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Posted on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 9:30 a.m.

Homemade Oreos may have friends and family lining up for a taste

By Jessica Webster


Homemade Oreos make a great Christmas cookie.

Jessica Webster |

Oreos are my weakness. I’m good at avoiding most of the cookies in the supermarket aisle, but, man oh man, do I find it hard to pass up an Oreo and a cold glass of milk, even after I’ve read the list of ingredients on the back of the package.

Despite those temptations, I try to remember food activist Michael Pollan’s advice: “Eat all the junk food you want, as long as you make it yourself. “ So when my friend Ludia brought a plate of homemade "Oreos" to a recent gingerbread house decorating party, I suddenly had my solution.

Oreos without the strange chemical aftertaste? Oreos made with Calder Dairy butter, Mindo cocoa powder and Callebaut chocolate chips? Inconceivable! And delicious. (Of course you can use any brand of chocolate or butter you desire, but the cookies tasted extraordinary when I used those brands.)

My friend Ludia recommends making the cookies smaller than the recipe calls for. Her method for preparing perfect rounds is pretty brilliant: she squeezes the cookie dough into two empty paper towel rolls. You can just peel away the cardboard once the dough has chilled.

You might want to just go ahead and double the recipe. The dough freezes nicely, and once word gets out that you’re making homemade Oreos, people will be lining up around the block for them.

Joanna Cheng’s Homemade "Oreo" cookies from "Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe"


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the butter and the sugar until combined. Whisk in the vanilla and melted chocolate. Add the egg and stir until well blended.
  2. In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir to blend them. Using a wooden spoon, stir the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture. The finished dough should feel like Play-Doh. Cover the dough with plastic, and set aside for 1 hour or until firm.
  3. Place the dough on a long sheet of parchment paper. Use your hands to shape it into a rough log, about 10 inches long and 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Place the log at the edge of the parchment. Roll the parchment around the log. With your hands on the paper, roll the dough into a tighter log, keeping the diameter the same.
  4. Refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours, or until it is firm enough to slice without crumbling.
  5. Set the oven at 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Remove the dough from the paper. Cut the log into 32 slices, each a quarter-inch. Set them on the baking sheets 1 inch apart.
  7. Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes, checking them often after 15 minutes, or until they are firm when touched in the center.
  8. Cool completely on the sheets.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Pinch salt

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter on low speed for half a minute. Add the vanilla and confectioners sugar and beat until smooth.
  2. Beat in the milk and salt. The filling will look and feel like spackle.
  3. Place 1 tablespoon of filling on the flat side of 16 cookies. Press the remaining 16 cookies on the filling, flat sides against the cream, to evenly distribute the filling.
  4. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

You can refrigerate the dough for up to 1 week or freeze it for 1 month (defrost in the refrigerator). The filling will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Let it come to room temperature before using.

Jessica Webster leads the Food & Grocery section for Reach her at You also can follow her on Twitter or subscribe to's email newsletters.


Katrease Stafford

Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 3:23 p.m.

I second what Kellie said! Definitely a great treat.

Kellie Woodhouse

Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 2:48 p.m.

As someone who ate one of Jessica's homemade Oreos, I can attest: They're delicious!


Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 2:21 p.m.

Mmmm...I don't make cookies very often, but these sound too good not to try! Sometimes when I bake, I substitute almond extract for vanilla, so I might try that with the filling. Thanks for the recipe!


Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 3:22 p.m.

Thanks for the great ideas! I guess I know what I'll be bringing to our family Christmas potluck! This should take care of everybody's Oreo needs. And Jessica, I agree wholeheartedly with your chocolate philosophy, as well as Michael Pollan's wise advice!

Kyle Mattson

Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 2:51 p.m.

Another suggestion for the filling: Grind up candy canes to a near powder and add that in with a couple drops of food dye to turn them into a festive treat.

Jessica Webster

Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 2:36 p.m.

That sounds good! I'm thinking of adding some cocoa powder to the filling next time. In my world, one can never have too much chocolate.