Halloween Oreos
Yield: 25-30 sandwich cookies
 
Ingredients
  • For the chocolate wafers:
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 1½ cups sugar (depending on how sweet you want the cookies- I used 1 cup.)
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons (1¼ sticks) room-temperature, unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • For the filling:
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) room-temperature, unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening (I used the Spectrum Organics Brand I've mentioned before.)
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Wilton Orange Food Coloring (optional)
Instructions
  1. Set two racks in the middle of the oven. Preheat to 375°F.
  2. In a food processor, or bowl of an electric mixer, thoroughly mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt, and sugar. While pulsing, or on low speed, add the butter, and then the egg.
  3. Continue processing or mixing until dough comes together in a mass.
  4. Take rounded teaspoons of batter and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet approximately two inches apart. (yeah I thought using my smallest cookie scoop would be OK- but these were way big- next time I'll make em a bit smaller!) These cookies will spread a lot so give them plenty of room!
  5. With moistened hands, slightly flatten the dough. Bake for 9-11 minutes, rotating once for even baking. Set baking sheets on a rack to cool. (9 minutes will make these nice and chewy.)
  6. To make the cream, place butter and shortening in a mixing bowl, and at low speed, gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla. Turn the mixer on high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy. Slowly add drops of the food gel until filling is desired color of orange.
  7. To assemble the cookies, in a pastry bag with a ½ inch, round tip, pipe cream into the center of one cookie. Place another cookie, equal in size to the first, on top of the cream. Lightly press, to work the filling evenly to the outsides of the cookie. Continue this process until all the cookies have been sandwiched with cream.
Recipe by The Baker Chick at https://www.thebakerchick.com/halloween-oreos/