Just call me Cookie Monster :). Seriously, these cookies are insanely good and will change your life forever. Truth be told, I'm not a huge sweets person, give me savory over sweet! But I didn't want to stay out of these. Hubby said I had a little too much filling in them... what does he know. ha! I've been seeing people making homemade oreos for a while and I really wanted to try my hand at making some. Then I found this recipe for Red Velvet Oreos. Oh be still my heart! Seriously. And like I said, I'm a savory person but YUM! Anyway I can't say enough good things so just make them for yourself, you won't be sad. The cocoa powder gives a hint when you bite in and oh... I want more. We're out at my house..... sad day! But I don't need anymore :).
So a tip, I keep a 1/4 measuring cup in both my flour and my sugar so I'm not having to dig for a measuring cup when I need to go to measure something. Some days like making cinnamon rolls when you have to do 8 cups flour I'll pull out a 1 cup measuring cup just so I don't have to count so many quarters, but otherwise, it's so nice because I'm not constantly digging for a measuring cup, there's just one in there and bam, I'm on my way :).
One day our friend Jared went to get in the cabinet for a cup and asked if we liked JL's that much. We have a bunch in our cabinet and a bunch more somewhere. Hey... we know good food at my house ;)
Red Velvet Oreos (original recipe found here)
for the cookies:
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
8 tbsp butter, softened
1 large egg
1 tbsp red food coloring
for the filling:
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
8 tbsp butter, softened
1 tbsp hot water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Time to make the cookies:
In a medium bowl combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; whisk and set aside.
In your electric mixer beat the sugar and butter until combined and fluffy.
Add the egg and food coloring and continue to beat/mix (with your electric mixer!!)
Slowly add the dry ingredients and turn the mixer on until the dough comes together.
Form the dough into balls (about 1 tbsp each) and place on baking sheets, leave a couple inches between the balls.
Then take a cup and slightly flatten the balls of cookie dough.
Bake 7-10 minutes or until edges are set.
Cool 5 minutes on baking sheets and then remove to cooling rack to completely cool.
We're making a butter cream filling... so....
Beat powdered sugar with the shortening, butter, water, and vanilla in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Making the Red Velvet Oreos:
Now comes the fun part, assembly. You can place your filling in a piping bag with a small round tip (size 3 or 4). Pipe filling onto one cookie and top with a second cookie, pressing together to spread the filling.
Take a icing spatula and just smear icing on one side of the cookie, top with a second cookie and smoosh together.
Enjoy! and whatever doesn't immediately get eaten, store in an air tight container! :)