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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.

Any thoughts?

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  1. 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.;-)

    1. I had no idea that Trader Joe's and PN had sans trans fat similar cookies. Thanks for the info. We have a TJ right by my house. Guess I'll be popping in there tomorrow :-)

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      1. re: sivyaleah

        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.

      2. I say just buy what you like. If the leftovers bother you buy a vending pack, or a single "row" convenience store pack. Then eat some carrots.

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        1. re: LisaAZ

          Carrots in lieu of Oreos? You obviously don't know my husband.

          1. re: LisaAZ

            Or put the leftovers in the freezer for the next hankering.

            DT

          2. 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.

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            1. re: Neuromancer

              Here's a link to the recipe:

              http://nosheteria.com/dailyspecial/20...

              1. re: jacinthe

                Great! Thanks! I can always use the new Crisco w/no trans fats. Might be a bother, but I know he'll appreciate the effort.

            2. I bet coconut oil would be great in this

              1. Oreos are now trans fat free (they removed the hydrogenated oils from the recipe).

                Other than the omitted trans fats, there's no other 'garbage' in oreos that isn't in TJ's, Newman's, or your own recipe.

                Here are the ingredients:

                Ingredients: SUGAR, ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID), HIGH OLEIC CANOLA OIL AND/OR PALM OIL AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, BAKING SODA, CORNSTARCH, SALT, SOY LECITHIN (EMULSIFIER), VANILLIN-AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CHOCOLATE.

                There's no 'chemicals' in these. The only garbage (unhealthy ingredients) is the sugar.

                If you were to make your husband sugar free cookies, that might be a healthier choice, but that puts you in the realm of artificial sweeteners that some people have issues with as well.

                Buy your husband the oreos.

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                1. re: scott123

                  I am!

                  1. re: sivyaleah

                    Good!

                    Oh, I just thought of something. I'm pretty sure this change in formula occured in the last couple of months. Definitely check the ingredients to make sure you're getting a new batch.

                  2. re: scott123

                    I'd have an argument with the 'HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP' not being a 'chemical'. Although the jury is out on this still, there are studies that support it as being the major culprit in the current onslaught of child obesity as it is currently ubiquitous in all kinds of mass-produced foods in the US and has quite a different physiological effect than does cane sugar. Its prevalence is due to the low price of corn (from federal subsidies) as opposed to the higher cost of cane sugar which is mostly imported from south of the border.
                    I personally avoid it like the plague when in the market but cavaet emptor.

                  3. Have you ever made classic ice-box cakes? Deeeeelicious oreo-type desert. Buy a box of plain chocolate wafer cookies & make up a big batch of homemade whipped cream (whipped w/ a wee bit of sugar). Build short stacks of alternately layered cookies and cream and refrigerate them overnight. The cookies absorb the moisture and turn the stacks into multi-layered,oreo-tasting cakes. My mom used to make these -- what a treat for each kid to get his/her own little cake.

                    1. This probably does not fit the bill of what your husband is looking for, but Stareos (from the Stars restaurant in SF, I believe) are some of the best cookies I've ever had. Chocolate shortbread with lightly sweetened mascarpone filling. Not crunchy, but yowsa! they are good! I can't figure out how to link to it, but I found the recipe for them on recipelink.com

                      1. There's an Almost Oreo recipe in Nancy Silverton's sandwich book, too. I've always wanted to try it, but never came up with the energy.

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                        1. re: cyberroo

                          I've bought them from the source, they aren't Oreos... I live a pretty clean life. Lots of fruits and Veggies and good meats. I rarely eat and buy junk, sodas, processed foods. So gosh darn it, when that one time of year I see Oreos out at the Office Workspace, I don't mind taking a few for myself... :)

                          --Dommy!

                        2. Just got the King Arthur newsletter which features a recipe for an Oreo like sandwich cookie. Check out the website for the recipe

                          http://bakerscatalogue.prm0.net/t/121...