a diy for your sunday

Homemade oreo cookies. Those, you can never have just one, chocolate sandwich cookies. Now this version might not be just like the originals, with their cocaine like addictive qualities and all, but they are still downright tasty and easy to make.

We start with the basics. Butter and sugar.

butter and sugar

Mix those up until you get a nice creamy texture, and add your vanilla and egg, making sure it’s all incorporated well.

egg and vanilla

In a separate bowl, your going to combine your flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. I used regular Hershey’s cocoa but I can imagine the dark chocolate powder would be even tastier in this recipe.

cocoa

Your going to add your flour mixture to your sugar base and mix slowly. I used a hand mixer and needed to actually get down and dirty and use some arm muscle to finish mixing, your dough will quite stiff. Once mixed, your have a nice mound of chocolate delicious dough.

dough

You’ll divide your dough into two discs and wrap in plastic wrap. I lightly floured the plastic wrap so it made it easier for me to manage later. Now throw those puppies in the fridge to chill for an hour.

fridge

While our dough is resting, we’ll make our filling, which is just your simple buttercream frosting. Mix together your butter, which I melt mine a bit to make stirring easier, along with your vanilla, milk and oogles of powdered sugar.

frost

If your fancy, unlike me, you’ll have a frosting bag to throw this into for later use. I do not, and use what I always have on hand. Gallon ziplock bags. They are just as easy as a frosting bag and it’s one less thing I have to wash, once I use it all, in the trash it goes.

bag2

frosting

When your dough is done chilling, take out and let the dough get to room temp. This will make rolling it out so much easier. Roll out one disc at a time so it’s about 1/4 inch thick, like so.

rolled out

This would be the time that you pull out your handy round cookie/biscuit cutters. You open your drawer though and find they’ve gone missing. You question the usual suspect, yet she pleads the 5th and rolls away on her pink pony.

hayd

So we went with Plan B. Our oreos will actually be chocolate star sandwiches.

star

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. I cut out what seemed like a million little stars and loaded them up on a greased cookie sheet. No need to use tin toil, it makes an easier clean up for me. By easier I mean that I hate washing dishes, so one less thing to wash is always a perk to me.

pan

The recipe states to cook for 10-12 minutes. I did a smaller shape so I cooked mine for 9 and they came out just right. Let cool on a wire rack until ready to frost. Simply cut the tip of your frosting bag off and squeeze the desired amount onto one side of your sandwich. This is the fun part. Are you a regular or double stuffed person? The ball is in your court my friends. Throw another cookie on top of the frosted ones and admire your tasty treats.

end

(Makes approximately 3 dozen)

Dough:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt ( I opted out of using salt)

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp half and half, or milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3-3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

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