Please allow me to present the coolest and most colourful cookies I’ve ever made.
I’m sure by this point most of you have seen that phenomenal Oreo cookie meme that the company put out back in June.
Corporate cookie ploy aside, I knew I wanted to recreate a version of these Oreos at home (I can’t believe some other blogger hasn’t already done it). This past week was Pride Week in Sudbury, so I figured what better time to make these than now.
In terms of the online Oreo cookie photo, it was interesting to watch the public backlash. I read some of the comments left on the Facebook photo, before stopping because there were so many ignorant and offensive statements. People said they didn’t like that Nabisco was politicizing the Oreo, but you know what, I don’t like that people are homophobic, either. I am completely fine with people having their own values – and that includes those who may have traditional views on marriage and what constitutes love – but please do not use those values to outwardly try to limit or discriminate against others. Some of the most beautiful and nurturing relationships I have seen are between two men or two women.
ANYWAYS. I thought these homemade Oreos turned out super well and was so excited that you were able to see all the icing colours, even after cookie sandwich squishing occurred. The cookies even had that same, slightly-dry/slightly-crunchy texture that store-bought Oreos possess.
Warning: a cavity was born with each bite, so these are not for the faint of heart. You will be wanting to brush your teeth after these (or at the very least, drink a litre of milk).
Happy Pride Week, Sudbury! And to everyone else out there, I love you, no matter who you love.
Recipe: Homemade Oreo cookies with rainbow icing
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen & the caffeinated kitchen
– 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1 cup of sugar
– 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
– 1 large egg
Preheat the oven to 375º F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar until combined evenly.
Mix in the egg and then, using a pastry cutter, cut in the butter until a thick dough forms and all ingredients are blended together. NOTE: It will still seem to be quite dry.
Using your hands, make small, rounded balls, about a teaspoon in size each. Place on baking sheet about two inches apart. The cookie balls will not appear very large, but they do expand quite a bit in the oven.
Wet your hands a little and slightly flatten the cookies. Not too much, just a little to get the general shape of the cookie, it will spread out more in the oven.
Bake for about 9 minutes, rotating once halfway through. The cookies should still be soft when you take them out. Don’t worry, they’ll become more solid.
Remove from oven and let sit for a bit before putting the cookies on a cooling rack.
While they’re cooling…
make the Oreo rainbow creme
– 1/4 cup (half a stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
– 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
– 2 cups sifted icing sugar
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– Rainbow GEL food colouring (it must be gel otherwise you won’t get the vibrant colours!!!!)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) room-temperature, unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Place the butter and shortening in the bowl of an electric mixer and, at low speed, gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla. Once incorporated, turn the mixer on med-high and beat for 2-3 minutes, until frosting is fluffy.
Divide the frosting into five small bowls and mix a tiny bit of gel food colouring into each bowl. I used a chopstick to mix mine.
Using a butter knife, add each icing colour, one layer at a time. If you’re careful, the colours won’t bleed into each other. Make sure each layer is fairly thin, since there are five layers. Top the sandwich with another cookies of the same size.
Makes 16 cookies sandwiches (I ate lots of dough and made my cookies a bit bigger, though!)