Saturday, March 5, 2011

Homemade Oreos

Hi everyone! I hope where you are is prettier than here, it's just not a pretty day here in Savannah :( Anyway, I'm sure everyone has that one thing that they love... and that they have to keep in their apartment for the late night snack or dessert. We definitely do. It's Mint Oreos. We keep them in my favorite cookie jar in the world, Mr. Owl. I have to have one every night, it's my guilty little pleasure, and well Clayton has to have like 5, no joke.  But to my dismay, I go to Mr. Owl to retrieve a cookie, and there weren't any left :(
Mr. Owl with no Mint Oreos
So that completely sucked. But luckily I had stored away a homemade oreo recipe that I had been dying to try, and I guess this was the perfect opportunity to make them. So, now Mr. Owl is full again with lots and lots of oreos; he's so happy! Well... Enjoy :)
Homemade Oreos
For the Cookie:
1 ¼C AP Flour
½C Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1t Baking Soda
¼t Baking Powder
¼t Salt
1C Sugar
1 Stick + 2T Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
1 Large Egg

For the Filling:
1 Stick of Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
½C Vegetable Shortening
3C Powdered Sugar, Sifted
1t Vanilla
Green Dye, If Needed
Mint Extract, If Needed

1.  Preheat the oven to 375 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper and spray with Pam.
2. In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder, soda, powder, salt, and sugar. Then slowly add in the softened butter and egg. Mix until incorporated. Using a small ice cream scoop (or a teaspoon), scoop balls of cookie dough on the prepared sheets and bake each sheet for 9 minutes (flipping the sheets halfway through).
3. Once the cookies are done cooking, let them cool for 5 minutes on their cookie sheet, and then transfer them to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
4. Meanwhile, make the filling by beating together the shortening and butter in a mixer until light and fluffy. Slowly add in the powdered and vanilla. Also, I added some mint extract and green dye to the filling because our favorite Oreo is the Mint Oreo. But the possibilities are endless, so you can make any type of filling you like.
5. Spoon on about a teaspoon of the filling into the middle of the cookie and top with another cookies. Slowly squeeze the cookies together, so that the filling spreads evenly.
6. Enjoy! 

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