If you have never eaten a hydrox cookie before, you might confuse it with Oreo cookies. This isn’t your fault; they look so similar. But if you are a craver for hydrox cookies, you might understand the difference quite well.
Though considered as a subjective approach, it is thought that both these cookies taste so different. Consumers are of the view that Oreo cookies are bitter than hydrox cookies. The main factor, the chocolate taste, is more intense in hydrox cookies than in Oreo cookies. Including the crunchiness and inner filling of these cookies, there are a lot of such differences.
Hydrox cookies were so famous before Oreo took over the market. Their conventional blue packaging along with amazing taste and texture was the reason for their fame. As Oreo revived the trends, hydrox cookies were replaced. But over the past few years, hydrox cookies are in the process of a comeback. They are diverting the attention of consumers from Oreo cookies.
Recipe for Hydrox Cookies
When you can cook everything at home, why not hydrox cookies? There might be a lot of queries about the recipe. You might want to know the easy cookie recipe for hydrox cookies too; what to add, how to add, from where you can get the desired ingredients, and a lot of such questions.
In this article, we will talk about the recipe of hydrox cookies in detail and I will try my best to answer most of the queries along with the recipe. So grab your pancakes and let’s start.
Is finding black cocoa necessary for the recipe?
This might be your foremost concern, as it is a conventional belief that you can’t make hydrox cookies or Oreo cookies without black cocoa. You need not worry about this, as we’ve got a solution to it. You can ace the recipe with common cocoa powder, which is easily available at stores and supermarkets. To get the desired taste, you can add a pinch of baking soda to it.
This little amount of baking soda will alkalinize the dough and will make you achieve the desired taste even with simple cocoa powder.
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Peculiarities of the recipe
- Yield: Makes 45 cookies
- Active Time: 1 hour (almost)
- Prepared in: Almost 2 hours
Ingredients of the Hydrox Cookies Recipe
For chocolate wafers
- Unsalted Butter (almost 8 tablespoons, 4 ounces; the butter must be soft)
- Sugar (almost ½ cup, 100g)
- Golden syrup (2 ounces; 55g)
- Baking soda (1/2 tablespoon)
- Kosher salt (1g; ¼ tablespoon; you can also use table salt in the same quantity)
- Coconut extract (1/4 tablespoon; this ingredient is optional)
- All-purpose flour (165g; 5¾ ounces)
- Cocoa powder (35g; almost 1/3 cups and a tablespoon)
For the Filling
- Unsalted butter (6 ounces; 170g)
- Vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
- Kosher salt (1/8 teaspoon)
- Powdered sugar (8 ½ ounces; 240g)
Making chocolate wafers
Add all the ingredients mentioned for the chocolate wafer in a bowl, except all-purpose flour and cocoa powder. At least beat all the ingredients for 5 minutes, all you need to do is to beat it until you attain a fluffy mixture.
Don’t let the dough accumulate at the sides of the bowl. Scrap the mixture from the sides of the bowl during the beating, frequently.
Strain all-purpose flour and cocoa powder. Sprinkle this sifted mixture over the butter mixture already prepared. Adjust the beater at a slow speed, as high speed would cause the powdered mix to blow away. Beat the mixture until a smooth dough is formed. You can use it after 30 minutes of cooling at room temperature.
The dough for chocolate wafers is ready! Let’s bake them. Dust the surface that you are using with cocoa powder. Take almost a 7-inch square of dough. Roll it neatly and carefully. Keep sprinkling cocoa powder while rolling the dough. Roll it until it becomes 1/8 inch. Once you are done with their rolling, brush away the excess cocoa powder.
Re-knead the scraps left behind. Make rolls with all the dough. Bake them in a preheated oven at 350°F for almost 15 minutes. After baking, let them cool at room temperature.
Making the filling
The first thing that you need to do is to melt the butter completely and carefully. Be careful not to burn the edges of the pan while melting butter, as it will result in a burning smell in the melted butter. Cook this butter until it settles down softly.
Add vanilla essence, kosher salt, and powdered sugar. Beat it until the mixture becomes fluffy and soft. You’ve to use this filling immediately. You cannot keep it for a long time, so make sure that everything else is ready and you start filling the chocolate wafers immediately.
Sandwiching the wafers
Make sure you fill the wafers generously. Don’t let your home-made hydrox cookies turn into a flop recipe just by showing recklessness in this step. Fill all the cookies carefully, and sandwich them.
Perks of Home-made Hydrox Cookies
Among many perks that this recipe offers, do you know the dough prepared for chocolate wafers can be refrigerated for almost one week! Other than this, the chocolate wafers can also be stored for up to 1 week in an airtight jar. These hydrox cookies can be stored for up to 1 week at room temperature, up to a month in the refrigerator, and up to 3 months in case you freeze them.
Here first, let me give you a pro tip. After making chocolate wafers, when you are putting them in a dish to cool down, place half of them upside down. It will make it easy for you to fill up the wafers, as half of your work would be already done.
Up till now, you must have got a better understanding of what are hydrox cookies, how they differentiate from Oreo cookies, and how to make them at home? You must have got the answer to a lot of such queries in your mind. Try the recipe, and do let me know how it turned out.