Last year I discovered Lucy’s gorgeous blog – Bake Play Smile, and straight away I knew I had found someone who shared my passion (ok, maybe slight obsession) for baking, chocolate and all sweet things. As we have gotten to know each other it is scary the number of similarities we share, seriously it’s bizarre! Today I’m thrilled to have Lucy visit my humble blog to share her amazing Homemade Oreo recipe. These cookies look sensational, and I can’t wait to try them!
I know you are all itching to read Lucy’s recipe, but first let’s find out a bit more about this beautiful and talented lady….
Your earliest baking memory?
Well I grew up baking with my mum… for as long as I can remember, we would spend a few hours each weekend baking. I learnt all of my favourite recipes from her and even now she still inspires me with her baking!
What was the first thing you baked?
Oh my goodness…I honestly don’t know! Knowing me, it was probably something chocolatey! I do remember making Chocolate Coconut Slice, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Ginger Crunch Slice a lot when I was little though.
Favourite kitchen appliance?
Well this is an easy one! For Christmas my awesome hubby surprised me with a Thermomix! I had been to a few demos and had decided that it was just too expensive to justify buying one… so it was the best surprise! I absolutely love it and can’t believe how much money I have saved by making my own almond meal, peanut butter etc. It’s also nice knowing exactly what’s going into the meals I’m making. Best of all, my hubby has worked out how to make pizza dough in it and has been whipping up the best pizzas ever!
Biggest baking fail?
Hehehe this one is a no-brainer! I have had so many baking disasters but my most memorable one was when I was quite young (maybe 11 years old) and decided to make toffee. It ended so terribly that the saucepan got thrown in the bin…. That’s how bad it was! You know it’s a baking fail when you have to throw out the saucepan because it’s full of rock hard toffee! Funnily enough, to this day, I have never ever made or eaten toffee again!
Where would you go and what would you have for your last meal?
The first place that comes to mind is Paris. We went there in 2012 as part of a European holiday and I absolutely fell in love with the city. For my last meal, I would sit under the Eiffel Tower, drink champagne and eat macarons and handmade chocolates…. I’m a simple girl at heart! I really don’t ask for much!
Where do you go to find baking inspiration?
I get inspired from lots of different people and places! I love Facebook for recipe inspiration… I can’t even tell you how many baking blogs are on my newsfeed! I’m also a big fan of cooking magazines like Taste and Donna Hay. However, most of the time my baking inspiration comes my family and friends…. Oh and I have an awful habit of laying awake at night thinking of different recipes to experiment with!
What’s on your nightstand?
My bedside lamp (for reading trashy mags!), moisturizer, the earrings I wore yesterday and my phone…. That’s a bit boring, isn’t it!
Song you can’t get out of your head?
It would definitely have to be ‘All Of Me’ by John Legend. I am such a romantic at heart! I married my teenage sweetheart and I love any romantic, sweet songs. I’m a bit of a pop music girl, whereas my husband is a drummer in a rock band… you could say that our taste in music is worlds apart!
Favourite type of chocolate?
Ooooh this is a hard one! I am such a chocoholic. I really love Maltesers and Clinkers… but it’s also hard to go past Cadbury Black Forest chocolate. Any chocolate that is Cadbury or Lindt would have to be my fave!
What you are reading at the moment?
I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit this, but I honestly can’t remember the last book I read! I read lots of books to the kids at school and by the time I get home I’m just ready for some light-hearted magazine flicking! My sister-in-law bought me a subscription to Women’s Healthy for my birthday so I read that each month. I also love to buy a trashy magazine on the weekend and sit on the couch with a cuppa and just get carried away in the crazy celeb gossip world!
Now I’ll hand over to Lucy!
I’m a massive Oreo fan… like really massive! I just love the whole cookies and cream thing. In fact, my all-time favourite cheesecake is made with the most decadently rich Oreo chocolate base, has a whole heap of Oreo chunks swirled through the cheesecake mixture and a few more chopped up on top for decoration (just for good measure of course!).
Anyway, a few years ago, I was out for lunch with some friends and had a homemade Oreo cookies at a trendy little café. It was seriously amazing! And so, ever since, I have been on the hunt for another equally as yummy cookie. Unfortunately, I’ve had no such luck and the delicious homemade Oreo has remained an elusive memory.
So last weekend I decided that enough was enough and I was finally going to make my own homemade Oreo Cookies!
I started off by whipping up a simple chocolate cookie dough. After it had chilled in the fridge for a few hours, I rolled the dough out and used cookie cutters to make gorgeous little heart shaped cookies.
After baking them in the oven, I made an easy-peasy frosting and spread it onto half of the cookies. From there, the cute little love hearts were sandwiched together and popped back into the fridge in an airtight container.
Not only are these absolutely delicious, they are also seriously cute. I know I have said it before… but pretty food really does taste better!
Oh and please don’t be horrified with my insane sweet tooth, but I have to admit that I had one of my homemade Oreo cookies served with a big scoop of ice-cream and some hot fudge sauce for dessert….! Let’s just keep that a little secret between you and me ok?
Thank you to the lovely Lauren for letting me share my homemade Oreo recipe with you. I hope you enjoy it…. especially if you are a self-confessed chocoholic/sugarholic like me!
Homemade Oreo Cookies
- 225 g unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 1 egg room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups plain flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 11/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 120 g unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 – 31/2 cups sifted icing sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius (fan forced).
- Cream the butter and caster sugar until light in colour.
- Add the egg and vanilla, scraping the sides of the bowl when necessary.
- Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
- Add sifted mixture to butter mixture and mix on low speed until well combined.
- Roll the dough into a ball, wrap with cling wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface until about 1cm thick.
- Cut the dough into the shape of your choice using cookie cutters.
- Bake on a lined baking sheet for 10 - 13 minutes
- Cool the cookies on the baking tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- To make the filling:
- Use beaters to combine butter, vanilla and salt together.
- Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the sifted icing sugar and mix on low speed until well combined.
- Spoon mixture onto one side of half of the cookies and sandwich together with another cookie.
- Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 5 days.
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