Old School Homemade Oreos

Life-changing Homemade Oreos that are soft, buttery, moist, perfectly dense chocolate cookies stuffed with cream cheese frosting. SO GOOD.

Hello! Let’s talk about something that is charmingly old school and also VERY DANGEROUSLY DELICIOUS:

Homemade Oreos.

This is important to say right off the bat: there’s no crunchy cookie and no dry frosting here. We’re just borrowing the concept of all Oreo layering but swapping the dry stuff for a soft, buttery, moist, perfectly dense little chocolate cookie stuffed with cream cheese frosting. Oh my word they’re so good. They’re an easy holiday baking win, giftable, party-able, and a total gift to humanity.

It feels wrong and unholy to say these are better than real Oreos but honestly, these are better than real Oreos.

Give me a soft, moist, cakey-meets-fudgy-meets-cream-cheese-frosting situation over a dry cookie any day. Or every day.

Cocoa powder, vanilla, butter, cream cheese, flour, and eggs on a counter top.

Say Hello To Boxed Cake Mix (Yes)

Okay. Now. Please accept that this is a recipe which uses a boxed cake mix. If you need something more homemade than that, you’ll need to find another version on the internet.

This is old school, and old school means we use the box cake mix like the low-to-moderately ambitious home bakers that we are.


Ingredients in clear bowl.

A Fudgy, Dense, Buttery Miracle

What results from this mind-bendingly easy combination of ingredients is nothing short of a holiday miracle. Bless you, Homemade Oreos.

The fudgy cookie, the thick swirl of cream cheese frosting, the dense, soft, buttery texture of all of it together after chilling in the fridge (or sitting on your snow-covered Midwestern porch) for a few days is a specific brand of joyful moment that I wait all year for.

Put on the cozy sweater, get a mug of milk, or eggnog, or hot dark coffee (omg), and let the magic loose.

Homemade oreo cut in half.

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More Old-School Dessert Gems

Give us all the retro baked goods and desserts (like good Midwesterners). Some other favs from the blog:

The sweet mom of the family that I babysat for in high school used to make these, which is why I’m calling these old school. ♡ Sometime in the early 2000s, I got the recipe from her and then gave it to my mom who went on to make these for all our swim meets. To this day, I have friends who make these every year as a Christmas cookie (myself often among them). They’re wonderfully basic, charmingly old school, and dangerously good.

Common Questions About Homemade Oreos

How do I serve these?

You can serve these at room temperature for a softer cookie or straight from the fridge for a more dense cookie.

I can’t find Devil’s Food cake mix. What can I use instead?

Any brand of boxed chocolate cake mix should work as a substitute.

Do these freeze well?

The cookies will freeze well, but we’d recommend making the frosting fresh.


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Life-changing Homemade Oreos that are soft, buttery, moist, perfectly dense chocolate cookies stuffed with cream cheese frosting. SO GOOD. 

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: homemade oreos, oreo cookies, cookie sandwich, sandwich cookies, cream cheese frosting

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