I have tried it with peppermint extract for an even more festive treat. Add in a cup of milk and you’ve got yourself a fixing for some blissful tastebuds.
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Ingredients (makes ~18 cookie sandwiches)

Chocolate Wafers

  • 1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 
1/2 c unsweetened Dutch process cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 c and 2 Tbsp room-temperature, unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg

Filling

  • 1/4 c room-temperature, unsalted butter
  • 1/4 vegetable shortening
  • 2 c sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (or whatever flavored filling you’re feeling like)

Directions

  1. Preheat to oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  3. Beat in the butter and egg. Continue mixing until dough becomes a solid mass.
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  5. Place rounded tablespoons of dough onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Slightly flatten the dough.
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  7. Bake for 9 minutes. Set on a rack to cool.
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  9. To make the cream filling, mix the butter and shortening at low speed.
  10. Gradually beat in the sugar and extract. Mix on high speed for about 2-3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy.
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  12. Using a knife, spread the cream evenly on one chocolate wafer. Place another cookie, equal in size, on top of the cream. Continue this process until all the cookies have been paired. (Sometimes you get luckily and there will be a lone chocolate wafer with no pair which means you get an extra treat!)
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  14. Pour a glass of milk and enjoy!
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