Sometimes life is tricky, and sometimes I struggle with it. BUT I now know that I can make oreos, and sometimes just that is enough to make me feel like I rock at life. It's also a huge bonus to enjoy these cookies without all of the chemical preservative crap companies throw into their cookies. These cookies won't need preserving.
And because it is the season, you can also add a little bit of Christmas colour to them, and if you're lucky your icing will actually turn out Christmas colours, and you won't have a 1980's theme going on at your Christmas party, oh well...it's the thought that counts right? If you're feeling particularly ambitious, a little bit of seasonal flavour with some mint extract - I'd highly recommend this.
Holiday Oreosadapted from smitten kitchen
For the cookies:
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 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons room-temperature, unsalted butter
1 large egg
For the filling:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) room-temperature, unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Desired amount of food colouring and/or mint extract (use gel for brighter colours, I didn't have any on hand)
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
2) In a large bown mix together the dry ingredients until well combined. Add the butter then egg and continue mixing until the dough comes together in a mass. If you're using a hand held electric mixer this takes a while, in a stand mixer it happens a bit quicker and without so much mess, though I found the cookies to be a bit flatter.
3) scoop out teaspoon-sized balls of dough and place about an inch apart on your baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 9 minutes.
4) To make the filling cream the shortening and butter together. Add in the vanilla and sugar and mix on medium speed until well combined. To add the colouring and flavour I then divided the filling into three smaller bowls, and added the food colouring and flavour.
5) Once the cookies have completely cooled, match up like sized cookies. Using a piping bag, pipe about just over a teaspoon worth of filling on the cookies and form into a sandwich.