Friends, it’s time to get serious. We need to have “the” talk. No, not that  talk. The other talk. You know, the one where we sit down and discuss why on earth 2 chocolate cookies sandwiched between a thick cream tastes soooooo insanely good?

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And why did it take me so long to recreate an exact version of those delightful cookies we call Oreos? This discussion, of course, must be made over an ice cold glass of rice milk and 2 Moreos cookies.  Maybe 3.

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These are even kid-tested. A 5-year old and 12-year old were my guinea pigs and both of them said they *loved* these. The 12-year old even said that they were better than the store bought version. (I think she was blowing sunshine up my butt, however). What a terrible visual, by the way.  All I’m saying is, as I was uploading these photos, I had to run and get another one. The pictures were sparking up a lust in me. Drool did occur.

Utter perfection. And you just might faint once you see this picture:

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Do you see what I see??? (No, I’m not talking about that insanely adorable dog in the background, or my model’s brightly colored fingers)… My fingers trembled the first time I twisted the cookies in order to see if they would smoothly separate the way real Oreos do, leaving the cream full intact. I screamed with excitement when they did! Wanna see another picture of it?

Me too! 

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Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Gluten-free Vegan Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen cookie sandwiches (approx 48 individual cookies)

Gluten, dairy, and egg free

(Inspired by the Baking Illustrated Icebox Cookie recipe/procedure).

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 c. brown rice flour
  • 3/4 c. sorghum flour
  • 1/4 c. potato starch
  • 1/4 c. arrowroot powder
  • 1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 c. Enjoy Life chocolate chips, melted
  • 16 Tbs Earth Balance butter
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tb Ener-G egg replacer + 2 Tbs warm water, mixed until thickened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cream butter and sugars with an electric mixer. AVOID MIXING TOO MUCH–1 minute TOPS (if you beat for a longer amount of time, the cookies will flatten out because too much air has been added into the mix). Add melted chocolate chips and mix. Add Ener-G egg replacer and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flours, starches, cocoa, and salt completely.
  3. Add wet ingredients into dry mix bow and stir with a wooden spoon until a dough forms. Dough should not be sticky (if so, add 1 Tb of flour at a time until soft still, not sticky.
  4. Transfer 1/2 the dough onto a piece of parchment paper. With your hands, roll dough into a log that is 6″x2″. Smooth with hands. Wrap a piece of clear wrap around the dough and chill for 2+hours (i chilled my dough overnight and they were perfect. If you do not chill it long enough, the cookies will spread. You want them to stay in the same shape pre and post baking!) Do the same with the other 1/2 of the dough.
  5. Once dough is chilled long enough, preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  6. Unroll the dough out of the plastic wrap and slice cookies with a sharp knife at 1/4-1/2″ thick slices (It is important to cut them on the thicker side so they don’t spread, rather keep their shape).
  7. Place 1/2 of the cookies a Silpat-lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes (you might need to cook longer but at 15 minutes, keep your eye on the doneness of the cookies).
  8. Allow to cool fully on the baking sheet. The cookies with toughen up and become crunchier the longer they sit.

For the filling:

  • 1/2 c. vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. With an electric mixer, combine all of the ingredients together until cream becomes thick and smooth (about 2 minutes).
  2. Using a spatula, scrape the cream into a ziploc baggie, make a small slit in one corner, and thickly distribute the cream in a circular motion onto one cookie. Gently sandwich another cookie on top. Wa-la.

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Later on today, I *will* be making more of these insanely delicious gluten-free and vegan Oreos. It must be instructed that every home in the world should be filled with a batch of these cookies! A law must be in place, really.

Gluten-free Vegan Oreos - Fork & Beans

And now I will switch subjects completely and bring to you the cutest dog in the world. Just because I can. And because she is so stinking adorable–this dog has my heart! I wish this puppy was mine but I love every minute I get to spend with her when she visits.

I just wanna jump into this picture and snuggle with this lovebug!

She apparently was not as excited as I was when I struck cookie gold…

AND DON’T FORGET!!