Friday, February 25, 2011

St. Patty's Day Mint Oreos

Ive been wanting to try homemade oreos for awhile, I used a chocolate cookie recipe from Joy of Baking (an amazing website by the way). The filling recipe I borrowed from Sister's Cafe. It is basically a cream cheese frosting to which I added mint extract and green coloring, in honor of St. Patty's day.
It was quite delicious, but not very oreo-esque. The actual oreo filling recipes all included shortening and that didn't sound too appetizing to me... thus the frosting filling. The cookies are super chocolaty and crisp up as they cool. Much better than the store bought oreo cookies, and not hard to make at all!

Homemade Oreos
1 cup (130 grams) all purpose flour
1/2 cup (50 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder (sifted)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons (45 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 tablespoons (45 grams) margarine (or Smart Balance)
2/3 cup (140 grams) packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup (100 grams) white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large (30 grams) egg white

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and margarine until well blended. Add the sugars and vanilla extract and beat on high speed for about one minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the egg white. Add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated.
Place the dough on your work surface and, using your hands, form the dough into a log shape that is about 9 inches (23 cm) long. Carefully wrap the dough in aluminum foil, parchment paper or wax paper and fold or twist the ends. Try not to flatten the log (easier said than done, some of my oreos were square). Refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Using a sharp knife, slice into 1/4 inch thick wafers. Place on the baking sheet spacing about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes or until the the cookies puff and the tops of the cookies have crackles (ripples). Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Can be stored in an airtight container, at room temperature, for about 10 days.

Cream Cheese Filling
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 block of cream cheese, room temp (8 oz)
3-4 cups - powdered sugar (depending on desired consistency)
1 - tsp mint extract
A few drops green food coloring
Cream butter and add cream cheese, add food coloring and mix well.
Add powdered sugar slowly until you reach your desired consistency.

Frost backs of cookies and smoosh together.
I used a pastry bag and tip, but a knife would do the trick.

I took lots and lots of pictures....
Mint-astic!
Happy Weekending!

25 comments:

  1. Elizabeth, these look fantastic. I keep thinking of making homemade Oreos too. There's a great recipe for them in Flour. One of these days....

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  2. oooh, yummy! I love homemade oreos but have never made mint ones. Hmmm, gonna have to try this. Thanks for sharing!
    4growingboys.blogspot.com

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  3. Mmmm! Those look delicious. Thanks for sharing!

    Also, I have a great Dove chocolate giveaway going on right now and would love if stopped by and entered: http://eyespydiy.blogspot.com/2011/02/dove-chocolate-discoveries-giveaway.html

    ~Katie @ Eye Spy DIY

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  4. This filling sounds like it would be delightful in a whoopie pie!

    Happy Day,
    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy
    crazyjayzplace.blogspot.com

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  5. OMG! These sound delicious! Bookmarking it for later!

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  6. Oh these look good. Love the mint/chocolate combo.

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  7. Mmm! I make something similar to these but totally cheat and use a boxed cake mix (recipe on my blog)...I've never tried making it with mint, but I bet I'd love it!

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  8. YUM! I love mint and chocolate--as evidenced by my mint chocolate chip ice cream. Thank you for checking out my blog! I'm so glad to have found yours!

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  9. Wow..this is my kind of Oreo. Looks delish!

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  10. Perfect for St. Patty's day! I love chocolate and mint together.

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  11. will definitely make them for St. Paddy's day! :)

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  12. yum! and the green against that rich dark brown cookie looks wonderful!

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  13. oh...these cookies are festive and delicious.

    I'm hosting the Culinary Smackdown Battle for March--the theme is Cookies. So, your recipe is perfect. Would you like to join in for the fun? All you have to do is link up your cookie creation. I have some great prizes waiting. Hope to see your entry soon!

    Amy
    http://utry.it/2011/03/culinary-smackdown-battlecookies.html

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  14. That looks so festive and fun!! Thanks for sharing :)

    The Farm Girl

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  15. Yummmmmm!
    Thanks for linking up! I featured you on my wrap up post http://tidymom.net/2011/st-patricks-day-food-and-crafts/

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  16. Found you thorough Tidy Mom and these look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. These really look great! They might even give my thin mints a run for their money. :)

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  18. You have me craving these now!! Mmmm.

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  19. ooo yummy! Love chocolate and mint!

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  20. I'm going to make these tomorrow for a (belated) St. Patrick's Day party. Thanks for the recipe!
    http://my3littlebirds.blogspot.com/

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  21. Would these freeze well? I am looking for a cookie recipe for a cookie exchange for work but they need to be freezable as we are exchanging a lot and a few weeks before christmas.

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  22. I tried sharing this via Facebook.. But it won't let me because of your blog name... I'm so angry....

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