Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Homemade Oreos

We've been having a heatwave here in Utah. Of course our air conditioning had to go out on the hottest day of the year. Our youngest daughter had planned to have these homemade Oreos for over a week, but the day happened to be the day that our air conditioner needed fixed and it was 103 degrees. Not wanting to heat up our house even more than it already was, I tried to talk her out of making these, but no such luck. Luckily, they were worth turning on the oven and making them. The original recipe calls for you to use your hands to shape the cookies, but the dough was super sticky and that didn't work at all (maybe it was simply too hot in our house!). I recommend using a small ice cream style scooper and not filling it all the way full.

Homemade Oreo Cookies
Favorite Family Recipes pg 238

2 packages devil's food cake mix
3/4 cup shortening or margarine, softened
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 to 4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Mix cake mix, margarine or shortening, eggs and vanilla. I tried to do this just in a bowl with a whisk, but this is a really thick mixture, it really needed the stand mixer. The dough will turn out really thick. Use a small scoop, not quite full and scoop onto a tray prepared with parchment paper (makes clean up super easy!).  Bake for 8-10 minutes, careful not to over-bake. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Yummy cookies waiting for frosting!
For the frosting, cream together the cream cheese and margarine or butter and vanilla. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, just until the frosting becomes a nice spreading consistency. At Cutlers, we like the knife to be able to stand in the frosting when you just sit it there. I used about 3 cups of powdered sugar. Put cookies together with cookies on the edges and frosting in the middle.

Something really awesome about these cookies is the way that they can be flavored pretty much anything you want them to be. You could make a mint frosting, raspberry (my personal fav), German chocolate frosting...the possibilities truly are endless!


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