They’re America’s favourite cookie.
The chocolate chip cookie, or should I say the Chips Ahoy is Oreo’s fierce competitor.
But Oreo’s advantage is that chocolate is its name. Unlike chocolate chip cookies which exist as vanilla batter which just so happens to have a sprinkling of chocolate on top for goodwill, Oreos ARE chocolate (forget artificial flavoring for a minute). Not only are they chocolate, but when they open up to you, they reveal their vulnerable frosted innards.
The Oreo is a cookie. But more than that, the Oreo is a cookie sandwich. How could the chocolate chip ever compete with a cookie that is also a sandwich? You take a bite: the surface splits like cracked earth in the desert, A split second later your teeth sinks down into an oasis of frosting like sugary snow, and sinks deeper down until it hits another sedimentary layer of chocolate cookie. Oh did I mention the poetic beauty of a black and white cookie? It’s simple, it’s understandable, it’s graphically compelling and it’s so easy to digest, you can’t help but pop a few too many into your mouth in one sitting.
And who could forget the Oreo commercials? It has been permanently embedded into my mind that you must drink a glass of milk and dunk your Oreos in until the surface resembles cookies and cream ice cream:
The Oreo is not only a snack. It is a childhood snack embedded with nostalgia, sunbathed memories of sitting in mom’s kitchen with legs dangling from the wooden stool. And childhood memories are the most powerful selling point of the Oreo.
My ode to the Oreo came recently after a request for an Oreo cheesecake from my host’s goddaughter whose birthday was fast approaching (this was Dec 22). She liked the crunch versus cream element of the Oreo especially combined with the density of a cheesecake but I decided to kick it up a notch by adding one extra ingredients: Baileys.
While I don’t drink because I have yet to develop a taste for the bitterness of alcohol, I do love a little wine in my dessert (see poached pear tart for ref). Baileys transforms a kid-oriented dessert to one that could be accepted at a fancy dinner party in the Upper East Side. The bitterness of baileys balances out the sweetness of the cookie.
Here’s the Oreo Cheesecake recipe that I used and tweaked. Just add Baileys and lessen the amount of sour cream. Enjoy!