A couple of weeks ago I tried a new recipe for chocolate chip cookies.  If you’ve read my blog a few times or follow me on Twitter you know I have a big ol’ crush on Alton Brown.  What can I say… talent, wit and just enough geek-boy in him to keep me interested in any show he does or book he writes or commercial he stars in.  Yup… I got it reeeeeeeeeeeeal bad for Alton… and I’m not at all ashamed to admit it :)  Alton’s show “Good Eats” is one of my favorites and I’ll watch the episodes repeatedly never getting bored or restless.  In his episode Three Chips For Sister Marsha he provided us with three different chocolate chip cookie recipes…  The Thin… The Puffy… and… The Chewy.  Out of all the ridiculous number of chocolate chip cookie recipes I’ve tried, sadly most have turned out like “The Thin” so I have absolutely no desire to make that one.  Previously I’ve made The Chewy and really liked them so this time I decided to try “The Puffy”.  What I liked about that recipe was the cookies retain so much of their height.  I know it’s all about personal preference but sorry me no likey flat chocolate chip cookies.  When I made “The Puffy” the cookies were sooooo good that by the time I thought about blogging them, they were all gone!  So this week when I came across the idea of making chocolate chip cookies… with Oreos… I knew exactly what base recipe I’d use.  Once again… thank you Alton Brown!

I like a chocolate chip cookie just how I like my ice cream… with lots of stuff in it!  I think my favorite CC cookie includes semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, coconut and rolled oats… hold the nuts, please.  When I came across this recipe on Nosh and Tell, I turned to a co-worker to ask “do these look good”, knowing it was a purely rhetorical question ;)  I knew they’d be a hit with my family too… and they’d be perfectly safe for me since I dislike Oreos immensely.

The concept is a darn good one… your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe with crushed up Oreo cookies added to the batter.  Frankly it’s so ingenious I’m disappointed I hadn’t heard of it sooner.  I’ll warn you, if you’re truly opposed to using shortening, find yourself a different recipe and just add the crushed Oreo cookies to it.  I’m sure the recipe on Nosh and Tell is great… but… my vast, lengthy and extensive experience with baking chocolate chip cookies using all butter results in nothing but a flat, thin cookie.  Recall… me no likey.  If your experience has been different – terrific!  Glad to hear it!  But I tell ya what… I’ll make you a deal… you don’t try talking me into an all-butter recipe… and I won’t try talking you into one that uses shortening.  Deal?  Deal :)

Chocolate Chip Cookies… with Oreos

Idea from Nosh and Tell
cookie adapted from Alton Brown

1 cup butter flavor shortening
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 1/4 cup cake flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips
36 Oreo cookies… crushed

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment or silicon mat.

Soft together the flour, salt and baking powder.  Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the shortening and the sugar.  Add the eggs… one at a time… combining well after each addition.  Add the vanilla and combine.  Add the dry ingredients in three parts.  Add the chips and crushed Oreos.  Mix to combine.

Drop by double-tablespoon onto prepared baking sheet.  Flatten slightly and bake for 15-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.  Remove from oven and cool on sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to rack to cool completely.

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33 Responses to "Chocolate Chip Cookies… with Oreos"

  1. Memoria says:

    There’s absolutely nothing wrong with shortening, in my book. We eat much worse things in restaurants where we don’t know what is going on behind the scenes in the kitchens haha. Anyway, your cookies look great. The shortening really made it puffy. I love that ingredient, especially in pie crust.

    • Em says:

      {{squeeze}} Thank you!
      It’s all about everything in moderation. A steady diet of nothing but shortening may not be the best choice but a steady diet of anything probably isn’t either. As for pie crust (and biscuits) I’ve found that lard works best for me (thanks Mike!!). I totally get that some people are opposed to it… and I’m a-ok fine with that, as long as they don’t try and “convert” me, it’s all good :)

      Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your insight :)

  2. Danielle says:

    Wow these look really good!
    Alton is amazing. I actually have tickets with some friends to a Culinary Demonstration hosted by Alton Brown at The NYC Wine and Food Festival in October. If you are in the area you should check it out!

  3. sarah says:

    i don’t have a problem w/shortening either. i use a half shortening, half butter pie crust, and use shortening a lot in my various icings. these cookies look great!

  4. MollyCookie says:

    I like to switch up the chocolate chip cookie ingredients too, but I have never thought of Oreos. That sounds great! I’ll have to try it out.

  5. Jackie says:

    Let me get this straight: you used both oreos AND chocolate chips? I think you’re my hero. Do you think the cookies would work with a little coffee flavoring?

    • Em says:

      Yes definitely! How about cappuccino flavored baking chips? Or espresso powder in the batter? Or if you’re like me and never have that, how about instant coffee crystals in the batter? Coffee will enhance the flavor of the chocolate. Oh! How about chocolate covered cocoa beans? I bet that would be delish! Amazing all the coffee-related things I can think of when I truly despise coffee! LOL!

      Let me know what you use and how it works out!

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  6. Jeff says:

    I read this just now and cannot stop grinning.

    For a couple of years I had a total man-crush on Alton. Mabye because I felt like I really connected with his teaching style, maybe because I appreciated the simplicity of his recipes.

    And for me he’s kind of like the High School history teacher who really inspired you but you sort of “broke with” culinarily. Many of his recipes (the butterfly chicken or the peanut brittle or the biscuits) I’ve found better versions of.

    That said, I will NEVER EVER bake a chocolate chip cookie that isn’t “The Chewwy.” EVER.

    Maybe next time, however, I’ll hit it with some Oreos.

    Thanks as always for making me smile.


  7. fried blue says:

    Would love to try this one. Thanks for the post! :)

  8. Krystle says:

    Oh wow Chocolate Chip Cookies with Oreos…that sounds like heaven!

  9. ingrid says:

    LOL, a little touchy on the shortening, huh!? :) Don’t worry I’ve got no problems with it all! Isn’t it funny how some people feel the need to visit YOUR blog and preacher to you?

    Your cookies look great. One day soon I’ll get over my laziness and make some.

    Btw, I love your photos. The plate, background, and napkin all went well together.

    • Em says:

      Hi Ingrid!
      The main thing I’m a little touchy about is people trying to “convert” me or preach to me how “bad” shortening is. I could do without people blowing up my inbox with flaming hate letters about it… I mean, personal choice to use it or not, right :)

      Checking the inbox is never dull, that’s for sure! LOL

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  10. Sarah says:

    I made these a few weeks ago too! They’re soooo good. I used a cookie recipe that is VERY similar to “The Chewy” but it’s a little less greasy and doesn’t require bread flour. It’s officially my favorite cookie recipe now and believe me I’ve tried a lot. I think it’s the same recipe that Nosh and Tell used. I like that you upped the Oreo content… I’ll probably do that next time too!

  11. Cookies made out of cookies – it’s brilliant! these sound so delicious! I love the idea… I will just have to give it a try!

  12. Tanya says:

    Hey Girl! Holy yumminess these look good! I actually ate something like this years ago @ Nordstrom Cafe or shoot…maybe Bun Penny @ Columbia Mall. Seriously, I think I’ll need to make these soon! Hope all is well!

  13. Gala says:

    wow! that really is genius….I don’t think that I would ever come up with that. yum.

  14. Theresa says:

    Hrm, I love chocolate chip cookies and I love Oreos… never would have thought to put them together though! I will have to try this sometime.

  15. Jacque says:

    Brilliant! I’m partial to puffy CC too… flat is for pancakes, LOL.

    They look delish :)

  16. Alexandra says:

    These cookies would not last two seconds in my house.


    And i’ve actually never tried using shortening in baking choco chip cookies… Maybe that’s why mine always come out flat and burnt.

    I think it’s time to delve into some shortening. And oreo chocolate chip cookies. And a big glass of milk.

  17. These look fantastic! I’ll have to try them since my hubby is such a huge fan of Oreos.
    And I wanted to tell you – I tried your chocolate zucchini cake tonight…WOW! You were so right – the zucchini makes it so moist and you can’t even tell it’s there!! Thanks for a fantastic recipe!


  18. Tracey says:

    Your cookies look sooo good! I’m with you on disliking thin chocolate chip cookies – give me puffy any day! I know my husband would love these cookies so I’ll have to try them soon!

  19. Shobin Chawla says:

    Thats mouth watering..I liked it..and the good thing is that it doesnt takes much time..It gets ready in 30 minutes max.


  20. Tim Savaloja says:

    I love Alton Brown, too! He taught me to make popcorn so simply. While it seems that his method of making a cup of coffee would take all morning it’s probably worth it.

  21. Teanna says:

    I’m TOTALLY about “the puffy” when it comes to my chocolate chip cookies! And you have just made my dream come true… OREO chocolate chip cookies?! HEAVEN!

  22. jenn says:

    I LOVE that episode of good eats!! ARGH! And I’m totally there with you about the thin/flat cookies. They come out of the oven looking like heaven… then… bloop! flat as a board. I am all for thick puffy cookies… yum! And I’ll definitely be trying this oreo addition to some recipes! Thanks!

  23. Tammy says:

    I made these on Friday and they were devoured in no time! When I printed out the recipe, for some reason I only got the ingredient list. So I had to guess on the baking temp and time. I baked mine at 375 for 10 minutes and they came out perfect. My daughter actually ate the dough right out of the bowl. I really love the texture of this cookie….what a great recipe! Thanks.

  24. Becky says:

    Hey…..loved these cookies,,,and the recipe made so many….even the dough was amazing…

    Question….is cake flour different than…Pillsbury….???

    I couldn’t find “cake flour” in the grocery store…and while I noticed that the cookies were originally crunchy on the outside..and chewy on the inside…a day later ..they are crunchy all through….

    Did I cook them too long…15 min…or is cake flour really different from “all purpose flour”?

    BTW…just discovered your website last week…and LOVE IT!

  25. Melanie says:

    I’m making these tonight and just noticed you list baking powder in the ingredients but call for baking soda in the recipe. I looked up Alton Brown’s recipe on Food Network to be sure it was really powder but I almost put the baking soda in before I realized it sounded weird.

    I hope they turn out as good as yours look!

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  27. echobunny says:

    I’m absolutely going to try this recipe for some new year’s cookies! I’m curious what the typical yield is for it, though. How many cookies?

  28. Elissa says:

    this cookies r so good try them!!!!!

  29. Bill C. says:

    Made these cookies yesterday, left out the Oreos and they were so good. Put in walnuts instead

  30. chrssinte says:

    can you clarify? Are these made with 36 oreo sandwiches (2 choc cookies plus white cream), or just 36 single choc cookies, no white cream? I don’t see any white in your pics, so I assume it’s just the cookie part only? Thanks.

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