DIY Homemade Oreo Cookies

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Homemade Oreos 5You’ve heard me say it more than once.  I love making cookies for the neighborhood kids.  It’s easy to do since they are out and about, running past my dining room window every day.  They even sometimes knock on my door asking for cookies (and popsicles) and it breaks my heart when I have to say “no”.  The other moms reassure me that it’s okay to not give their kids treats every day… but deep down I know I would if I could and if my pocketbook allowed it.  😉

A few weeks ago I came outside with these homemade Oreos.  I wasn’t sure how the kids would receive them, since they weren’t the “real deal”.  But, they knew what to do with them right away, pulling apart the sandwiched rounds and licking the center cream first thing.  I chuckled inside, thinking how cool it was that these kids were enjoying my homemade version just as much as the ever-so-popular store-bought.

Homemade Oreo Kids 2These come together easily with the homemade chocolate wafers you saw posted here last week, then a quick buttercream filling sandwiched in between.  If you want softer cookies, place them in the fridge for about an hour before serving.

Homemade Oreo KidsMy heart is overfilled with joy when I get to share my creations with these precious friends of Judah’s.  When we move out of this townhome community, I will miss doing this.  When we start shopping for a house, my first question will be “are there kids in the neighborhood who like cookies?”  Sounds creepy, but I promise I’m not an over-weight greasy and lonely old man asking that question.  :p

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DIY Homemade Oreo Cookies

Yield: 2-3 dozen

DIY Homemade Oreo Cookies

  • 1 batch homemade chocolate wafers
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

On a large clean working surface, line the chocolate wafers into pairs, matched by size. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the powdered sugar, alternating with a Tablespoon of the milk at a time. Beat in the vanilla. Continue to mix on medium-high speed until the cream is light and fluffy. Add more milk if the filling is too thick, add more sugar if the filling is too thin.

Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip. Pipe the icing onto one cookie per each pair, top with the other cookie.

Source: Wafer cookies adapted from Zoe Bakes, filling adapted from My Kitchen Addiction

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  1. These sound fabulous!! Yum!

  2. I must try this! 🙂

  3. I keep meaning to make these but still have not gotten around to it. I really need to give them a try…they look great!

  4. That’s a cute group of kids enjoying your cookies. 🙂 I can’t believe that they knock on your door asking for goodies! But it’s great that your community is so close that they can do that. The cookies look good too. I think I’ve even tried this version but the shortening creeps me out. Just a little. I’ll have to see how butter works!

    • Hi Erin. I wanted to leave the shortening out, too, but to come as close to actual Oreo filling taste, I found that the shortening is a must. You can, however, use all butter if you don’t mind the filling being a little more different than Oreo filling. 🙂

  5. How kind of you to make treats for the kids! Whats a really good way to try out recipes and get honest opinions too!

  6. It sounds like your house must be the most popular one in the neighborhood, and for good reason! These look wonderful – love the cute photos of the kids enjoying them 🙂

  7. Yum!!!!!!!!!!

  8. I love this recipe & your article. I love to make cookies for anyone who will eat them!

    Regarding the shortening – try Palm Shortening by Tropical Traditions. No trans fat & fabulous replacement for Crisco. When a recipe calls for vegetable oil, I simply melt it. I’ll never go back to shortening or liquid oil.

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