Do you know the best way to impress your acquaintances and friends that you wanna get to know? Baking cookies and sweets for them. It works wonders and chances are they will like/love you back! I remember back in college, there were several girls who would bake yummy cookies for boys… and we called them “cookie sluts”. They’d bake chocolate chip cookies or some really, really yummy pies for boys they secretly liked but never spoke of their true feelings… and usually they got the attention they wanted from those boys. So yes, bake cookies or other yummy desserts for people that you’d like to get to know, or just your neighbors or friends or even strangers. They will love you and you’ll feel good.
Well, that was my little food philosophy. Yesterday, my friends and I got together to discuss our co-op preschool that we are starting tomorrow. (I’m really nervous about this!! It’ll be my very first time sending my boy away for more than an hour or two. Okay, I need to breathe… Inhale and Exhale…) Alright, so I knew I had to make something sweet for the girls and I thought about making just plain chocolate chip cookies… but I thought, that’s just kinda boring… Although I absolutely LOVE chocolate chip cookies. Then I remembered seeing a oreo cookie recipe on Tastespotting somewhere.
My college friend used to make oreo cookies using a boxed cake mixture and they always turned out so well. So easy. So simple to make. But this time, I didn’t use a box. I made everything from scratch and let me tell you. It was just as easy as using a boxed cake mixture.
But first, let me be clear on one thing: Don’t expect these cookies to taste JUST LIKE the oreo cookies that we all love… you know the kind that comes in a blue package. These are named oreo cookies because of how they are shaped and made; white filling in between two dark cookies. These are much softer in texture and I used cream cheese filling instead of the normal powdered sugar filling that many people use. My husband and I are not really into those plain powder sugar fillings… We are huge fans of cream cheese… and we try to use cream cheese filling whenever an opportunity arises.
I adapted the cookie recipe from Butter + Cream. I did make some changes, however, but if you’d like to see their recipe, please click on the link. I used the normal Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 cup sugar and salted butter instead of unsalted and omitted salt. The batter was just perfect for me.
For the batter, you will need -
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Hershey’s)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons salted butter at room-temperature
1 large egg
The best way to make the dough is to combine all ingredients in a Kitchen aid bowl, and mix everything using the Kitchen Aid stand mixer (or any stand mixer you own or you can use a hand mixer) using a wire whip attachment, and turn on the mixer to speed to low. The cocoa powder will rise up a little bit. Be patient just for a few seconds… raise the speed to 2 or 3 and let the stand mixer work its magic, until the dough becomes finely crumbled. Using a rounded spoon (I used a melon scooper), make small rounded balls and place them on baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Flatten the top of the balls gently.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 9 minutes. Bake less time, 7-8 minutes if you want your cookies to be softer like cake. I like both soft and a little crunchy cookies so I made them both ways.
These are my first batch and they turned out softer… which is my husband’s favorite way. I love soft cookies too!
These are slightly crunchy but still soft.Cool the cookies on wire rack until cooled, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare cream cheese filling by combining in a bowl -
4 oz cream cheese (1/3 less fat)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Use a hand mixer or a stand mixer using a wire whip and whip the filling on medium speed, until creamy and smooth.
Flip the oreo cookies to the flat side and spread cream cheese filling using a pastry bag or pastry gun, only on half of the cookies. It’s so simple to do this if you use a pastry gun/bag.
See? Even my 4 year old can do it… lol
Now make cookie sandwiches by placing the clean cookies (the flat side down) on top of the filling.
Amazing cookies! So good! So yummy!
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