Oreos. Something I didn’t grow up eating. Something I don’t particularly like. At least not the packaged version. So when I got the chance to try Thomas Keller’s version from the Bouchon Bakery Cookbook, I couldn’t wait. The kind folks at Thomas Allen provided me with a sneak peek of the cookbook (you can get your own sneak peek over on Eater.com) and, more importantly, the recipe for “TKOs” (Thomas Keller Oreos).
To be honest, I found the recipe a little convoluted for the average home cook though, in essence, these are not difficult to make – basically chocolate shortbread cookies (very rich and chocolatey) sandwiched with a white chocolate ganache.
Thomas Keller's version of Oreos from The Bouchon Bakery Cookbook Note on advance preparation: The shaped dough can be frozen on the sheet pan—wrapped in a few layers of plastic wrap—for up to 1 month. Transfer to a lined room-temperature sheet pan, and bake from frozen.
White Chocolate Filling:
Make the filling
Meanwhile, make the shortbread
Make and bake the cookies
Assemble the cookies:
See what I mean? It’s not the simplest recipe to follow but boy do they taste good 🙂
Thomas Keller's version of Oreos from The Bouchon Bakery Cookbook
Note on advance preparation: The shaped dough can be frozen on the sheet pan—wrapped in a few layers of plastic wrap—for up to 1 month. Transfer to a lined room-temperature sheet pan, and bake from frozen.
A note re: the ganache – it does need to be whipped using either a stand mixer or electric hand beaters. I left mine in the fridge overnight but it was still fairly liquidy when I took it out to fill the cookies. I’m not used to that with a ganache – usually a night in the fridge will harden it to a Nutella-type consistency which is perfect for filling but not this one. I am guessing it’s due to the high proportion of liquid to chocolate. In any case, a few minutes with the hand beaters whipped it into a beautiful consistency for filling.
And the taste?
SO so good. The shortbread was very *short* evidenced in the fact that mine were so thickly cut out. Thinner ones just wouldn’t hold together with my dough. Also, I liked the more rustic look – Chef Keller’s are very fancy and delicate 😉 If Oreos all tasted like this, it would be very dangerous. I took these to a school bake sale and told the boys they were a very famous chef’s version of Oreos and they literally sold out in minutes. The boys loved them 🙂 And me? Yeah, I’ll make them again for a special occasion!
And guess what? Thanks to Thomas Allen, I have one copy of The Bouchon Bakery Cookbook to give away to one lucky Canadian reader (sorry international friends). To enter, simple tell me which of these recipes from the book you’d like to try by leaving a comment on this post: Pecan Sandies
Pâte à Choux dough
Paris – New York
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Caramel Nut Tart For a second entry, tweet the following message: “@ThomasAllenLTD + @eatlivtravwrite are giving away a copy of @Chef_Keller ‘s Bouchon Bakery Cookbook! Details here: http://bit.ly/QUhUwY“ then come back to leave me a comment to let me know you did! Contest closes Thursday November 1st at 6pm EST. Winner chosen by Random.org and announced on Friday November 2nd
Edited to add: Contest closed thanks for your interest!
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69 thoughts on “TK-Os (Thomas Keller Oreos)”
They look yummy! I so wish I could make it next week to see Mr. Keller, but I’ll be spending my Tuesday evening finalizing the details of the Halloween costumes – ha! I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this book – I’m interested in seeing the witches’ hats.
Those TKOs look delish!
Gingerbread for sure!
Please clarify “J inch” and “H inch long teardrops”. These cookies look and sound delicious.
Hmmm – that was a weird formatting thing – I edited the recipe to add in the correct measurements!
Those TKOs look amazing Mardi. A thousand times better than an oreo is my thought.
If I won I’d quite likely do the gingerbread first. But then I’d have to follow them up with the chocolate chip cookies.
Gingerbread would be my choice.
The Caramel Nut Tart
I would love to make the TKO’s….they look amazing. 🙂
Oh I’m torn – the Pâte à Choux dough is so versatile, but I think I’m going to go with the Paris-New York!
I’m not eligible for the giveaway but just wanted to say WOW — these homemade oreos look incredible! I love the contrast of white and dark chocolate. And knowing Thomas Keller’s recipes, somehow it doesn’t surprise me that this one has 14 steps…
PS I’m curious about the Paris-New York. Is it based on choux pastry?
I also tweeted “@ThomasAllenLTD + @eatlivtravwrite are giving away a copy of @Chef_Keller ‘s Bouchon Bakery Cookbook! Details here: http://bit.ly/QUhUwY
LOVE oreos. I must try this recipe – looks delicious to me!
I would love to try the TKOs, but ultimately try each and every recipe from start to finish. I had tickets to the Thomas Keller event, but now they have scheduled me for surgery on the same day. Tried to get out of it (the surgery that is – hot happening), Thomas Keller is my idol. I have all but this one book of his – The French Laundry, Bouchon, Ad Hoc…etc.
And Mardi, I attended your very first Macaron class at LeDolci.
Who’m I kidding?! I would make all of them!
…but I’d probably start with the TKOs and the Chocolate Chip Cookies. I’m very curious about the Paris-New York and the Speculoos.
Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
I tweeted, too, by the way.
I’d start with the chocolate chip cookies because I’m always on the hunt for the perfect recipe!
I’ve also tweeted for a second entry.
Damn. I wish I lived in Canada!
I will try the TKOs first! Great idea for a name.
Even if they don´t resemble oreos much, these sound like a super chocolate cookie! The way they´re cut is perfect too.
I can’t pick one recipe… but the truth it, I would try them ALL! 🙂
BTW, your cookies look scrumptious! (oh, and I just tweeted the msg for a second entry!)
Hands down the crêpe cake! 😀
And i tweeted as well (https://twitter.com/carmenhungry/status/261929026443161600). I love the croissants at bouchon bakery!!
These Thomas Keller chocolate sandwich cookies look pretty good, Mardi! I would love to give them a whirl if they’re not too too difficult. Your bakesale boys were lucky! I’d want to try the Oh Oh’s in the Bouchon bakery book. Great name. Happy Autumn!
These look absolutely incredible! I would love to dye the filling orange for Halloween. I am most anxious to see his English muffins and the Witch’s Hats. Love your photography!
definitely english muffins. i had a failed experience once and need to try them again. tweeted too!
They look unbelievable, I am not a fan of oreos myself but these I would devour! I love shortbread cookies and a white chocolate filling puts them over the top! (A nutella filling would be awesome too) 🙂
Definitely the Witches’ Hats!
Would love to make the Crepe Cake.
Also I retweeted the message @ThomasAllenLTD + @eatlivtravwrite are giving away a copy of @Chef_Keller ‘s Bouchon Bakery Cookbook! Details here: http://bit.ly/QUhUwY
This book looks beautiful and I’m itching to get my hands on a copy (and find some alternate universe where time is unlimited and calories don’t count). If (when) I did get a copy, I think I’d got straight to the Pâte à Choux recipe. I’ve been taken with airy yeast doughs lately… so light and delicious.
I love his TKO’s ‘s and would love to try the recipe!
Also tweeted the giveaway! 🙂 so exciting! All the recipes look great
would love to try Paris – New York
Chocolate Chip Cookies!
I tweeted the giveaway, too!
Definitely would love to try the Crepe cake . Yum.
Ps. I also posted my second entry on Twitter – @foodies_inc
OMG, The gingerbread! Would love to make/try it!
And I tweeted! https://twitter.com/OceanScented/status/262924061175328768
I would love to try out the Speculoos! Thank you.
I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/JubleeW/status/262962283192393728
I want to try the Speculoos and the Chocolate Chip cookies, mmmmm!
I am leaving a comment, Mardi, even though I can’t compete for Keller’s new cookbook. His recipes are involved and every recipe is a “project”, in my opinion, but the result, if you follow his directions, is always fabulous. I have all his cookbooks and need to make more of his recipes. My favorite restaurant in Las Vegas is still “Bouchon” in the Venetian. The quality is always high.
Hard to pick, but I’m going to say Caramel Nut Tart.
Great post Mardi! The only 2 questions I have on the recipie are: step 8 – “J-inch-thick sheet” perhaps a typo?; and step 12, pipe in “rings of teardrops” – I don’t quite follow the tearddrop concept, and wish the 18 grams of filling was converted to a measure also. Otherwise all else looks fairly straight forward.
Can’t wait to get my hands on this book. The way Keller describes the process is always enjoyable, and well my sweet tooth is really going to enjoy being tickled. I’m in for a batch of TKO’s, Chocolate Chip Cookies and the Caramel Nut Tarts.
Oh and I suppose I have an excuse to procure that digital scale I’ve always wanted, you know, to make sure I nail the 18 gram measure. 😉
Tweet has been sent (http://twitter.com/Jugtree/status/263310137433935873).
Yes that was not so much a typo but I am guessing a measurement that did not translate when cut and pasted from PDF into a Word document which is what I was sent to publish. I went back and checked the PDF and made the appropriate adjustment. Be assured also that I did not measure the filling at all, just piped in (not in teardrop shapes, too fussy for me) what I figured was enough.
I’d pick the one that looks easiest first! Although crepe cake sounds yum!
I will definitely try the Oh Oh’s! Love the name!
Caramel Nut Tart……for sure!! Although it all sounds wonderful!
I would like to try the Pecan Sandies recipe.
I tweeted – https://twitter.com/Adinagator/status/263716665873813506
Tweeted, naturally. 🙂
English Muffins because we love them and I am also interested in the caramel nut tart – who wouldn’t be!! yum! But really wanting to try the english muffin one.
I’m a sucker for chocolate chip cookies and always love trying a new recipe so that’s what I would choose to make! 🙂
Caramel Nut Tart and I tweeted at @sharonnelt
Definitely the gougère recipe, tried some last weekend and they came out less than stellar. I want to perfect them so that I can serve some during my Christmas Eve dinner party.
Oh my. I don’t know what I’d make first…. perhaps the caramel nut tart as I have a tart pan that I haven’t had the chance to use yet….
Oh Mardi, I’m so eager to get this book! I’d love to try the recipe you made (even if it is a little “convoluted”) and his gingerbread. I want to see how Thomas Keller does gingerbread!
I’m not fond of store-bought Oreos either, but these look delicious!! If I won Keller’s book, I think I’d make the Pâte à Choux first. Thanks for the giveaway.
I am pretty sure I would like to try the English Muffins, as I do LOVE me some English Muffins !
I love the spicy warmth of gingerbread so that would be my first choice.
I have tried the TKOs at Bouchon in NYC and they do not disappoint! I would actually like to try the recipe for Speculoos though – I have a friend who is *obsessed* and I’m sure it would be a fun surprise in the mail!
I finding it difficult for the dough to form it’s very dry. Cannot manipulate into a 6 inch brick…any suggestions?
I suggest placing the dough on plastic wrap then wrapping it really tightly before placing it in the fridge.