“Today me will live in the moment, unless it’s unpleasant in which case me will eat a cookie” ~Cookie Monster
Wise words indeed. I love how a simple little thing made with love, like a cookie still warm from the oven, can cheer you up instantly. It’s one of the reasons I love to bake.
While the cookie monster’s favourite cookie is chocolate chip, I’m sure, like the majority of the USA, he is partial to an oreo. In fact, since its introduction in 1912, oreos have been the best selling cookie in the US.
Now I am a huge believer that home baking beats shop-bought every time. Yet on attempting the home made oreo, I hesitate to believe that you could you beat pretty much perfection. This recipe is less calories than a standard oreo so it’s worth a bake for a less guilty ‘sometimes snack’, but does it pass the all important taste test? As a scientist, I am willing to put myself on the line and be head taste tester on this experiment.
OM NOM NOM.
On tasting the oreos, my house mates declared they were better than actual oreos. Strong words- try the recipe and see if you agree. But the far more important issue that needs to be decided once and for all is: lick the centre or dunk in milk? Or both? Leave a comment below.
Ingredients (makes 25-30 oreos)
- 150g (5 1/3 oz) butter
- 60g (2oz) cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 250g (9oz) caster sugar
- 150g (5 1/3 oz) plain white flour
- 1 medium egg
- 100g (3 1/2 oz) butter
- 250g (9oz) icing sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 190ºC/ 170ºC fan (375ºF/ 340ºF fan). Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- To make the cookies, cream together butter and sugar in a bowl.
- Add cocoa powder, baking powder and soda. Mix well.
- Add the egg and stir.
- Sift in the flour and mix until just combined.
- Take roughly a teaspoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball. (This bit is a bit messy!) Place on the baking tray and flatten it slightly. Continue for the whole of the mixture, making sure you place the balls at least 2″ apart.
- Bake the cookies for 9 minutes, turning the tray around halfway through to ensure even cooking.
- Leave the cookies to cool while you start on the filling. Mix together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl. If you want chocolate-stuffed oreos, add 1 tbsp of cocoa powder.
- To construct the oreos, add a teaspoon of the filling to the centre of a cookie and spread it evenly. Then top it off with another cookie.
- Voila! You have yourself your own home made oreos. Serve with milk and enjoy.
(Psss… did you know you could also bake your own giant jammie dodgers?)