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Anyone who knows us well knows we looove a good treat now and then -these have become one of our favorites! They are SO quick to make and yummy delicious!

Homemade Oreo Cookies

Cookie Recipe
1 package devil's food cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 - cup oil

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Add oil and eggs to cake mix and blend together. Roll dough into balls I like to use measuring spoons to scoop the mix out of the bowl, then roll it in my hands so that my cookies are a uniform size. A level tablespoonful of dough will give you palm size cookies like the ones in this picture, or about 15 whole oreos a batch. Use a leveled ½ tablespoon for store bought oreo size. Place on greased cookie sheet. Do not flatten the dough balls, this will make your cookies dry. Bake for 7 minutes, open the oven and gently pat the top of each cookie with a fork, not to flatten the cookie just to force a little of the "puff" out of the top. Cook for 1 more minute. Remove from oven and let cool on sheet (until warm). Remove cookies from sheet and place on cooling rack.

For the filling:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) room-temperature (not melted), butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

To make the cream, place butter and shortening in a mixing bowl, and at low speed, gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla. Turn the mixer on high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy.

To assemble the cookies, I fill a zip-lock bag with filling and cut one corner off and squeeze the filling onto the center of one cookie. (We're not fancy enough to have pastry bags. :) )  Place another cookie, equal in size to the first, on top of the cream. Lightly press, twisting a little to work the filling evenly to the outsides of the cookie. Mmm!

As a side note, if I feel like the cookies might not all be eaten within a couple of days, I prefer to make the bigger ones, they tend to stay soft longer. If I think they will be eaten all in one night I like to make the small ones as they get a little crumbly after a day or so - I'm not sure why.. maybe you can perfect that! :) These are especially good warmed in the microwave or right out of the oven!

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