How to Make Homemade "Oreo" Cookies

by Virginia Cortés

These cookies are a delicious "Oreo" type filled chocolate sandwich cookie. This recipe is from "Martha Stewart's Cookies" cookbook. I highly recommend it for the cookie lovers out there!


  • 1 ½ Cups All purpose flour
  • ¾ Cups Hershey's special Dark Cocoa Powder
  • or Dutch process Cocoa
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ¼ Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ¼ Teaspoons Salt
  • 10 Tablespoons Salted Butter
  • 1 ½ Cups Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • -For the Filling-
  • 8 Tablespoons Salted Butter
  • ½ Cups Shortening
  • 3 ½ Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Note: These cookies are a lot easier to make if you have a stand mixer. The dough is very stiff. I'm using a hand mixer and it was a bit more difficult but not impossible.

    Step 2

    The ingredients. Check the supplies tab for measurements.

    Step 3

    Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line your baking sheet with parchment paper. If you do not have parchment paper you can use a silpat mat or just be sure to grease your baking sheet.

    Step 4

    Fluff your flour with a spoon.

    Step 5

    Spoon your flour into your measuring cup and level off with a knife. Fluffing and spooning your flour keeps the cookies lighter. Packed flour = hard dense cookies.

    Step 6

    Put flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in your bowl.

    Step 7

    Whisk together and set aside.

    Step 8

    Next add sugar and softened butter to your bowl.

    Step 9

    Tip: if you are using a hand mixer beat the butter slightly and add your sugar in thirds. Otherwise your sugar will fly everywhere when you turn your mixer on.

    Step 10

    Beat until the mixture becomes lighter in color and fluffy in texture.

    Step 11

    Add your egg and beat on low until just combined.

    Step 12

    Now grab your dry mixture we set aside and add it in one third at a time, mixing after each addition.

    Step 13

    Last third of the dry mixture and almost there.

    Step 14

    This step is for my hand mixers! If you are using a hand mixer STOP when it gets to here. Finish it off mixing by hand. Or else you could burn up the motor in your hand mixer. This dough is stiff.

    Step 15

    This is what it should look like.

    Step 16

    Roll out grape sized balls of dough. They are are about 3/4" in diameter and about an inch and a half apart.

    Step 17

    Next we press the cookies! You will need a small bowl of sugar, a glass with a wide flat bottom, and a spray bottle filled with water (optional).

    Step 18

    Spray bottle with fresh water.

    Step 19

    Spray the glass. This is so the sugar sticks. If you don't have a spray bottle you could just wet it with a wet rag or put under the faucet and shake off.

    Step 20


    Step 21

    Now press each cookie down to 1/4" in thickness. Re dip in sugar between each cookie and re mist when the cookies start to stick.

    Step 22

    Pressed! After all the cookies are pressed sprinkle with a little extra sugar. The cookie isn't a very sweet cookie so the sugar on the outside helps.

    Step 23

    Tip: Be very consistent with the size of your cookies. When you press them try to make them all the same size since you will be matching them up to make sandwiches later.

    Step 24

    Put in your 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes turning once about halfway through.

    Step 25

    Finished cookies! Set the pan on a rack to cool completely. This recipe makes about 30 Oreo sized sandwich cookies.

    Step 26

    Now add softened butter and shortening to a bowl.

    Step 27

    Mix until light and fluffy and add powdered sugar in one third at a time, mixing after each addition.

    Step 28

    Mix until all sugar is incorporated and you have a good and even consistency.

    Step 29

    Now add vanilla.

    Step 30

    Step 31

    And a small pinch of salt. This is optional I just find I like the taste of the filling better if it isn't too sweet.

    Step 32

    All done and ready to fill. Other flavor options include (but aren't limited to) adding cocoa for chocolate filling, mint, sprinkles, different colored dyes, or even jam. Lots of possibilities!

    Step 33

    Put the mixture into a zip top bag and cut the corner off. Tip: stand your bag up in a large cup and fill.

    Step 34

    Pipe out as much or as little filling as you want. I like mine with a lot of filling!

    Step 35

    Sandwiches ready for their tops!

    Step 36

    Finished cookies!

    Step 37