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smack dab in the middle (sandwich cookies)

If I really had my act together, I’d have made real live homemade Oreos from one of the yummy looking recipes I posted about HERE on my edible crafts column. I used the chocolate cookie and the frosting recipes from my book, which also worked well. I made these for my Dad’s birthday, and he also got these square treats.

how to make colorful sandwich cookies
you will need
chocolate cookie dough (recipe at the end of this post, or use the “Oreo” recipes from the link above)
circle cookie cutter (I used a 1 1/2 inch cutter)
frosting (you can use store-bought, too)
food coloring (I used Americolor soft gel pastes, Sky Blue, Orange, Bright White and Electric Green)
1 disposable decorating bag for each color

1 coupler for each color

1 size “12” tip for each color

rubber bands

step one: bake your cookies
Roll out chilled chocolate cookie dough and cut out 1 1/2 inch circles. Bake on a parchment paper-lined baking tray according to recipe and let cool completely. TIP: Each time I had to roll out some dough, I cut out an even number of circles. That way, I could just pair up top and bottoms that were exactly the same thickness.

step two: prepare your frosting
When making frosting, make sure the consistency isn’t so thick you can’t work with it, but it should be stiff enough to keep its shape. Tint about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of frosting with each color you’d like (yes, I did actually tint the white, too). Prepare a frosting bag with size “12” tip, fill with frosting and tie closed tightly with a rubber band.

step three: assemble your sandwiches
Pair up all of your cookies on the tray so each pair is of similar thickness and diameter (in case of any oven spreading). Turn one cookie from each pair over and pipe frosting to cover the entire backside of the cookie. I started with piping a circle around the outer edge and continued to pipe in a spiral to the center. Top with the other cookie, making sure the back of the cookie sits on the frosting. Hence, the bottoms of the cookies are on the inside. Let dry overnight if packaging.

RECIPE: chocolate rolled cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) slightly softened, unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and blend. Mix together the dry ingredients and gradually add to the wet. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours. When chilled, roll out on a floured surface, cut out shapes, and bake on a parchment paper-lined baking tray in a preheated 375 degree oven. Bake 8 to 10 minutes for small cookies, 10 to 12 minutes for larger cookies, or until edges are crisp. TIP: In lieu of flour, which may show up on the surface, you can roll cookies between two pieces of wax paper.

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  1. Mary
    Posted June 17, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Permalink


  2. Justine
    Posted June 17, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    I love the boldness of the colors!

  3. Risa
    Posted June 17, 2009 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    So cute, I love the bright colors!

  4. Bethie
    Posted June 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE the vibrant colors.

  5. Kat
    Posted June 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    The colours in those cookies are gorgeous!

  6. dessert girl
    Posted June 17, 2009 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    I love the cookies! Such wonderful colors!

  7. Jennifer
    Posted June 18, 2009 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    LOVE this idea!!!! They are sooo cute!

  8. Delectable Dining
    Posted June 18, 2009 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    So cute! The colors are great!

  9. Baking Monster
    Posted June 18, 2009 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    I love making homemade oreos!

  10. Chic Cookies
    Posted June 18, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Thanks everyone! I'm new to the sandwich cookie, but I really like these. Looks like more projects ahead…

  11. Cakebrain
    Posted June 18, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I love the colourful frostings in the sandwich cookies! what fun!

  12. b is for brown
    Posted June 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    wow! love the colors! bright and festive. omgoodness! that is YOUR book. i bought it over christmas time so i could make sugar cookies for the fam. you're famous in my house!

  13. Chic Cookies
    Posted June 18, 2009 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    thank you all! yes, b is for brown, c'est moi! so glad to have found fame! and glad you enjoy the book!

  14. jacquisbakingsomething
    Posted June 19, 2009 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    My brother ( in Atlanta) sent me( Singapore) some lovely cookie cutters, I just cant wait to get started. Here in Singapore is very hot and humid. Will these cookies need to be stored airtight? for how long?
    How long do your frosting take to dry up before storage.

    Thank you for your expert advise.

    Love your site.


  15. Roberta Granada
    Posted June 19, 2009 at 4:01 am | Permalink

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  16. Chic Cookies
    Posted June 19, 2009 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    Super cute blog, Roberta! Thanks for commenting!

    Thank you Jacqui! Usually you can store cookies at room temperature (air tight not necessary) up to one week, and I let them dry overnight. But with the humidity, I would let them dry two days. Try and keep them in a cool spot, if you can. Humidity can make the icing soft! Good luck!

  17. Stacy
    Posted June 22, 2009 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    I was going to try to make homemade oreos for my kiddos (the little guy who is 2 LOVES and lives for his oreos), but I think I will give these a try! So much more exciting and colorful than a boring old oreo!

  18. oneordinaryday
    Posted June 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    I love the idea of using the different colors for the icing. So bright and cheerful!

  19. Yvette Hooley
    Posted June 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    These look amazing! Can't wait to give them a try. Yx

  20. Anonymous
    Posted July 14, 2009 at 2:25 am | Permalink

    So tasty! I took a cookie decorating class last week and learned that there is a kind of cocoa called black cocoa available for homemade oreos. I used it in these cookies and they look and taste like oreos, only better. I found that the dough spread a little more with this cocoa. Not sure if it is the cocoa or just that I let my butter get too soft or didn't chill my dough well enough. I'm still learning. Have you ever used black cocoa? What were your results?

  21. Chic Cookies
    Posted July 14, 2009 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    I've never even heard of black cocoa, but makes sense for Oreos… will have to check that out! thanks!

  22. Theresa
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    I definitely want to hang onto this idea for Halloween cookies with the orange frosting in the center. Awesome idea, youre amazing!

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