Oreos are eternal, and so good they have their own holiday: National Oreo Day on March 6, in case you needed an excuse to celebrate (i.e. eat a bunch of Oreos). If you do, we’ve rounded up 11 awesome Oreo recipes for the occasion. They may not be vegan, but Oreos are impossibly delish, one of those crave-it-as-you-eat-it treats where you’re thirsty for a 10 gallon jug of milk even as you reach for another cookie, never daring to break the spell of chocolate crumble and ambiguously tasty cream filling. The only thing that makes them better is making them into other desserts, so here you go.
But first, here’s the 411 on the Oreo itself. It was invented in 1912 by the National Biscuit Company (now affectionately known as Nabisco) at its Chelsea factory, where Chelsea Market now sits. This stretch between 15th and 16th is now known as Oreo Way (which feels more “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” than NY real estate, but we’ll let it go).
The OG Oreo had a wreath around its edge and “OREO” inscribed in the center (you never saw that coming, riiiight?) and was sold in the US for 25 cents a pound. And the first crispy, crunchy cookie was sold in Hoboken, New Jersey.
The modern iteration was created by Nabisco food scientist Sam Porcello, who holds five patents on the Oreo. No idea what they are for, but I’m impressed nonetheless.
And today, the Oreo lives its own tale of greatness, nestled between Twix bars and Snickers at your local bodega, waiting to be consumed by delirious toddlers everywhere. Sure, Hydrox diehards are out there, but America has voted, and the Oreo is the ruler of them all (when it comes to sandwich cookies). Try them in some of these ridiculously tasty dessert recipes.
1. Dirt Cake
You loved it when you were three and for all the right reasons. Part chocolate mousse, part airy whipped cream goodness, part crumbly chocolate cookies, the dirt cake’s still got it. Gummy worms optional. Get our Dirt Cake recipe.
Tender chocolate cupcakes topped with ice cream and Oreos. If this feels like the bodacious dessert you always tried (and usually failed) to sweet talk your parents into, that’s because…it is. Get our Ice Cream Cupcakes recipe.
Crisp chocolate cookie crust, creamy whipped chocolate mousse, and fluffy homemade whipped cream. Sharing optional. Get our Chocolate Mousse Pie recipe.
Only three ingredients, yet these rich bites are perfection. Throw ’em together in under 30 minutes for off-the-cuff deliciousness your guests will love. Get the Oreo Truffles recipe.
Molten lava cakes, but with a cookies-and-cream Oreo pudding lava flow tentatively trapped in the center, until you unleash it with the press of your fork. Oh, yeah. Get the Oreo Lava Cakes.
The comfort of fudgy, chocolatey brownies with the extra kick of Oreo chunks. Couldn’t be bad, amiright? Get the Fudgy Oreo Brownies recipe.
Decadent little desserts, but only two or three bites each—one if you’re ambitious. (For an easier version that you can cut into bigger portions, try Oreo Cheesecake Bars too.) Get the Mini Oreo Cheesecakes recipe.
You’ve seen those Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies, right? Well these just get right to it—skip the middle man (or cookie), if you will—and mix generous Oreo chunks into the batter for an indulgent choco lover’s dream. You’re welcome. Get the Oreo Chunk Cookies recipe.
The best of all worlds. A match made in heaven: cookies and ice cream, come together underneath a creamy chocolate blanket of dessert bar bliss. This recipe is so good that it’s worth enjoying even during the frigid winter months. Get our Chocolate Chip Cookies-and-Cream Ice Cream Bars recipe.
A personal favorite and totally on the money. The richness of the peanut butter, the crunch of the Oreo, the ying/yang of the textures—doesn’t get much better than this. Get the Peanut Butter Oreo Pie recipe.
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