Homemade Oreos? Possible?
- sivyaleah Sep 30, 2006 08:32 PM
My husband got a hankering for Oreos yesterday, but I was loathe to buy a package, what with all the trans fats, and other garbage that goes into packaged cookies these days. The thought of having an entire pack of these things sitting around tempting us was not in our best interests.
But it got both of us thinking. Is there such a thing as a home recipe for something similar to an Oreo? I've never seen anything like it, nor have I heard of anyone attempting it. Seems like it would be more bother than it was worth and in the end, you probably still have to use Crisco or something similar for the filling anyway.
For some reason, he's not a homemade cookie kind of guy - he actually prefers store-bought crunchy hard cookies. I offered to bake him anything his heart desires. But he's really stuck on something more generic and alas, loaded with chemicals.
But, now I'm stuck on finding out if it's possible to try this at home in a healthier manner. Of course, when I say "healthier" I realize that this only means sans chemicals and perhaps trans fats. Obviously, I can't make a good cookie without butter and sugar LOL.
Do you want to make it, or buy it? Trader Joe's has cookie sandwiches and Paul Newman makes one, too. Neither have trans fats. I've seen recipes for homemade oreos but most contain Crisco which you can buy w/out trans fat but I don't know if it's worth the effort, esp. when the substitutes are good. I like them better because it's easier to take apart the cookies.;-)
As an Oreo fan with the same concerns as the OP, I went and bought TJs equivalent, Joe-Joes, I think they're called. Bleah. Pretty tasteless. TJs has a lot of great stuff; this is NOT worthy of them.
The best Oreo-type cookie I recall having was from a famous SF Bay Area bakeshop. It might have been Citizen Cake or Bouchon Bakery: a pair of almost black cookies, delicately crisp, rather than crunchy, with a filling that might have been made with mascarpone.
I have a recipe for homemade oreos that are very tasty (especially the filling) in this cookbook: Retro Desserts: Totally Hip, Updated Classic Desserts from the '40S, '50S, 60s and '70s by Wayne Brachman. I made them about a year ago in miniature for a party and they were a big hit. I don't know that they're healthy, though. Yes, there is shortening (and butter) in the filling.