Perfect homemade Oreo cookies that your whole family will drool over.
A dozen Homemade Oreo Cookies with cream cheese filling stacked on a white plate.

Whether you’re four or forty years old, I think just about everyone loves Oreo cookies! And, just like the store-bought versions, you wont be able to eat just one of these!  I remember my mom making these when we were little and we loved helping her put the filling between the cookies and smashing them together.

We’d always have to hide one or two cookies in a secret place because when the boys came home from school these cookies were gone!

Chocolate cookies with a cream cheese Oreo filling to make homemade Oreo cookies.

I have two recipes posted below. One is a truly homemade oreo cookie, and the other uses a cake mix. If you’re in a time crunch, the cake mix version have been a family favorite for years!

Otherwise, you wont be sorry for making the Homemade Oreo Cookie recipe, courtesy of the fabulous Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction!  Do you follow her blog?  You should. She’s a baking whiz!


Filling Options:

The cream filling in this recipe replicates (in a way yummier way) the filling in store-bought Oreo cookies.  My mom always made homemade oreos with cream cheese filling in the middle and so I prefer them that way. You can substitute the shortening with 4 ounces of cream cheese, and keep everything else the same.

To make homemade mint Oreos, add ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract and a a drop or two of green food coloring to the cream filling. YUM!


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Homemade Oreo Cookies
Prep 40 minutes
Cook 8 minutes
Total 48 minutes
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For the filling:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening , or 4 oz of cream cheese if you'd like a cream cheese frosting for the filling, instead.
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the cookies:

  • Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt to a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Add the butter to a mixing bowl and beat on high speed until creamy. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar and mix until well combined. Mix in egg and vanilla extract.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until combined. Cover the dough and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Roll the dough into small, 2 teaspoon sized balls. 
  • You should be able to roll about 30 cookie dough balls. I can fit 15 on each of my cookie sheets. Press down lightly on the top of the balls to slightly flatten. 
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes. The will appear soft but will continue to harden as they cool. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, and then remove to a wire cooling wrack to cool completely.

For the Filling:

  • Beat together butter and shortening until smooth. 
  • Add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix for 1-2 minutes, until smooth. 
  • Once the cookies have cooled, add a small spoonful of filling onto the inside of a cookie. Place the inside of another cookie on top and press together.
  • Cookies store well, covered in the fridge, for up to 1 week. They also freeze well, up to 2 months. 
  • Filling can be made up to 1 week ahead of time, stored in the fridge. Allow to come to room temperature before filling cookies.


*I used salted butter in the cookies and frosting. You can use unsalted butter and add a tiny pinch of salt to the fry ingredients of the cookie batter.
*If you'd rather make a traditional cream filling (instead of cream cheese), substitute the cream cheese with ¼ cup vegetable shortening. 
Recipe makes 15 sandwich cookies (30 single cookies). 
Cake mix Oreo Cookies:


Bake at 350 for 7-10 minutes.


Calories: 269kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 180mgPotassium: 64mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 300IUCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 4 stars
    Amazing recipe the cookies tasted amazing. My only complaint is that it made way too much frosting and I had to throw a lot of it away….
    Also, they are delicious but not very similar to actual Oreos. If you want them more like real Oreos, bake for a bit longer than the recipe tells you and add extra powdered sugar to the frosting.

  2. 5 stars
    There awesome but fattening asf I’ll have 2 workout after eating 1 😅🤪 but overal 10/10

  3. 5 stars
    I mean…come on! So good and beyond easy. Definitely a staple for parties and gifts. I used the cream cheese filling and its so amazing!

  4. 5 stars
    These were so dang good! I actually ran out of brown sugar so I nervously omitted it all together and I still love these. Still sweet too. I didn’t make the creme filling because I wanted to use these with the homemade ice cream we made yesterday to make ice cream sandwiches. For the cookies, I thought they’d turn out a little crispier/ crunchier but the soft texture is actually perfect for ice cream sandwiches. I guess they’re like the “Oreo cakesters” (do they still make those?) anyway, Can’t complain, this recipe was great.

  5. This was perfect–Grand daughter and I made exactly 15 with lots of measuring and patience. They are very tasty. I actually like them better than Nabisco’s oreo cookies.

  6. 5 stars
    So good my mom made them once and im attempting to make them but i think i added a bit to much salt but thats okay they are good either way

  7. 5 stars
    Came out perfect. I used the mint suggestion without food coloring and subbed low-fat cream cheese for shortening filling.

  8. I wouldn’t call these “scratch” or “homemade” since the first ingredient is a boxed cake mix. If you can’t make a truly scratch cookie don’t post as “scratch”. This is nothing more than “devil’s food cake cookies:.

    1. You must have missed the FROM SCRATCH version of these cookies that is found right below the box cake version. I offered both recipes, for readers to choose.

  9. How many cookies should the homemade cookie recipe make?

    These are delicious by the way but I only got 7 full cookies (14 cookies) using the 2 tblsp per cookie for the balls will have to double next time I guess.

    1. They should be rolled into 2 teaspoons per cookie, not tablespoons…that’s probably where your didn’t make as many 🙂 .

  10. Hey there! This is my second time making these, soooo good! I have a good amount of frosting left, can I freeze the frosting? Thanks!

  11. Hi!
    This is the first time I’ve been on this site and the recipe sounds delicious! Just one thing though, does the frosting in the homemade version have to be made with vegetable shortening? Can I substitute it for oil or is it absolutely necessary?
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Kaylie, The shortening helps give it the right texture…you could try substituting butter, but any substitution will yield a different result…sorry to not be more help!

  12. A classic goodie – I LOVE that you shared both the homemade and the cake mix version. You’re too good to me!

    1. Thanks Kaylynn! Both recipes are yummy, and some people like to save time doing it with a cake mix!

  13. These look like one of those recipes that I could eat a dozen of in one sitting! Which is not a good thing for my belly! But, I still have full intention of making these! haha 😉

    1. I really have to watch myself to make sure I don’t eat a dozen in one sitting!! 🙂 Thanks Pam

  14. I so love these homemade versions of oreos! I think they’re better than the packaged deal!