Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Homemade oreos

Let's play truth or dare, shall we?
Truth: I am a lifelong Oreo lover.
The Dare? To make some by myself. From scratch. Omg.
Challenge ACCEPTED!
I made these for one of my oldest friends, Sydney. It was her birthday on Friday, and I wanted to send her something special. We don't get to see each other super often, but every time we do, it's like no time has passed :)
This is us in 5th grade :) That's me on the right. You can tell it was the '90s... look at that bandana!
Happy Birthday, Syd! <3
Homemade Oreos with Creme Filling
Courtesy of Smitten Kitchen
Yield: ~20 sandwich cookies
Flour- 1 1/4 c
Unsweetened Dutch process cocoa- 1/2 c
Baking soda- 1 tsp
Baking powder- 1/4 tsp
Salt- 1/4 tsp
Sugar- 1 to 1 1/2 c (use less if you don't want the cookies to be super sweet)
Unsalted butter- 1/2 c plus 2 tbsp (1 1/4 sticks), room temperature
1 large egg
{Creme filling}
Unsalted butter- 1/4 c (1/2 stick)
Vegetable shortening (Crisco)- 1/4 c
Sifted powdered sugar- 2 c
Vanilla extract- 2 tsp
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a food processor, or in the bowl of an electric mixer, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar. Process/beat, make sure it's combined well!
3. With the mixer running, add the butter, then the egg. Continue beating/processing until the dough forms a mass.
4. Take rounded teaspoons of the batter and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, approx. 2 inches apart. With moistened hands, lightly press the dough to flatten.
5. Bake for 8-9 minutes (8 if you want them a little soft/chewy), rotating pans once for evenness. Set on baking rack to cool completely.
6. {For the creme filling} Beat butter and shortening in a mixing bowl until combined. Add powdered sugar gradually, then add vanilla. Turn mixer on high and beat for 2 minutes.
7. Place creme filling in a pastry bag fitted with a jumbo pastry tip. Pipe onto half of the cooled cookies, then sandwich them with their matches. Serve with a glass of milk!!!

I used Marshmallow Buttercream for one batch, then the Creme Filling for the other. Critics are pretty evenly split on which they prefer. I think they're both incredible! Just make sure you serve them with milk!

This is the process of me dunking and eating one cookie. I've eaten several since, but shhhh! That's our little secret :)

CRAP! The cookie fell! STAY CALM!
Phew! Balance! Then consumption. NOM TIME!

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