Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Why This Recipe Works
Given the tagline “milk's favorite cookie,” it's no surprise Oreos unfailingly appeal to the kid in everyone, ourselves included. But at the risk of offending diehard Oreo fans, we have to admit that nostalgia may have clouded our memory, as we've come to realize that the flavor of Oreos is, in fact, pretty bland. However, once we figured out a few secrets, re-creating—and improving—these iconic cookies proved straightforward. For that midnight-black color of an Oreo, we turned to black cocoa powder. Black cocoa has almost no fat in it, so we cut it with some Dutch-processed cocoa to prevent our cookies from crumbling. A little espresso powder, in combination with the cocoas, gave our cookies the deep chocolaty punch we wanted. An all-butter filling was too similar to buttercream—much richer and softer than the filling of a classic Oreo. But one made from all shortening had no flavor; it just tasted sweet. A combination of butter and shortening resulted in a rich, round flavor and a melt-away texture. Whether you're a dunker or you prefer to twist and lick, you'll find these homemade cookies have supreme flavor and texture that make the effort worthwhile.