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These easy Homemade Oreos are made completely from scratch. Soft, fudgy (brownie-like) chocolate cookies are stuffed with a simple, vanilla cream filling.
Remember Oreo Cakesters? The soft sandwich cookies from the mid-2000’s?
These Homemade Oreos are A LOT like that.
I remembered that my friend Erin used to make some soft Oreos for Christmas neighbor plates, so I asked her for her recipe.
Her recipe uses a boxed cake mix, which is fine, but I wanted something from scratch, so into the kitchen I went to start creating this recipe for you.
Crisp vs. Soft Cookies
This isn’t my first time making Oreos at home. I’ve also got some Homemade Mint Oreos on my blog and they are also really good, but different.
The cookie is crisp, yet tender and makes a great, sturdy sandwich cookie.
It’s a nice choice if you’re going for a more classic Oreo cookie. AND you don’t have to cut it out like sugar cookies.
But for these homemade (cakester style) Oreos, the cookie needed to be softer.
It was tricky to get a softer texture without it being too thick and cakey like a whoopie pie.
After four test batches, I have achieved the BEST homemade Oreos, and I’m confident that you will love these as much as I do.
What are the Ingredients to Make Homemade Oreos?
- All-purpose flour
- Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa (or King Arthur Flour’s Black Cocoa Powder – use half as much or it will dry out due to the higher alkalinity)
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
- Granulated Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Large Egg
These are all basic pantry staples if you’re a regular at-home baker.
I definitely recommend the darker cocoa powder for that classic Oreo taste.
The cookies in these homemade Oreos are moist and fudgy; almost like a brownie.
They’re soft, but not cakey like a whoopie pie.
They taste wonderful by themselves, but the addition of the cream filling creates the tastiest sandwich cookie.
What is the Oreo Filling Made Of?
Classic Oreos are made with a vanilla buttercream frosting consisting of butter, shortening, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk.
My friend Erin’s homemade Oreos recipe uses a cream cheese frosting in the middle, which I wouldn’t object to, if I wasn’t trying to keep it classic.
If you prefer cream cheese frosting, be sure to use my recipe for the best cream cheese frosting.
It’s lightly sweet and perfect for piping into cookies like this carrot cake whoopie pie recipe. You’re going to love these from-scratch, homemade Oreos!
More cookie recipes to try:
- Mint Oreo Recipe
- Oatmeal Cream Pies with Cream Cheese Filling
- Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodles
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with Chocolate Chips
- Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (stir, spoon & level)
- 1/2 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp milk
Vanilla Cream Filling:
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/3 cup coconut oil/shortening*
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tsp milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line cookie trays with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter with the sugars. Add the egg, vanilla, and milk. Mix completely. Scrape bowl.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix completely. Dough will be thick.
- Scoop about 1 Tbsp of cookie dough (the size of a quarter), round dough into a ball, and place it onto the prepared cookie sheets a few inches apart. (12 cookies per half sheet tray. You should get close to 36 cookies to make 18 sandwich cookies.)
- Use the bottom of a measuring cup to press the cookie dough balls half way down. (Grease the bottom of the cup with cooking spray if needed, to help with sticking.)
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 6-7 minutes, until just baked through, for a soft, fudgy cookie. Let cookies rest for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- To make filling, beat the butter and coconut oil/shortening until smooth in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Mix until smooth.
- Place the filling in a zip-top plastic bag and cut off the corner. Pipe filling onto the bottom of a cookie. Top with the bottom of another cookie. Repeat until all cookies are paired together and filled. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap.
- For Cream Cheese Frosting as the filling, half my recipe here.
- *Coconut oil OR shortening helps the frosting be more shelf stable. If you don't have these ingredients or prefer not to use either of them, use all butter for the frosting instead. Just keep in mind it may be softer, and more difficult to sandwich the cookies together.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 2g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix, and is an estimation only.