In Junior High, I was the girl who ate 4 double stuffed Oreos everyday after school. I loved my snacks. I still love my snacks. Since going gluten free a lifetime ago, I had to cut out my favourite childhood cookie, until today. That’s right, Gluten Free Oreos are here so make my inner child happy once again. You can make them double stuffed or keep the icing like the classic. The Oreo logo might be missing on these homemade cookies, but they taste pretty darn close to the original.
Are oreos dairy free?
I was surprised to learn, a few years ago, that Oreos are in fact dairy-free/vegan. So I obviously had to keep these gluten free oreos dairy free to be consistent (and I wanted them to be vegan!) There are no eggs, no milk, and no butter in these dairy free oreos, just the vegan alternatives. You will need plant-based milk and vegan butter to make the vegan frosting. My favourite brand of vegan butter is Miyoko’s because they don’t use palm oil which is rare to find in vegan butter. Read here and here to learn more about the palm oil controversies. So yes, these healthy oreos aren’t only gluten free, they are vegan and absolutely mouth-watering.
how to make vegan frosting?
Making the vegan frosting for these gluten free oreos is S I M P L E. All you need are four ingredients: vegan butter, vegan powdered sugar, vanilla and plant-based milk. You will need a Kitchen Aid mixer or a hand mixer to beat the butter and the rest of the ingredients into smooth, velvety goodness.
You start with the vegan butter. Beat it until it has broken down and softened. Then, with the mixer still running on medium speed, add the powdered sugar (find out in this post why it is important to make sure it’s vegan). As the sugar and butter combine, the texture should start to clump together, but be nowhere smooth. Keep that mixer going, and then add the vanilla and the milk. Boom. Run that mixer on high for a minute or so, until a thick and glossy icing has formed. Once the icing is done, if your vegan oreo cookies aren’t quite ready to be iced, place the icing in the fridge to hold form.
I used a piping bag to dollop the icing on the cookies but you don’t have to. I used 1 heaping teaspoon of icing for each cookie but the proportion is totally up to you. Whether you are a double stuffed kind of person or a classic thin layer of icing person, it’s your call. If you are using a piping bag, I used a 1M Wilton piping tip. Dollop that icing on one cookie and place the other cookie on top to sandwich the icing in.
These dairy free oreos do need some time in the freezer to help the icing set between the two cookies. But they don’t need much time to thaw before you can bite into them.
here are a few reasons why I love these gluten free oreos, so listen up!
- Like I mentioned, I grew up quite obsessed with Oreos. So having these vegan oreo cookies in my freezer has me grinning ear to ear. Now I can come home after a crazy day and enjoy those 4 Oreos, just like I used to. Some people need hard liquor after a crazy day, I just need Oreos.
- When I made the first batch of these gluten free oreos, I asked Adam to try one when he had a moment. I was in our room working on the blog, and Adam was in the living room talking on the phone to his brother, who lives in Australia. I heard him say, ” can you hold on for a minute, John?” and then his footsteps got closer to our room. I looked up and he said (with the cookie in his hand), “these are unreal.” So the fact that he asked his brother to hold on just so he could express his love for these dairy free oreos speaks greatly. I take that to mean they are 100% Picky Husband Approved.
- These healthy oreos are so simple to make. There is some downtime just waiting for the cookies to cool (before icing them) and while the icing sets between the cookies in the freezer. But the actual assembly and baking of the cookies is easy peasy. It’s ALMOST as easy as going to the store and buying a bag of Oreos. Almost.
With a crispy chocolate wafer cookie and a silky smooth icing, this vegan dessert is going to have you walking down memory lane. Make these gluten free oreos in a cinch, and pop them in the freezer to enjoy throughout the week. These dairy free oreos taste so similar to the originals that you will be double-checking for the Oreo logo on top. Eat 1, eat 4, dip them in milk or lick the icing off first, eat these vegan oreo cookies however you want.