Homemade Halloween Oreos are the perfect treat for any Halloween gathering, delivering to a neighbor, OR… for no other reason than to enjoy one yourself!
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I think it’s an unwritten law amongst bakers that per any given holiday, all baked goods must coordinate with said holiday. Is it even kosher to make a dessert in October that isn’t black and orange? Or at least that have orange and yellow in it? I mean… aren’t there dessert police that will confiscate any goodies that are unfit for the given holiday? (oooo… that’s a smart job. I volunteer! 🤣)
Wellll… far be it from me to be a rule-breaker! Hence, today I’m sharing our family’s favorite homemade oreo cookies, but with a Halloween twist!
Homemade oreos are so so delicious! The chocolate cookie is so soft and delectable. And the cream cheese filling is the perfect compliment to the cookie’s sweetness. It’s heaven in a bite!
Even better is that this Halloween treat comes together in no time! The cookie utilizes a cake mix as the base ingredient, making it a snap to whip these up!
How to make Homemade Halloween Oreos
- To make homemade Halloween oreos, you’ll start with two boxes of Devil’s Food cake mix. (Duncan Hines is always my go-to brand.)
- To this dry cake mix you will add a cup of softened butter and four eggs. Just mix it with a fork until it is fully combined and there are no more dry bits of batter.
- Roll the dough into 1″ balls. (It will be quite sticky. This is normal.) An optional, but helpful step is to lightly roll the ball in a bowl of flour to give it a light dusting. This will help the cookie to keep its shape a bit. (Otherwise it will tend to go quite flat. But that’s not necessarily bad either.)
- Bake for 10-12 minutes at 325 F on a greased cookie sheet (or I prefer to use silicone mats on my baking sheets). And as always… DO NOT OVERBAKE! 😉 The cookies should still be soft. Cool completely.
Wasn’t the uber easy??? But yes, there’s more.
Next we’ll make the filling
- In a medium mixing bowl (I like to rinse out and use the same bowl… since I’m all about less dirty dishes!), beat together 1 package of cream cheese, 4 Tbsp of softened butter, and a teaspoon of vanilla with an electric mixer. Beat for roughly two minutes, until nice and smooth.
- Add in 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar– half a cup at a time, mixing after each addition– until all powdered sugar is added and and the filling is smooth and creamy.
- And to give it some Halloween flair, we are going to add some orange food coloring. You can use orange gel paste if you have it (like for cake decorating), or a mix of red and yellow liquid food coloring drops will also do the trick.
Now it’s time to assemble!
- For each oreo cookie, you will need two of the chocolate cookies and some filling to sandwich in between.
- Simply place some frosting on one side, add the other cookie, and you’re done!
- Or, for some extra Halloween fun add some sprinkles! To do this, just add a little extra filling in the middle and squeeze the cookies together until it smooshes the filling right to the edge of the cookie. Then roll the sides of the cookies in some Halloween colored sprinkles so that the sprinkles stick to the frosting.
Aren’t they so fun?? And seriously, y’all… SO delicious! Now you just have to decide: do you give them away? or eat them all?! 🤣
Luckily, this recipe makes enough that you can give some away AND keep some for yourself as well! So by all means… have your cookie and eat it too!
And speaking of making enough… this recipe does make quite a bit. Depending on your cookie size, you will likely be able to get about 24 oreo sandwich cookies. Feel free to split the recipe in half if you don’t need that many. But we never run into that problem at our house. 😉
Gifting your Halloween Treat
And when you’re ready to give your Halloween treat to neighbors and friends, check out my post on our family’s Halloween tradition of “You’ve Been Boo’d”! It’s a fun and sneaky way to share the deliciousness. I even made some cute printables and slightly changed up the way we do it to make it easier for others to pass the fun along! 😉🧡
And for more family Halloween fun, check out this post for some printable family Halloween games!
Wishing y’all a happy and delicious Halloween!
Homemade Halloween Oreos
FOR THE COOKIE
- 2 boxes Devil's Food cake mix (I prefer Duncan Hine's)
- 1 cup butter softened
- 4 eggs
- small bowl of flour for dusting, optional
FOR THE FILLING
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 4 Tbsp butter softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- orange food coloring
- Halloween colored sprinkles optional
- Preheat oven to 325º F
FOR THE COOKIES
- In a medium/large mixing bowl, combine the dry cake mixes, softened butter, and eggs.
- Mix with a fork until is is fully combined and there is no more dry mix.
- Roll the dough into 1" sized balls, and (if desired) lightly roll the ball in the bowl of flour to give it a light dusting. (This will help the cookie keep more of it's shape.)
- Bake on a greased cookie sheet (I prefer a cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat) for 10 to 12 minutes. Do NOT overbake! The cookies should still be soft.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool a few minutes on the cookie sheet before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.
FOR THE FILLING
- In another mixing bowl (or I just rinse the first one out and reuse it), beat together the softened cream cheese, butter, and vanilla using an electric mixer. Beat for about 2 minutes until smooth.
- Add the powdered sugar, 1/2 a cup at a time, mixing after each addition until all the powdered sugar is added and the filling is smooth and creamy.
- Add orange food coloring and mix it in until fully combined and to the desired level of color that you prefer. (Gel paste food coloring works best, but you could also use a combination of red and yellow liquid food coloring to get the desired color.)
- For each 'oreo' cookie, you will take one of the chocolate cookies, place some of the filling/frosting on the bottom/flat side of it, and then sandwich it with the bottom side of another cookie.
- If you wish to add the Halloween sprinkles around the edge, be sure to add enough filling in the middle so that when you sandwich the cookies together the filling will smoosh out to the edge of the cookies. Place your sprinkles in a shallow bowl or on a plate and roll the frosting edges of the cookies through the sprinkles so that the sprinkles stick to the frosting.
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- Silicone Baking Mats (this is the kind I have)