Monday, September 17, 2012

Homemade Oreos

Homemade Oreos

I made some cookies yesterday from one of the cookbooks I’ve been wanting to dig into.

Home. Made. Oreos.

And all Halloween like with orange creme centers, too. So fun!

Flour by Joanne Chang

I found the recipe in Flour by Joanne Chang. This book is full of treats I want to try. Especially the Brioche au chocolat and vanilla cream filled doughnuts. Oh my. But I needed much more time for those … oh and yeast.

And since I always try to keep chocolate on hand… well, these cookies were an easy choice.

Cookie Ingredients

For the cookies, you need butter, flour, sugar, cocoa (dutch process), chocolate, 1 egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt.

Melted chocolate

Melted butter and chocolate … yeah, this is heading in the right direction.


Add the butter to the sugar and whisk away.


Then keep on going with the vanilla and melted chocolate.


Add zee egg.


Now whisk the cocoa, flour, soda and salt in another bowl.

I love love love to see cocoa blend with flour and watch the two colors mix together.


It makes me happy.

Cookie Dough

Add the flour and cocoa mixture to the chocolate mixture and stir together until the dough forms.

Shape the dough in to a log and wrap in wax paper. (I made two sizes to play around with)

Chill. And chill out because you need to let it firm up for a couple of hours…

Sliced Cookie Dough

… So you can cut out cookie slices. And if you’re like me, you’ll probably still be compelled to make the edges perfectly round.

Even though you waited all that time for it to chill so you could slice it.

But definitely not a requirement. Just a compulsion.

Homemade Oreos

Bake them and sandwich them with vanilla cream filling… tinted orange if you’re in a Halloween kind of mood.


Homemade Oreos

Creamless are good, too.

So I didn’t stop there, since I was already breaking out my round cutters, I finally opened up some mini cutters I’ve had for like three years.

A $2.99 Hobby Lobby score I’ve neglected to use the past couple of Halloweens.

Kitty cutters

I chose the cats. I was in a kitty kind of mood. I’ll show you why at the end of the post.


Slice the dough and then just use a cutter to make fun shapes.

For the cats, I used a skewer to make simple details. The flat end worked great for the defining the ears and eyes. And the pointed end was great for whiskers.

Kitty Cookies

Mini Meow Meows!

Yum! Yum!


Homemade Oreos
Makes about 18 2-1/2 inch sandwich cookies
Recipe from Flour reprinted with permission from Chronicle Books.

1 cup (2 sticks/228 grams) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
3/4 cup (150 grams) sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup (200 grams) semisweet chocolate chips, melted and slightly cooled
1 egg
1 1/2 cups (210 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (90 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup (1 stick/114 grams) unsalted butter, softened
1 2/3 (230 grams) confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
Pinch of kosher salt
Food color, optional

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter and sugar until well combined. Whisk in the vanilla and chocolate. Whisk in the egg until combined.
  • In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, salt and soda until combined. Stir flour mixture into the chocolate mixture. Mix with your hands if it helps to combine the two. Let the dough sit for an hour to firm up.
  • Transfer the dough to a sheet of wax paper. Shape into a log about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Place log along the edge of wax paper and roll. Shape as you roll to maintain a smooth cylinder. Twist ends of paper to secure and help keep the shape compact. Refrigerate at least two hours or until firm. If log settles and flattens on one side, rotate every 15 minutes or so to maintain a round shape.
  • Heat oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut dough in quarter inch thick slices and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until cookies are firm to the touch. Note: I under baked mine (almost half the time) and they were still great. Just watch them because it’s hard to tell by looks if they are done since they are so dark to begin with. These baked in batches well, so bake a few to test if you have time. And if your cookies are smaller, adjust the baking time.
  • Cool and prepare the filling. In a mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add milk and salt and continue beating until smooth again. Place about a tablespoon of filling on the bottom of one cookie and sandwich with a second. Repeat with remaining cookies and eat em up.


Okay… now I’ll show you why I had kitties on the brain this weekend.

I am so excited to share another project I created for Woman’s Day Magazine. Check out these cute cat scratch cupcakes in the October issue! It’s on stands now if you want to get a copy. Meow. Meow.

Cat Scratch Cupcakes

Tracy said...

Yes please, too bad its a little late for baking tonight!!

September 17, 2012 11:03 PM
Courtney said...

Those look so yummy!! How cool the different shapes!!

September 17, 2012 11:04 PM
jennifer said...

I thought, “ok, ok, I’ve seen people make homemade Oreos but meow meow Oreos?! Never!” So cute. Love the flour happy face, too. :)

September 17, 2012 11:04 PM
fana said...

i love all things with cute cookie cutters, (even though i am not the biggest halloween fan) i have a set of heart shaped cutters i found on sale, but all my cookie recipes arent made for cutting out into shapes so i am excited to see if this dough works. keep up your good work :)

September 17, 2012 11:05 PM
aussiemarina said...

oh your kitty cookies are sooooooooo cute………and i bet yummy !!!!!!!!

September 17, 2012 11:26 PM
Janine ( said...

Okay, the kitty ones are just adorable! Oreos are so yummy I can’t imagine how delicious these homemade ones are! Are they crunchy like the store bought ones or more moist?

September 17, 2012 11:32 PM
Hasita said...

Very pretty! I love the cupcakes! What did you use for the green eyes?

September 17, 2012 11:48 PM
Rebecca @ Sink Or Swim said...

Love the homemade oreos! We’ve been trying to get away from storebought junk but still want treats every now and then!

September 18, 2012 12:01 AM
bakerella said...

Jennifer – Meow

aussiemarina – Hey!

Janine – crunchy, but I also baked some where I backed off the time so they would be softer.

Hasita – those were m&m’s

September 18, 2012 12:06 AM
Emily Ann said...

wow! yum! I need to get that cookbook!

September 18, 2012 12:14 AM
Patricia said...

Meowreos! Love it! Pure genius, yet again. >^.^<

September 18, 2012 12:50 AM
Ema said...

Ooh I love the cookies! And the cupcakes.

September 18, 2012 12:54 AM
Amanda said...

I bet Oreo’s will be making new shapes for sale next Halloween! Very cute!

September 18, 2012 01:00 AM
Lindsey said...

OHMYGOSH these look SO good!


September 18, 2012 01:23 AM
Beth said...

Oh. My. Goodness.


September 18, 2012 01:26 AM
Mariana said...

YUM! YUM! YUM!! :) They look so beautiful, too.

September 18, 2012 01:27 AM
Lauri @ MyPinnedLife said...

Love these! Using the cookie cutters makes them even more fun and cute. These would be great for kids Halloween parties at school.

September 18, 2012 01:34 AM
Tracie said...

I have tried these and they are wonderful. I like my cookies soft so I bake them a bit less than the recipe calls for and they are heavenly every time! I give them as gifts to my girlfriends who in turn hide them from their kids and husbands so they can have them all to themselves!!! Love baking something that causes such innocent deception!

September 18, 2012 01:37 AM
Jakki said...

omg Mini Meow Meows ;__: *just died from cuteness*

September 18, 2012 01:41 AM
Cindy C said...

Every dessert I’ve seen using a Joanne Chang recipe looks amazing…. your oreos look beautiful!!

September 18, 2012 01:45 AM
Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

Hehe, I’m laughing at you perfecting the circles… I would totally do the same thing! =) These look so delicious, and the kitties (both cookies and cupcakes) are adorable!!!

September 18, 2012 01:48 AM
Malin from Finland said...

I love it that you have translated the measurements into grams, it makes baking these so much easier for a Finn like me :) Thanks a lot, they do look delicious!

September 18, 2012 02:33 AM
Sosheil said...

NOW I have a really good reason to go ahead and buy the German wooden springerle cookie mold I’m “watching” on eBay – to stamp a design on the tops of the homemade oreo cookie dough using YOUR recipe… THANKS!!!

September 18, 2012 03:18 AM
ThisBakerGirlBlogs said...

That book has been sitting on my amazon wish list for weeks. Now I am definitely going to buy it! :)

September 18, 2012 03:25 AM
bistro mama said...


September 18, 2012 04:28 AM
Sarah Carletti said...

It is amazing, what you do! Love the kitty cats!

September 18, 2012 05:18 AM
Robin @ Simply Southern Baking said...

Mmmm….these look delish! Love the kitties! I need to pull this book out and look through it again. I’ve had it for awhile, but have not made anything out of it yet.

September 18, 2012 05:51 AM
Sally said...

I see…purple filling, lime green dipped, the possibilities are endless…why not a cookie on a stick?? Thanks as always for sharing!

September 18, 2012 06:14 AM
Serene said...

Angie you inspire me…everyday!

September 18, 2012 06:45 AM
mindy1 said...

OMG those look great :D. Lol@happy flour :D

September 18, 2012 07:23 AM
Jen @ Savory Simple said...

I love the cats! These look wonderful.

September 18, 2012 07:39 AM
sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more said...

yum, I don’t really like eating oreos unless they are in something, the filling I love, its the hard cookie I don’t like. So yours look perfect, get it Purrrfect? I know, dorky.

September 18, 2012 08:16 AM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Super cute and they look so yummy too – I love them! Will look out for the magazine too – the kids at school will go crazy for those!

September 18, 2012 08:22 AM
Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch said...

Angie! I am in love with the kitty oreos! How precious!!! Can’t wait to pick up my copy of Woman’s Day. Congratulations!!!

September 18, 2012 08:25 AM
Jo and Sue said...

I just died from the cuteness of those kitty cookies. I have always wanted to try a homemade oreo cookie recipe. Thank you for sharing this!

September 18, 2012 08:36 AM
Kathy said...

Could these be rolled out and cut like Sugar Cookies?

September 18, 2012 09:00 AM
Seanna Lea said...

I love Flour (living in the Boston area I have at least two shops that I visit on a semiregular basis)! I haven’t bought the cookbook yet, but hopefully I will get to buy it after the holidays when I buy books for myself again.

September 18, 2012 09:07 AM
DessertForTwo said...

I’ve been wanting to try homemade oreos forever! You have me fully convinced now :)

September 18, 2012 09:07 AM
Lydia- The Party Wagon said...

My daughter wants to be a black kitty cat for Halloween, and so these are JUST PERFECT! I can’t wait to make them!! Thank you for always coming up with something fabulous!

September 18, 2012 09:11 AM
icakepops said...

Love how these can be turned into so many fun treats for Halloween. You’ve got my brainwaves just a buzzin’ with those adorable mini cutters!

September 18, 2012 10:23 AM
Jessica@LovesAvocado said...

Oh man! These look delicious and soooo cute. I have a friend who is obsessed with oreos. I will have to make these for her one day. Thanks for sharing!

September 18, 2012 10:29 AM
Annette E said...

Okay now I NEED to find mini cat cookie cutters!!!

September 18, 2012 11:00 AM
Lindsay (Young Married Mom) said...

Oh, I had the vanilla cream doughnut last time I was in Boston. SO GOOD. Might have to go back for it next time. :)

September 18, 2012 11:11 AM
Caroline L. said...

Oh my, well doesn’t this look amazing…!

September 18, 2012 11:40 AM
Becky M said...

Adorable! I wish I had half of the creativity you had!

September 18, 2012 11:57 AM
Veronica Gonzalez said...

Love ’em!!! Totally have to make these for my Boys!!!

September 18, 2012 12:52 PM
mikky said...

Congrats on the feature! Those kittys are adorable.
Do the homemade oreos taste just like real Oreos?????
This could be a dangerous recipe for me if they do.


September 18, 2012 02:11 PM
wafa (The Sweet Tooth) said...

Omg. I love you. And I absolutely agree with you about mixing cocoa and flour!!!!! I just love how it looks when I’m mixing! Also, I love your chocolate cake recipe. Best-est ever! :D u make me happy! :D

September 18, 2012 03:22 PM
Chrissy Sparks (Brush Dance) said...

Oh my goodness…The kitty cookies are adorable! My two daughters LOVE cats.. (we have two adorable cats of our own) and I know they would be crazy about these. Going to have to try this sometime!

September 18, 2012 03:50 PM
Kiran @ said...

That looks ridiculously good!! Love the meow touch :)

September 18, 2012 04:51 PM
Jen said...

I was so excited to see your cupcakes featured in my copy of Woman’s Day! And the homemade Oreos sound awesome. Add them to the list of recipes to try! :)

September 18, 2012 06:15 PM
Shelan said...

Those are some of the cutest cookies i’ve ever seen! The cats are sooo cute! I’ve gotta make these sometime soon!

September 18, 2012 06:42 PM
Rebecca said...

? :/ HallOween svcks:)

September 18, 2012 06:45 PM
Shelan said...

Could I roll the cookies out and cut them or do I have to roll them into a cylinder? Let me know! Thanks!

September 18, 2012 06:49 PM
Kathryn Chase said...

Loved the looks of those cupcakes in the magazine so much I was going to buy one. My oldest grandson beat me to it and brought it home to me! wahoo. Now to make the cookies for the grandkids then the cupcakes for me!

September 18, 2012 07:34 PM
Stephanie said...

Can you use regular cocoa instead of dutch process cocoa? I can’t find that anywhere where I live!

September 18, 2012 07:42 PM
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

So cute!! I love the idea of making my own Oreos..but the cats are awesome. I am sooo trying this recipe. Thanks Bakerella! :)

September 18, 2012 09:09 PM
Isa said...

dear bakerella:
I write for my school newspaper, and i was wondering if I could use this recipe in my next article. I think that it would be a really good recipe article. Thanks!

September 18, 2012 10:06 PM
Kimberly said...

These will be perfect rounds for the hats on my witch cake pops!

September 18, 2012 10:52 PM
cheyenne said...

ohh how fun! i’m going to tyr to make these myself (:
xo, cheyenne

September 19, 2012 02:12 AM
Laura said...

Oreaos… yum! I always wonder if homemade oreos are a bit chewy and soft instead of having that crisp cookie exterior, though. I just love dipping crisp cookies into milk!

September 19, 2012 03:08 AM
Holly said...

I’ll have to try these at Halloween. Too cute! And congratulations on the magazine article.

September 19, 2012 05:44 AM
whilehewasout said...

So I showed this to my sister and she said “don’t dare offer this to me if you bake them!” She is on a diet :D Thanks for sharing, I love Oreos – and seems quite straightforward to make them myself. Have a wonderful day!

September 19, 2012 08:50 AM
Michael Trent said...

OMG…perfect timing. I am an American guy that has moved to Sao Paulo Brasil. Certain things here I miss terribly. One of them being Oreos. Just the other day my Facebook status was “Really miss Oreo cookies”. it’s as if you heard me!! Cannot wait to try and make these this week!!

Thanks!! Oh, love your blog.

September 19, 2012 10:18 AM
Lauren said...

Those kitty oreos are so cute! My sister has this book – she loves it. So many good recipies!

September 19, 2012 10:29 AM
Jennifer Reichman said...

Love Oreos! So want to try this ASAP!

September 19, 2012 11:05 AM
Emily @ ItBakeMeHappy said...

Adorable! So cute, I think I need to make some too!

September 19, 2012 02:29 PM
Emily @ ItBakeMeHappy said...

So cute! I need to make these

September 19, 2012 03:10 PM
buttercream bakehouse said...

My kids love Oreo’s. I have blogged about them but never made any from scratch myself. This is a must try. Thanks for posting.

September 19, 2012 03:34 PM
Lucy said...

Suddenly, I’m hungry.

September 19, 2012 05:05 PM
Beckie said...

Love all of the post. Congrats on the Woman’s Day article.

September 19, 2012 06:28 PM
Melanie said...

Ok so I gush to my boyfriend all the time about your posts, but this time, I saw the drool as I told him about your homemade Oreos and now I’m obligated to make these ASAP! Can’t wait =)

September 19, 2012 09:12 PM
Sugar Baby said...

These look DELICIOUS! They’d be good with a mint filling too! :-)

September 19, 2012 11:42 PM
greenwick said...

Yay Halloween!! Love the cookie cutter set you found. And the kitties are adorable! (both the cupcakes and cookies.)

September 20, 2012 08:29 AM
The Ninja Baker said...

Clever! Thank you for this very creative recipe.

September 21, 2012 12:06 AM
Chloe said...

Thank you so much for giving measurements in grams, so much easier for a parisian like me :) love love your blog, everythings always seem so yummy and your pictures are gorgeous!

September 21, 2012 05:22 AM
Il ramaiolo said...

Wow! I le it! F

September 21, 2012 08:52 AM
Orla said...

Bakerella, I love your blog!!!! It really inspired me to start my own baking blog! I’m also hosting a baking radio show on my campus radio this semester! Thank you for sharing your creativity! I’m from Ireland so normally I don’t have your books, but my Mom picked up Flour in Boston last year and I LOVE IT!!! Definitely have to try out this recipe!! I have never worked with yeast but really want to try out Joanne’s recipes, have you any tips for working with it? Thanks, mucho love! xxx

September 21, 2012 11:12 AM
Kelly A said...

oh man! I love oreos! And now I HAVE to go make these!
Thanks for sharing them….mmmmm….:)

September 21, 2012 12:15 PM
Rachel said...

Can I make this without wax paper or parchment paper??

September 21, 2012 07:23 PM
Dawn said...

The kitties are sooooooo cute!! I’ve tried a homemade oreo recipe before, but it was too soft. Is this a crunchy cookie??

Congratulations for your adorable cat scratch cupcake article in Women’s Day! You’re awesome!

September 22, 2012 02:38 PM
Lauren said...

You could totally use that cat-head cookie cutter to make teeny little owl cookies. Adorable!!!

September 22, 2012 04:47 PM
Jennifer E said...

Their bakery is right around the corner from where I work. (Behind the Boston Children’s Museum). I’ve had those cookies, and their other stuff too. Yumm.

September 24, 2012 04:52 PM
Teresa Ann said...

Cute, Cute. Need to try these.

September 25, 2012 02:08 PM
Katie E. said...

As soon as I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. They taste exactly like an Oreo but better! Hubby loved them and will definately be making again :)

September 25, 2012 09:45 PM
Fabio said...

I love Bakerella…from Rome!

September 26, 2012 06:10 AM
Pippa said...

MEOW!! These are adorable!! x

September 27, 2012 05:19 AM
Crittles said...

Ooooh. FLOUR!!! They are right by my office which is quite dangerous. Definitely make the chocolate vegan muffins/cupcakes. We actually wager them with each other here in the office when things get competitive. YUM.

PS: Love the Halloween kitties.

September 27, 2012 04:25 PM
Delia V said...

I love Oreos! I’ve got to try these.

September 27, 2012 06:51 PM
Clara said...

Aw they look so yummy :) can’t wait to make them!

September 28, 2012 11:38 AM
Lisa Cornely said...

These cookies are so much better than oreos. I’m not a fan of the traditional oreos, but these were amazing. I didn’t try the shapes but will definitely be trying them. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks so much.

September 28, 2012 07:37 PM
Erika Karlsson said...

OREOS are way too expensive here in Sweden! Trying these home made ones today! Wiiie!!

September 29, 2012 08:26 AM
S said...

I would really like to know how these taste a day or two later? I am worried that home made filling which contains moisture (unlike real oreos which have nasty shortening) will make the cookies go soft or weird. I want to make them for a mailed care package and they need to still be delicious when the arrive!

September 30, 2012 12:23 AM
Abigail Lu said...

Yummy! Im making these this Christmas. Thanks so much!

October 2, 2012 12:44 AM
4virtu said...

Happy Tasty Tuesday! We love this recipe and it is featured on our Recipes for the Food Holidays of October! THANKS!
link to

October 2, 2012 12:29 PM
Cara said...

You would not believe this but…I just pulled out the EXACT same $2.99 Hobby Lobby cookie cutters. Year after year I’ve had them in storage and forgotten to use them. Now I might just have to make some homemade oreos! Thanks!!!

October 2, 2012 05:13 PM
Julia said...

Thank you so much for this recipe! I just tried it and it worked so well. Except my Oreos are at least twice as big as the normal ones. ;)
Thanks especially for the numbers in “grams”, this way I could make them here in germany and didn’t have to “translate”. :)

October 6, 2012 12:37 PM
lisa said...

I’ve seen this question before – but can this be rolled out and cut like sugar cookies?

I failed big time with the log and couldn’t find a cookie cutter small enough to work on the log.

But they taste great!

October 6, 2012 06:41 PM
Kellee Harris said...

These look great! Do you have the nutrition information for these cookies, such as calories and fat. I know it takes the fun out, but I am curious. Thanks!

October 8, 2012 07:15 PM
Loretta Kelly said...

i just finished making these based off this post.. they came out great! the icing is a little sweet, so i think next time i’ll add a tiny less sugar, but otherwise these are absolutely fantastic! thanks angie! <3

October 12, 2012 12:46 PM
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