February 5, 2011

Homemade Oreos

Homemade oreos are, as you can imagine, awesome.  They are crunchy, like a homemade cookie can be, and taste like oreos except, better!  And these ones are super sweet because I made the filing pink, for valentines.  I was inspired to make these because Shane loves them so much and I hate buying packages of cookies.  So I fully expect him to come home, consume the five I have laying out for him in brief succession before downing a glass of milk.  That's his speed at least, I hope I'm not mistaken, I do love when my baking vanishes before I even get another piece, especially when that baking is as worthy as this.

This is a very forgiving recipe, hard to mess up actually, so give it a whirl, you'll make someone's day.

Homemade Oreos

If pink is not your speed keep 'em white, or go blue or yellow for spring, heck even a little green would be awesome especially if there was a little mint extract involved.

Adapted from here.

Made 20 sandwiches for me

150 g (1 1/4 c) all purpose flour
40 g (1/2 c) your best dark cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt (only if you use unsalted butter)
250 g (1 1/4 c) sugar
155 g (1/2 c + 2 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 egg

125 g (1/2 c) unsalted butter, room temperature
400 g (2 c) icing sugar
2 tsp vanilla
optional - dye gel (I use Wilton brand)

Preheat oven to 375 F. Set racks in the middle.

In the bowl of a mixer blend flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt and sugar with a paddle attachment.  Add the butter on low speed and then the egg.  Continue to mix until the  dough comes together in a mix mass.

Roll the dough into teaspoon sized balls and place on a lined baking sheet at least two inches apart.  Flatten lightly with your fingers.  Bake for 9 minutes.  Let them cool a little before transferring to a cooling rack.

To make the cream, place butter in a large mixing bowl and beat it around a little with beaters to make is smooth and light.  Add the icing sugar and vanilla and keep on mixing until the filling is light and fluffy 2 or 3 minutes.  (With hand held beaters it can seem like it won't come together, keep going, it'll work out.)  This is where you can beat in some color, beware a little gel goes a long way.

Scrape the icing into a piping bag with a bigger tip and squirt blobs onto the center of half the cookies.  Or alternatively use a spoon to scrape the icing on the cookies.  Press the cookie's equal half lightly onto the cream.  Done.

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