Homemade Oreos Recipe

Homemade Oreos. You HAVE to try making your own - they're so good!

I’ve never been a fan of store-bought cookies, because I’ve always loved making my own from scratch.

And full disclosure: With store-bought cookies, there is no dough eating. Am I right?!

When I was young, my mom would only keep low-fat margarine stocked in the kitchen. No butter whatsoever. As a result, my cookies were always dry and lacking in flavor. A few years later, when I discovered the difference using real butter in baking made, my cookies started getting better.

But alas, even as my skills have improved, cookies are not my forte – which is why this recipe is so great. These are virtually foolproof. And despite this recipe’s ease, the final product won’t disappoint. Sandwich cookies are both forgiving and crowd-pleasing.

I suspect that die-hard Oreo fans as well as from-scratch cookie fans will love these. They taste a lot like Oreos, only fresher.

Where to Buy Black Cocoa

This recipe calls for black cocoa, which is extra dark and has a distinct flavor. I happened to have black cocoa on hand, which gave these cookies a flavor very similar to real Oreos. I bought mine on King Arthur Flour’s website, after failing to find it at several grocery stores around the Twin Cities.

Because of it’s strong flavor, King Arthur Flour recommends mixing black cocoa with regular (Dutch-process) cocoa in most recipes.  For this particular recipe, you can certainly substitute regular cocoa, but you’ll end up with a lighter-colored and lighter-flavored cookie.

Homemade Oreos Recipe

Yield: 24 sandwich cookies

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 9 min


For cookies:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa (I used black cocoa)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) softened butter
  • 1 large egg

For the frosting filling:

  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half or cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. To make cookies, cream butter, sugar, and vanilla together. Add egg and mix well. In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together. Add to butter mixture and combine.
  2. Place dough onto cookie sheet by rounded teaspoon-fulls. Flatten dough slightly. Bake for about 9 minutes, or until cookies are done. Remove from oven and set on cooling racks.
  3. To make frosting filling, mix butter, cream and vanilla together. Add enough powdered sugar (approximately 2 cups) to make a thick frosting.
  4. To assemble cookies, spread frosting on one cookie half and lightly press another cookie onto the frosting.
Recipe from Smitten Kitchen

5 Responses to “Homemade Oreos Recipe”

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    Faith Friday + Homemade Oreos « Kids in the Sink — March 2, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

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    Rebecca — July 3, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    I am reading your recipe for home made oreos and I have to say that I have never heard of black cocoa powder before. So I decided that I needed research this new baking tool. In my research I have read that you should replace 25-50% of regular cocoa powder with black cocoa powder to keep the moisture. So my question to you is, do you use the whole 1/2 cup of cocoa powder in the recipe as black cocoa or do you mix them? I really want to try this recipe because my husband is an oreo hound. Also, where did you find your black cocoa? Everything I found is online, just wondering if you knew of an actual store? Thanks!!

    • Haley replied: — July 6th, 2013 @ 4:40 am

      Hey Rebecca! I bought the black cocoa online at King Arthur Flour. And I think using 1/2 regular cocoa and 1/2 black cocoa would be a good idea. The black cocoa is pretty intense. Hope they turn out!

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    Courtney — April 13, 2014 @ 9:42 pm

    I am most definitely going to make this recipe. I love oreos so much! And…lets be honest, anything homemade is better 🙂

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    Jenne Kaivo — May 4, 2014 @ 6:51 am

    Definitely will need to make this a few times before they come out pretty. They are much fluffier than storebought oreos.

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