Full confession time. I used to eat lots of those chocolate sandwich cookies. Like every single night. It was a very important ritual to my evenings. I don’t remember when I stopped, probably around the time I read The Omnivore’s Dilemma. I like Pollan’s recommendation that you can eat any treat you want, as long as you make it yourself. So really, I haven’t eaten these in a long time, because they are a bit more labor intensive than some cookies.
True Story: My oldest daughter started preschool and had her very first class party. When they offered her an oreo she asked, “What is that?” The teacher was shocked and could not wait to tell me this story when I picked her up. In case you are wondering, she did eat one and liked it. But now I can help my children fuel a slightly more healthy addiction, devoid of things like vegetable oil, high fructose corn syrup and vanillin.
I used part barley flour to give the cookies a little extra crispiness, but feel free to substitute all white flour or part white whole wheat.
Do you like to twist them open and eat the filling first?
Or stack them up tall and eat them one by one?
I used part palm shortening for the filling, it gives the cookies a more authentic taste and color, but all butter can be used. There is some debate about the sustainability of using palm oil. If you choose to use it, please be sure to buy your oil from a company that has values that align with yours. I buy my organic palm shortening from Tropical Traditions.
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