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Homemade Chocolate Covered Mint Oreos


As previously discussed, I have some issues. They involve me covering everything edible in chocolate. Actually, I’m lying. Sometimes I cover my fingers in chocolate, too, just so I can lick them off.

It’s sick…really.

Take these homemade mint oreos for example. They were perfectly good as is. Two thin chocolate cookies sandwiched between a creamy (very oreo-like) mint filling. I should have stopped there.

But I couldn’t.


When I was little, I had a thing for oreos.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking YOU?! YOU had a thing for OREOS? I thought you had a thing for broccoli! Or chicken breasts! Or even iced tea. But oreos?

Yes, oreos. But only the mint ones. They were my favorite after dinner snack and I would hoard little snacks of them in my bedroom then slowly separate the cookies and lick the frosting until my tongue became like sand paper. That’s attractive, right?

Only the other day did I discover though that you could actually make your own oreos easily at home. This whole project only took me about an hour, start to finish, and I’m pleased to announce that these homemade mint oreos very much rival the packaged ones of my youth.

I think these would be the perfect addition to any holiday cookie plate and my taste-tester slave gave it two chocolate covered thumbs up.

I especially loved the thin, crispy chocolate cookies. They really do taste just like oreos—I promise! They would also be great made larger and sandwiched between a small scoop of ice cream, covered in sprinkles (obviously), and then frozen again.

Just a thought.

After baking these, I hid them from myself but we all know how well that works.

I think I’ve eaten about 39 this weekend and still going strong. Help. I have no feeling in my tongue anymore and my jeans mysteriously shrunk again in the wash.

I hate it when that happens!

Homemade Chocolate Dipped Mint Oreos

makes about 40 sandwich cookies

Print this recipe!

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup cocoa

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 egg

oreo filling:

1/4 cup shortening

1/4 cup butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp peppermint extract

2 drops red food coloring (or enough to produce a bright shade of red)

chocolate covering:

2 cups chocolate chips

1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces

Preheat the oven to 375.

To make the cookies, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and beat well.

Mix together the dry ingredients thoroughly (getting rid of all big lumps of cocoa powder). Add dry ingredients to butter and sugar mixture and beat until just smooth.

Roll dough into a large ball and set to chill in the fridge for half an hour.

After the dough has chilled, scoop out very small balls of dough (about a teaspoon’s worth) and flatten gently on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 7-9 minutes and then let cool completely on baking sheet. The cookies will harden as they cool.

To make the filling, beat together the shortening and butter. Add the confectioner’s sugar and extracts and continue to beat for about six more minutes until light. Scoop filling into a plastic bag or pastry bag (with a very small tip) and pipe a small amount between cookies. Sandwich cookies together.

Make the chocolate covering by melting together the butter and chocolate over very, very low heat. Drop cookies into chocolate and use spoon to coat thoroughly. Gently pick cookies out of chocolate and freeze on wax paper for half an hour until chocolate is set.

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  • Kelly
    December 21, 2010 at 5:42 am

    OH YUM!! These looks amazing! Remember double stuffed oreos!!! My brother and I LOVED those when we were kids!

  • lee @ College Foodie Finds
    December 21, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Mmmm I’m not sure how you’re not 1,000 pounds!! I think I would have devoured this entire batch myself. These look incredible as always! Love the mint and the sprinkles! Happy Holidays!!

    • bakingnbooks
      December 21, 2010 at 8:13 am

      That’s what I was thinking πŸ˜‰ Along with your baking skills – I would like your self-control please.

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    December 21, 2010 at 6:07 am

    yum!!! I’ve made homemade oreos before, but not mint ones! And not dipped in chocolate!

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner)
    December 21, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Man those look GOOD! I’ve never made homemade Oreos before, so I think I need to try these! πŸ˜€

  • Maria
    December 21, 2010 at 6:16 am

    I love that you dunked these in chocolate! Thank you:)

  • Katie (Sweet Tater)
    December 21, 2010 at 6:19 am


  • Angela (Oh She Glows)
    December 21, 2010 at 6:22 am

    These look incredible! I used to make Smitten Kitchen’s oreo recipe and it was to die for. Major Oreo craving right now.

  • grocery goddess jen
    December 21, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Oh wow, I will NOT be making those. You want to know why? Because I would never be able to fit into my pants again. Ever. Because I would eat the entire batch in about an hour. But they look delicious.

  • Shannon @ Freshman Yr of Life
    December 21, 2010 at 6:32 am

    OMG! My uncle used to make almost the exact same things for Christmas!! He drizzled them with white chocolate (drool) oh and he also covered peanut butter ritz crackers with chocolate. Like the big ones (more drool)

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    December 21, 2010 at 6:33 am

    this is SO much better than what you buy at Godiva

  • Camille
    December 21, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Everything is better covered in more chocolate. It is just a fact!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)
    December 21, 2010 at 6:34 am


    I love Oreos too! I posted these Oreo Balls that are just smashed oreos + cream cheese dipped in chocolate. You have taken choc dipped oreos to NEW LEVELS!

    I am so impressed with your Homemade Oreo Recipe! And the filling. That is red and festive. Too.Good.

    Shrinking jeans and all πŸ™‚

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    December 21, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Seriously amazing. I think this is my favorite dessert recipe I have seen yet.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    December 21, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Oooooh Jenna, you spoil me. Really, these look so.freakin.good!

  • Alina @ Duty Free Foodie
    December 21, 2010 at 6:45 am

    I’ve actually never had the mint ones! I have to confess to a weakness for the plain ones though. Such a classic!

  • Camala - CC Recipe
    December 21, 2010 at 6:48 am

    I love Oreo’s and these look so much better, I would definitely have to hide them from myself!

  • VeggieGirl
    December 21, 2010 at 6:50 am

    And this is just one of the reasons why I’m glad you and I are REAL LIFE friends.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    December 21, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Oreo’s are my absolute favorite cookie!!! I love that the icing filling is red πŸ™‚

  • Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun!)
    December 21, 2010 at 6:52 am


    I’m with you on the mysteriously shrinking jeans…I think the Grinch stole my willpower.

  • Lauren
    December 21, 2010 at 6:59 am

    omg those look amazing! ill be glad to take those cookies away from you!! πŸ™‚

  • Kelly
    December 21, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Wow. I am not a big “chocolate-covered” fan, so I may skip out on that part, but the part about the homemade oreos is right up my alley. YUM!

  • Jenna
    December 21, 2010 at 7:03 am

    amazing? I think so. and so festive as well!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    December 21, 2010 at 7:04 am

    this has holiday weight gain written all over it…and i couldn’t be more excited about it πŸ™‚

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    December 21, 2010 at 7:10 am

    You’re a danger. I need to watch myself around you πŸ˜‰

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    December 21, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Jenna, you aren’t allowed to use those cute sprinkles any more unless you tell me where I can buy them! πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      December 21, 2010 at 7:56 am

      just your local store! in the baking section with the flour and sugar πŸ™‚

      • kristin
        January 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm

        I realize I’m in the south, so stores are different but they definitely have them at Publix…. anything sweet with something that they can stick to (i.e. frosting) gets covered in these sprinkles at my house! Sprinkles make everything more fun!

  • Brittney
    December 21, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Wow, I am so impressed that you MADE oreos. Not that I would expect any less from you, but that is really really impressive!

  • Stephanie
    December 21, 2010 at 7:41 am

    You should do baking videos, too!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    December 21, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Those look even better than real Oreo’s. (But I always thought Oreo’s put too much cream in the center.)

  • Shannon
    December 21, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Perhaps they’d also be great made bigger, with ice cream sandwiched between them, and dipped in chocolate?

    I will have to try making these. I have a friend who is obsessed with DoubleStuf oreos, but doesn’t like mint. Would it be okay to leave the mint out of the filling?

    • jenna
      December 21, 2010 at 7:55 am

      of course! I love that idea!

  • Lindsey @ Morningstar Project
    December 21, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Oh dear I think I need to go to Dessert Lovers Anonymous after reading all your posts. And these look just like Trader Joe’s Joe-Joes cookies, my latest addiction. For the holiday they have them covered in chocolate/peppermint, chocolate/PB, and white chocolate/ginger. Not that I’m giving you any other ideas to post on your blog πŸ˜‰

  • Nicole
    December 21, 2010 at 8:06 am

    You have to stop posting amazing recipes!

    Last night I had narrowed down my baking list to: walmart crack cookies, snickerdoodles, triple layer mint smores brownies, & old fashioned gingerbread cookies. All your recipes!

    Now I am going to have to either add this new one to the “sugar squad,” or subtract one other recipe & make these instead.

  • Lisa
    December 21, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Ok, now you’ve crossed the line! πŸ˜‰ In the best possible way, of course!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    December 21, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Holy Moly! Those look incredible. At first I thought they were just oreos dunked in chocolate and I thought *that* sounded good. And then I realized you went all homemade. Love it! πŸ˜€

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    December 21, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Those look pretty amazing. My jeans have been shrinking in the dryer too πŸ™‚ Brutal.

  • Colleen
    December 21, 2010 at 8:15 am

    This is awesome! While the stuffed-dipped oreo looks divine, I think I most excited about just the cookie recipe. I have to eat GF and always buy nasty, expensive GF oreos and then scrape out the middle when I want to make a chocolate cookie crust or need chocolate cookie crumbs (bourbon balls)! I can’t wait to try this recipe with my usual GF flour sub!! Thanks so much!

    Oh, and I’d just like to say that I adore your blog! I read it religiously, but I don’t think I’ve ever commented. I especially like it b/c I’m an Aggie, so Adam and your Texas adventures make me feel right at home!!

  • Theresa Sondjo
    December 21, 2010 at 8:16 am

    These are impressive, and look relatively easy to put together. I can’t wait to make them and share them with the office!

  • Maria
    December 21, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Dear oreos let me count the ways, regular, double stuf, golden, cakesters, spring with yellow filling, halloween with orange filling, christmas with green filling, and the ever so cute mini’s. Did you know they even have oreo waffle cones and white fudge dipped oreos…omg…I need to try. Lest not forget TJ’s joe joe’s. I think you should make white chocolate πŸ™‚

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    December 21, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Hello genious! You know what to do with chocolate and there is no shame is chocolate covered fingers. Ever.

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    December 21, 2010 at 8:32 am

    wow i think i’ll be making those asap. yum!

  • Cathy
    December 21, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I think you have an incredibly witty and entertaining writing style and absolutely love reading your blog!

  • Lisa
    December 21, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Wow you made your own oreos? That’s so cool. And they look delectable!

  • Heather
    December 21, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Okay, since I’m sorta lazy, I’m going to use up some of the Famous Chocolate cookies I got for icebox cakes to make these!!! All the taste, half the work! Score πŸ™‚

  • Food & Other Things
    December 21, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Wow! These look amazing…I love Oreos and I love anything chocolate covered so I absolutely need to try out this recipe!

  • Kim
    December 21, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I just finished my last final of the semester and hopped online to de-stress by looking at desserts. And these totally did the trick! Now that I have the next 36 days to sit at home alone and do nothing I can finally try all these great cookies you’ve been posting. Can’t wait!

  • Amber K
    December 21, 2010 at 9:22 am

    What’s funny, is that I am not a fan of actual Oreos. I LOVE cookie’s and creme ice cream and I love oreo-like pies and what not. But actual Oreos are way too crunchy. Now chewy chips a’hoy are the BEST. Exactly what a cookie should be. I wonder if I can find something similar that is gluten free. Then again, that might not be a good thing! lol

  • Olympe
    December 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

    They look so great and delicious. I will definitely make them. Thank you for sharing all the amazing recipes and your love for chocolate.

  • AshleyH
    December 21, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I’ve made these before but always with the store bought oreos and candi quik. They are just about the only thing that I dont make from scratch and they are my fiance’s favorite thing that I make.
    Does the chocolate covering you make get hard?

  • Dawn
    December 21, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I am a great lover of cookbooks and this is one I don’t have! I’d like it! And Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Dee
    December 21, 2010 at 9:56 am

    OH WOW! These sound amazing!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    December 21, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Those look awesome…with an big glass of milk, of course πŸ™‚

  • Jessica
    December 21, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Ohhhhh these look amazing!

  • Maris (In Good Taste)
    December 21, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Those look amazing. If I gain 50 lbs between now and New Year’s I am blaming you entirely πŸ™‚

  • Debra
    December 21, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I love that you love chocolate. Would also love to see that cookbook on my counter, thanks. Merry Christmas!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    December 21, 2010 at 11:09 am

    LOVE chocolate covered oreos. Homemade? Even better!

  • Erika
    December 21, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Love your blog and all your recipe postings! Merry Christmas!

  • Jaclyn
    December 21, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Ah these look dangerous, dangerous indeed πŸ˜‰

    I was at home yesterday and noticed the bag (box?) of *holiday oreos on the counter.. the red insides are funny I think.. it just screams red dye.. but still delicious. v, delicious and i agree, the mint one are the best!!!!

  • Lisa
    December 21, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Jenna- I totally want to make these! But in the picture it looks like you used a rolling pin and cookie cutter and in the directions it says scoop into a ball. I just want to make sure I do it right. Thanks for such a great recipe πŸ™‚

  • jenna k
    December 21, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    sometimes my jeans shrink while just sitting in my dresser!

    these cookies sound and look wonderful!! i would love to make my own oreos. but i doubt i’ll be able to eat 40 cookies before they go bad. can i freeze them once they’ve been baked, or would it be better to just freeze part of the dough?

    • jenna
      December 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm

      I would just freeze part of the dough! That way you can have fresh cookies πŸ™‚

      • jenna k
        December 30, 2010 at 7:02 pm

        i literally just finished frosting them, and they are SO yummy! the plain frosting wasn’t exactly like oreo creme (i just wanted to see πŸ™‚ ), but once i added the peppermint, it tasted really close to the mint oreo creme. the cookie part is so good on its own and reminds me of a thin mint cookie. i may add peppermint to the dough next time, and then just cover the plain cookies in chocolate. Mmm! God bless you, woman!

  • Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby
    December 22, 2010 at 4:19 am

    this cannot be real! pinch me, i think i’m dreaming! πŸ™‚

  • Katie G.
    December 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    When I first started reading this post, I thought…Jenna took Oreo’s and dipped them in chocolate…great idea…but what, nothing from scratch? And then I realized that you made your OWN chocolate cookies, even BETTER idea!

    If you are ever in MD, you are welcomed to come over to my house and we can bake all day while blasting music and dancing…what do you think? haha. Thanks for making baking and cooking look like so much fun! I’m not a big cook but I am definitely trying more πŸ™‚

  • melissa
    December 31, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I just made these. The cookies and the filling came out great. The chocolate to coat them with…not so much. It never reached a smooth consistency. I turned it down and then tried to heat it again but it became all separated and gross. Anyone have ideas on what I did wrong? Did I heat the chocolate too fast? Or should I have used a double boiler to melt the chocolate?

  • Runeatrepeat
    January 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I’m all about making them as ice cream sandwiches! The #1 reason why I love living in SoCal is so I can have ice cream year ’round. (Not that I wouldn’t eat it year round else where as well…)

    • jenna
      January 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      oh my gosh! mini oreo ice cream sandwiches would be SO GOOD!!

  • Liz
    January 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Yum! I might just be lazy and, um, dip store-bought oreos in melted chocolate, though…

  • kate
    January 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    All day, I’ve been wishing that I’d done a better job of rationing my Chocolate Covered Peppermint Joe Joe cookies– and tonight, when I typed in your web address for my daiy update, I found myself face to face with your incredible December 21st creation. Magic? Divine intervention? Whatever it is, I’ll take it :). Thanks so much your beautiful site.

  • Amanda
    January 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Chocolate covered oreos rock my world. Yum.

  • vanillasugarblog
    January 29, 2011 at 9:09 am

    ohhhh listen now. this is not fair. i have so much on my plate today and i really want to stop everything and make these.
    they look AHmazing.

  • Alison
    January 31, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Is it possible to make the filling with all butter rather than shortening? Or would it change the consistency too much?

    I’m trying to avoid the trans-fats. Thanks!

    • jenna
      January 31, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      I would chose a trans-fat free shortening! You really need shortening because it holds it shape better than butter. There are many trans-fat free kinds!

  • Kendall
    February 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    It hasn’t even been 24 hours since I made these, and the only evidence they ever existed is now on my thighs. I absolutely love your blog! Thanks for all the brillant recipes!

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