A Trio of Oreos

What if I told you that you could make your own oreos?

It’s possible. You know what’s also extremely possible?

Homemade Peanut Butter Oreos. And Homemade Mint Oreos. Oh yeah 🙂

They all have the same base chocolate cookie, but the fillings are changed slightly for the Mint and Peanut Butter.  I divided the filling into three to make some of each kind, but feel free to keep them all the same.

These oreos are really, really good. The cookie is just as crunchy and the filling is just as creamy as the original. The only difference is that you get the 100% satisfaction of knowing that you made yourself a just-as-tasty even better copy of one of America’s favorite treats. Pat yourself on the back, then treat yourself to a cookie (or two).

Homemade Mint, Peanut Butter, and Regular Oreos

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

For the cookies:

1 1/4 of cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup of unsweetened Dutch process cocoa

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 teaspoon of baking powder

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 1/4 cups of sugar

3/4 cups of butter (1 1/2 sticks)

1 egg

For the fillings:

1/4 cup of vegetable shortening

1/4 cup of butter

2 cups of confectioners sugar

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract

3 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter

In a food processor, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Pulse several times until the mixture is combined. Add the butter, pulsing to combine completely. Add the egg and continue pulsing until the mixture has come together.

Preheat the oven to 350 F, and spray two baking trays with non-stick spray. Use a teaspoon to drop small balls of dough onto the tray. You should have about 100 cookies (give or take a few). Press the cookies down slightly with the palm of your hand to create a flat surface. Bake for 9 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through to ensure even baking. Let the cookies cool completely.

For the fillings, combine the butter and shortening in an electric mixer. With the power on low, slowly add in the sugar, then the vanilla extract. Remove the bowl from the mixer and divide the filling into 3 equal groups. Set one aside – this is your regular filling. In another bowl, add the peppermint extract and stir to combine. If you want, add a few drops of green food coloring to make them a little more colorful. Set this bowl aside too. In the last bowl, add 3 tablespoons of peanut butter and stir to combine.

To assemble, pipe 1 teaspoon of the desired filling onto a cookie. The peanut butter filling is very thick, so use a knife to spread it on the cookie. Top the filling-topped cookie with a second cookie. Enjoy!

Deanna

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