I seem to make a lot of cookies and biscuits for this site. I’m not entirely sure why. Possibly because cookies require only a baking tray and can usually be made with only one bowl getting dirty. Plus they last longer than cake and can be eaten in small batches. And they’re easy to transport to the office. Okay, it’s fairly clear why I make lots of cookies.

But I never seem to try to recreate store bought cookies at home. I’ve never been inclined to make Jolly Jammers or chocolate digestives or anything. But I was perusing Smitten Kitchen’s website again (work avoidance behaviour I think it’s called) and I came across this recipe for Oreo’s. Now, I’m a big Oreo fan. I can almost eat an entire box in one sitting. Almost. The box never really lasts more than a day or two in my house. So I don’t buy them that often. But when I do they are such a treat. The dark saltiness of the chocolate, the creamy filling. The way it all sticks to the roof of your mouth like peanut butter. (They’re not bad smothered in peanut butter either…) So obviously I had to try the recipe.

It worked like a dream. I melted the butter because I was feeling lazy and couldn’t be bothered with rubbing it into the flour mixture but I don’t recommend that route. The cookies were slightly oily as a result.

Stick to the recipe people. You can find it here. I even went and found the vegetable shortening the recipe asks for. (Surprisingly easy, in amongst all the cake baking ingredients). The cookies themselves are awesome – I ate three warm, straight from the baking tray. So I suggest you make these soon. Possibly this weekend. So you can eat them whilst sipping tea and reading a good book. Or whilst on a picnic. Or from a stash in the office. You see where I’m going with this…