Monday, March 16, 2015

Homemade Oreo Cookies

Are you an Oreo fan? I am.

I grew up loving Oreo and love dunking them in milk. My grandma is often amazed by the way I enjoyed my Oreo and she often referred Oreo as my favourite aw piah (meaning black biscuit in Hokkien).

What is Oreo? For those who don't know the famous Oreo, it is a cookie consisting of two very dark chocolate cookies sandwiched with a layer of smooth and sweet white filling.

Can you believe that Oreo has been more than 100 years old? Over all these years, I must say that Oreo has evolved into many kinds. So far, I have seen the minis, chocolate, strawberry, peanut butter blueberry, double cream and even the gold ones. When I was in Japan, I have tasted the soft kind of Oreo and it tastes like whoopie pie.

When I received a d.line linzer cookies cutter set from Donaldson, I wasn't thinking of using it to bake linzer cookies. Instead, I was thinking of using it to bake Oreo cookies! Please pardon me for my crazy idea.

Why Oreo?

Why bake Oreo if you can buy Oreo???


... but if I can bake Oreo that tastes exactly like Oreo. Impressive?

... but what if we referred the homemade Oreo as the Oreo that are made with love? Impressive?

I have seen a few homemade Oreo recipes at here, here, here, the Bouchon Bakery Cookbook by Thomas Keller and Flour Cookbook by Joanne Chang. Although their Oreos are made with love, they are also made with too many alternative styles.

Some are filled with creamy and fluffy buttercream... Nay! Not Oreo enough!

Some are made with either puffy cookies, shortbread or cake-like texture... Nay! Not Oreo enough!

I want a recipe that can make Oreo looking and tasting just like Oreo... and glad that I have found this recipe from Erren's Kitchen...

homemade oreo cookies
My homemade Oreo Cookies
When I received this d.line linzer cookies cutter set from Donaldson, I wasn't thinking of using it to bake linzer cookies. Instead, I was thinking of using it to bake Oreo cookies!
If you wish to use this to bake linzer cookies, I have a fantastic Linzer cookies recipe at here.
To start, I'm mixing the cookie dough.
And, I've added lots of cocoa powder in it,
While the cookie dough is resting, I had a closer look at the cutter.
I can create 8 different designs from this cutter.
To use, simply slide one of the pattern into the plunging cutter as shown in this picture.
Place the cutter on the rolled dough. Cut and lift.
And, push the plunger to release the dough onto the prepared tray.
Using the cutter with the plunger, you can get these three variations.
Now, I see!!!
Obviously, the plunger is used as a quick release of the cookie dough and not to create an emboss design on it!

Silly me!!! LOL!
This is why I said that these Oreo are made with love :)
 Instead of fluffy buttercream, I'm using rolled fondant to sandwich my Oreo.
Ta dah!
These are my Oreo that made with love!
I reckon and my son felt the same!

Do you know that 6th March is Oreo Cookies Day? I didn't know that that until I have seen Louise's calendar for March 2015Shame shame... I must be a lousy Oreo fan!

Me a lousy Oreo fan? Not entirely. I like to defend myself a little for the fact that I can make homemade Oreo cookies as close as the commercially made one. Instinctively, I knew that they are going to be impressive because these cookies are made with lots of cocoa powder and you will see what I mean...

Here's the recipe that I have mostly adapted from Erren's Kitchen

Makes 20 x 6 cm Oreo cookies
80g cocoa powder good quality cocoa powder, preferably Dutch processed cocoa powder like Valrhona
95g all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
125g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
100g caster sugar
50g light brown sugar
1 large egg yolk (15g)
1/2 large egg white (20g)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
about 150g rolling fondant icing

Combine cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, salt in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar and brown sugar until combined. Add the egg yolk, egg white and vanilla. Mix until combined.

Sift in the dry ingredients and mix until it forms a dough.

Wrap dough with cling wrap and place it in the fridge to rest for at least 1 hr.

To shape, place dough on a piece of lightly floured baking paper and roll it with a lightly floured rolling pin until it is about 0.5cm thick.

Using a 6 cm fluted round cookie cutter like this d.line linzer cookies cutter that I have used, cut the dough into about circles. Any excessive dough scraps can be gathered and re-chilled before rolling it again. You should have about 40 circles in total.

Place the cookies about 5 cm apart on baking trays that are lined with baking paper.

Preheat the oven to 325°F / 165°C / 150°C fan forced. Bake the cookies for 15 mins or until set.

Allow the cookies to cool slightly on the tray for 5 mins. Then, transfer them onto wire racks to cool completely.

To assemble:

Using a rolling pin, roll fondant on a non-stick surface or a layer of baking paper until it is about 0.5 cm thick. Use a 5 cum round cutter and cut the rolled fondant into circles.

Place one fondant circle on one cookie and place another cookie on top of the fondant. Store the cookies in airtight container for at least a day for the fondant to set and secure itself onto the cookies.

Note: The original recipe suggests brushing the cookies with milk to secure the fondant but I prefer to omit this step as the fondant will secure itself on its own if you placed the cookies in an airtight container. I like to keep the cookies as dry as possible so that they can stay crunchy and fresh like the commercial Oreo.

Happy Baking
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  1. I have many Linzer I am not entering..but had to say how cute your Oreo ones are!

  2. Oreo is my kid's favorite cookie! - Josephine Goh

  3. Oreo!!! My all time fav! Would love it if I can have my first set of cookies cutters.-lylywati Chau

  4. My boy loves Oreo but I'm worried to give him all the time cos I find the sugar content is quite high and he is still quite young. Gonna try this recipe but finding replacement for fondant =)

  5. Love the idea. Oero w love. Thank for sharing. Hope u don't mind I share your loving recipe in Facebook

    1. No worries about the sharing, Koyoyo! Glad that you like this idea.

  6. Homemade are always much better... They r actually really awesome!

  7. you made your own oreo...
    and it's really full of love!

  8. Homemade Oreo? Wow, I must bookmark this recipe.. Am interested in the biscuit more than the cream actually.. Ok, both.. Am interested in both the biscuit and cream, but I guess the cream is more work to do hor.. Your cookies look so so good, very big fat juicy with lots of "liew" (cream).. The good thing about homemade cookies is that you can put LOTS of cream into the cookies til they explode! Yummzzz..

  9. Thanks for the recipe. I've not seen this rolled fondant in Singapore though.

  10. Zoe, u r amazingggg.... u can make Oreo cookies from scratch too!

  11. wow yummy oreo cookies and love the icing one:)

  12. I am so impressed by people who make their own oreos!

  13. I love your homemade Oreos! The cutters are really cute. :)

  14. These oreo cookies are stunning! I love how to resemble them as linzer cookies with different kinds of shapes! And the filling, I don't know it is fondant until I see your recipe :)

  15. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
    My kids happy dunking these homemade goodness in milk!

  16. Wow! I have to try your recipe! They're beautiful!

  17. Zoe , I just love giveaways lol I like Oreo but I'm pretty sure these homemade ones are way better ! Yup , I need some more cookie cutters ;D

  18. What a lovely idea! I love home made cookies!

  19. So much prettier than store-bought ones too!

  20. Wow I love homemade oreo cookies. Thanks.


  21. Zoe, I am impressed! Homemade Oreos would surely be lots better than the store bought ones :)

  22. I didn't know that Oreo biscuits have been around for more than 100 years. Used to buy Oreo biscuits for my kids. Your home made ones look very good. You are an amazing baker!

  23. My kids love oreo!!! and the cookies look so close to it... lovely giveaway! :)

  24. Zoe, these oreos are so cute!!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice week

  25. Hi Zoe,
    wow, very beautiful cookies, really want to try your recipe sometime, my daughter will love it.
    thanks for sharing..

  26. You're amazing! Homemade Oreos? My grand-kids will love it!

  27. LOVE the Oreos. I bake often do this giveaway would Definately come in handy. I could make the cutest cookies.

  28. Oh dear god! I love oreo biscuits and JUST the biscuits! I always peel away the cream piece in the middle because I much rather just eat a bunch of the biscuits!! This seems awesome and I'm sure your son was very very pleased! I would love a box of these right now!

  29. These cookie cutters look like they make the best cookies.

  30. Make own oreo that was cool :)

  31. Those are beautiful also I think better than a real Oreo which I think have too much sugar in the cream filling.
    {in the contest I am Margot Core on the Rafflecopter}

  32. I just have one thing to say, Zoe! YOU are a genius! Homemade Oreos.. can't say no to that!

  33. Home made Oreos.....can it get any better......

  34. Oh wow, looks so professionally done, Zoe! Nice giveaway & good luck to all! xoxo

  35. I live these cookie cutters!

  36. Zoe, how wonderful to make your own Oreo cookies and with love too! Nice cookie cutters and awesome giveaway!

  37. Hi Zoe,
    I almost chose Flour's oreo cookies for our bake-along a couple of months back, but read that it is a soft type of cookie and not the same as the original crispy oreos!
    Yours looks wonderful, would love to try this one day!

  38. BRAVISSIMA Hai preparato in casa gli oreo!!! Complimenti davvero brava

  39. Yum! Now I can make Oreo cookies at home! This looks amazing!

  40. Always been curious about homemade oreo, but now i have a reason to bake like your

  41. I love these cutters! So cute! Great recipe too!

  42. Homemade Oreo Cookies! Zoe, you are good! :D

  43. No offense meant but I have tried store bought oreos and found them so sweet I couldnt eat them but this recipe sounds fantastic

  44. Your oreo cookies are adorable! They look tasty too.

  45. I make homemade oreo's once in a while, but yours are much prettier.

  46. I love to bake with my granddaughter. It is a very special time for us.

  47. Who knew you could homemake Oreo's??? I sure didn't. But that is our favorite cookie, so I will be giving this a try!

  48. Oreos are always so good, and this recipe is so good that I copied it down to make it tomorrow. Thank you for the share.