Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Double-Stuffed Fauxreo Cookies

Oreo turned 100 years old! Even though the cookies have some wrinkles, break easily, and are squishy in the middle, I'd say they aged rather well. Not only are they "milk's favorite cookie," they're my favorite processed cookie as well. Whether it's the traditional cream filling (double-stuffed, of course) or the very berry, peanut butter, chocolate, or golden, I'll eat them. I've already confessed my secret about the mint ones. Oreo has lasted the test of time. It's the only cookie I'll dunk in milk - and that's saying a lot. I have never liked milk. We didn't drink it while growing up. (Not much nutritional value in it. You can get more calcium from leafy green vegetables.) In fact, I disliked milk so much that I poured water over my cereal and dunked my cookies in water as well. Weird? Yeah, pretty much. I've since gotten over my complete hatred of the white stuff enough to use a little to moisten my cereal. And of course, dunk my precious cookies.

Speaking of dunking cookies, Oreos are not just for plain white milk. Have you ever tried Oreos in chocolate milk? Hot chocolate?? Or my favorite, coffee??? Mmm, you just can't go wrong with the Oreo.

And any good food that you can buy at the store or a restaurant has a copy-cat recipe. Oreo is no exception.


Dump the first 8 ingredients into your stand mixer. If you don't have a stand mixer, buy one.

Or use a hand-held mixer.

Or use a spoon and good ol' man-power if you're trying to build muscle strength in one arm.

After the addition of the egg yolks, add the flour and cocoa powder. Mix well.

You'll have to use your hands to mash it into a smooth ball. That's half the fun.

Roll the dough onto a cocoa-powdered surface. This will ensure you don't end up with flour-dusted cookies. No one wants floury Oreos. No one.

Use a cookie cutter to cut your cookies. (Original, huh?) Bonus points if you have a stamp on one hand and the remains of a temporary tattoo on the other. Definitely makes the cookies taste better.

Jake said it was just like playing with play dough. I agree. The consistency was definitely like the cooked regular and the uncooked gingerbread play doughs we've made. The stiffness of this dough helps the cookie disks to keep their shape while baking. They don't spread and don't puff.

After 3 times of rolling and cutting, the dough lost its mushability. (Don't worry, that's totally a word.) It got dry and cracky. We used that last 1/3 cup for the piping. (I know we could have made more cookies out of the scraps, but I didn't feel like fighting with the dough.)

Yes, this recipe definitely makes a mess. Embrace it.

Add 1 teaspoon of hot water and mix it up. Continue adding water until it gets to the proper piping consistency.

I stopped with 3 1/2 teaspoons water and transferred the mixture to a pastry bag. Normally, I would use my dessert decorator, but I knew I needed more control. I learned 3 things:

1. I am not a cake decorator. (If you need one of those, call up my sis-in-law. She's amazing!)
2. My pastry bag felt neglected and was holding a grudge. My hand got really tired from trying to squish the thick substance many times.
3. It was super simple once I added another 1/2 teaspoon hot water.

Moral of the story: make sure you have the proper consistency for piping. In this case, 4 teaspoons was perfect.

Once the cookies are baked and cooled. Whip up your cream filling. Please try not to eat the whole bowl before assembling the cookies.

And try your best to keep the kids from eating it all, too.  Because, trust me, they'll try.

Fill up a pastry bag with whatever cream substance you can manage to salvage from the children. I think my pastry bag may have forgiven me by this point. It was a much easier process to swirl on the filling.

You really don't have to worry about it being pretty though. You're just going to smash another cookie on top of all your hard work.

The most important thing to remember is be generous with the cream!!!

 And there you have it - homemade fauxreo cookies!

Many of ours ended up being a little on the thick side. I realized after taking a crunchy bite that the wafers were more like 1/4 inch. I could blame it on having 3 little kids helping me roll and cut the dough, but that might not be entirely fair. Maybe I was distracted. Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention. Maybe I just can't read a ruler.

Don't be like me. Make your wafers 1/8 inch. Please and thank you.

The cookies, though a little larger than real Oreos, are still pretty stinkin' delicious. Especially when dunked.

Little Zachy had no desire to dunk his though. He immediately treated this homemade confection just like the processed goodies - pulling apart the 2 halves, licking out the cream filling, and leaving the cookies untouched.

What kind of cookie eater are you? Do you separate the halves and enjoy just the filling? Do you eat the 2 components separately? Or are you a dunker? There's really no wrong way to eat an Oreo. Wait, hasn't that already been coined???

Happy Birthday, Oreo! Thank you for being so delicious!

Double-Stuffed Fauxreo Cookies
Chocolate Wafers
6 Tbsp  butter, room temperature                                    1/2 tsp espresso powder
1/2 c  sugar                                                                      1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 c brown sugar                                                            2 egg yolks
1 1/2 tsp salt                                                                     3/4 c + 1 Tbsp flour, sifted
3/8 tsp baking powder                                                      1 c cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 tsp baking soda                                                          few tsp hot water

1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, espresso powder and vanilla until thoroughly mixed. With the mixer still running, add in the egg yolks one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula well after each addition.
2. After the yolks have all been incorporated, add the flour and cocoa. Mix on low speed until uniform and stiff. Scrape the sides of the bowl using a rubber spatula and knead a few times to form a smooth ball. Flatten into a disc. At this point, the dough may be rolled right away or wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to a week. If you choose to refrigerate the dough, make sure you allow it to soften at room temp before rolling.
3. Preheat oven to 350F. Dust the counter with cocoa powder and roll the dough to a thickness of 1/8". When the dough has been rolled, loosen it from the counter with a spatula to prevent sticking.
4. Using a 2" (ours was 1 3/4" and close to the size of a real Oreo) round cutter, cut out as many cookies as you can. Use a spatula to place them on an ungreased baking sheet. Re-roll scraps as needed.
5. Place remaining scraps into a mixing bowl. Add 1 tsp of hot water and mix thoroughly. Continue adding more hot water, a teaspoon at a time, until you reach a piping consistency.
6. Transfer the softened dough to a piping bag fitted with a very small tip and pipe your preferred decoration onto the cut rounds.
7. Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes, or until slightly firm to the touch. Do not overcook. Once the cookies have baked, set the baking sheet on a rack and cool thoroughly. Use a spatula to pop the cookies off the sheet.

1/2 c shortening                                                               2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 c powdered sugar, sifted                                        1/4 tsp salt

1. Cream together the shortening, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt until very light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl to incorporate fully. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a medium-sized round tip.
2. Flip half the cookies upside down and pipe a spiral of frosting onto the upside down cookies. Top with another cookie and press gently to seal. Transfer prepared cookies to a sealed container and refrigerate for a few hours to set the frosting and bond the wafers.

Recipe adapted from Whisk Kid.
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  1. My Hubby brought home Oreos so we could celebrate this, too. Your version looks delicious. gr

  2. Yummy!!!!! This recipe looks a little different from the copycat oreo recipe I have and I can't wait to try it!

  3. Oh yum!!! What a fun time that was! My little guy would love making these - thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh, if I hadn't just visited Mary's post about weight-loss, I'd be all over these.