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Cook the Book: Gluten-Free Oreos
"I'm not sure that this mix of Crisco, sugar, and vanilla extract is that much better for you than the original Oreo filling but I felt better seeing exactly what went into it."
Have you ever wondered what the "creme" filling in the center of an Oreo is made out of? I won't go as far as saying the question has plagued me, but it's come pretty close. Oreos are delicious--I think that pretty much everyone can get behind that. Unfortunately, one look at the ingredients can put you off of them for a good long while. They are full of scary chemicals and weird oils. Why is the filling so good? It's probably best we don't know.
Elizabeth Barbone has included a chapter in her book Easy Gluten-Free Baking called "Tastes Like" where she attempts to replicate mass-produced snacks such as Twinkies and Samoas (the Girl Scout cookie) using gluten-free ingredients.
I love Oreos but quite frankly, I don't feel very good about eating them. I decided to make these gluten-free Oreos at home to see how they measured up.
The first step was making the cookie dough. After assembling it, I was nervous--it was kind of a sticky mess. The dough needs to chill for at least four hours, so into the fridge it went.
After a nice long chill for the dough (and for myself) I took it out and formed the cookies. The dough was still pretty sticky but not so much that it was an issue. I popped them into the oven and 10 minutes later, the chocolatey aroma and dry look that Barbone wrote about in the recipe were evident. While I waited for the cookie to cool, I whipped up the filling.
I'm not sure that this mix of Crisco, sugar, and vanilla extract is that much better for you than the original Oreo filling but I felt better seeing exactly what went into it. Out of all of the recipes I've now tried from Easy Gluten-Free Baking, these Oreos are my favorite. The cookies have a great chewy and almost cakey quality and are plenty chocolatey. The filling? In a word, fantastic--even better than the Oreo "creme."
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