DIY Oreo cookies

I am obsessed with Oreos. To be honest, I’m obsessed with pretty much anything I can’t find easily in Italy. That includes KFC, chocolate chip cookies, Cadbury and Pop Tarts. I pine for them when I am in Italy and then don’t really buy them when I’m in Australia and have them at my fingertips. Strange right?

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But like any good junk food lover, I’ve got my Italian husband hooked on Oreos too. He can eat his way through a packet in minutes, so it’s for him that I came up with this recipe. It’s not a perfect Oreo. It doesn’t even look like an Oreo, but it tastes pretty darn close.

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You’ll need:

150g butter, softened
350g light brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
165g plain flour
85g cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder (it’s called lievito istantaneo in Italian (you can buy the zuccherato version))
pinch of salt

For the filling:
30g coconut oil
30g butter, softened
125g icing sugar

Beat the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Fold in the remaining ingredients. Shape into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for an hour.

Shape the dough into a 30cm sausage, roll in plastic wrap again and chill for another hour. This helps stop the biscuits from melting in the oven.

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Slice your sausage into 1/2 cm disk and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Space them about 2cm apart. Bake for 10 minutes.

Whisk the ingredients for the filling together. If you can’t find coconut oil, you can use cooking lard (sfruto in Italian) or simply substitute with more butter.

When the biscuits are cool, sandwich together with a tablespoon of the filling. I had a disaster the first time I made these. The biscuits melted and turned into a pool of biscuit, but I managed to save them by cutting them with a small biscuit cutter before they cooled too much and became brittle. Bear that in mind next time you have a biscuit disaster!oreo-5 oreo-recipe-1 oreo-recipe-2

Once you master the recipe, you can make them any flavour you like. Chocolate cream, PB&J or my favourite chocolate and peanut butter! Enjoy xx

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