Apparently these are awesome, because I ran out of cookies for our small groups at church tonight. Part of the reason is because Matt took a few on his road trip to A&M, but in general, I guess I just didn’t make enough cookies!!
I was craving Oreos earlier this week and bought a package to snack on. After I had my Oreo fix, I thought I’d use the leftover Oreos to make cookies for our monthly life group dinner.
I’ve mentioned before that dream cookies are my all-time favorite cookie recipe. I guess my life group knows that, because I’ve gotten them hooked on dreams as well and they hope I bring them each month!
“Dream” cookies are extremely soft and chewy cookies with a secret ingredient: instant pudding mix. The pudding mix makes them super soft. After a week, they would still taste as fresh as they did on day one…. except they normally don’t last past two days.
You can literally make hundreds of combination of dream cookies. Simply change out the instant pudding mix and use various add-ins. Below are some of the dreams I’ve made before:
- Chocolate Chip Dreams (your regular chocolate chip cookie with instant vanilla pudding)
- Double Chocolate Dreams (double the chocolate, using instant chocolate pudding)
- Oatmeal Dreams (a soft oatmeal cookie with instant vanilla pudding)
- Doodle Dreams (a snickerdoodle cookie with instant vanilla pudding)
- Double Butterscotch Dreams (an extremely rich and buttery cookie with instant butterscotch pudding)
- CocoMac Dreams (a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie with instant vanilla pudding)
- Toffee Pecan Dreams (just like the name sounds, with instant vanilla pudding)
- White Chocolate Cranberry Dreams (my favorite dream cookie, using instant french vanilla pudding)
Now to add to the list will be these Chocolate Oreo Cookie Dreams! I will warn you, they are sweet! Basically you are eating a cookie within a cookie. 🙂 You could use regular Oreo cookies, but Double Stuf yields larger chunks and more of a cream-filled center.
As I said, my church group loved them. Unfortunately Robin, Molly and Penny were the only three girls that didn’t get to try them. We were all talking and eating our dinner leisurely and didn’t realize the group (the boys “a-hem”) finished them off!
I told them next time I’ll make two batches of dreams. Maybe I’ll even try a new rendition of them, and add M&Ms or some other candy bar.
Feel free to add and substitute for whatever pudding and toppings of your choice. It might be fun to try an instant Oreo pudding mix. I used chocolate because that is all I had in the pantry. Enjoy!
- 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 package (3.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup vegetable shortening
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar (I used ⅔ cup light brown and ⅓ cup dark brown, but I think I like the taste of all light brown sugar best).
- 2 eggs
- 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 1½ cups chopped Double Stuf Oreo cookies
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, whisk together flour, pudding mix, baking powder, soda and salt until well combined. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter, shortening, and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Scrape down sides of bowl.
- On low speed or using a wooden spoon, gradually add flour mixture, beating just until blended. By hand, fold in Oreos.
- Using a cookie scoop or spoons, drop tablespoonfuls (15 mL) of dough about 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake one sheet at a time in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until set around the edges, but slightly soft in the center.
- Immediately slide parchment paper onto a wire cooling rack. Cool cookies for 5 minutes, then transfer from parchment paper to cooling rack and cool completely.