My father is addicted to Oreos. Growing up, we always had them in the house (and an extra, unopened package incase we ran out and someone couldn’t get to the store fast enough), and everytime I go home, they’re still there, in the same glass jar with the yellow lid, calling out to me. Every night when he walks the dogs before bed, he takes about 6 with him to munch on during the walk. A walk that takes about 5 minutes. But, I guess he needs the extra fuel??? hmmm. Lucky for him, my dad has a enviable metabolism, is a biker, former marathoner (got my love of running from him) and does triathalons, so he can eat all those Oreos. I can’t. They go straight to my hips (soooooooo cliche, i love it!), and I don’t like the fact that they have trans-fat. But, because I grew up around them, I sure do love them. I never buy them, but when I’m at home, they are really really hard to avoid. Every trip back to Cleveland, I manage to leave with about 10 Oreos in my stomach. It’s all your fault Dad. All your fault!!!!!!!
But, I jest. I originally saw this recipe from Deb a loooong time about, and really really wanted to try it. (Oh-you better click on that link. I’m not going to post the recipe so you look at her GORGEOUS blog.) However, I have a rule about baking, that I only do it for an occasion. I absolutely love love love to bake. But, I never (anymore) will just bake something on a whim, or I’ll eat it all up. I do, however, jump on the chance to make cakes, cookies and muffins for anyone’s birthday, a party, our work holiday party (my department threw our holiday party this year, and we got the regular food catered, but I volunteered to make dessert…for 70 or so people. That was a really long weekend.) Oh, and how do I make cookies and all these other baked goods while losing weight? Especially as a cookie dough addict (hello, my name is betsy and I am…oh, shut up!! enough with the cliches!!)? I made another rule, that when I bake something, I’m allowed a small cookie’s worth of dough, and I make a small cookie to eat after. Amazingly, since i made that rule, I haven’t broken it! It seems that that amount of dough is just as satisfying as gobs and gobs that cause intense nausea. Well, one of my best friends announced that her birthday party was going to have a black & white theme and asked if I wanted to make dessert (but not a cake-she insisted on Buttercup). Hello-black and white party-Oreos!!! So, I finally had the occasion to make them, and man oh man, they turned out swimmingly. Swimmingly, I say!
I made the cookie part on Thursday night and froze them, because I wanted them to stay fresh and crispy for Saturday. Then on Saturday, I made the cream while still in my running clothes (don’t worry, I didn’t sweat on the cookies or anything) and filled them. I though filling them was going to take a while, but it was super speedy!! Overall, they were great. The cookie was nice and crispy and not too sweet and the filling was super sweet, but not overwhelming, just like a real Oreo! And, at the party, they were quite a hit. It seems my friend had told all the party-goers that I was making them, so expectations were high. And, I’m (pretty) sure they didn’t disappoint! And I think they made the party even better. They were almost entirely gone at the end of the night. At least I think. I was undeniably tipsy. Yay for homemade nostalgia!! Although, Oreos and champagne is not a combination I remember from when I was younger…
A couple of notes about the recipe: you will see Deb’s note about the amount of sugar to use. I agree with her that the cookie in an Oreo is not sweet, so I used 1 cup instead of 1.5 and it didn’t effect the cookies. Also, I used exactly a teaspoon of dough for each cookie, filling my teaspoon and then scooping it out with my 1/2 teaspoon. I could have used a little less dough, but what I did was fine. Also, I wish I had flattened the cookies out a little more, cause, as you can see, they were thicker than an original Oreo, but still quite small. A perfect little snack! And I used Spectrum shortening, cause I was nervous about using shortening in the first place and thought this would be the least harmful. Oh, and when I said I never buy Oreos, I was right. The real one for the picture is from a pack my roommate bought about 2 months ago had has been sitting on top of the fridge since. ewwww.
I broke my one cookie rule last night while watching the Oscars and ate one more while jumping up and down and screaming for my man Javier. Ooooo, I love you Javier-I hope you know that.