As soon as I was old enough to bike to the grocery by myself with a pocket full of change, I was buying Oreos. I was obsessed with them. My mom didn't let us have packaged cookies or other treats when I was growing up, so I'm sure that only made me want them even more.
In high school, my friends and I would buy a half pound bag after school and sit around twisting apart the chocolate cookies, making the monumental decision of whether to first lick off the thick creamy center stuck to one side or devour the unadorned crunchy cookie side instead. I don't remember a ton of moments from, say, science class, but I sure do remember eating a lot of Oreos.
Even though I don't buy Oreos anymore, I still dream about them. One day I decided to stop fantasizing and come up with my own take on an Oreo that I'd feel good about letting my kids eat. My husband doubted I could replicate the classic taste and experience of the classic, but I plowed ahead and came up with a recipe.
Oh. My. Goodness. This homemade version is crazy good. And the part I love most is that you can use cookie cutters to make homemade oreos in an unlimited array of shapes.
Instead of depriving kids of sweets entirely, get into the kitchen and make them something special like these delectable treats. Your little ones won't have an easier time deciding which side of the cookie to eat first, but you will certainly feel better about them eating these than what you'd buy in the store.