Homemade Oreo Cookies

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Homemade Oreo Cookies are what store bought Oreos wish they could be. Fluffy cream cheese filling is sandwiched between two chewy, fudgy cookies.

A stack of homemade oreos with a glass of milk.

Who can resist these chewy homemade Oreo cookies? These totally remind me of when I was a kid. We used to take them for dessert on picnics in the summer. No trip to the lake or family gathering is complete without these tasty treats. They’re not at all like the crunchy, stale store brand. These are soft and chewy. The cookies have an almost brownie texture. And the cream cheese filling is to die for! My favorite way to eat these is straight out of the freezer. So yummy!

Homemade oreos on a cooling rack.

For the Cookies

These cookies are completely simple and foolproof! Even if you’re not a “baker” you can bake these in no time and with no hassle. All you need are a couple of boxes of Devil’s Food Cake mix, some butter, eggs and vanilla. That’s it! Just four ingredients and you have chewy, chocolatey cookies that taste delicious all on their own, but are elevated to a real treat with the cream cheese filling. Roll the cookie dough into small balls (about the size of a walnut). Do not overcook these little chocolate cookies. They’re much better when they’re a little soft. Place cookies on a rack to cool.

Cookie batter rolled into balls on a baking sheet.

Ingredients for Oreo Filling

This filling is just a variation on our Cream Cheese Frosting. Make sure your cream cheese and butter is at room temperature before mixing them together with powdered sugar and a little vanilla. Whip until nice and fluffy. Spoon a little bit onto one of the Oreo cookies, then top with another. Let them set up, and store in the refrigerator or the freezer until served.

Tips For Making Homemade Oreos

  • Bake the cookies on a baking sheet lined with sheets of parchment paper or a silicone mat to avoid sticking
  • Use a cookie scoop to get all your cookies the same size.
  • To make these cookies from scratch, you can use our homemade cake mix recipe and follow the instructions for the chocolate cookies. You will need 7 cups of dry mix.
  • Store you cookies in the refrigerator in an airtight container or with the cookies individually wrapped in plastic wrap. If packing in lunches or for a picnic, we always like to wrap each cookie individually to prevent the filing from squeezing out
  • If cream cheese frosting isn’t your thing, try filling your cookies with vanilla buttercream frosting instead.

Variations on Homemade Oreo Cookies

  • For Grasshopper Oreo cookies, mix a little bit of mint extract and green food coloring to the frosting. So deliciously cool and minty!
  • You can also make chocolate peanut butter Oreo cookies by mixing in a few tablespoons of peanut butter into the frosting.
  • Try red velvet cake mix instead of devil’s food mix for a fun flavor twist.
  • For those delicious “double stuff” Oreos, add extra frosting.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to make homemade Oreos?

This recipe takes less than 45 minutes from start to finish.

What is the filling in a homemade Oreo?

The filling in homemade Oreos is usually a cream cheese frosting or buttercream frosting.

How long do homemade Oreos last?

If wrapped and kept in the fridge, homemade Oreos can last over a week. If kept in the freezer, Oreos will stay fresh for up to 5-6 months.

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How to Make Homemade Oreo Cookies

Homemade oreos on a cooling rack

Homemade Oreo Cookies

5 from 12 votes
Homemade Oreo Cookies are what store bought Oreos wish they could be. Fluffy cream cheese filling is sandwiched between two chewy, fudgy cookies.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dutch
Servings 48



For the Cookies:

Cream Cheese Frosting:


For the Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
    Sift the cake mix into a large mixing bowl or stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Add shortening, eggs, and vanilla.
    Cake mix, eggs, and shortening in a mixer bowl
  • Mix the batter until just combined.
    chocolate batter in a mixing bowl
  • Roll dough into walnut sized balls and place onto a greased cookie sheet.
    Cookie batter rolled into balls on a baking sheet
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. Do not overbake. Leave cookies on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes after removing from oven. Allow to cool completely before adding the filling.
    Baked chocolate cookies on a tray

For the Filling

  • Mix cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add powdered sugar in a little bit at a time. Once the powdered sugar is incorporated, add the vanilla. The filling should form fairly stiff peaks.
    Cream cheese frosting
  • After the cookies have cooled completely, spread filling over the bottom of one cookie and place another cookie on top with the bottom touching the filling.
    We like to freeze the cookies before we eat them, but you can eat them right away as well.
    Homemade oreos on a cooling rack


  • For an even richer cookie, you can add an extra teaspoon or two of cocoa powder to the cake mix.
  • If you don’t have a Devil’s Food cake mix you can make our homemade cake mix and follow the instructions for chocolate cake. You will need 7 cups of the mix total for this recipe.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 195mgPotassium: 72mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 172IUCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her three beautiful girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love the simplicity of this recipe!! The cream cheese filling is to die for and so much tastier than the one in the store bought Oreo cookies.

  2. 5 stars
    These are my son’s favorite recipe so far! Such an easy and delicious treat! Excited to make this again soon! My daughter loved helping the first time.

  3. 5 stars
    My biggest problem with your recipes is they’re all great! These are a particular fav. Really, I always come to your site for all off my recipes. I’ve tried so many and 98% have been a hit like a “10.” There are only two that I’ve had trouble with and one was my fault and not yours. The other just wasn’t my taste. Thanks for adding so much to my family’s meal and treat time. We love your site!!

  4. 5 stars
    My kids love Oreos and I’m sure the home made ones will be a million times better than store bought ones. Will definitely give this recipe a try!