Halloween has always been one of my favorite Holidays. Even though I get to “play dress up” every time I do a play, I never get sick of it and still love going all out for this holiday. In New York, it’s hard not to get sucked into the festivities. I feel like the buzz around me has already begun and everyone as everyone is getting ready. And on the 31st itself, nothing is more fun/insane than the Halloween parade which is basically a people-watching-fest of the most “out there” and outrageous costumes.
Since I just got back from Maine a couple days ago, I haven’t had much time to prepare for a costume. Normally this is something I start planning for months in advance as I hate nothing more than those cheap looking costumes-in-a-bag. My favorites from years past include Cleopatra, Lara Croft Tomb Raider and Wonder Woman last year. On Monday I will post a few of my favorite Halloween moments!
Onto the cookies: You may have seen these Oreos before when I made them earlier this summer. I simply couldn’t resist re-craeating the festive cookies I’ve been eyeing in the stores since September. I made these a little chewier than the original recipe by baking them about a minute less than before. As you can also tell from the picture, these babies are huge. (I always forget how much this dough spreads- be prepared for it to at least double in size.) But what’s better than huge, double-stufed chewy Halloween Oreos? Not much- these were pretty outstanding. Enjoy!
- For the chocolate wafers:
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar, depending on how sweet you want the cookies- I used 1 cup.
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons, 1 1/4 sticks room-temperature, unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
- For the filling:
- 1/4 cup 1/2 stick room-temperature, unsalted butter
- 1/4 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
- Set two racks in the middle of the oven. Preheat to 375°F.
- 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.
- Continue processing or mixing until dough comes together in a mass.
- 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!
- 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.)
- 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.
- To assemble the cookies, in a pastry bag with a 1/2 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.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 25 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
Source: Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Those look so good! I love how bright orange looks with chocolate brown. Thanks for the recipe and that Halloween photo made me smile. I had a nurse costume when I was little and I loved it! I need to get some copies made of the photos from Halloween when I was a kid. Thanks for the reminder.
These look great! I too hate the “Halloween Costumes in a bag.” They are incredibly cheaply made and around $50+! Who seriously pays that? Give me a homemade costume any day. I really want a bite of these cookies… :)
Ha-love the halloween picture! One year my “homemade” halloween costume was made out of paper-I was a big orange cat. Needless to say, I had wished my mom had bought me a costume in a bag!
Your whoopie pies look so festive and deliciously rich!Yum.
I love Halloween and these homemade oreos look so good!
These look fantastic! Ah, NYC is nuts on Halloween. I tried to go to the parade a couple years ago and literally got carried from one spot to another by the crowd being so tight lol.
Love the colour combination! The wafers look so chocolately as well – yummm! :)
Love that you made these with Halloween colored filling. As for my favorite costumes I’ve done so far, I would have to go with burrito, ghostbuster, and Chun Li(from street fighter)
Yum! I love Oreo’s and making them at home are on my list. I think they are going to have to wait until after we move though. Maybe I will get them done in time for Christmas colors! Can’t wait to see what you decide on for Halloween!
Seriously. I drooled…and it wasn’t pretty like these oreos.
These cookies are just perfection! I love oreos and these homemade Halloween oreos are too cute! Gorgeous pictures of the cookies (especially the first picture!). I love the vintage pic with your siblings…very cute! :)
Oh yeah, this is the stuff! I love the festiveness of these too! The perfect cookie that can be recreated for any season/holiday :)
How cute are these?! They look so delicious! :)
These are FANTASTIC! Terrific colors and absolutely delicious!
These are so creative! Awesome idea.
These are perfect! I may have to bake some up for our Halloween party this weekend. It’s our annual opportunity to dress up, dance, and embarrass our kids :) Happy Halloween!!!
Such perfection! When I saw the picture initially i was expecting a pumpkin filling but this is lovely! Love the halloween picture!
Fantastic recipe, Audra! I love how orange going awesome against the dark brown..just perfect! Congrats on the top 9!!!
Wow, these look great! :) Definitely looks like the perfect party treat. Congrats on the Top 9!
Those are wonderful! Saw them on Foodbuzz and had to stop over. I love orange oreos they are my fav, and homemade ones? Homerun!
So cute! Perfect for Halloween!