Sunday, November 23, 2008

Procrastinating with Homemade Oreos

I stumbled across this adorable blog through Tastespotting recently, and the cookies that led me there intrigued me. They resembled my one of my favorite childhood treats- Oreos! I have fond memories of being a little pig with these cookies. We would have a package of Double Stuf Oreos sitting between my dad and me, and he would twist the cookies open so the filling was all on one side. He would hand me that side, I'd devour the filling, then hand the naked cookie half back to him. lol In my defense, I was pretty small. I have since come to love the cookies but only when made almost mush-like with ice cold milk. Yum!

But I digress... back to the recipe!

So I borrowed the recipe for the cookies from Julia at Crazy about Bretzels, but admittedly, I didn't quite follow her directions. It's been a while since I've made cookies, since they're more time-consuming than cupcakes for me, but I still followed my instincts. With her ingredients, I creamed the butter and sugar together, then added the egg and a tiny bit of vanilla. After scraping down the ball and beating the egg in, I added the dry ingredients a little at a time until a brown mass of dough formed.

I baked them the same way she states in her recipe, but, as you can see, my cookies have a crackle appearance. I learned a long time ago that this is due to rolling the cookies into balls. I don't quite remember the science behind it, but something about the dough being in contact with your hands creates a layer of something along the outside that causes the dough to crackle as it bakes and spreads. Oh well. I'm an equal opportunity eater- they are much loved no matter how ugly they are.

Now, the best part of any sandwich cookie- THE FILLING! I've been on the hunt for an Oreo filling recipe for quite some time. No offense to my Canadian friends, but Canadian Oreos just do not have the same flavor in the filling as American Oreos. I refuse to buy Canadian Oreos, because I always end up disappointed. I have to admit- when I tasted the filling for my homemade sandwich cookies, my knees buckled a bit. The secret to the proper texture and flavor? Granulated sugar. Not much, but just enough. I'm a very texture-oriented person (Hubs often asks if I'm regressing to a place in my childhood because I unconsciously begin petting his fleece sweaters when he wears them lol), so trust me when I say 1 Tbsp. of granulated sugar makes a WORLD of difference.

Homemade Oreo Filling

1/2 c. unsalted butter
1/2 c. vegetable shortening
1 1/3 c. icing/confectioners/powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. clear vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. white granulated sugar

1. Beat butter and shortening together.

2. Add sugar 1/3 c. at a time. Scrape down the bowl after each addition.

3. Add in vanilla and granulated sugar.

Now that I think about it, you might actually be able to add a pinch of salt to cut the sweetness just a bit, but really... it's a treat, so indulge in whatever makes you happy! :)


C said...

Please tell me you have leftovers!!!

Tia said...

I can bring you one if you are on campus tomorrow for class (even though I'm skipping... again). :)

Piee and JSBanana said...

While you're procrastinating making homemade oreos, I'm procrastinating by reading your blog when I should be working on a 10 page paper. Yay!

Piee and JSBanana said...

Wanted to add to my previous comment....

I just read your profile and about deja vu!

1) I'm also working on my psychology, BA

2) I'm in my last year

3) I'm an aries

4) I started my blog to keep-in-touch with my sister.


Julia @ crazyaboutbretzels said...

Those look so much much better than mine! good thing to know about the cracking thing. And that filling... I actually wanted to do one that resembles a bit your recipe but the problem is with shortening. Any idea how I could substitute it? I can't find it in Germany...

Patti said...

My friend/housemate makes these religiously for her boyfriend, who loves these to death. They are so so good and so so addicting! And yay for baking procrastination. I am totally with you on that one. :)

Stef said...

Neat! I never thought about doing this from scratch before!

Megan said...

oreos have got to be the best cookies in the whole world. nothing goes better with a tall glass of cold milk. and the fact that you've made your own? too cool. you're my hero :)

Tia said...

Julia- If you don't mind an entirely soft filling, you can do all butter. I've seen other recipes using a bit of dissolved gelatin, shortening and butter (to make the filling "set" a bit more), and I'm sure you can try gelatin and all butter. :)

Thanks for all the kind words, guys! :)