Homemade Oreos: The Ultimate Recipe for Sharing with Family & Friends
There’s something incredibly nostalgic and comforting about a classic Oreo cookie. The sweet cream sandwiched between two chocolatey cookies is a treat that has been loved by many for generations. But what if you could recreate this beloved snack right in your own kitchen? Homemade Oreos not only allow you to control the ingredients, but they also provide a fun and rewarding baking experience. Plus, they make for a unique and delicious gift to share with family and friends. Let’s dive into the ultimate recipe for homemade Oreos.
For the cookies, you will need:
- 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 1/2 cups of sugar
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) of room-temperature, unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
For the filling, you will need:
- 1/4 cup of room-temperature, unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup of vegetable shortening
- 2 cups of sifted confectioners’ sugar
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Begin by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C). 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.
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.
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 2-3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy.
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.
Homemade Oreos are not only a fun and delicious baking project, but they also make for a thoughtful and unique gift. Whether you’re sharing them with family, friends, or enjoying them all by yourself, these cookies are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.