There are very few perfect treats in this world, and Oreos are high on my list of perfectly yummy delicacies.
Aren’t they pretty?
The best part of these little sandwich cookies is that they are 100% vegan and nitrate free. (Common animal products substitutions are included in parentheses.)
Just be sure to use vegan sugar, (apparently some sugar is made a certain way that uses animal products) if this is an issue for you.
Both very good recipes, but Mine needed to be vegan, not call for anything I wouldn’t usually have on hand, etc.
For the cookies:
- 1 cup coconut oil, solid (can substitute butter)
- 1 cup granulated sugar (I sometimes use raw, but the larger grains could make an odd texture)
- 1 flax egg (1 Tbs ground flax seed, 3 Tbs water, mixed together before being added.) (can substitute an egg).
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup dark cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
For the Filling:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, solid
- 1 2/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon nondairy milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
- Pinch kosher salt
Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl, and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until well incorporated.
Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture, beating on the lowest speed. Continue to mix on the lowest setting until the dry ingredients are just incorporated.
Divide the dough in half, and shape into two discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
When the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Set aside.
Roll the dough to 1/8 – 1/4-inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter (approximately 2 inches in diameter) to cut out cookies and transfer them to the prepared baking sheet. I used the wide end of a large frosting tip to cut out these teeny ones.
Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Once the cookies are cooled, prepare the filling. Combine the softened butter, half and half, vanilla, and salt and beat until combined. The mixture may be a bit lumpy, but will come together. Add the powdered sugar gradually, approximately 1/3 cup at a time, until the filling comes together. It will be slightly stiffer than a cupcake frosting. Try not to snitch too much of it, so you can save it for the cookies!
Transfer the filling to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip. Pipe the filling onto half of the cookies, and top with the remaining cookies to form cookie sandwiches.
The cookies are best chilled, but there’s no wrong way to eat these. Eating them straight out of the freezer is wonderful and keeps them good for longer than they’ve ever lasted at my house.