Make Your Own Oreos


I was just wondering about this the other night as I made (yet another) batch of Oreo ice cream, and my wish curiosity has been rewarded!

A recent article by Marisa Renwald for the Post-Tribune outlines the steps to make your own Oreo cookies.

Faux-Reos Cookies

1 cup + 2 tablespoons (7 and 7/8 oz) granulated sugar, plus 2 to 3 tablespoons for coating cookies
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks, or 6 oz) unsalted butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp espresso powder
1 large egg
1 Tb water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup black cocoa (Hershey’s dark cocoa, plus 2 to 3 tablespoons for coating cookies)

1 tsp + heaping 1/4 tsp unflavored gelatin
2 Tb (1 oz) cold water
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease or line with parchment two or more baking sheets.

Place 2 to 3 tablespoons black cocoa and 2 to 3 table-spoons sugar in an 8- or 9-inch cake pan, shaking to distribute across bottom of pan.

To make cookies: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together sugar, butter, salt and espresso powder. Beat in egg, water and vanilla, then flour and cocoa. Dough will be very stiff.

Roll dough into balls about size of a chestnut (about 2 level teaspoons). As dough balls are made, place in cake pan with cocoa. When 6 to 8 balls are in pan, shake gently to roll in cocoa and sugar, then place on prepared sheets. Repeat with all dough.

Use flat bottom of a glass, dipped in cocoa as necessary to prevent sticking, to flatten cookies to about one-eighth-thick (measure with a ruler; you want to get pretty close to one-eighth inch for best-textured cookies).

Bake cookies for 18 minutes, watching closely (it’s important to bake the right amount of time — too little, and cookies won’t be crisp; too much, and they’ll scorch). When done, remove cookies from oven and allow to cool completely on rack or on pan.

While cookies cool, make the filling: Soften gelatin in a cup with 2 tablespoons cold water, then place cup in a larger dish of hot water and leave it there, stirring occasionally, until gelatin dissolves and becomes syrupy, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, beat together shortening, vanilla and sugar. Mixture is very dry at first, but eventually begins to clump together. When this happens, add dissolved gelatin and beat until smooth.

Place 1 level tablespoon filling in center of one cookie; again, a teaspoon cookie scoop, slightly heaped, is perfect for this task. Place another cookie atop filling, and squeeze to distribute filling evenly. Repeat with remaining cookies. Store in an airtight container.

[via Marisa Renwald from The King Arthur Flour Company; image from flickr]

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    • Kim

      OMG I am so making these! Thank you!

    • Hashim

      The pic reminds of of coconut chocolate, its so good. I like the combination of grated coconut and chocolate :) its really awesome.

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    • Styyl

      It sort of defeats the purpose of Oreos to include eggs or dairy in the recipe. The actual product’s lack of such ingredients are what set it apart from other cookies. I’ve also found that Oreo imitators tend to fail in terms of taste anyway, so it’s a lose-lose situation.

    • Amarnath

      gr8 post.. lemme try making my own oreos

    • rasa

      do you know how to make the chocolate creme too?

    • Orestis

      Cool, can’t wait to try this out.

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    • Diane

      I’m going to send this URL to my son whose first question will be “Can you make me a giant oreo?”

      Thanks! That sounds easy enough to do too!

    • JoblessPunk

      omg, thats sweet!

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    • zestycook

      These look amazing!!!!

    • leslie

      I just wanted to thank you for having the entire recipe here!! The Tribune link no longer works and I thought that this recipe was a goner.

    • Cher

      Looks good!

    • Jessie

      Whoa. This is fabulous!

      a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

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    • Eric

      Mmm…these look amazing…Definitely going to make some.

    • John Sullivan

      At first I thought this was a joke
      I’m on it I pay 4 dollars for oreos now :)
      thanks stumbled

    • McLovin

      i love these so much ive made like atleast 20 batches! can you please email me all your other recipies.
      thanks heaps

    • Sahil

      Really Really a great idea because I hate buying them making them is more cheap and fun

    • Sahil

      I know kim it i so a great idea I can put your ass in it