Homemade Coconut Oreos
Spring break is fiiiiiinally over. They get a week AND the day after Easter, which is totally overkill. Even though last week was a breeze since we were in San Diego, we got home and Jordan was instantly bored.
“What should I dooooooooo Mommy?????!!!!” she wailed.
“Well, since I just spent 5 days sleeping in hotels and family’s guest rooms, schlepping to the beach and the zoo, eating from amazing donut shops, visiting a mission, and then I’m paying who knows how much to FedEx the stuffed animal you left in the sofa bed, maybe you should just go read a book,” I replied
in my head.
Instead, I made her cookies. Because the Easter candy wasn’t enough.
I have quite the obsession with homemade and copycat recipes. Sure, buying cookies are great. Making them at home? Even better. Because no matter how much I love Golden Oreos, my recipe doesn’t include thiamine mononitrate which supposedly is a vitamin but sounds weird.
My cookies have ingredients you recognize. Like COCONUT!
When I was making the Lemon Oreos last month I had a vision: Coconut Oreos! As far as I know, Oreo has never made a coconut version, but I might be wrong. Regardless, I made a homemade version and I’m so glad I did. Because, coconut.
Is there anything better? Vanilla cookies sandwiched with coconut frosting. #yespleasegetmetheyogapants
The filling in these cookies would also be good in the Chocolate Oreo version I’ve made. Just swap the peanut butter filling for this one and BAM – you have CHOCOLATE Coconut Oreos. #yourewelcome
A couple notes about the recipe:
- I didn’t chill my dough, which means you get cookies in your belly faster.
- For some coconut flavor in the cookie recipe, add 1 teaspoon coconut extract.
- I used regular milk in my filling but if you have coconut milk, use that. It’ll make the filling even better!
- Watch how much milk you add to the filling. I added a little too much which meant that I had to keep these chilled. Not a bad thing, they’re yummy cold, but don’t be a heavy handed milk pourer!
Homemade Coconut Oreos
Yield: 2 dozen sandwich cookies
Sweet vanilla cookies sandwiched with coconut cream filling! Like a Golden Oreo only better.
For the cookies:
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup ganulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
For the filling:
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoons coconut extract
- 1-2 tablespoons milk (use coconut milk for even more coconut flavor)
- 1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats.
- Whisk baking soda, salt, and flour in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Cream butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer). Cream until fluffy, about 1 minute.
- Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Slowly mix in dry ingredients, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon cookie balls onto the cookie sheets, 2” apart.
- Bake for 7-8 minutes, until the edges are golden. Remove from the oven and tap the cookie sheets on the top of the stove lightly to flatten the cookies a bit. Let cool completely before frosting.
- To make the frosting: mix butter with a hand mixer until creamy and smooth. Mix in powdered sugar slowly until crumbly. Add coconut extract and 1 tablespoon milk and mix until smooth. Add up to 1 more tablespoon of milk to get the right spreading consistency for your frosting, but only add 1 teaspoon or less at a time so you don't make it too runny. Stir in coconut.
- Frost the bottoms of half the cookies, then sandwich with another cookie. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Beware of how much milk you add to your frosting. A little too much and the cookies will need to be stored in the refrigerator. If 1 tablespoon is not enough, add it one teaspoon (or less) at a time.