Homemade Oreo Cookies

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Homemade Oreo Cookies made with dark cocoa powder are crispy on the outside with a perfect cream filling in the middle. An easy homemade Oreo cookie recipe!

A homemade Oreo in my neck of the woods is soft, and they are good, but if that’s what you are looking for, this isn’t it. Try my soft and puffy cake mix Oreo recipe for that!

homemade oreos stacked on top of each other on a plate
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I love making this classic Oreo cookie recipe at home. I find joy in creating food from scratch and these little cookies are fun to try. There is something nostalgic about dipping an Oreo in a cold glass of milk . It brings back so many childhood memories. 

Table of Contents:

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • A true classic recipe you can make at home that tastes just as good if not better!
  • Delicious-everyone will love them!
  • You can use different types of cocoa powder to get the chocolate cookie how you like it

Ingredients:

top view of a plate of homemade oreos with a glass of milk next to it

Dough:

  • Butter– at room temperature makes it flavorful
  • Powdered sugar-adds sweetness and softness
  • Dutch processed cocoa or dark cocoa powder, (I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa)
  • Salt
  • Vanilla
  • Flour

Filling:

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Melted butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Water

See recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities

Pro Tips & Tricks:

The dark color of the Oreo cookie comes from the cocoa powder. A true dark chocolate cocoa powder will get you that almost black dark brown cookie. A dutch-process cocoa powder will get you what you see in my photos. A traditional cocoa powder will get you a light brown with a hint of red cookie. I like the dark or dutch-process cocoa best for these cookies and highly recommend finding some.

What is the Oreo cream filling made out of?

The cream filling is really simple. It contains powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and water.

Can you freee homemade Oreo cookies?

Yes, but it isn’t ideal. The issue is that they lose some of the crunch when you take them out of the freezer. If you do want to freeze these, I recommend freezing the cookies and the filling separately.

How long are homemade Oreo cookies good?

They will last about a week in an air-tight container. I found the issue with these is that they lose their crunch quicker than they actually spoil. In order to avoid that, is keeping the cookies and filling separate until you’re ready to serve them.

homemade oreos on a plate
homemade oreos stacked on top of each other on a plate
4.93 from 13 votes

Oreo Cookies Recipe

Homemade Oreo cookies made with dark cocoa powder are crispy on the outside with a perfect cream filling in the middle.
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 39 minutes
Servings: 24 Cookies

Ingredients 

Dough

  • 1 1/4 cups butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Dutch processed cocoa or dark cocoa powder, (I used Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups flour

Cream Filling

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Water
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Instructions 

  • In a stand mixer with a cookie paddle attached, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Add half of the flour and mix.
  • Add the remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time until you get a pretty dry dough. You don’t want the dough to be sticky at all and it might even crumble just a little. Don’t be worried about a dry dough; we want a crispy cookie that doesn’t spread when baked.
  • Divide the dough into 3 balls and pat them together to form a disk. Cover the disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 15 minutes.
  • Now if your world is crazy like mine and 3 hours instead of 15 minutes pass before you get back to baking, let the dough rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. The butter makes the dough super stiff if it’s too cold.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Remove plastic from one disk and roll your dough out between two pieces of parchment paper or on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough thin! We are talking 1/4 inch to an 1/8 inch thick.
  • Use a 2 inch circle cutter to cut out the cookies.
  • Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes. It’s super hard to tell when a near black cookie is done. I baked mine for 10 minutes the first round and they tasted burnt on the bottom, so you’ll need to adjust as you go.
  • Repeat with the rest of the dough. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool.
  • While the dough is chilling, mix up the cream filling. Using a stand mixer with a cookie paddle attachment, mix the powdered sugar, melted butter, and vanilla extract together. Add 1 teaspoon of water at a time, if needed, until the mixture resembles a thick dough that is about the consistency of play dough.
  • Divide the filling in half and roll it into a log that is about 2 inches wide. Roll the log in plastic wrap and let it chill in the fridge while the cookies are baking.
  • After the cookies are cool, it’s time to assemble! Remove the filling from the plastic wrap. Using a sharp knife, slice off a piece that is between 1/4 to a 1/2 inch thick.
  • This is the fun part of making your own Oreos. You can have traditional cream thickness, double stuffed, or even triple stuffed.
  • Stack a cookie, cream, and then another cookie. Press lightly together. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
  • Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.

Notes

  • The dark color of the cookie comes from the cocoa powder. A true dark chocolate cocoa powder will get you that dark brown, almost black, cookie. A Dutch-process cocoa powder will get you what you see in my photos. A traditional cocoa powder will get you a light brown with a hint of red cookie. I like the dark or Dutch-process cocoa best for these cookies and highly recommend finding some.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 of 24 cookies, Calories: 288kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 157mg, Potassium: 73mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 414IU, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg
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53 Comments

  1. Julie Wilhelmina says:

    These look absolutely mouthwatering! Would you mind telling me what a T of vanilla extract means, though? I’m Norwegian… is it like… a tablespoon?

    1. Melissa says:

      You guess right! 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Enjoy!

  2. ashley says:

    How long would these last in an airtight container in the pantry? Or do they have to be refrigerated?

    1. Melissa says:

      A long time… I would guess even up to 10 days. I wouldn’t put them in the fridge they might get soft. Enjoy!

  3. Jacob says:

    About to make a batch for the first time they look zoo good, can’t wait!

  4. Sara Lee says:

    How do achieve the crisper cookie, I’m assuming a lower temp and extended time? Thanks, looks awesome I’d love to make these tonight for the guys.

  5. MyFudo™ says:

    Oreos can never be scratched off from our grocery list. I am sure this will be a hit in our household. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Jana Sorensen says:

    oreos are my all time favorite. can’t wait to try out these delicious looking things. Love your blog, thanks for letting me blog stalk:) I think that you have an awesome family! Plus it was good to chat with you during thanksgiving. love it!

  7. Rob and Marseille says:

    i can’t wait!

  8. Rob and Marseille says:

    5 stars
    mmmm…so it looks like your chocolate cookies are the same from both recipes…did you make them all at once (easy to have a variety of cookies to hand out to neighbors), or did you make them twice?Rob was out of town for 4days of 14 days of Valentines last year. I hid some stuff in his suitcase, and posted pictures of the kids holding signs ‘we love you daddy’ on our blog & told him to look. You could also read him a poem over skype or the phone or something. I hope he didn’t miss out on these yummy cookies!

    1. Melissa says:

      Your so observant! I even have one more cookie with the same dough up my sleeve! And tips for making all three with one batch of dough 🙂

    2. Alicia says:

      Just wanted to add that I made them! They were AMAZING. My family was in awe. 😀

    3. Melissa says:

      Yea!!! I think the wow factor is half of the cookie! Oh the impact homemade can have. I’m so glad you liked them… now you have to try the Thin Mints 🙂

  9. Alicia says:

    P.S. How many cookies does your recipe make?

    1. Melissa says:

      A little less than 3 dozen for me… since you have to use two cookies for each “cookie”! I thought it looked like just what a package of Oreos would have had.

      Let me know how it goes!

  10. Alicia says:

    AMAZING! I’m going to make these tonight!!!!!

    1. Melissa says:

      It’s by volume, not weight. Just traditional American cooking practices. I hope it works better next time.