Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Homemade Oreo Cakesters

I can't believe I'm still talking about the weather.  Sometimes it's like "Shutup Ann, I know it's hot.  It's July."  But it's actually super hot, right?  It's not just me?  Because I've seen more movies this summer alone than I've seen in the last year probably and it's only because I want to be in a cold dark place for 2 hours.

Of course this also means I've been baking less.  Because my kitchen is neither cold nor dark.  And when I decided to just brave the elements and make some time consuming, somewhat tedious Momofuku Milk Bar Compost Cookies, I overbaked them, like a rookie!  It was so sad.  It was so sad that I still ate some overbaked cookies.  I'm not on top of my game in this weather!  I'm a delicate flower and I'm wilting under the intense heat.

So maybe it's ok to just cheat a little bit.  I'm talking about cake mix, guys.  I don't use it often because from-scratch recipes truly just taste better but if you doctor up cake mix a bit (cough*buttercream*cough), it can certainly be worth using on those days when you want some time in the kitchen but maybe just not too much time.

Let's leave the real culinary adventures to rainy days and the long fall and winter months.  Let's make summer about cake mix shortcuts, ceiling fans and long movies in cold dark places.  Deal?

Here's the recipe!

Homemade Oreo Cakesters  makes about 20 sandwiches

1 18.25oz box of devil's food cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
3-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
up to 4 Tbsp cream or milk

To make the cookies:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat.  Set aside.

2.  In a medium size bowl, pour cake mix and make a well in the center.  Pour oil and eggs into the well and using a wooden spoon, combine cake mix and oil and eggs until well mixed.  It should pull together as a dough but if it's a little dry, add a splash of milk to help the dough along.  

3.  Begin to portion the dough into balls, about a tablespoon in size, and place on prepared pans about 2 inches apart.  You can actually make these as large or small as you'd like, just be sure to adjust the baking time to accommodate.  

4.  Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges just set.  Be sure not to overbake (it's tough to tell with chocolate cookies).  The cookies will appear soft so allow to set about 3-4 mins on the pan before removing to a sheet of wax paper on the counter or a wire rack (**see note below).  

1.  With  a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter for  about 2-3 minutes on medium speed.  Turn to low speed and slowly add 3 cups of powdered sugar to incorporate.  

2.  Turn mixer back to medium and add vanilla, salt and 2 tablespoons of milk/cream and beat for 3 minutes.  If your frosting seems a little loose, add more sugar.  If it's a bit too stiff, add more milk/cream.  

To assemble:
Make sure cookies are completely cool before piping or spreading buttercream on one side of an upturned cookie.  Pair with a similar size/shape cookie to make a sandwich!  Store in an airtight container.  

**You'll likely have leftover buttercream here so toss it in the fridge until you need it again.  Or just eat it with a spoon.  Whatever.
**When I first made these cookies, I didn't have a wire rack for cooling.  Out of necessity, I placed warmed cookies on wax paper on the counter to continue cooling.  Without the rack, there's less air circulation and I think it results in a softer cookie.  The main thing is to not overbake them so if you'd like to cool on a rack, I'm sure these cookies will still be just fine.  

Cookie recipe is an Annie's City Kitchen original 
Buttercream recipe from Savory Sweet Life


  1. I love Oreo Cakesters. They're a guilty pleasure of mine. Boxed mix is totally fine so long as it's slathered in homemade frosting!

  2. I couldn't agree more! A little boxed mix never hurt anyone.

    By the way, your blog is super cute :)

  3. making these on a snowy day-they're great!

  4. So glad to hear it! They're great comfort food.

  5. how did yours come out so cake-like? mine look more like cookies

  6. I'm wondering if you think this recipe would work if I made it into one giant cookie, like a cookie cake? I'm makin it for tonight, so if you have any tips, you can email me at missusrobie@gmail.com thanks!

  7. Anyone know what I could use in place of a boxed mix?only because I don't have any and I want these cookies right now! Lol. Would I just use the dry ingredients for a devils food cake mix and omit the wet?

  8. Recipe was super-easy! The cookie surface was rough, but spongy when I was made it.

  9. My daughter been wanting to cakesters but the golden on now I know what to do thanks I will let you know how it turns out

  10. Can you use any flavoring of cake mix? or does it have to be devil's food?

  11. This is great the Oreo casters just came back but my fiance can't find them so i made these in place of them they were perfect

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