Homemade Oreos

Admittedly, this recipe has been around for a long time. I never have made them before, and have barely even eaten them when offered simply because I’m not a fan of shortening, and shortening frosting gives me the heebie jeebies.
Alas, yesterday my son’s second grade teacher spent some time extolling the merits of homemade oreos to her class, and by the time he got home from school he was quite certain that there was nothing else on the face of the earth that he could ever eat unless it was homemade oreos. And I adore my son and his big blue-green eyes with black lashes and dimples in his cheeks, so I said yes.
Which left me to google and hope for the best. I settled on the recipe by smittenkitchen. I took some liberties with the recipe, as I always do, so mine wasn’t exactly like the original, and I liked the results a bit more for my tastes, especially on the cream filling.
Luckily, I had everything on hand so our adventure in oreo-ing began.
To make the cookies:
1 1/4 cups of flour
1/2 cup unsweetened baking cocoa (I used Nestle’s Special Dark cocoa, which I am convinced is the best cocoa ever)
1 t. baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 to 1 1/2 cups of sugar (I went with 1 1/4 cups, I love my chocolate dark and almost bitter, my kids, not so much)
1/2 cup plus an additional 2 T. of softened butter
1 egg
For the filling:
1/4 cup softened butter
1/4 cup shortening (yuck)
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 T. whole milk (or whipping cream, but I was out)
In the bowl of my mixer I poured the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar and mixed it.
Next I blended in the butter until it was a mealy texture with the butter blended well into the flour mixture.
Finally, I tossed an egg in and let the mixer run until a soft mass of dough had formed. It ends up being similar to play dough in consistency, and it takes a few minutes for the dough to get there.
I took small bits of dough, about a teaspoon and rolled them into balls to bake on my Pampered Chef round stone. If you don’t have one, you can use another baking sheet, but parchment paper lining will likely be very useful.
They bake at 375 degrees for 9 minutes.
When they come out of the oven the wafers have to sit for about twenty minutes to cool so they won’t break. I also took my serving spatula and lightly smashed them to be more flat.
For the filling blend the butter and shortening with the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. I whipped mine for about 3 minutes to get a really smooth thick frosting.
Finally, take a spreader of some sort and spread the frosting on half of the wafers, then sandwich them together and enjoy. They are delicious, and very sweet. The wafers really do taste like oreos, as opposed to the more “moon pie/whoopie pie” variety I have seen from other recipes.
I think next time I make these (which may be today as I have enough of the frosting left over to fill another batch of cookies) I may add a bit of mint to the frosting and some green food coloring. You may also like to add some almond extract to the frosting as well, if you want a more “gourmet” vibe than the traditional vanilla butter and sugar flavor.
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