Homemade Mint Oreos

Lauren A. wanted the recipe to the homemade mint oreos that were on my blog last week.  Here you go Lauren!  Hope you enjoy them and that you're doing well!  These were yummy and really easy to make, I had the cookies made, put together, and everything cleaned up within an hour.   My adaptations are in RED.

The orginial recipe can be found here...



1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softenend
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder

1/2 envelope (1 teaspoon plus heaping 1/4 teaspoon) unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons cold water
1/2 cup shortening (I used butter instead)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon mint extract
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Green food coloring

Preheat oven to 325. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

For the cookies:
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the sugar and butter. Add the egg, water and vanilla and beat until smooth. Beat in the flour and cocoa until well combined; the dough will be very stiff.

Roll the dough into 1 inch balls, about the size of a walnut. Place the balls on prepared baking sheets and flatten each to about 1/8 inch with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. (I just used my hand to flatten the cookies, and I didn't add any extra sugar.)

Bake cookies for 18 minutes. If cookies begin to look too dark or you smell scorching chocolate, remove baking pans from oven immediately. Cool completely on a wire rack.

For the filling:
To make the filling, soften the gelatin in a cup containing 2 tablespoons of cold water, then place the cup in a larger dish of hot water and leave it until the gelatin is completely dissolved and the liquid is transparent. Remove the gelatin from the hot water and let it cool until it's room temperature but hasn't begun to set.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the shortening, then beat in the vanilla and mint extract. Add the powdered sugar, a little at a time, beating until mixture is creamy. Beat in the gelatin.If the mixture seems to dry, add a couple teaspoons of hot water and beat until it is the right consistency. Add green food coloring, a few drops at a time, until desired color is achieved.

Sandwich the cookies, placing a small ball of filling on top of a cookie, and flattening it with another cookie top.  (I stored my cookies in the fridge so the icing would stay firm.  I'm not sure if this was because I used butter instead of shortening, or because it's just too hot here in Grenada!)

If you want to make plain Oreos, omit the mint extract and green coloring.