Upgrade Your Oreos with Boozy Fillings

By now we’re sure you’ve seen the recipe for Drunken Oreos, the boozy cookie shooters that replace the sandwich cookie’s sugary creme filling with vodka-spiked pudding. They’re fun and sweet and boozy—perfect for parties.

But let’s be honest. They’re not exactly delicious from a cocktail lover’s point of view—they’re basically the cookie equivalent of Jell-O Shots. Happily, we’re here to help you change all that.

By swapping the one-note vodka for some legitimately amazing alcohol and pairing each spirit with more appropriate filling flavors and cookie varieties, you can have a treat that satisfies your sweet tooth and your liquor-loving palate, too.

Here are four of our favorite recipes to get you started, plus a few riffs at the end.

Crazy Chartreuse Oreos

  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 3 oz Green Chartreuse
  • 15 original chocolate Oreo sandwich cookies

Pour the cold milk and Chartreuse into a medium bowl. Add the pudding mix and beat for 2 minutes with a wire whisk or electric mixer. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to set.

While the pudding chills, twist apart the Oreos, removing and discarding the stuffing.

When the pudding has set firm, spread about a tablespoon of pudding onto a cookie, and top with another cookie. Chill again to set before serving.

Sinful Cinnamon Bun Oreos

  • 1 box instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 3 oz cinnamon whiskey, like Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire or Fireball
  • 15 Cinnamon Bun Oreo sandwich cookies (or substitute Golden Oreos)

Pour the cold milk and whiskey into a medium bowl. Add the pudding mix and beat for 2 minutes with a wire whisk or electric mixer. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to set.

While the pudding chills, twist apart the Oreos, removing and discarding the stuffing.

When the pudding has set firm, spread about a tablespoon of pudding onto a cookie, and top with another cookie. Chill again to set before serving.

Boozy Red Velvet Cake Oreos

  • 5 oz unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
  • 3 oz chocolate vodka
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 4 oz full-fat cream cheese, at cool room temperature
  • 15 Red Velvet Cake Oreo sandwich cookies

Whip the butter and vodka together using an electric mixer at high speed, and beat until fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed. Add the cream cheese and mix low speed for 1 minute, just until the mixture is smooth; do not overmix. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to set.

While the filling chills, twist apart the Oreos, removing and discarding the stuffing.

When the filling has set firm, spread about a tablespoon onto a cookie, and top with another cookie. Chill again to set before serving.

Naughty Nutter Butters

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 oz Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
  • 15 Nutter Butter peanut butter sandwich cookies

Mix all ingredients except cookies together using an electric mixer at high speed; beat until smooth.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to set. (Note: Peanut butter consistency varies considerably by brand; you may need to add more sugar to thicken your filling or add a little milk to thin it.)

While the filling chills, twist apart the cookies, removing and discarding the stuffing.

When the filling has set firm, spread about a tablespoon onto a cookie, and top with another cookie. Chill again to set before serving.

Other Variations

All of these recipes use the same filling formula as the Cinnamon Bun version: Prepare pudding using 1/3 of the amount of milk called for on the box, plus 3 ounces of alcohol.

  • Lemon Creme Pie: lemon (or golden) Oreo cookies, lemon pudding, Absolut Citron citrus vodka
  • Tropical Vacation: Key Lime Pie (or golden) Oreo cookies, coconut pudding, lime zest, Sailor Jerry spiced rum
  • Birthday Cake: original chocolate Oreo cookies, vanilla pudding, Pinnacle Cake vodka, colored sprinkles
  • Grasshopper Pie: original chocolate Oreo cookies, chocolate pudding, crème de menthe

And if all of that seems just a bit too complicated for you, just grab an Irish Coffee and start dunking.

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