Saturday, September 11, 2010

Homemade Oreos . . . oh, yes!

Oreos...my child learned to stop asking for the real ones at the grocery store years ago.  I like to blame it on preservatives and all the words I can't pronounce on the package, but the truth is, I buy Oreos only once or twice a year because I can't resist them.

Once the package is open, all bets are off...there is a path worn in the kitchen tile from my feet going back and forth to the pantry to get just "one more."

Now, Homemade Oreos, I don't feel so bad about. I know exactly what's in them. They're a little softer the the packaged variety, but so satisfying that one, well two, will be enough for one sitting.

{It doesn't hurt to make them the "Double-Stuff" variety.}

Homemade Oreos

1 batch of chocolate roll-out cookies (minus the espresso powder)
 
{It's going to get messy.}

I cut these out using a 1 and 3/4" cutter and baked for 9 minutes.
{I also pressed a small heart cutter into the top, but not all the way through, before baking.}

Let cool.


Cream Filling
{source: The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook }

1 tsp. plus a heaping 1/4 tsp. unflavored gelatin
2 TBSP. cold water
1/2 c. shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
2 and 1/2 c. powdered sugar

Combine the gelatin and water in a small bowl or cup.  Place the cup into a larger bowl of hot water and leave it there until the gelatin is completely dissolved and liquid transparent.

Remove the cup from the hot water and let the liquid cool to room temperature, but hasn't begun to set...about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the shortening with a paddle attachment until fluffy.  Beat in the vanilla.  Add the sugar a little at a time, beating until the mixture comes together.  Scrape the bowl as needed.  Beat in the gelatin.  Use immediately, or store, well-wrapped at room temperature.

To make the sandwiches, flip one cookie over.  Make a teaspoon-sized ball of filling and place on upside-down cookie.  Press another cookie, right-side-up, down on top of it.

{Makes 26 or so sandwich cookies if you don't eat too much of the dough.}

Remember I'm driving that new, 2011 Chevy Malibu this month? Well, they sent us on a mission to the grocery store.  Normally I'm in my SUV, would the Malibu trunk be able to handle all the groceries?  YES!  It held ALL my groceries...and I did BIG shopping, all the usual suspects, including everything I needed to make these Oreos...
....and did I mention the remote start had the AC on and the car cooled off by the time we got inside?  No?  Well, it did and it was heaven in the 90 degree heat.

The mission got me thinking, though...what items are on your grocery list every week?  I tried to narrow mine down to the top 5:
  1. tortillas (you can't live in Texas and be without tortillas),
  2. milk
  3. OJ
  4. flour (always more flour),
  5. bananas
What's in your top 5?  Oreos?

115 comments:

  1. I love oreos even though they are soo bad for you. Your homemade version look just as good, if not better :)

    Rose

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  2. Oreos are my ultimate weakness, so you are killing me here. Those look amazing (and adorable to boot!)

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  3. Oooh, I have some friends coming over to watch football and the finale of True Blood tonight, I am definitely making these!

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  4. The cookies look so fun!

    The top 5 conversation is an interesting one!

    Mine are...

    1. Milk
    2. Some kind of juice
    3. Whatever fruit is on sale
    4. Cottage Cheese
    5. Diet Pop

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  5. Those are so cute!! I will have to add to my list.

    My top 5 that is always on my weekly trips:

    1) milk
    2) bread
    3) bananas
    4) tortillas (you are right, can't live in TX without them
    5) fish

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  6. YUM! (I always get excited when a new post from 350 pops up on my blog list!)
    My 5:
    Milk
    bananas
    triscuits (dh addiction)
    bread
    and yep... oreos!
    maybe i'll try your yummy version, homemade is ALWAYS better!

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  7. Those look really yummy - I might have to give them a try!

    My top five are:
    1. milk
    2. Cheerios
    3. bananas
    4. bread
    5. peanut butter

    (You'd never guess from my list that I have a preschooler and a toddler, hmm?)

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  8. WAY adorable. I wouldn't expect anything less from you ;)

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  9. Those oreos look way better than the packaged ones!

    0% Greek Yogurt
    Milk
    Eggs
    Spinach
    Oranges

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  10. Oh my goodness, I must make these! Thanks for sharing. They're adorable :)

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  11. I love these! They are super cute!

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  12. I can't wait to try this!

    Top 5

    1. Apples
    2. Milk
    3. Oranges
    4. Hummus
    5. Bell Peppers

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  13. Oh you're killing me here!....do you know how long my "must make sweets" list is? lol.......my family would LOVE these!!

    My top 5?

    1. Coke (Steve bleeds it)
    2. Bottled Water
    3. Strawberry Fig Newtons
    4. Milk
    5. Post Shredded Wheat

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  14. Yummy.. you're homemade oreo's look a lot better than the original ones!

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  15. yuuuumm Oreos.. can't go wrong with them!

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  16. They are adorable - love the heart imprint.

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  17. What a cute cookie and it looks yummy. Just wondering if you pull them apart and eat the filling first:)

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  18. Milk
    Bread
    Bananas
    Leafy greens
    Granola

    ...and just so I don't look too healthy, I pick up Kettle Chips *far* more often than I should.

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  19. Can't wait to try these for students I work with :-)

    Top 5 (very fun question btw)

    1. Milk
    2. Bananas
    3. Cheese
    4. Cereal
    5. Bell Peppers

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  20. Can't wait to try these for students I work with :-)

    Top 5 (very fun question btw)

    1. Milk
    2. Bananas
    3. Cheese
    4. Cereal
    5. Bell Peppers

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  21. Oh these look good!

    My top five...
    Milk
    Bread
    OJ (or other juice)
    Bananas
    Baby carrots

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  22. Wow are these ever adorable. No reason to ever buy store bought again.

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  23. You are too cute. I love the cookie stamp! My top five is always milk, eggs, butter, cheese of some sort, and chicken.

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  24. Those look delicious! I love the little heart impression you put on top - such a nice touch! My grocery is pretty much the same..

    Flour
    Milk (almond, usually)
    OJ
    2-3 lbs bananas
    Wheat bread

    I live in Denver, and don't quite go through tortillas like you Texans ;) but I go through a bag of wheat bread in 3-4 days.. total carb junkie.

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  25. Those look awesome!

    Top 5...

    Milk
    Salad
    Apples
    Cereal
    Chips

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  26. 2 times a year?! Wow, how do you survive??
    I bet if I had your homemade ones I wouldn't buy store brand either :)
    Ever think of triple-stuff?

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  27. oh and top 5:
    milk
    bread
    butter
    eggs
    cereal

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  28. You had me at OREO.
    My top 5:
    1. band-aids
    2. gauze
    3. Tylenol
    4. Ibuprofin
    5. sweet tea ingredients.

    What can I say? It's been a rough week :)

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  29. 1. milk
    2. unsalted butter
    3. bananas
    4. Mommy's yogurt
    5. baby's yogurt

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  30. oh, I am SO making these, Bridget! YUM!

    butter
    milk
    juice
    diapers
    sandwich bread

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  31. those are beautiful oreos! Nice looking kiddo, too:)

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  32. Oh my, Bridget! Homemade Oreos... there goes all of my excuses.

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  33. Did J go for a ride in the trunk?
    Love the oreos! They are adorable with those hearts!

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  34. I LOVE OREOS!!! My most favorite store-bought cookie of all times. I LOVE THIS!

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  35. I'm gonna have to make them and see if they pass the test with my hubby- Oreos are one of the 3 types of cookies he'll eat. I rarely buy them b/c they're expensive & I'd rather make anything homemade.

    Oh- and the top 5 things on my grocery list always are:

    1. Milk
    2. Bread
    3. Bananas
    4. Cheese
    5. Ice Cream

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  36. These do look like oreos, but cuter, and I'm sure they taste better too!

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  37. Yea for more of your homemade recipes!! I am beginning to think they need a special place on your sidebar or something because they are definitely ALL on my "to make" list (Just got to get through all the cooking for my dd's bday)
    My list (it's more like a "every-two-weeks-list as that's how often I shop):
    milk
    bananas
    grapes (dd LOVES her fruit!)
    flour
    chicken

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  38. btw- Costco has a HUGE bag tortilla chips and are our favorite! (hubby loves when I heat them in the oven and add some sea salt) They last us about month or two....got friends in TX and I know how they are about their tortilla chips, so they may last you Texans about a couple weeks ;)

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  39. Ooh I am training to be a pastry chef, and I know I can make much better cookies than Oreos, but they are just so darn tasty! I'm always buying them! Thanks for a recipe, know I can feel more like a chef when I want an Oreo! x0

    My top five would probably be:

    1) Bananas
    2) Apples
    3) Cliff Bars/Nutrition Bars
    4) Carrots
    5) Yogurt

    And ice cream would have to be number six! : )

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  40. Your homemade oreos look irresistible. They would probably last even less time than regular store-bought oreos in my house.

    My top 5 are:

    1) Milk
    2) Cereal
    3) Apples
    4) Avocados
    5) Baby Spinach

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  41. These look great! I've been wanting to make homemade Oreo's for forever now! I just saw they have a new variety too, called Heads or Tails...chocolate on one side and vanilla cookie on the other...they are yummy!

    I just got home with a trunk full of groceries too and my top 5 are:
    1.Butter
    2.Milk
    3.Tomatoes
    4.Eggs
    5.Spinach

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  42. I am so glad you posted this recipe, my daughter is actually allergic to High Frutcose Corn Syrup (not a bad allergy to have just very limiting) so I have to make her all of our favorite treats!

    Will be trying for sure!

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  43. Yum! We love Oreos! Can't wait to try these. :)

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  44. These look delicious! That little heart imprint is adorable. I'm also victim to the store-bought Oreos and rarely buy them. I know my husband and I both would go crazy for these. Thanks! :)

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  45. These look delicious! That little heart imprint is adorable. I'm also victim to the store-bought Oreos and rarely buy them. I know my husband and I both would go crazy for these. Thanks! :)

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  46. These turned out amazing!! You did such a great job. Makes me feel nostalgic. <3

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  47. ohhh these sound yummy! i just bought football shaped oreos at the grocery store, but I really want to try making my own now. Thanks for the recipe...

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  48. I, too, love Oreos- I just try not to think about what goes in them to make them so good while I polish the whole package in one sitting :)

    Anyway five things that can always be found in my shopping basket- Bananas, yogurt, chocolate, Kettle's Lightly Salted and Oreos (told you I could never get enough of them)!

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  49. I love oreos!!! Thanks for this post cos i'm def making these soon! These cookies look better than the store bought oreos! Yums!

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  50. Ooooo! Looks so good! Mmm- I would def. do em' "double stuff", too!

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  51. My all time favorite cookie cookbook. King Arthur Cookie Companion. Try the"Harvest Moons". It has become our family's favorite cookie. Pumpkin and chocolate chips...nothing better!!!!

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  52. Bridget, ever since i saw your twitter post i have been craving oreo cookies! I think i even had a dream about eating them...needless to say they look so good!

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  53. I am always eager to see what your post will be. The pictures are absolutely incredible! Very tempting recipe here for homemade Oreos. My shopping list always includes bananas. Unfortunately, it also includes potato chips to support my husband's addiction. Do you have a recipe to avoid the preservatives in those? :)

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  54. Oh, YUM! These look SO much better than store-bought Oreos (and better for you, too!!).

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  55. These are beautiful! And they look so easy to make.

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  56. So delicious! I did an 8 week thing with Chevy Traverse last year and I LOVED the remote start feature. So awesome!
    My top five is very similar to yours:
    1 Milk
    2 Butter
    3 Flour
    4 Tortillas
    5 Bananas

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  57. Oh, my kids are going to looove you! I will be making these most assuredly! Thanks so much for doing this!

    Let's see... my top five each week:

    1) Eggs (we go through a lot LOL)
    2) Milk
    3) Butter (I always seem to run out)
    4) Bananas
    4) Salmon

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  58. Bridget, these are incredible! Oreos are also my weakness, and these would just take it over the edge. Great job - they look amazing!

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  59. Homemade oreos- you are my hero. They never last long in our house either!
    And I just love recreating favorite snack foods. Something so satisfying about not having to go to the store to have some oreos!

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  60. Actually, Oreos were on my list this last week! I just bought some Spinning Leaf chocolate-covered Oreo molds and needed some cookies to make them!

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  61. OMLordy!
    When I got a good peek at these HOMEMADE OREOS I just couldn't quit STARING!
    I know they must have thought:
    "WHAT's UP with this blonde chick?
    Does she have a CRUSH On us our WHAT?"
    And the answer to that question is YES!!!!!!
    OMLordy!
    YES!
    I do have a tremendous CRUSH On these HOMEMADE OREOS!
    OMLordy!
    Love them! Love them! Love them!
    When I'm in the mood to be AMAZED...
    all I have to do is POP over to BAKE @ 350!!!!!!!
    Now!
    About that Grocery List:
    1) Tons of Produce!
    2) Watermelon
    3) Boca Burgers
    That's all at the moment!
    Cause I just bought groceries last weekend!
    So!
    Love to you and KIDDO!
    I know he is LOVIN that Chevy!
    I know you two look too cool buzzin' around in TEXAS in that Chevy!
    Be careful on those SPEED~BUMPS! ;o)
    xxooxoxox

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  62. I am addicted to oreos! I open the package and then wonder where the heck they all went until I get on my scale and find they have taken up residence on my butt. Maybe I can stop at a few with the homemade ones:) I can't wait to give these a try!

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  63. Those are completely awesome! And totally adorable :)

    Top 5 things on our grocery list are:

    1. Some kind of fruit
    2. Yogurt
    3. Butter
    4. Cereal
    5. Wheat crackers

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  64. Fantastic!

    Top 5:

    1. Lettuce
    2. Sharp Cheddar
    3. Eggs
    4. Bell Peppers
    5. Cracked Pepper Crackers

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  65. These oreos look way better than the store bought kind. And on my top is milk, cracker, eggs, chicken and mixed greens.

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  66. I can't wait to try these. I have watching for them and today is my lucky day. Thank you

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  67. You are amazing. These are wonderful!

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  68. These are so cute- I love the little hearts on them. I like to open my real oreos and let them get "stale" so they'll be softer. Your softer version would probably be perfect! My top 5?
    bananas, milk, oj, yogurt and chicken

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  69. I can't wait to make these! Oreos are my family's favorite.

    my top 5
    Milk
    Bread
    bananas
    juice
    coffee mate (coconut or toffee nut)

    Yes I have kids, 4 of them, hence the need for coffee mate. :)

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  70. Oh my gosh, these are adorable! I love how you added the hearts too...what a great idea! Totally going to have to make these.

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  71. Love, love, love oreos... no self-control here either when I "happen" to have some in the pantry.

    1. Milk
    2. Bananas
    3. Romain
    4. Fuji Apples
    5. Steak

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  72. I LOVE oreos, thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  73. I can't wait to make these. Thanks for sharing the cookbook recipes with us (cheaper than buying the books!). My top five are:

    1. eggs
    2. butter
    3. breads
    4. milk
    5. coffee

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  74. My kids LOVE Oreos (I'm not a fan myself). I try to make homemade cookies instead of store bought but these were one I never knew how to make. Thanks so much for sharing this!! I bet my kids will devour these!

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  75. Those Oreos look Delicious.
    My top 5 weekly items:
    Milk, cereal, breakfast burritos, juice, fruit

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  76. Bridget you are so amazing! They're even cuter than the real thing!

    Laura

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  77. Holy Oreos!!! These look SO good!! Oreos are mine and my hubby's favorite cookie...must make!!

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  78. so freakin awesome, i want to try to make these!

    top 5 grocery items

    bananas
    milk
    cilantro
    eggs
    tomatoes

    :)

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  79. Odd, but lately I've been wondering if other people buy the same stuff at the grocery store every week too! Thanks for making me feel normal. I buy -
    1) Milk
    2) Fruit
    3) OJ
    4) Cold Cereal (whatevers on sale)
    5) Bread

    These are the cutest faux-oreos

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  80. Okay, where do I start? Best sandwich type cookie I've ever had! It takes the Oreo "double stuff" concept to a new level. If they last long enough next time around I am going to have to pair them up with ice cream...some how! ;-)

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  81. Yum! Seriously, I never thought about making my own oreos! These would not last for two days at my house! :) I've never stopped to think about my top 5 grocery items either...I do the coupon thing and stock up on a lot of necessary items.
    1. Bread
    2. Eggs
    3. Apples - usually Fuji
    4. Milk
    5. Baby carrots

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  82. I'm going to make this this weekend!

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  83. Those Oreos look absolutely incredible! Love them!

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  84. Do you think butter would be a suitable alternative to shortening for the cream filling? I'm aware it would change the color... but I'll probably make it purple anyhow. ;)

    Hmm.. Top 5
    Milk (More like every 2 days!)
    Bread
    Eggs
    Ground Beef
    Sour cream

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  85. Thank you for this recipe, these saved my life tonight! Not really, but they did snap me out of a bad mood.

    My top 5 is milk, flour, yogurt, whatever fruit is in season and therefore cheap, and bananas for my little cutie. I actually ran out of flour yesterday, it was a horrible feeling.

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  86. Top 5 foods huh?

    I bet you can guess the first.

    1. Chocolate
    2. Cottage Cheese
    3. Pasta
    4. Sweet Potato/Yams
    5. Cranberry juice

    The cookies look wonderful, so creative. You are completely correct that we should be more wary of what is in the "foods" that we buy.

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  87. These look so yummy!! What would be a good alternative to use instead of gelatin for the cream filling?

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  88. Jem, I'm sorry...I don't. Maybe you could just leave it out and add a bit of milk to make the shortening/sugar mixture a little softer? I'm not sure.

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  89. Oh those look fabulous!! I can't wait to try these out! Thanks for sharing. Its interesting that you add gelatin to the filling, it just doesn't sound right. Does it make them chewy?

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  90. Oh my! Can we come to your house...Oreos are the one form of bribery that still works in our house! You just made my leverage a whole lot stronger!
    Found you from Linda’s Lunacy fab finds!
    Happy Saturady!
    Closertolucy.blogspot.com

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  91. Everything you make is just so darn cute!

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  92. I love oreos, but somehow can't bring myself to use shortening to make them myself. Weird I know, considering the worse ingredients that are in Oreos, but it's one of my hang-ups. The chocolate cookies look wonderful though!

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  93. I think that I don't like Oreos until I eat one and think, these are gooooood! I cant' wait to make the "home made" version for my kids!

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  94. i love the idea of home made oreos! you could do so many fun things w/ the filling... yum!

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  95. They look delicious, I am going to try and make them for my daughters school bake sale!!!
    1. Fruit
    2. Veggies
    3. Milk
    4. Bread
    5. Sandwich meat!!~

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  96. Made these this week & Oh My Yummy Goodness!!
    These were fantastic - thank you very much!!

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  97. I used your recipe to make these, and they were amazing! I made them for everyone that I could think of, because they may be better than store-bought.

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  98. Just curious... how much of a difference (if any) is there between using the dutch-process coacoa and the natural? When making these today, I used Nestle's brand cocoa (what I had on hand) and while the cookie is really good (it almost tastes like a chocolate pound cake but in cookie form), it's not nearly as dark in color as yours. Just wondering! I looove oreos!!!

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  99. These look wonderful and I cannot wait to try them! with your permission, I'd love to share this recipe on my blog sometime soon ( with credit obviously being given directly to you and your blog! please feel free to check my blog out at sugartownsweets.blogspot.com. Thank you so much!

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  100. I made these yesterday. I even did half the batch with peppermint filling, as my husband loves them. Verdict : Aaaweesome !! My only query is when I added the room temperature gelatine to the mix it went all stringy. So then I put the lot in a bowl of hot water and mixed and mixed and mixed by hand till it all came together. Maybe I didn't add enough water to the gelatine. Anyway, it turned out well. I wish I could send you a photo. Thank you, Thank you xx
    Sarah

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  101. These were such a hit for valentine's day! Thank you for sharing this.



    -fellow Texan Blogger

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  102. i was all for it until the gelatin

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  103. I am planning to use some of your ideas to make ladybug cookies for my little girl's bday -- would the "oreo" cookie dough here work well to make an iced/decorated cookie? You mentioned in the post that these cookies were softer than regular Oreos, so I wasn't sure if these cookies would work well for decorating. Thanks for all the great posts!

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  104. Yes...they are perfect for decorating. :)

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  105. This is now on my MUST make list! They look so delicious and amazing!

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  106. I found this recipe on Pinterest. These? ARE AWESOME! I just finished them to bring to work for a birthday tomorrow. SO. GOOD. :D

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  107. I just made a batch of the filling for my niece as a little bonus birthday gift (yup, just the filling, I'm a cool aunt like that!) And I realised a little too late that I was out of vanilla, who runs out of vanilla? I did however have vanilla bean paste! Now her filling looks as if I scraped it from the center of a ton of cookies and a few fine oreo crumbs came along for the party. Success!

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  108. I'm wondering do you think I could substitute butter in the filling? If so I have everything on hand and know what I'm making tonight :)

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  109. You amaze me!! LOVE Oreos ~ like you I cannot stop at just one. Or five. Or ten. Homemade ones with hearts are outta control.
    So pretty Bridget. Love the photo of your son ~ what's with the cool ride? They sent you a car??!!

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    1. Marla....yes! (For a month....to test drive.) I can't believe that was almost 2 years ago already!

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  110. These look so cute! Instead of shortening, can I use butter?

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    1. Hey Jen! I'm not sure...I've never tried it with butter. If you try it, let me know. :)

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