You know it's Christmas when holiday version of limited edition Oreos start popping up in stores. Gingerbread Oreos were originally released back in 2012, but I never got a chance to try them. So when I saw these sitting prettily on the shelves of Target the other day, I snatched them up, determined not to let them slip through my fingers once again.
As always, the first thing I did when cracking open the package (still mourning the loss of the easy pull-tab with adhesive for easy resealing) was take a big, deep scent. Ahhh... it smelled like Christmas. Like mulling spices and warm kitchens with freshly-baked goods coming out of the oven in droves. If someone told me these Oreos were meant for inhaling purposes only and were not edible, I'd almost be content to leave these in a bowl on my counter like some new kind of potpourri.
Thankfully, Gingerbread Oreos are indeed edible. The next step was nibbling the wafer on its own, which I found to be a regular ole Golden Oreo. Slightly disappointing, since there are so many things Nabisco could have done to jazz up the flavor of the cookie. Maybe a molasses cookie to enhance the gingerbready-ness of the filling? Mmm. Maybe next year.
The filling itself is soft and creamy, reminiscent of the creme center of Pumpkin Spice Oreos. The taste is similar is well, minus the pumpkin. Lots of cinnamon-y and "gingerbread spice" flavors in there, but what I was really missing was a nice hard hit from the molasses which is, without a doubt, my favorite part of gingerbread.
Together, the Golden Oreo and the filling are delicious. The vanilla flavor from the wafer adds a mellow smoothness to the spices in the cream filling. I don't necessarily want to shout, "You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!" when taking a bite of these, but darn if they aren't delicious in their own right. Give 'em a try.