Back in February I wanted to make Morgan some homemade oreos for his birthday. You see, with our outing of sugar he hasn't been allowed to indulge in them in quite some time. For most of us that's no big deal, but to him that's a huge deal. He has a serious fetish for oreos, and I noticed his longing looks at them in the shop as we'd pass by a display of them. I wanted to surprise him with a batch for his birthday, but unfortunately my attempts at obtaining Maple Sugar were squashed. I tried making them with stevia, which made them taste fine, but they didn't hold up for filling. Thus his impromptu cake which looked oreoish, but wasn't.
Refusing to give up, I've been playing with various natural sweeteners in our kitchen for a considerable amount of time. Not only is it fun to see how they work in various baked goods, it's also interesting to see how they all taste. Our newest sweetener is coconut sugar, which I've mentioned before. I'm enjoying using this particular sweetener when I bake biscuits (cookies) for the kids. It not only sweetens on a 1:1 ratio like sugar, but it also gives them the same texture as a biscuit made with sugar.
So this weekend I broke out the coconut sugar and decided to try a batch of oreos. Only, in case it went horribly wrong, I told the boys it was a secret snack I was working on. Using the oreo recipe from Smitten Kitchen I replaced the regular sugar with coconut sugar for the wafer part. I also threw coconut sugar in the blender (what I had left in the bag) and blended on high until it turned into powdered coconut sugar. Seriously! Then, because I had no organic shortening (does such a thing even exist? Cause, to be honst I don't even know when I last bought shortening!) I replaced the shortening with coconut sugar.
The only deal is that the creamy center will be brownish due to the hue of the coconut sugar. Depending on the time of year near you, you may need to store these in the fridge, at least until the creamy center solids up. Coconut sugar can melt or soften quite quickly. I stored them in the fridge, and they were fine out of the fridge for an hour or so. The kids, and the husband man, gobbled them up. In fact, I'm pretty sure the tin is quite completely and totally empty.