Monday, December 29, 2014

Oreo madness part I – the Bouchon Bakery’s chocolate shortbread, plus vegan candy cane Oreos

oreo madness part I - the bouchon bakery's chocolate shortbread, plus vegan candy cane oreos

Hey y’all! It’s June, and we’re entering the first day of Oreo Madness! Now I’m sure you’re wondering what, exactly, this cheesily-named set of blog posts will entail—but never fear, for that shall be cleared up soon enough.

You see, the subject of Christmas presents is always a point of anxiety for June. I like homemade gifts. Last year I opted for gifts in cheap plastic jars, like peppermint dip (literally marshmallow fluff, crushed candy canes, and cream cheese—I know) with chocolate biscotti for dipping (on that note—why haven’t I made any biscotti yet this year?!). Fun times. But this year, we needed something bigger and better and even more sugary.

The solution? Oreos!

healthy broccoli oreos
Mmmm, they'll love these! source

No! Not that! Anything but that!

marshmallow crispy oreos
Not those either! source

Not those either! Goddamit. Anyway, since it seems my image game is a bit off today, I’ll just tell you how shit went down this Christmas: I opened a cookbook (the Bouchon Bakery Cookbook, specifically). I thought of some flavors. I made three different kinds of frosting. I taped together three shitty little cardboard boxes out of an old shoebox lounging in my closet. I handed out the boxes. My family was not surprised. Why were they not surprised? Well, they had seen me making the Oreos, which made it really easy to guess what they were getting Christmas morning.

And now, with everyone having made their judgments of my Oreo-making skills, I can distribute the recipes to you lovely blog-reading denizens. It’s the circle of life!

vegan peppermint oreos
Fa la la la la, la laaa laaa laaa!

My mother, eater of half bananas and bundt cake aficionada, happens to be a huge fan of Trader Joe’s peppermint Jo Jo’s. This is not a problem.

Especially these. Totally not a problem. source

Nope, no problems to see here.


I distinctly remember checking the ingredients list of these peppermint Jo Jo’s and finding that no, they do not contain any animal products; but no matter, for these are truly vegan and have the added benefit of being homemade! Because that’s always a plus.

They are, of course, much better than the store-bought version, mostly because they are infused with the genius of Sir Thomas Keller (not formally a Sir, but colloquially so). The chocolate shortbread is taken directly from the Bouchon Bakery Cookbook, a rich little cookie with loads of chocolaty flavor from the alkalized cocoa. I might mention that the recipe distinctly calls for Valrhona, but we all know we’re too poor for that kind of thing. Fuckin’ “luxury chocolate”.

*sobs quietly*

Anyway. Here’s the recipe.


Vegan chocolate shortbread

Adapted from the Bouchon Bakery Cookbook


259 grams • all-purpose flour • 1 ¾ cups plus 1 ½ tablespoons

87 grams • alkalized cocoa powder (aka Dutch process) • 1 cup plus 1 ½ tablespoons

1.6 grams • baking soda • 3/8 teaspoon

6 grams • kosher salt • 2 teaspoons

226 grams • coconut oil • 8 ounces

161 grams • granulated sugar • ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon


Sift together all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.

Place coconut oil in the bowl of an electric stand mixer and beat until smooth. Add granulated sugar and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add flour mixture in two additions, mixing for about 15 to 30 seconds after each. Then mix until the dough comes together.

Turn dough out onto a work surface. Pat together into a 6-inch square block. Cover in plastic wrap and chill for an hour.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Take out dough and place between two sheets of parchment paper. With a rolling pin, pound the top of the dough, working from the left to right, to begin to flatten it, then turn the dough 90 degrees F to prevent it from cracking as it is rolled. Roll out to a thickness of 1/8 inch.

Cut out one-inch circles of dough (or whatever size / shape you wish, but note that you will have different baking times). Transfer to baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing each circle about ½ an inch apart, and freeze for a couple minutes. Remove from freezer and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet for a couple minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Be sure the cookies are completely cooled before frosting.


Vegan candy cane Oreos


1 recipe chocolate shortbread (see above)

75 grams • candy canes • 5 large

226 grams • coconut oil, softened • 8 ounces

480 grams • powdered sugar • 4 cups

60 grams • nondairy milk • ¼ cup

1 gram • peppermint extract • ¼ teaspoon


Place candy canes in a food processor and grind until a fine powder is formed. Set aside.

Place coconut oil in the bowl of an electric stand mixer and beat until smooth. Add powdered sugar; beat once more. Add about ¾ of the candy cane powder (aka fairy dust), nondairy milk, and peppermint extract; mix until light and fluffy.

Scoop frosting on the underside of one chocolate cookie and sandwich another on top. Munch.


Such beautiful little stacks. All of them mine.

In favor of cake it seems that I have let the “cookie” category of this blog languish a bit. But no longer. In anticipation of this revolution, some other cookie recipes for you.

Salted double chocolate caramel-stuffed cookies. This blog post has been a hit over the holidays, and for good reason.

Sweet potato cheesecake thumbprint cookies. A bit odd-looking, but very delicious.

Momofuku-inspired confetti cookies. Very celebratory. Sprinkles are like that.

Strawberry oatmeal cookie cups with lemon buttercream. Frosting on cookies—who doesn’t want that?


  1. I recently bought my friend a box of the candy cane Joe-Joe's just assuming stupidly that they're vegan because most of the other flavors are. But they aren't! I think there's like milk powder or something in them. So maybe I shall make these instead.

    1. Hmm...I would not be surprised if there was some kind of non vegan ingredient in there. But that's okay since we have these! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Seriously, your family is REALLY lucky, even if these did not come as a surprise. I always prefer homemade gifts (to give and to get because, well, of course), and holy crap do I love a homemade oreo.

    Do you ever get to Boston? If so, run don't walk to Flour Bakery for a homemade oreo. I'm honestly not sure if they are vegan though. But if you are willing to make an exception (sorry if that's presumptuous) it is worth it a million times over. ZOMG.

    1. Oh, I would totally do that! We kept planning on going to New York over vacation to visit all the big bakeries (Momofuku, Bouchon Bakery, etc.) and Flour was on the list! Ah, maybe someday soon! I'm more of a vegetarian anyway.

      And I agree, homemade gifts are awesome. They all loved the cookies :)

  3. They look delicious! So pretty pictures!

  4. Holy moly! June, these look amazing! :D We have something at work called "totally minty" which is chocolate base and peppermint filling, but yours look way cuter and I can only imagine they're all gone by now :D I was hoping to see photos of the boxes you had wrapped them in too though ;) Hehe :) I hope you have enjoyed your last few days post-christmas :D I cannot believe it's almost 2015! One more year to try and remember has changed whenever you write the date on something, pah! x

    1. Haha I don't think I will remember to change the date for a long always takes a few weeks. Or so. And the boxes...I did take pictures, but was kinda embarrassed, because they were very messy and awkward-looking and I didn't want people to start to suspect that I am actually five years old (if they don't already) so I have opted to not share them. heh :P

  5. These look really delicious. One of my new years resolutions is to eat more real foods, so this is quite timely. Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks! Dunno how "real" they are, heh, but we can pretend! :)

  6. Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST The Midnight Baker! I hope to see you there!

  7. The Bouchon Bakery is one of my favorite cookbooks. This looks and sounds amazing!!! Thanks for linking up at the Sunday Recipe Wap Up

    1. Thanks! I agree, it's a fantastic cookbook. Really influenced the way I write recipes, too!