The Ugliest Best Cookies Ever

Ok, so hear me out on this one 🙂  I have to laugh at this post, I have learned that laughter is the best medicine and it certainly was last week…..

I was working away on my cookbook last Friday, which was ironically April Fools, cleaning up around the house, when I had the BEST idea for a cookie. I was positive this would be a gorgeous fluffy bakery style cookie that I was going to surprise my boys with when they got home from school and of course share with all of you. So shocking, I was experimenting around with another Oreo cookie concoction. I placed the Oreos in the food processor until they were finely ground like flour and used these ground Oreos as the “flour” in my cookies. Lol!

Well, needless to say, when I peeked inside the oven when the timer went off, I discovered a flat spread mess all over my cookie sheet. Disappointment set in as I took them out of the oven, placed them on the counter and I simply told myself, oh well at least I know…..that idea wasn’t so great after all.

Here’s where it gets good.

15 minutes or so went by and just as I was scraping the flattened hideous cookies off of the silpat liner ready to toss them in the garbage, I took a sympathy bite and said, you have got to be kidding me?!! That cookie mess that I nearly chucked in the garbage was the best ugliest thing ever! I quickly got a spoon as you can see above and ate the destroyed cookies right off of the cookie sheet with my spoon. These are officially the Ugliest Best Cookies EVER! Lol!

Here are  my thoughts, you definitely do not want to serve these to guests, but oh baby if you are in for the night watching a movie with your sweetie, bake up an “Ugly” batch of and share them right off of the cookie sheet! How romantic, lol!

We finished the whole darn baking sheet with that very spoon photographed above and my boys have asked if we get to have the Ugly cookies again. Seriously funny. Without further ado, I give you my…..Ugliest Best Cookies Ever.

Here’s what you’ll need for your very own ugly cookies.


Here are the stars of the show….or so I thought at the time 🙂

Here are those ground Oreos I used as the flour for my cookies.

2 1/2 cups to be exact 🙂

1 lovely cup of sugar


Time to cream the butter and sugar.

Beat in your eggs.

Add the vanilla!

Add your Oreo Flour 🙂

….and your chips.

I was seriously so proud at this moment, lol!

Here’s what you’ll get once cooled for 15 minutes. An atrocious, yet crispy, buttery cookies and cream fabulous mess!

When life gives you ugly cookies, grab the spoon and have at it 🙂


The Ugliest Best Cookies Ever

2 sticks softened butter

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups ground Oreo Cookies, should be ground fine like flour (2 rows of Oreos in a package)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner.

2. In a stand or electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla until well combined. Add cookies, baking powder, salt and chips, mixing until just combined.

3. With a cookie scoop, place dough onto prepared baking dish and bake for 12 minutes until horribly flattened and starting to crisp around edges. Remove, laugh and let cool for 10-15 minutes before devouring with a spoon with your favorite people!!

Makes 4 servings


Have a great day!! See you soon 🙂

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79 Responses
  1. noone

    this recipe is amazing, thanks for uploading! I changed the oreo bit to bourbon biscuits. even though oreos are amazing, I also recommend bourbon biscuits.

  2. Looks yummy – one question. Looks like 1 stick of butter was cut in half in the pictures BUT recipe calls for 2 sticks of butter…………which one is right? 1 stick or 2? Thank you – love your recipes.

  3. I LOVE this post! Seriously, it made me laugh, and it made me want to try these ugly cookies!

    Keep coming up with these creative ideas! Sometimes they work out, and sometimes they don’t. Either way, it’s so fun to try.

  4. Larissa

    You could use them to make a tifle with pudding and whipped cream and full oreos or brownies or cake. Yum!

  5. Roxana

    What if…you add more oreo flour and less moisten ingredients, would that work? Just asking…. Nevermind, these look delicious tho…

  6. Debbie

    Oh heaven help me. So basically what we have here is an Oreo cookie with more butter and sugar added… because they were just too darn healthy on their own! 🙂 This recipe could be serious trouble for me if I were ever to attempt it. I’m not sure I’d ever fit through a door again! I love someone’s comment of crumbling it and using it as a topping on ice cream! (Going weak at the knees.) I can only imagine the heavenly bliss. Yum!!

  7. Patti Morfeld

    What I love about this post is that you went ahead and posted all the pictures and the disaster!

  8. Amber

    I love your idea! Sounds SO good!! My question is – do you scrape the Oreo filling off or leave it. I wonder if that’s why it went flat.

  9. Since you have one of those silicone mats… you could have picked it up, broken it is to chips and served with ice cream like a tortilla chip in salsa. Tasty and they do not have to know it was unintended. 😛

  10. Lynda

    It’s good to be able to laugh at our mistakes and if they turn out yummy, well that’s even better. I have a question though. Would these “cookies” be too soft to pick up if you baked them in the bottom of muffin tins or on the muffin top sheet?

  11. Believe me, I am not an expert baker! What if you added 1 tsp of baking soda? Would that not work? I would think it would puff them up a little bit so they can be a tasty and pretty cookie. I am too afraid to try. =)

    1. Thanks for posting this because I caught an error in my recipe! It is supposed to read baking soda, not baking powder. Just edited that. Alas, it did not help 🙂 Oh well, I am fine eating these from the baking sheet, lol!

  12. I love it! It’s good to know that even the food bloggers who I perceive as perfect in the kitchen have their own little mishaps too!

  13. anonymous

    2 sticks of butter? I don’t thnik that much is needed since the cream filling prob has shortening in it and that’s prob what made it spread out so much. 1 cup of sugar? prob could reduce that as well since it’s in the filling. If u were just grinding the oreo cookies without the creme part, them maybe those amounts would work. Or maybe refrigerate the dough first…

    1. Meg

      I second this! Oreos are not just flour but fat and sugar too. Perhaps try again with half the butter and either no or very little sugar? I’ve had virtually this exact mess when I meant to halve a trusty chocolate chip cookie recipe and mistakenly used the full dose of butter+sugar but half of everything else. 😀

    1. I tried baking the rest of the dough in a square baker. It was a little better, but still not what I pictured. I preferred the spoon and cookie sheet 🙂

  14. JulieS

    Maybe it’s just the pregnancy talking here, but I’m thinking those with vanilla ice cream or crushed on top of cheesecake, or even sprinkled on top of cream cheese icing that’s topping chocolate cupcakes….. So craving that right now!!! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Oh one more thing, half way through baking my disaster cookies I decided to use muffin top pans, to stop them from spreading. Worked pretty good! But now I have a pile of thin fallen-apart cookies and then a few giant saucer sizer ones haha.

  16. What a relief to see that it’s not just me who sometimes ends up with a not-so-pretty cookie despite how awesome it tastes! I applaud your honesty. Maybe I will post my ugly-delicious creation I made over the weekend after all 🙂

  17. Sondra

    I could so see doing this and then taking the results to do a crumbled top of a cake or pie with it. Looks yummy.

  18. I wonder if they would be…puffier…if you substituted a little real flour with the oreos? they still look like i could eat the whole sheet either way

  19. *ha ha* Isn’t there a quote out there somewhere that says something like “you’ll never learn to cook if you are afraid to fail” ?….something like that. Anyway, this is a perfect example. My hubby and I love oreos. I’ll have to give these a try!

  20. That’s too funny! That has happened to me, more times than I’d like to admit! I bet they’d taste great mixed in with some ice cream,and then top it off with oreo cookies to make an ice cream sandwich! yumm!

  21. hahahaha this made my morning, Jenny 🙂 I make a lot of yummy ugly things and I’ve learned that if there are oreos involved, it can’t be all that bad! 😉

  22. KrisT

    LOVE that you shared this with us and can laugh about it. 🙂 I’m sure you will keep experimenting to make it work next time, but really you can’t go wrong with butter, and Oreos involved!

  23. This is something my dad would love to make; he’d purposely make sure they were as ugly as possible so there’d be more for him! It looks delicious, even if it didn’t turn out the way you hoped! You can never go wrong with oreos. 🙂

  24. I’m not even sure those are a mistake? They just need a new name with “crumble” in the title – think of all the splendid ways you could eat them, yum!

  25. Laura M.

    I can’t help but think that would make an interesting alternative in recipes that call for a graham cracker or cookie crumb crust.

  26. My grandmother once messed up a fudge recipe and created (cleverly thinking on her quick feet) “spoon fudge.” She has only recreated it once, but it is still discussed and asked for often around our house! Sometimes those kitchen blunders turn into kitchen deliciousness!

  27. Doughmesstic

    Sounds delicious! I just wonder if it would have worked better had you scraped out the cream first, and not ground it with the cookies? So many questions, so many excuses to have to buy more Oreos. 🙂

    1. GinaMonique

      That is exactly what I was thinking…Definatly gonna try this recipe but scrape out the oreo centers first!!!

      1. Larissa

        My thoughts, too! The cream probably gives it too much moisture/oil (whatever is in that cream, it can’t be actual butter, can it?). You could save the cream and turn it into a drizzle (I don’t have a great idea on how to do that, though).

  28. Deanna G.

    I wonder how these would work if you baked them as a think bar instead of a cookie? Just a thought.

    1. I was thinking the same thing. I thought, if you would use a square pan and lined it with parchment paper, it might turn out as a bar cookie since there would be less area to spread to.

      Just a thought.

      1. I actually tried baking the rest of the dough in a square baker. It was a little better, but still not “appealing.” Lol! I preferred scraping with the spoon 🙂

  29. Ok, I just have to say thank you for posting this. I am sure, based on description/ingredients that they taste wonderful….but I am so glad I am not the only one who gets a but experimental with cookies and has them mess up! 🙂

  30. I’m glad that even you have stuff that turns out ugly but is still tasty. It makes me feel a lot better about my own cooking!

    btw.Do you think the cookies might spread less if you froze them before baking?

    1. I don’t know. I have not tried that with these but I will. Let me know if you put them in the freezer and if it worked or not.

  31. omg i am prewriting a post about ugly food and how to beautify it…and then I come across your post! serendipity!

    Some foods are just…not the prettiest, but they taste..THE BEST. like these cookies no doubt 🙂

    A tray of Oreos, yes, I am so game 🙂

  32. I don’t think they look ugly at all, just like one amazing giant flat oreo! I can imagine the cookies would be great crumbled over ice cream.

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