Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla-Cream Filling (Homemade Oreos)

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla-Cream Filling (Homemade Oreos)

There are certain things that we know are great way before we even see/hear them.

Take Kanye West, for instance; I knew who he was (after Katrina and his TV statement) even though I did not know any of his songs. The minute I read that he had recorded a song featuring Daft Punk I knew it would be amazing – and I wasn’t wrong. To make things even better, the guys are on the video, too! How cool is that?

The same thing happened with this recipe. When I read that these cookies were a homemade version of Oreos I knew I had to try them. They had to be good. I mean, Oreos are delicious – I absolutely love them – and Adrienne says on her post that the cookies were BETTER than the store-bought ones… I have to tell you that she was right. Oh, so right. These are FANTASTIC.

The cream I made was a tad too sweet because I ended up using more confectioners’ sugar than it was necessary; but please, don’t mind me and my stupid conversion mistakes - go ahead and bake these cookies (I’m posting the correct amount).

One last thing: has anyone watched this? It’s on my wish list and I’d love to hear your opinion about it.

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla-Cream Filling (Homemade Oreos)

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla-Cream Filling (Homemade Oreos)

Chocolate Wafers:
1 ¼ cups (175g) all-purpose flour
½ cup (45g) unsweetened Dutch process cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups (300g) sugar
½ cup + 2 tablespoons (141g/1 ¼ sticks) room-temperature, unsalted butter
1 large egg

Vanilla-Cream Filling:
¼ cup (57g/½ stick) room-temperature, unsalted butter
¼ cup (57g) vegetable shortening
2 cups (280g) sifted confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Set two racks in the middle of the oven. Preheat to 190ºC/375ºF.

In a food processor, or bowl of an electric mixer, thoroughly mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt, and sugar. While pulsing, or on low speed, add the butter, and then the egg. Continue processing or mixing until dough comes together in a mass.

Take rounded teaspoons of batter and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet approximately 5cm (2in) apart. With moistened hands, slightly flatten the dough. Bake for 9 minutes (I baked mine for 10), rotating once for even baking. Set baking sheets on a rack to cool.

To make the cream, 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 2-3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy.

To assemble the cookies, in a pastry bag with a 1.25cm (½ in) 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 process until all the cookies have been sandwiched with cream.

Makes 30 sandwich cookies – I got 37

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla-Cream Filling (Homemade Oreos)


desie said...

beautiful. these would just be perfect with milk.
will try these. they'll go in my christmas goodie bags for friends who are allergic to nuts as most of my christmas cookie recipes have nuts.

yes, cool video. i have heard the song before but hadn't seen this video.

michelle said...

Now, Patricia...
Didn't we talk about the fact that my holiday baking list is already FAR too ambitious? Now I have to try to fit in *another* wonderful looking cookie! ;)

(These look lovely and I can't wait to try them!)


linda said...

Your oreo's look very very tasty! Aren't home-made always better? At least, that's what I think...

Sylvia said...

Great homemade oreo!!I must try this recipe. They looks so cute

Meeta K. Wolff said...

with these gorgeous looking oreos one never has to go to the store bought variety again!

Deborah said...

These look so wonderful!!!

Sara said...

These look fantastic! I had homemade Oreos at a bakery months ago and they just blew my mind! I'll have to try these next time the craving hits!

Anh said...

Fantastic! I am loving these :)

Cris said...

Oh my Patricia, for a rainy night like today this is just perfect, milk and cookies!!!

test it comm said...

Homemade Oreos sound like a good idea. They look great!

Kristen - Dine & Dish said...

I am sitting here, dying to bake something tonight and just when I had talked myself out of it, I saw your Flickr photo of these cookies. THEN I had to go and read this post! I think I found what I must bake!!

Peter M said...

Patricia, first of have funky taste in music...for some reason I had you pegged for classical music! lol

Second, the "brazil-oreos" look great from over here.

Thirdly, you could make the cookie part bigger and make your own ice cream sandwiches!

Manggy said...

Thanks for directing me to that video, I didn't know it existed :) I love that Daft Punk series. Anyway, I loved "Around the World" when everyone else around me hated it, so... :)
I don't think I'll be making oreos anytime soon, but I will say your cookies look lovely (and you can make the filling as thick as you want, haha! :)

Peabody said...

Yum! Homemade Oreos...sounds wonderful.

sher said...

What a fabulous picture with the cookie on the hand. And the cookies are so pretty and yummy looking. :):)

Gretchen Noelle said...

These look delicious! Homemade is always better!

Paola Westbeek said...

OMG! You are killing me with those cookies! I'm trying to be good here and not bake enough for all of Europe this Christmas but that recipe just might do away with my halo! ;)

BTW, I adore crumbling some oreos in vanilla ice cream. :p


Dana said...

I love that you mentioned Kanye West, Daft Punk AND Oreos in this post. Amazing. These look fab!!!!

Susan said...

Oreos have always been an old-time favorite of mine, but I'm "afraid" to bake these. I fear there will be no going back!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, dear! Thank you!
Those goodie bags sound wonderful, I'd love to receive one. :)

Michelle, my dear, I'm sorry if I'm making your life miserable! :)
This is my revenge - I can't forget that honey brownie you posted. ;)

Linda, you are soooo right! Homemade is always better!

Sylvia, thank you!

Meeta, I agree!

Deb, tks, sweetie!

Sara, I'm so glad you like them!

Anh, thank you!

Cris, rainy, indeed, my dear friend. :S

Kevin, thank you!

Kristen, you do that to me all the time with your blog. ;)

Peter, really?? How curious! :)
That idea of ice cream sandwiches is just fabulous - gotta tell my sister about it!

Mark, they are so freaking talented and that series of videos is just amazing.
Oh, and I like Around the World, you can sing it near me anytime. :)

Pea, I thought you'd like these.

Sher, thank you! It's my hand and the idea for the photo was Joao's. :)
I'll tell him you like it!

Gretchen, I agree!

Paola, I'll be crumbling some Oreos on my ice cream too, you bet!

Dana, I'm glad you like it all! :)

Kat said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!If you don't mind, I'd like to link you.

Those cookies look FABULOUS!!!

ilingc said...

Patricia, your home made oreos looks gorgeous! I especially love the the one with the ribbon. You've just reminded me that I haven't made any christmas cookies this years..sigh..

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Homemade oreos sound fabulous! You really know how to make a girl drool!

Lesley said...

YES! I've been looking for a recipe just like this! THANK YOU!

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

Love these! And you threw this in just as I plan out my list of Christmas cookies...sneaky ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! Dip these in chocolate and call me Nabisco!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Once again you've made wonderful cookies that make me want to sit down with a cup of coffee and eat them all!

Anonymous said...

I will make these now actually it is a nice snowy evening, BUT I do have a bit of a phobia when it comes to shortening, I won't use it, especially since my 2 year old has heart problems and needs to be on a heart healthy diet, sooo, would butter be an alternative? tonight I will fill them with ice cream. Thanks!!!!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

So Patricia, I've added the movie and the cookies to respective lists. My mantra has always been Homemade is always better. These would be worth it.

elisabetta said...

Lovely recipe, and the colours contrast is stunning and inviting.

Katy said...

these look SO much better than the packaged oreos! the filling looks so creamy and delicious!

Cakebrain said...

Ho Ho Ho, Patricia! those oreo cookies look SO yummy!

Figs, Bay, Wine said...

Thank you thank you! I crave oreos. Absolutely crave them sometimes! But I try to stay away from them because of all the preservatives/ chemicals. Now I have the answer. Eureka!

Anonymous said...

woohoo! Thanks, I'm going to try these out! =) Nice pictures

City Muse said...

This looks sinfully delicious. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. =P

Anonymous said...

First of all thank you for the video of Kanye's awesome. The cartoon part is a famous Japanese anime called AKIRA that i have watched about 537 times as a teenager. My all-time favorite, so it came as a good surprise!

Second of all, those homemade oreo cookies look wonderful! Gosh i NEED to make those!! So pretty too!
I'll diet after the holiday...haha

Anonymous said...

What a beautifully baked cookie! when we lived in the US, we discoevered oreoa for the first time and we devoured packets full. I can just imgain how much more delicious this home baked cookie must be.

Lis said...

I can't even imagine how a home baked oreo could taste better than the originals.

I mean, I KNOW they'd be better, but I can't imagine how mind blowingly better, you know? I've always wanted to try these cookies but never got around to it.. now your pretty photos and recommendation makes me want to try them NOW! =)


Patricia Scarpin said...

Kat, thank you for visiting as well, and I'd be honored to have a link on your blog, thank you!

Ilingc, I have started baking cookies and I can tell it's so addictive!

Lynn, thank you, my sweet friend!

Lesley, tks for stopping by!

Sognatrice, I'd would love to hear your opinion about these.

Maryann, hahaha you crack me up, sweetie!

Lydia, have some, please!

Hey, Anonymous, I don't like to use it either - there are only 2 recipes on my entire blog that call for shortening. I'll only use it when there's no other way - which I think it's the case here, sorry... :(

Tanna, your mantra is my mantra now too, my friend.

Elisabetta, tks for visiting!

Katy, the filling is a nice surprise.

Cakebrain, thank you, dear!

Amanda, these are way better, my friend.

Anonymous, you definitely should!

City Muse, I thank you for that, too!

Zen Chef, those Japanese cartoons are fantastic!
I will have to diet after the holidays, too, my friend. :(

Ronell, these are better, indeed!

Lis, I have missed you so much! I hope things are fine with you, my dear!!

Anonymous said...

this looks good Patricia, I'm copying the recipe! all of us love Oreo cookies.

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Those look heavenly. They would just be great packaged up as a gift!

Anonymous said...

Those look beautiful and more delectable than the 'real' oreos. Or, I should just say, the original ones. When I was growing up in Europe, we would return to the U.S. about once every two or three years. I would run to the cookie aisle in the grocery store and grab oreos. And get tired of the manufactured taste...of course, only after I scarfed down the entire bag by myself...

Tanya said...

*Squeeee!* They're sooooooooooo cute. Oreo's are my boyfriend's favorite cookie, and I *hate* having them in the house (the ingredients list scares me, but they're addictive.) Can't wait to try them.

Syrie said...

Oh my god! These look so fantastic. I must try them out. Thanks Patricia.

Tanya said...

Just made them and he loved them! Pretty and easy-- they're keepers. Thanks!

Aimei said...

yum yum I like this! I was wondering what type of chocolate does oreo used? The taste doesn't taste exactly like chocolate. Nonetheless yours looked almost like it! Thanks! :)

Happy New Year !!

Bakerella said...

These look so good. I wish I had one right now to sink my teeth into. Yum!

Annie Anderson said...

Ok, I've just got to know - is the cookie part nice and soft or is it crispy?

I've baked a similar recipe and the cookie part was too crispy for my family. They want a nice, chewy cookie. ;-)

If they're soft, I may give your recipe a try.


Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Annie!
These are chewy on the middle and a bit crisp on the edges. Hope you like them!

Unknown said...

Oozing extra goodness.

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