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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Oreo Cookies

Oreo cookies, read it ryt,friends !! This month Baking Partners opted for a theme challenge and the theme was cookies.There were three recipes in this list; wherein you can try either of the three or all three.I just tried Oreo cookies as its my kids favorite and  as u know  am tightly packed up this month with many activities at home.Thanx to Swathi @ Zesty South Indian Kitchen & Reeni @ Cinnamon Spice & Everything Else for the wonderful chocolaty sandwich cookies .The cookies were just perfect except the sugar content in the dough can be increased slightly  to 1/4 cup more.Otherwise the sandwich was just perfect and delicious.

The texture was similar to the store brought oreo cookies but slightly bittery in taste.I think you can reduce the amount of cocoa to 3/4 th cup and increase the sugar to 1/4 cup more.If you would like to join baking partners,see details here.In the mean time,check this out & enjoy making these at home !! 

For cookie dough    
unsalted butter (room temperature)  85g/ 6 tablespoon  
 106.3g / ½ cup (refer notes)
brown sugar 
 42.52g/ 3 tablespoon 
3/4 teaspoon  
baking powder 
 1/4 plus 1/8 teaspoons 
baking soda 
1/4 teaspoon 
instant coffee powder 
1/2 teaspoon (refer notes)
vanilla extract 
1 1/2 teaspoons 
egg yolks 2
all purpose flour (or rice flour), sifted 
 113.4g / ¾ cup 
cocoa powder, sifted 
 85g / 1 cup  (refer notes)
For the filling:
shortening or unsalted butter at room temperature 
 56.7g/ 4 tablespoon  
powdered sugar, sifted 
 141.7 / 1 ¼  cup 
vanilla extract 
1 teaspoon 
a pinch of salt


To make the cookies: 

-Using a hand or stand mixer set to medium speed, cream together butter, both sugars, salt, baking powder, baking soda, espresso powder, and vanilla extract until combined. With mixer still running, add in egg yolks one at a time. Once incorporated, shut off mixer and scrape bowl down with a rubber spatula.
-Turn mixer to its lowest setting. Dump in flour and cocoa all at once. The mixture will be stiff. Continue mixing until uniform. Shut off mixer. Use a spatula to scrape the dough from the bowl and knead lightly to form a smooth ball. Use your hands to flatten into a disc.(You may begin rolling the dough right away, or you may wrap it with plastic and refrigerate for up to a week. If you've kept the dough refrigerated, let it sit at room temperature to soften before starting to roll.)

- Preheat oven to 350°. Sift some cocoa powder onto the counter (using cocoa instead of flour gives the Fauxreos their uniquely dark color). Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/8" thickness.(When finished, slide a metal spatula between the dough and counter to loosen. This will prevent the cookies from sticking.)
-A 2" round cutter makes perfect "Oreos" but use any cutter you like. Cut out the cookies and use a metal spatula to lift and transfer to cookie sheet.(I used a bottle cap to cut out the cookies)
-Arrange cookies on ungreased cookie sheet. (If the cookie sheet is dinged up or uneven, line with parchment paper first.) The cookies will not spread during baking, so they may be arranged quite close together. Set the sheets aside.

-Gather up, knead, and re-roll the remaining dough scraps, likewise cutting and arranging on a cookie sheet.
-This is an added step,you can directly place the rolled cookies in the oven.If you wish to add texture to the cookies, place any remaining dough in a mixing bowl. Mix with a hand or stand mixer and add about 1 tsp of hot water or coffee. Continue adding hot water/coffee, a teaspoon at a time, until the dough has thinned into a paste. You can always add more liquid, but you can't take it away. Add slowly and let each addition mix in fully before adding more. When the mixture reaches a frosting-like consistency, use a spatula to scrape it out. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a very small tip, or a heavy duty Ziploc bag with a tiny hole poked in the corner.Pipe some sort of design atop each cookie. A tight cornelli design gives the impression of an Oreo. But anything will do, have fun with your designs!
- Once the cookies have been decorated, bake for 10 - 12 minutes, or until firm to the touch in the pre heated oven. If your oven has an uneven heating element, rotate the cookie sheets after six minutes. Once the cookies have baked, cool thoroughly, directly on the cooling rack.

To make the filling: 

-With a hand or stand mixer, cream together shortening/butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Cream on medium speed for five minutes; use a rubber spatula to scrape the bowl down periodically. The long mixing time aerates the filling, making it especially white and less gritty.
Using a spatula, transfer the filling to a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip. Alternately, portion with a melon-baller sized ice cream scoop, or by using Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off as a makeshift pastry bag.

 -To assemble the cookies: Flip half the wafers upside down. Onto each, pipe or scoop 1 teaspoon of filling (specifically: 1/4 oz for Double Stuf, 1/8 ounce for regular) directly into the center. To finish, top with remaining wafers and press down with your fingers, applying very even pressure so the filling will spread uniformly across the cookie.

  -Transfer cookies to an airtight container and refrigerate for several hours. This is crucial. After whipping the filling, it will be quite soft. Refrigerating it (especially if you're using butter) will solidify the filling, restoring its proper texture, and bonding it with the wafers. Serve with tea or coffee !!

Servings~ 16 sandwich cookies or 32 single cookies

* You can increase the sugar to upto 3/4 th cup instead of 1/2 cup in the dough as the cookies were bittery sweet.
* You can also reduce the instant coffee powder to 1/4 th tsp.

Sending this to Baking Partners hosted by Swathi @ Zesty South Indian Kitchen (If u wish to be part of our team and would love to develop your baking skills,then this group is the right one for you-Baking Partners an effort by Swathi @ Zesty South Indian Kitchen :-))

Baking Partners

Sending this to Bake fest # 11 guest hosted by Archana @The Mad Scientist Kitchen

Sending this to Shema 's Cookie Party event hosted @ Life Scoops


divyagcp said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely post.. Absolutely love this homemade oreos.. Delicious..

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Srividhya Ravikumar said... Best Blogger Tips

wow..delicious..def will try...Thanks for the recipe..

Chocolate & Chillies said... Best Blogger Tips

My son's favorite cookies are Oreos...he would love these!

Saraswathi Ganeshan said... Best Blogger Tips

You made it perfect and I too selected this cookies for my kids..came out very welll..I second you about the bittery sweet of the cookies..

Reshmi Mahesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Adipoli...:)Great explanation and perfect cookies...

Princy Vinoth said... Best Blogger Tips

julie these are wonderful1!!!loved it!

Familycook said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, Your oreos look so good. So much more healthy to make them from scratch. I am impressed.

simran said... Best Blogger Tips

you are awesome!!!!!!!!!!I'm so glad i logged onto fb today.....this is really nice....going to make these real soon..thanks julie:)

turmericnspice said... Best Blogger Tips

I love Oreos and these look awesome ... Great with a cup of milk

radha said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice to bake these at home! And they look even more chocolaty and delicious than the real thing!! And so fresh that they do not need the dip in the milk as they show on the ad. Yum!

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Pure tempting cookies Julie...Love to taste few...

PinayinTexas said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfectly done! Wish I could try making this one of these days! Looks really good!

farah saleem said... Best Blogger Tips

looks lovely julie!

virunthu unna vaanga said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice oreo... itha twist panni sip panni apparam dip panni wow.......

Indian Khana said... Best Blogger Tips

You made is so perfect ....looks yum

Ramya said... Best Blogger Tips

My my what an effort to make home made oreos:-) Looks just perfect!

Vimitha Durai said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so crunchy and delicious... Loved the filling

sojo said... Best Blogger Tips

wow...will try soon

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

they look just like the store bought one, very well presented.nice clicks too

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

I'll be making some oreo cookies soon, you guys are tempting me a lot. Btw you have done beautifully Julie.

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious cookies

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy!!! yummy!!! oreo biscuits

great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

Who doesn't like Oreo... Never thought of making my own.. ur post tempting me

coralcrue said... Best Blogger Tips

always wanted to know how to make the biscuit. not so crazy for the filling but i just love the dark outer biscuit so very much. thank you :)

Anjali Bapna Shukla said... Best Blogger Tips

They look so perfectly done! Already bookmarked! :)
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Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely oreos...tempting 1..

Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and lovely preparation.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

wow.. you made it perfect :)

abraham said... Best Blogger Tips

omg...this is absolutely delicious..:)

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow Julie adipoli aayitundu,looks so tempting,perfect baked dear.

Swathi said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and perfect cookies, Julie, I am with you in their taste, slightly bitterly side. You done very Well.

Manju @ Manjus Eating Delights said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie dear,
Oreos look too good!
There's a yummy award waiting for you at my space :-) Do collect it. Congrats!!


divya said... Best Blogger Tips

oh my! looks gorgeous!

Sanoli Ghosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Your oreo cookies came out fabulous Julie. It looks better than the store-bought dear. Excellent!

Jeyashris Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Very nice and tempting biscuits

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Very nicely done cookies Julie...looks yummy

Chitra said... Best Blogger Tips

wow, superb post. will try soon :)

Zareena said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!!!!!! amazing n perfect dear. My kid's all time fav. Bookmarked this.

Indu said... Best Blogger Tips

Oreo cookies is my son's favourite recipe too. Thanks for sharing the recipe...


Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Creamy, yummy cookies, nicely done..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

perfectly made :)too tempting

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Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious cookies Julie..will try..
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Soni said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely recipe and looks just like store bought :)

hotpotcooking said... Best Blogger Tips

Great work Julie. Nowadays you are expert in baking.... Looks soooooo good.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

They came our very well. COngratulations


Divya A said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow awesome replica of the oreo cookies :) Feel like grabbing those cookies :)
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Samantha said... Best Blogger Tips

I have made homemade oreos before and they are so delicious. I use a recipe by Thomas Keller. I think his version of the chocolate sable used in the sandwich cookie tastes just like oreos.

Rosh said... Best Blogger Tips

wow! they look perfect just like the store bought ones! nice work :)

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Are you taking orders for these? They are yum yum yum.
Thanks for linking dear.

DV said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely delightful!! Totally like store-bought Oreos!!! Kudos!

Sangeetha Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Very tempting cookies, perfectly made, thanks for following me, love to follow you too...
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