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Homemade Oreo Cookies

Homemade Oreo CookiesWhile Oreo Cookies are widely available in all supermarkets, nothing beats the satisfaction of making these sweet cream-filled chocolate cookie sandwiches from scratch and with your bare hands! These Oreo Cookies are easy to make and taste like the real deal!

Ingredients:
Cookies
1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
1/2 C unsweetened cocoa
1 t baking soda
1/4 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 C sugar
1/2 C plus 2 T butter, room temperature
1 large egg
Filling
1/4 cup room-temperature, unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 t pure vanilla extract

Procedures:
Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a medium-sized bowl. Beat in the butter and the egg. Continue mixing until dough comes together in a mass.

Take rounded teaspoons of dough and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet approximately 2 inches apart. With moistened hands, slightly flatten the dough. Alternatively, the dough can be rolled out on a flat surface to about 1/8 inch thickness then use cookie cutters to cut perfect discs. Bake for 9 minutes at 375 F. Let cookies cool in the baking sheet for at least 20 minutes before transferring into a rack to cool completely.

To make the filling, combine butter and shortening using an electric mixer at low speed. With mixer still on low speed, gradually add the confectioners' sugar, and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla, and beat until incorporated.

To assemble, pipe teaspoon-sized blobs of cream into the center of a cookie using a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch round tip (alternatively, you can spread the filling on the cookie using a knife). Then, place another cookie on top of the cream to create a sandwich. Lightly press, to work the filling evenly to the outsides of the cookie. Repeat the process until all the cookies have been sandwiched with cream.

Just like the original Oreo Cookies, enjoy these treats using whatever method you fancy. The "take apart, lick the cream, then eat the cookie" method or the "dump the cookie in a glass of milk" technique are both acceptable.

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