These homemade Halloween Oreos are such a fun holiday treat!  Easy to make, and they taste way better than the pre-packaged kind!  

Homemade Halloween Oreos- these taste WAY better than the original and they're so much fun for a Halloween party!

Have you been seeing the Halloween Oreos at your local supermarket?  Such a cute idea for the holiday, right?

My kids love all the fun Oreo varieties that are out there these days.  But they love it even more when we can recreate them together at home!  I think we’ll be bringing in a big batch of these homemade Halloween Oreos for this year’s class parties.

Homemade Halloween Oreos- these taste WAY better than the original and they're so much fun for a Halloween party!

Halloween Oreos have the same taste as regular Oreos, but they’re stamped with a spooky design and sandwiched with an orange-tinted vanilla creme filling.  The colors are perfectly festive!  Orange and black for Halloween.

My homemade Halloween Oreos recipe has all that same deep chocolate flavor as the store-bought kind, with a tender, shortbread-like texture that practically melts in your mouth.  And the vanilla creme filling is sweet and just a little bit tangy with cream cheese.  No icky preservatives, just real stuff like flour, sugar, butter, and cocoa.  It makes all the difference when it comes to taste!

I used to always be afraid of cutout cookies, until I found this method.  The dough is easy as can be to work with, you don’t have to dust your counter with flour, and you can re-roll the scraps without the cookies becoming tough.  It’s easy, fool-proof, and mess-free.  Not to mention fun!  You can read more about my tips and tricks for cutout cookie success here.

Homemade Halloween Oreos- these taste WAY better than the original and they're so much fun for a Halloween party!

I just cut the shapes using a 2 1/2-inch diameter fluted circle cutter, and then stamped them with this fun set I picked up at Michael’s.  I found the same set on Amazon for you here.  But be sure to check out this page too because there are all kinds of fun cookie stamps for Halloween.  I kinda love them all!

For the filling you’ll just want to mix in a few drops of orange gel paste color.  This stuff is super-concentrated!  So don’t go squeezing in a big squirt; it’s much easier to add more in than it is to take it out.

Or you can just leave it out altogether!  I don’t mind a little bit of food coloring once in a while, for special occasions, but I know not everyone is big on it.  With their cute and festive designs, I think these homemade Halloween Oreos are every bit as fun, with or without!

Homemade Halloween Oreos- these taste WAY better than the original and they're so much fun for a Halloween party!

Homemade Halloween Oreos

These homemade Halloween Oreos are such a fun holiday treat! Easy to make, and they taste way better than the pre-packaged kind!


Serves about 16 sandwiches     adjust servings

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon oil (light/neutral flavor such as canola, grapeseed, or light olive oil)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 to 2 cups all-purpose flour

For the filling

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (the kind in a brick)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a pinch of kosher salt
  • a few drops of orange gel paste color

Instructions

  1. To make the cookies:

    1. Cream the butter, oil, sugar, vanilla and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, just until the mixture is smooth. (Do not over beat, as this will incorporate air into the dough, which may lead to spreading.)  Add the egg and mix just until incorporated.  Mix in the cornstarch, cocoa powder and 1 1/4 cups of the flour. Continue adding flour until the dough gathers itself into a ball and pulls away cleanly from the sides of the bowl.  You may not need all the flour.
    2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Roll the dough to a thickness of 3/8-inch, between two sheets of parchment paper. (Rolling pin rings will help you to achieve an even thickness.)  Cut shapes using a 2 1/2-inch diameter fluted circle cutter, then stamp with festive cookie stamps.  Bake on parchment-lined baking sheets for 9 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies look dry on the surface, and feel firm around the edges and set in the middle.  Cool completely, then sandwich with creme filling.

    To make the filling: 

    1. Place the powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Stir together on medium-low speed until smooth.  Tint with orange to achieve the desired color.

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Recipe Notes

If you will be rolling/cutting the cookies right away, you may need a little more flour. The dough becomes drier as it sits, so if you are planning to chill and roll/cut later, be sure to use less flour.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 248kcal Calories from fat 83
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 93mg 4%
Carbohydrate 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 27g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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Homemade Halloween Oreos- these taste WAY better than the original and they're so much fun for a Halloween party!