|dough will resemble this when mixed and ready to use|
1 1/4 c Flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 c sugar
1 teasp basking soda
1/4 teasp baking powder
1/4 teasp salt
1/2 c + 2 Tblsp butter
Icing (see recipe below in step 3)
Food coloring-optional if you want colored icing
Step One: The Batter-
The original recipe said to prepare this in an eclectic mixer, I do not have one of these (on my Christmas wish list though!) so I just used a bowl and a hand held mixer and everything came out fine.
In a bowl (or electric mixer) combine flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix on low speed until well combined.-Since I do not have an eclectic mixer I actually just used a spoon to mix with this step.
While still on low speed add in butter.
Once butter is well combined add egg.
Continue mixing until dough forms together in a large bowl.--At this step the hand held was keeping everything like a coarse crumb mixture so I turned it off and combined everything with my hands. Dough will feel kinda mealy/squishy and will stick together easily when it is ready.
|smushing the cookies out|
Preheat oven to 375
Line cookie sheet with wax paper.
Using a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon scoop out tiny balls of the batter and place onto cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
Using your hand slightly mash down and flatten cookies. Do not be concerned about their size, I thought they looked WAY too small at first but they basically double in size once they are baked.
Bake at 375 for 8-9 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to completely cool before icing.
Step 3: The Icing-
You can make your own icing with the following easy recipe or you can cheat and just buy plain white vanilla cake icing.
1/2 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teasp Vanilla
Mix all ingredients together with hand held mixer until everything is well combined.
Once you have your icing done you can add food coloring to make the Oreos festive for any Holiday or special occasion. I tried to make mine orange for Halloween but I couldn't find any orange food coloring so I tried mixing some yellow and red I already had at home. It ended up being more of a pastel orange though.
|adding the icing|
Step 4: Assemble the Cookies:
If you have cake decorating supplies use an icing bag to pipe the icing onto the center of 1 Cookie. Take a second cookie and lightly press it on top so that the icing squishes out towards the edges.
I do not have any cake decorating supplies so I used a ziploc baggie for this. Fill it with the icing, squeeze all the extra air out and zip shut. Cut a tiny hole in 1 corner and use to squeeze the icing out. Make sure you squeeze out ALL of the air in the bag! I learned the hard way if there is any air left in it the pressure from you squeezing on the baggie will cause the side to burst open and you will end up with icing all over the place WHOOPS. At least it was a tasty mess to clean up.
Over all these cookies were very easy to make, much easier than I thought and they taste "AH-MAZ-ING!" to quote my 4 yr old. I am going to make some more tonight for him to take to his preschool class Halloween party tomorrow.
They are not identical to store bought Oreos, I personally think they are better though. They are bigger, at least mine were hehe, and are more of a cross between the traditional crunchy Oreos and the soft larger Oreo Caksters. They were slightly crunchy but had a texture/consistency closer to a crunchy chocolate chip cookie than an Oreo. They still tasted yummy and melted in your mouth when dunked in milk. Best of all, since you made them yourself you know exactly whats in them!