Homemade Oreo Cookies Again

For my last Oreo recipe of the week, I’m featuring homemade Oreos, again. You may remember that I have made homemade Oreos before. The ones that I made last year had a spot-on filling taste, but the cookie part seemed a bit off to me. The texture wasn’t quite was I was hoping for and that totally threw it off for me.


So when I saw this recipe in my Food Network Magazine recently, I added it to my to-bake list. The main reason I chose the recipe I did last year was because I didn’t have round cookie cutters and I didn’t want deal with rolling the cookies out. Luckily, my dad got me this circle cookie cutter set for my birthday last year. I know he said I had some random things on my list that he didn’t understand how often I’d use, but let me promise you, I’ve used these little guys a BUNCH over the past year. So thanks Dad!


Another thing that makes this recipe so sweet is that I got to spend some quality time in the kitchen with my little sister L. She and my mom came to meet our baby nephew and L spent a day with me. I asked her what she wanted to do and she said bake! Of course I was excited. Our original plan was to make these cookies and then use them in a cheesecake. But then we decided we wanted to eat them the classic Oreo way, with a glass of milk.


L and I had a hard time rolling the dough to a consistent thickness. So we ended up with a variety of thicknesses in our cookies. We paired them up based on thickness and put a corresponding amount of filling in. We also didn’t pipe the filling on the top of the cookie like the recipe says. We thought the bottoms of the cookies were uglier than the tops, so we did what we thought was best.


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Yield: 30

Ingredients:

For the cookies
1 1/3 cups Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups flour, plus more for dusting
1/4 tsp salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the filling
1/4 cup room-temperature, unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Prepare the cookies
Sift together the cocoa powder, flour and salt in a large bowl.

Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla, incorporating each ingredient before adding the next. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Divide the dough into 2 pieces; place one piece between 2 lightly floured sheets of parchment paper and roll into a 1/4-inch-thick rectangle. Repeat with the other piece of dough. Refrigerate both rectangles, covered with the parchment sheets, until firm, at least 1 hour or up to several days.

Using a 2-inch round cutter, cut the dough into 64 circles. (You can reroll the scraps once.) Place the cookies about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets and chill for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Bake the cookies until they are set and slightly darker around the edges, about 20 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling
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.

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.

Cookie Recipe from Food Network Magazine
Filling Recipe from Smitten Kitchen

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14 Responses to “12 Days of Cookies – Chocolate Peppermint Meringue Kisses”

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    Katie — December 22, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    These are absolutely GORGEOUS! I’ve never seen a treat so perfect! So impressed!!

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    Joelen — December 22, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Beautiful job! I love the addition of chocolate and peppermint on the bottom for additional texture!

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    Amy Kingman — December 22, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Oh my goodness those are so pretty!

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    ~Amber~ — December 23, 2008 at 1:33 am

    OMG these are adorable!! Great job.

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    Tiffany and Ganesh — December 23, 2008 at 1:52 am

    wow, these are so pretty and look delish!

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    Scott W. — December 23, 2008 at 2:36 am

    how great are these! you can’t buy something that looks so nice.

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    Jen — December 23, 2008 at 2:50 am

    Thanks everyone. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. Everyone loved them.

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    Hallie Fae — December 23, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Wow, I’m impressed. Those look great. What did you do with over 100 meringues?? 🙂

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    Jen — December 23, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Hallie – I took half to a holiday potluck and the other have came to my in-laws with us for Christmas. They’re going on the cookie tray. The good thing is they keep well and go fast! And Hubby loves them so I have a hard time keeping his hand out of the bag of these guys.

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    Steph — December 30, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    These are beautiful!

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    Ali — November 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Hi, these look great and I want to try them as gifts this year. Thanks! One question, how do you “paint” the red coloring into the bag?

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    Jen — November 15, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Ali,

    Using a small paint brush, I dipped it into the food coloring and painted stripes on the inside of the pastry bag prior to filling it with the meringue.

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    cindy6174 — January 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    These as well as your Raspberry Meringue Cookies look wonderful. I wish I had come upon these before the holidays as they would have made a great addition to my cookie plate!

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    Cornelius the Pig — December 22, 2010 at 6:03 am

    i realize these were posted 2 years ago… but i just found them and they look wonderful! so pretty!

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