Black Cocoa Sandwich Cookies

Just like the Oreo® sandwich cookies of your childhood—only bigger, better, and baked completely from scratch. Click here to get the low down on how to make these cookies so they turn out perfect every time!

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Black Cocoa Sandwich Cookies
Makes 18 cookies
  • 1⁄4 cup plus 3 tablespoons (36 grams) black cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
  • 3 tablespoons (42 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 tablespoons (70 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1⁄2 cup (110 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg (50 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups (188 grams) all-purpose flour
  • Vanilla Filling (recipe follows)
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together black cocoa and melted butter. Let cool slightly.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat softened butter, brown sugar, and salt at medium speed until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Beat in cocoa mixture. Add egg and vanilla, beating until well combined. Add flour, and beat until fully incorporated and a smooth dough forms. Shape dough into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 325°F (170°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Lightly dust work surface with black cocoa. (Be careful how much cocoa powder you use. It will make the cookies bitter if you incorporate too much. If dough is too difficult to work with, return to refrigerator for another 30 minutes.) Roll dough to 1⁄8-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch fluted round cutter, cut dough, rerolling scraps as necessary. Lift and place cookies about 1⁄2 inch apart on prepared pan. (Alternatively, roll dough directly on a nonstick baking mat, cut cookies, remove excess dough, and place on prepared pan.)
  5. Bake until a slight indentation is left when pressed with a finger, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on pan.
  6. Place Vanilla Filling in a pastry bag fitted with a round piping tip. Pipe Vanilla Filling on flat side of half of cookies. Place remaining cookies, flat side down, on top of filling.

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Vanilla Filling
Makes about 2 cups
  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups (480 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (6 grams) vanilla bean paste
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter at medium speed until creamy, 5 to 6 minutes. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until combined. Add vanilla bean paste and salt, beating until smooth.



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  1. I have no trouble rolling out the dough. I left my refrigerator probably closer to two hours while I ran my errands. The dough is wonderful to work with. The cookies turned out crisp. I really don’t know if they taste like an Oreo or not because I absolutely hate Oreo cookie so I’ve never eaten them. I’m bringing them to a meeting tomorrow. Awaiting the comments from the group. When man in the group says he loves Oreos so I’m anxious to hear his feedback.


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