Friday, August 5, 2011

Homemade Oreos

Oreos.  You know, I never really liked store-bought oreos that well.  The "chocolate" cookies never really even tasted like chocolate to me, and the only ones I would eat were double filled. (Which are somehow addictive though....)  Anyway, I had wanted to try my hand at making them at home but couldn't ever get my hands on the special cocoa (Black Onyx) that makes them so super dark!

That is, until I discovered that there is a Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC!  I fell in love with Savory Spice back in CO (where there are a few on the front range) but had NO idea, until this week, that there were any in other states!!!  So, on Wednesday I ventured over to their store and bought some (actually 8 oz.) of Black Onyx Cocoa Powder as well as some other spices and seasoning.  If you haven't ever heard of, or been to a Savory Spice, I highly recommend them!  :)  It's more than just a spice shop, it's a whole experience!  On to the recipe, so you, too can make these delicious sandwich cookies at home! :)

1/2 c. Butter, softened (1 stick)
1 c. Sugar
1/2 t. Salt
1 Egg
1/4 c. Water
1/2 c. Black Onyx Cocoa
1/4 c. Your Favorite Cocoa
1 t. Vanilla
2 c. Flour

Cream Filling:
1/2 c. Shortening
1 T. Cold Water
2 c. Confectioners Sugar
1 T. Vanilla

1.  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2.  Cream together the butter and sugar.
 3.  Mix in salt and the egg until well combined.
 4.  Add the cocoas (see the difference in color to regular cocoa and the black onyx?) and mix well.
 5.  Add water and vanilla mixing.
 6.  Add flour and mix until well combined.  It will be pretty dark still.  Yummy. :)
 7.  Place balls (either from a scoop or just make them in your hands) on a lined baking sheet.
 8.  Flatten with something like this above, until they are your desired thickness or about 1/8" thick.  (See pics below for alternate way of making thin cookies. :)
 9.  Bake for about 8-10 minutes.  Check every few minutes to make sure they don't burn.  :)  Cool on cooling rack.
10.  While the cookies are baking you can start on the filling.  First combine shortening and water in your mixer until somewhat fluffy. (like pic below)
 11.  Mix in vanilla and confectioners sugar until creamy and well combined.
 12.  Once cookies are cooled you can start filling them.  Yum.  You should probably taste one just to make sure they are alright at this point.  Or two, or three.   I'm just saying you might want need to.  ;)
 I made some regular (small) ones, medium ones and bigger ones.  Although the bigger ones remind me more of a whoopie pie even though they are crispy....

Remember you can fill them with as much or as little filling as you want too!  :)  Just the way you like 'em! :)  Joys of baking them yourself!  Enjoy!  I found these to be much better than the original.  They taste like chocolate, look super cute and the filling is fantastic!  :)

Here's another (and probably easier/better) way to get thin perfectly matching cookies to sandwich together!  :)

Once the dough is all mixed together, roll it out on a floured surface.
 Then use a small glass (or circular cookie cutter) to cut out perfect little circles.
 Dust off excess flour and peel away the scraps of dough (to roll out later) and place the cookies on a baking sheet.
 Bake as directed above (325 for 8-10 minutes) and let them cool before filling.
Yum!  :)  Even more like the original--but better because they are homemade!  :)
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