Sugar Free Copycat Oreo Cookies
A few years ago, I remember actually buying sugar free Oreo Cookies.
They were available in your basic standard black and white cookie. They cost a bit more than the regular cookie. Also, there not as many cookies in a box, probably a good thing given the effects that many sweeteners may have on us.
Then, one day those sugar free cookies disappeared.
As a result, I had to go without the cookie or figure out how to make my own. That is, unless I wanted to consume a bit of sugar and hence, be responsible for my actions as a result.
Black and white sandwich cookies are a favorite cookie to many people. We argue about how to eat them. We get excited when we see a seasonal cookie at the store.
If you think about it, this cookie is basically a sandwich cookie.
This cookie consists of a sugary middle to chocolate cookie outsides.
The sweet and soft inside of the cookie is the perfect juxtaposition to the hard chocolate cookie that surrounds it. It almost compliments it like grape jelly compliments peanut butter.
To make a sugar free version of this cookie, we need to make chocolate cookies that are flat and hard. We then need to create sugary-tasting inside for those cookies. Surprisingly, this is a bit easier to do than you may think it is. It may also be a test of patience with rewards that are worth the effort.
For the cookie, we will need cocoa powder.
That cocoa powder must have no sugar in it. That is, if we want to keep it sugar free, which I know I do. You can find this cocoa powder with no sugar added to it on Amazon. Make sure that you read the package and that it does indeed state that it is "unsweetened".
For the inside of the cookie we will need to reference a past recipe.
That recipe you will reference is for sugar free powdered sugar. You can find my recipe for sugar free powdered sugar here. I show several ways to make powdered sugar using different products. Swerve also make a low glycemic confectioners sugar alternative that you can find on Amazon.
The recipe for Sugar Free Copycat Oreo Cookies.
Make your own sandwich cookie and make it without the added sugar!
What you will need to make Sugar Free Copycat Oreo Cookies.
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder- 1 1/3 cups.
- Flour (AP)- 1 1/2 cups
- Salt- 1/4 cup.
- Butter- 1 cup, room temperature.
- Sugar alternative- 2 cups equivalent to sugar.
- Vanilla Extract- 2 teaspoons.
- Eggs- 2.
For the middle.
- Confectioners Sugar/powdered alternative. See post for details.- 3 cups
- Shortening/butter- 1 cup total. Using half and half works best. However, not everyone likes working with both. It is your preference.
- Optional- Liquid extract for taste 1 teaspoon and/or food coloring for color.
How to make this.
Start by making the outer cookie layers.
- In a mixing bowl, combine together the cocoa powder, flour, salt, butter and sugar alternative. Mix until somewhat creamy and then add the vanilla extract and eggs.
- Line a short rimmed baking pan with parchment paper. Roll out the dough on that parchment paper. Tip- divide the dough into halves or thirds and sprinkle with a bit of flour as needed while rolling it out. Roll the dough to 1/2-1/4" thickness.
- Place the pans with the rolled out dough into the refrigerator for at least and 1 1/2 hours.
- When ready, remove the dough from the refrigerator and proceed to cut out cookies using a cookie round cutter or similar product.
- Prep a cookie/baking sheet for nonstick and preheat your oven to 350. Place the cut out cookie circle on to the cookie/baking sheet taking sure that the edges do not touch (at least 1/2" apart).
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to get hard. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack.
To make the center icing.
- Cream together your remaining ingredients.
- When cookies are cooled, simply spread the creamed icing on to one side of a cookie and make a sandwich.
To dip or not to dip?