Homemade Oreos

Oreos are one of my favorite store-bought cookies. But I know that they are really unhealthy, filled with preservatives and additives, and heavily processed. I still eat them from time to time, but I wanted to try to make a homemade alternative. I found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen, though it originated from Wayne Brachman’s “Retro Desserts” book. And OH MY WORD are they good. They taste just like Oreos, but ten times better. I’m gonna file this one away in my list of all-time favorite recipes.

Homemade Oreos
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Wafers:
1-1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar (add another 1/2 cup if you want a sweeter wafer cookie)
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large egg

Filling:

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons vanilla

  1. Set two racks in the middle of the oven. Preheat to 375°F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 to 3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy.
  5. 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.
  • Rachel - May 30, 2009 - 9:08 am

    These look SOOOOOO GOOOOOOD. And the filling looks just like the real Oreos – I would expect it to be more runny, but it looks stiff like actual Oreos – this has moved up to the top of my list of recipes to try off your site. YUM.ReplyCancel

  • Annie - May 31, 2009 - 5:14 pm

    They are amazing. The filling tastes JUST like the real Oreo filling. Except I’m guessing it’s missing a few of the Oreo chemicals. :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - May 31, 2009 - 11:17 pm

    I am so doing these! SOON!ReplyCancel

  • stefimpossible - June 11, 2009 - 11:27 am

    these look great! i’m going to have to make them soon. are the cookies crunchy like oreos? they look like they might be soft, which might even be more delicious, actually.ReplyCancel

  • Annie - June 11, 2009 - 3:55 pm

    They are crunchy like regular Oreos — but if you let them sit out a day or two, they get softer :)ReplyCancel

  • Sues - June 17, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    Oh, wow. Homemade Oreos are SUCH a good idea. I totally need to try these… I’m sure they’d be a party hit!!ReplyCancel

  • brohkenrecord - February 19, 2011 - 12:43 am

    these are AMAZING!!! the filling is spot on..i could eat the whole pastry bag of filling. Literally justtt finished making these and had to come on here and say how great they were. Thanks for the recipe!!ReplyCancel

  • Annie - February 19, 2011 - 12:53 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed them! Thank you for your comment :)ReplyCancel

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