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Soft Homemade Peanut Butter Oreos

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Did you know they make Peanut Butter Oreos? They are the bomb-diggity.

But these Homemade Peanut Butter Oreos are better. They’re soft-batch and HUGE.

It’s a match made in heaven!

Soft batch Homemade Peanut Butter Oreos recipe

You know what’s really strange? Twice in the past week people I know have come up to me and told me that their mother’s sister’s aunt’s daughter-in-law (or whatever) know my blog. That when they mention me and Crazy for Crust the person’s eyes get wide and they say “You know her??”

That’s just plain weird. People actually read this thing? Really?

Then they tell me the person loved my recipe for {fill in the blank} and I have a panic attack.

People are making my recipes? Really?

I still feel like I did 3 1/2 years ago – me, my computer, and my mom liking all my posts and being the first comment. My mom is my #1 fan, after all. Although my dad would probably argue that fact, so I’ll lump them together and say they’re BOTH my #1 fans.

Soft batch Homemade Peanut Butter Oreos - better than from the store!

My mom would love this recipe. It would have been a perfect recipe to give her for Mother’s Day.

{Notice my use of “would have”. Sorry mom – no homemade Oreos for you – today anyway.}

Mom always bought Oreos. I’d eat them right away, but my mom had a system. Day 1: Buy Oreos, open package, leave open. Day 3: Oreos are soft enough for eating.

Fresh Oreos are good, but stale Oreos get soft and are an entirely new kind of cookie. That’s why these would have been perfect for my Mom – they’re soft baked cookies. No crunch here!

The copycat Oreo cookie is a basic chocolate cookie. It’s made with Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder. That’s what gives it the “Oreo” flavor – the dark chocolate. They’re big cookies, made with a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop. You can make them smaller, if you’d like, but baking time will be affected.

The best part about this cookie recipe? No chilling! You’re welcome. You can now eat homemade Oreos even faster.

As much as I like regular Oreos, I loooooove the peanut butter ones. I mean, y’all know how addicted to peanut butter I am. The filling is a basic peanut butter buttercream. It’s really easy to make and the recipe makes a lot of frosting. I really hate running out of frosting so I always err on the side of too much. Ideas for using your extra frosting:

  • Make a double batch of cookies. One for you, one for your mom!
  • Make the cookies smaller and you’ll still have enough frosting.
  • Don’t make sandwich cookies, frost the tops instead.
  • Eat it with a spoon.
  • Eat it with a chocolate bar.
  • Eat it by squeezing the plastic bag into your mouth.

Homemade Oreos are super easy to make and I think I like them better than the real ones. Big statement, but true.

Plus, by making my own I can fill them with whatever I want. The ideas are abundant. More to come!

Soft batch Homemade Peanut Butter Oreos - better than from the store!

I want to marry these cookies. In case you were wondering…

Soft Homemade Peanut Butter Oreos

Yield: Makes 8 large or 15 small Oreos

Soft Homemade Peanut Butter Oreos


  • 1/3 cup Hershey’s Special Dark unsweetened cocoa powder (you can use regular unsweetened but they won’t be as “Oreo” like)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • Filling
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and flour. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and both sugars. Mix in egg and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Scoop 2 tablespoon sized balls of dough onto the cookie sheets. You will get about 15-17 cookies. (Alternately, you can use 1 tablespoon sized balls of dough and get twice as many cookies. Baking time will be less.)
  5. Bake for 8-9 minutes until they just lose their glossy sheen. Err on the side of underdone for these cookies; they taste better that way. Let cool completely before filling and making sandwiches.
  6. To make the filling: beat butter and peanut butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix in salt, then slowly beat in powdered sugar. Add vanilla, then 2 tablespoons of cream. Add a third tablespoon of cream as needed for the consistency you want. Note: this makes a lot of frosting, more than you need. It is enough frosting to fill the 2 tablespoon sized cookies OR the 1 tablespoon sized, plus extra. Filling can be frozen in an airtight container for up to one month.
  7. Once cookies are cooled, frost half with the frosting and sandwich with the other half. The best way to do this is to place your frosting in a gallon size ziploc bag and cut off one tip. Place a very large squeeze of frosting in the center of the bottom of a cookie, then press the top cookie on top, causing the frosting to spread to the edges.

Peanut Butter Oreo Trifle

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Sweets from friends:
Homemade Cookie Dough Oreos by Something Swanky
Homemade Oreos by Sally’s Baking Addiction
Homemade Oreos with Strawberry Cream Cheese Filling by Eat Cake for Dinner



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67 Responses to “Soft Homemade Peanut Butter Oreos”

  1. Giselle posted on May 10, 2014 at 3:35 am (#)

    Those look so good! They look so soft and chocolaty :)


  2. whatjessicabakednext posted on May 10, 2014 at 3:41 am (#)

    Wow, these look amazing! I love the idea of homemade oreo’s! Especially loving the PB filling- super delicious recipe!


  3. How to Philosophize with Cake posted on May 10, 2014 at 4:13 am (#)

    Wow these are stunning! I’m usually not a huge fan of Oreos, but I think if they’re soft and filled with peanut buttery they’d be just perfect. :)


  4. Mary Frances posted on May 10, 2014 at 4:58 am (#)

    Isn’t it funny the different traditions everyone has? I don’t think we have one for Oreos … eat all in one day? 😉 I’ll have to hide them to try the soft trick. Or I could just make these because you had me at soft batch and huge! Could there be anything better than a huge peanut butter Oreo??? Pinned!


  5. Tieghan posted on May 10, 2014 at 6:00 am (#)

    I love that these are soft and filled with peanut butter. That sounds so good! Have a great Mothers Day, Dorothy!


  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on May 10, 2014 at 10:00 am (#)

    Wow, you nailed these, Dorothy! I love PB (duh) and the fact that you did homemade PEANUT butter Oreos, well, you’re my hero :) pinned


  7. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice posted on May 10, 2014 at 10:11 am (#)

    Oh my gosh, I am in love with your pictures! These truly look like the ultimate cakey cookie! You can’t go wrong with oreos and peanut butter!


  8. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on May 10, 2014 at 10:13 am (#)

    soft oreo, check! bigger than Oreos, check! peanut butter oreos, check, check!!!

    These look fabulous! And of course people read your blog and make your recipes, silly! You have over 121,000 likes on FB! Your humility is humbling though. Makes me like you all that much more!


  9. Lucy posted on May 10, 2014 at 11:28 am (#)

    Wow! I am almost speechless with all the oreo filling possibilities – mint of course, and food coloring for the holidays! I am seeing green and red at Christmas. But for every day – yes – peanut butter.


  10. Mary Brown posted on May 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm (#)

    Happy Mama’s day to you!! Your website is really wonderful. The pics are beautiful and you write so well. Thanks for something special each time!!
    Your Pittsburgh fan,
    Grandma Mary Brown


  11. Melissa @ Simply Sweets by Honeybee posted on May 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm (#)

    These look fabulous! Hope you have a great Mother’s Day!


  12. dina posted on May 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm (#)

    love pb and chocolate. they look great!


  13. Lia posted on May 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm (#)

    Do these need to be refrigerated? I’m looking for cookies to mail out of state.


  14. Laurie F. posted on May 10, 2014 at 5:03 pm (#)

    Thanks for the recipe – I love Oreos but don’t buy them because of the hydrogenated oil (tried Newman’s O’s, but they don’t taste as good). Happy Mother’s Day, Dorothy – Jordan is lucky to have a mother like you!


  15. Mom posted on May 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm (#)

    Wow, these look fabulous! Great pix. And yes, I would love some. Guess I’ll have to make my own batch. :)


  16. Jenn@eatcakefordinner posted on May 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm (#)

    You go girl!!! You are like a celebrity in food blog land :) I love PB Oreos and yours look fantastic.


  17. Mir posted on May 10, 2014 at 6:01 pm (#)

    Heavenly and awesome. I love these! And it’s so sweet about your mom. Great tribute for Mother’s Day!
    And Happy Mother’s Day to you!


  18. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on May 10, 2014 at 6:50 pm (#)

    For starters, your photos are amazing in this post! They always are, but these just really pop. Really balanced composition (love the stacks!), bright lighting, pretty colors… And a super yummy subject! 😉 Your mom must’ve gotten used to how food bloggers bake something a week or two in advance before posting it. But I’m sure she’d love these! As for me? I’ll take the two parts separately. I almost always scrape the cream out of the centers and just eat the Oreo cookies, but I love PB enough that I wouldn’t want to toss that filling!


  19. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen posted on May 10, 2014 at 7:54 pm (#)

    Oh. My. Gosh. You went and made homemade peanut butter Oreos!!! I am in love!!!!! Happy Mother’s Day to you and your mom!! :)


  20. Melissa posted on May 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm (#)

    What a sweet relationship you have with your mom! So fun :) Happy Mom’s Day to you! I hope you have a lovely day with your family.


  21. Matt Robinson posted on May 10, 2014 at 10:17 pm (#)

    Dorothy, it’s 10:15 PM here and I am so hungry. Seeing these just put me over the top and I seriously need some sweets now. Love everything about these, the flavoring, the texture, you name it. So great.


  22. Emily @ Life on Food posted on May 11, 2014 at 3:33 am (#)

    Oh man Oreos are the best and of course peanut butter is like the most amazing things ever. Combine the two and you have a super duper winner on your hands. Lovely!


  23. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on May 11, 2014 at 5:10 am (#)

    Girl, you are famous :) It’s the best feeling when someone takes the time to make your recipe and then come back and tell you they loved it. It makes this whole blogging thing worth it. Love the thick peanut butter center. Pinned.


  24. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama posted on May 11, 2014 at 7:56 am (#)

    Ooooooo…. these look amazing, Dorothy! :) I love peanut butter & Oreos together. I may be guilty of spreading peanut butter on top of my Oreos at times…. but I like your idea MUCH better, lol!


  25. sue/the view from great island posted on May 11, 2014 at 11:33 am (#)

    Dorothy that’s the most tempting cookie I’ve ever seen!


  26. Kayla posted on May 11, 2014 at 4:40 pm (#)

    This looks awesome! I love how the cookie part is puffier than actual oreos. I bet it tastes better too!


  27. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on May 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm (#)

    Awww! Of course you’re a big deal-so sweet that your mom (and dad) is your #1 fan!!! I love that you made these for her and I def. approve! PB and Oreo’s are my fave combo and these look LUSCIOUS!


  28. Monet posted on May 11, 2014 at 8:51 pm (#)

    Give me peanut butter and chocolate any day of the year! I loved hearing your thoughts about your number one fans. I know they’re proud.


  29. Jessica @ Sweet Menu posted on May 11, 2014 at 8:52 pm (#)

    Oh boy! These look amazing. I’ve never had peanut butter oreos but I bet they are amazing. Will definitely have to try making these!


  30. Samina | The Cupcake Confession posted on May 12, 2014 at 1:55 am (#)

    I remember opening the Oreo pack and then leaving the pack open for a couple of days. Those soft Oreos are like a dream and now I won’t have to wait 3 whole days for them to go soft thanks to you and this delicious homemade peanut butter Oreo cookies! Who doesn’t like peanut butter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :O <3 Goshh…. just looking at these cookies is making me H-U-N-G-R-Y!!! You know the kind of hunger that will not be satisfied with anything else but a particular food item! That's exactly how I'm feeling right now! WANT.THESE! Pinning! 😀


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 12th, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      We love peanut butter waaaay too much in my house!!! :) Thanks for the pin!


  31. Ashley posted on May 12, 2014 at 8:11 am (#)

    I will be making these for sure!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle


  32. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on May 12, 2014 at 10:43 am (#)

    So freakin’ fabulous! Love these!!


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  34. Crystal posted on May 13, 2014 at 7:41 pm (#)

    Heavenly!!! i love oreos and peanut butter. I can’t wait to make these!! Super delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!!


  35. Medeja posted on May 14, 2014 at 4:13 am (#)

    My kind of cookies :) Thanks for the recipe!


  36. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on May 14, 2014 at 9:12 am (#)

    The peanut butter Oreos are definitely one of my favorites, but I would absolutely love these more. I puffy heart love soft chewy cookies…hard ones just don’t do it for me. And filled with soft fluffy peanut butter frosting! Oh, boy, I would marry those cookies too!!!


  37. Sue {munchkin munchies} posted on May 15, 2014 at 9:20 am (#)

    These look amazing, and sound awesome, Dorothy!


  38. Jen posted on May 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm (#)

    My kids swear that I am the only person on earth who says the bomb diggety and that I made it up. I am so showing this to them tomorrow and rubbing it in their faces!


  39. Kristyn posted on May 16, 2014 at 10:04 am (#)

    YUM!! Thanks for another great recipe, Dorothy!


  40. Phoebe Lapine @FeedMePhoebe posted on May 19, 2014 at 1:40 pm (#)

    These look amazing- I’m not sure I’d be able to share… :)


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  45. Ashley posted on May 26, 2014 at 6:58 pm (#)

    Can you make this with a handmixer?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 26th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Yes you can! Enjoy!


      • Ashley replied on May 26th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

        Thanks for the fast reply!

  46. Megan posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:09 am (#)

    I just made these last night for my friend’s birthday… I can’t wait to give them to her later today. I had to try one, of course, and they are delicious! I will definitely be making these again :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 3rd, 2014 at 6:41 am

      Yay! I’m so glad. Happy birthday to your friend!


  47. suzanne posted on June 17, 2014 at 3:07 am (#)

    hi, I just stumbled across your blog through pinterest and oh my word I love it! I need to get baking and try some of your recipes. they may need a little tweeking as im in the uk so cant always get the same ingredients but I’m sure i’ll cope. thanks for sharing your kitchen with us.
    Suzanne x


  48. Rose posted on June 18, 2014 at 8:11 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness! I think I have a baker’s crush on you, this looks amazing! And I WILL be making this as my next baking project.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 19th, 2014 at 6:23 am

      Enjoy Rose! They’re SO GOOD!


  49. Rachel posted on July 3, 2014 at 3:07 pm (#)

    Does the butter in the filling need to be softened?


  50. Caprisserie posted on July 15, 2014 at 4:47 am (#)

    Hey! I just discovered your amazing blog and I am totally amazed by the recipes! I can’t decide which one I wanna try first;)

    xxx from Germany


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 15th, 2014 at 6:37 am

      Thank you Caprisserie!! Enjoy!


  51. Julia M posted on August 15, 2014 at 8:29 am (#)

    Does the cream in the filling mean these need to be kept refrigerated once filled?


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  53. Becki F posted on September 5, 2014 at 10:23 am (#)

    I LOVE peanut butter oreos! love love love them. I was wondering if the peanut butter filling could be used for buckeyes. I love buckeyes but every recipe I try is too sweet (too much powdered sugar). The filling in the oreo is perfect. Your thoughts???


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 5th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      I think you could, if you leave out the heavy cream (or add less of it). You want a thicker paste-like texture so they’ll form balls and not be mushy. Try making the frosting w/o the cream and see if it comes together, or add just a teaspoon at a time until it just does. Let me know if it works!!


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  56. Mary F Brown posted on June 19, 2015 at 8:55 am (#)

    OK Dorothy, I really enjoy your blog and recipes that I have tried always are soo good. These homemade oreo peanut butter filled babies are incredible. I am also a fan of your gooey brownies. I was wondering if you could guide me on making those gooey brownies with a peanut butter pretzel filling. Thanks and have a great day. Your Pittsburgh fan,Mary


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 25th, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      That would be a great filling! You could mix some peanut butter (maybe 2 tablespoons) with the sweetened condensed milk and then sprinkle the pretzel pieces on when you add the SCM mixture!


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  58. Jennifer Earsing posted on June 28, 2015 at 2:43 pm (#)

    just made these, they taste sinful.  You were right about the filling, made a TON! Halving that next time.  Love your site and recipes, keep ’em coming. 


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 28th, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      It’s great with a spoon… :) Glad you liked the cookies!


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