Finally, I have achieved victory! Ever since I was a wee thing, I have enjoyed the cookie part of Oreos, and loathed the vile "cream" center. When I was younger, I dreamed that someday they would sell a version of Oreos with no filling -- and it did not seem like an unreasonable dream, given the appearance on the market of such disgusting abominations as DoubleStufs and Oreos with "holiday" colored fillings. That day has not come to pass -- apparently the
mouthbreathing troglodytes people at Nabisco think that America's already overstuffed gorge wants to be crammed with yet more white greasy filling, and possibly a softer version of the chocolate cookie. Madness.
Incidentally, I looked up the Oreo website before writing this post, and I must say -- the Double Stuf Race link is deeply disturbing. First off, stuff is spelled with two f's, people! To do otherwise is to present us with a sadly amputated word. Next, the concept itself: this site is encouraging people (let's be honest here: children -- this site was built for them) to see how fast they can eat cookies? Gross. And no wonder diabetes is on the rise. Then you click on the link, and well...see for yourself. I think the announcer guy is pretty creepy looking. It's a nice touch that they've made some sort of marketing deal with Nascar -- a "sport" which essentially involved a bunch of men driving billboards around a track for a ridiculously long period of time. Not the sort of thing that encourages the kids to get out and do any actual excercise, is what I'm saying.
So anyway, on to my great victory -- I have achieved an Oreo cookie without paying Nabisco a cent, and it is delightfully free of that sickly sweet partially hydrogenated paste. I strongly encourage you to try this recipe, which hails from Smitten Kitchen. It's wonderful. Oh, and I should let you know: to get the authentic turn-your-teeth-black look, I used half regular cocoa powder, half "black" cocoa powder which I bought here. I also went with just a cup of sugar for a less sweet cookie. These cookies are just sturdy enough that I think you could spread a little softened peanut butter between two of them -- or peanut butter buttercream, if you like things sweeter -- but right now I am reveling in pure, crunchy, not-too-sweet chocolatey goodness.