Homemade Oreos

homemadeoreo

The other night, Ryan and I were having a craving for some snacks to munch on during our movie.  We walked down to the store to pick up some cookies – and because they were out of Chips Ahoy cookies – we grabbed some Oreos. I hadn’t had one in quite some time, but they instantly brought back memories of my childhood and getting them as a surprise in my lunchbox. I figured out how to make them at home (because we were silly enough to think we would want just the five that came in the fun pack), and have been enjoying them as an afternoon snack with a glass of cold milk ever since. They are slightly crunchier than the store bought version, so make sure you let them soak in milk first, but they are just as delicious and bring back the same happy memories.

Ingredients

For Dough:

1 1/3 c dutch-process cocoa powder

1 1/2 c all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

2 c sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

For Icing:

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1/2 c vegetable shortening

3 c confectioner’s sugar, sifted

1 tsp vanilla extract

Recipe

Sift together cocoa, flour, and salt in a bowl.

With a mixer, beat together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing in each before adding the next. Add vanilla and mix completely.

Remove from bowl and divide dough in half. Place between two sheets of lightly floured parchment paper. Roll each half into a 1/4″ thick rectangle. Repeat with other half, and refrigerate for at least an hour (I let mine chill overnight).

With a 2″ round cookie cutter, cut rectangles into individual cookies. You can re-roll dough once to make more cookies. Place cut outs on an ungreased baking sheet, and let chill for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Bake for 20 minutes, until edges have turned slightly darker. Cool completely on wire rack.

For filling: Beat together shortening and butter until light and fluffy. Add confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Place 1 tbsp of filling between to cookies and press together.
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