There is a reason that Oreos™ are America’s #1 cookie, they sure are yummy. Unfortunately, they are stuffed full of unwanted ingredients such as additives and GMOs. Using the recipe below you can make your own organic non-GMO cookies and cream snacks. By making them at home you can control the quality of the ingredients and the amount of sugar and fat in the cookies. Using applesauce is an excellent substitute for some of the butter content; just make sure you don’t buy the cinnamon flavored variety. These can easily be made vegan by using plant-based milk in the filling and coconut butter and an egg substitute, such as a flax egg , in the cookie batter. While these cookies still aren’t necessarily “healthy,” they are a fun sweet treat and are much better than the original. .
Homemade Oreos™ – adapted from MOMables
* Use organic, non-GMO, and Fair Trade ingredients whenever possible.
Cream the butter and sugar, and then add applesauce and mix until well incorporated. Add the egg and vanilla, scraping the bowl when necessary. Stir together the whole-wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. It works best to mix the baking soda and salt with a small amount of flour before mixing it with the full flour and cocoa powder mixture. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, and mix on low speed until well incorporated, scraping when necessary.
Divide the dough in half, wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour. Once the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface until about 1/8 to ¼ inch thick. The dough will be sticky so dust the surface with flour as you go.
Cut into round cookies using a small round biscuit cutter. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes until set. Let cool on a metal cooling rack.
Once the cookies are baked and cooled, begin to prepare the filing. Combine the butter, milk, vanilla, and salt until well mixed. The mixture will be lumpy, so scrape often.
Add the sifted powdered sugar, scraping often, and mix on low speed until well incorporated. The mixture will be a bit stiffer than cake icing.
Use a small spatula to fill the cookies. If you are looking for very smooth and thin filling, fill a piping bag with frosting and use a small tip to fill the cookies.
Make sure to store the cookies in an airtight container.
Source: GMO Inside