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Now...let's talk about the Birthday Cake Oreo Cookies! Aren't they pretty?
I walked into Super Target for my weekly grocery and household shopping, and I saw these on the front aisle of good snack food. Oreo is celebrating 100 years of the best cookie ever with these Birthday Cake Oreos.
I've made moist Homemade Oreos before using cake mix, but this homemade version is from scratch using a chocolate cookie recipe from My Kitchen Addicition. I created the filling that tastes like birthday cake by adding cake mix and french vanilla creamer to homemade buttercream frosting. The chocolate cookies are not very sweet on their own, but when combined with the filling, they are amazing!
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
In a large stand mixer bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined.
Divide the dough in half, shape into disks, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
After the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Take one disk of cookie dough and roll out on lightly floured work surface to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes and place on prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 12 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
Birthday Cake Filling:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup Crisco shortening
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup yellow cake mix, sifted
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
5 Tbsp french vanilla creamer (half n half, cream, or milk can be used)
1/2 cup sprinkles
In a large stand mixer bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, and vanilla until smooth. Add the sifted cake mix and powdered sugar. Slowly turn on the mixer and add the creamer. Add more creamer if needed to make thick frosting. Add the sprinkles and mix just until incorporated throughout.
Assemble the cookies by piping a thick layer of frosting on the bottom of a cookie and placing another cookie on top. You can add more sprinkles to the sides of frosting by hand or by rolling into sprinkles. Enjoy!
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