Oreo cookies seem to be pervasive in this country. Oreo cookies showed up at every party while I was growing up, and they are still used in countless desserts. My personal favorite is Oreo cheesecake (not to slight my Oreo cupcakes). Oreo cheesecake was in the dessert cycle in our cafeteria on Semester at Sea and I just couldn’t resist it! Just the thought of an Oreo seems to bring a childlike grin to 80% of the population (the result of my informal study).
I’ve always liked the Oreo, but since I could read and understand product labels, I’ve never been a fan of their ingredients. I’ve also never really loved the filling.
How Were the Homemade Oreo Cookies?
The homemade Oreo cookies were just like the ones from the store – they even had that same, familiar smell. The only difference was that they were better. I used some vanilla bean paste in the cream which made them all the more tasty, and the cookies were super fresh and crispy. Also, I was able to make the cookies in a variety of sizes.
Since you are making them yourself, you could try making Oreo cookies in different shapes! Imagine the possibilities with creativity and a good set of cookie cutters – perhaps shamrock Oreos with green food coloring for St. Patrick’s Day!
The Oreo Cookie Recipe
As I mentioned above, I got the Oreo cookie recipe from Laurie of Heaven is Chocolate, Cheese, and Carbs. Laurie got the recipe from Smitten Kitchen, who got the recipe from the book Retro Desserts by Wayne Brachman. Clearly, this recipe is a slut. I am reprinting it below with my notes.
The Chocolate Wafers
Special thanks go to my mom who was my assistant baker for these Oreos. She was making a special visit to St. Louis so that she could touch my belly.