I recently made some decorated cupcakes that required oreo halves. I tried several methods:

  1. serrated knife - lots of crumbs, both halves would shatter
  2. plain knife (slowly) - lots of crumbs, both sides of both halves would shatter
  3. plain knife (quickly) - less crumbs, typically one side of one half would shatter

What's the best way to go about cutting my oreos without turning them into a (delicious) crumbly mess?

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    Laser cutter? (More seriously, maybe score and break, but I'm not sure.)
    – Cascabel
    Sep 29, 2011 at 17:03
  • @Jefromi : I'd have gone with a band saw, myself.
    – Joe
    Sep 29, 2011 at 17:13
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    Nibble away half of the cookies leaving the other half. A dremel with a grinding wheel. Sep 29, 2011 at 17:36
  • You could try to slowly heat them up until the filling starts to melt.
    – nico
    Sep 29, 2011 at 17:51
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    I assume there's no chance of just pushing them far enough into the cupcake that you don't have to cut them?
    – Joe
    Sep 29, 2011 at 18:55

6 Answers 6


Try freezing the oreos first and then cut with a sharp knife. Let the oreos warm to room temperature again. They will not lose any texture or crispiness.


In the name of science, I froze some oreos and tested the outcome. Freezing the oreos made the cutting much more...achievable. A room temperature oreo just wants to crumble in too many places, but a frozen one holds together better.

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    Have you actually done this? It's surprising to me that the cookies would be less brittle and crumbly when cold.
    – Cascabel
    Sep 30, 2011 at 0:35
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    @Jefromi I updated my results.
    – LarsTech
    Oct 3, 2011 at 1:25
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    Wow, still surprised, but cool!
    – Cascabel
    Oct 3, 2011 at 3:42
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    @Jefromi No pun intended, I'm sure. :-)
    – LarsTech
    Oct 3, 2011 at 12:43

I used a Mini Hacksaw #65341 from Harbor Freight. I even cut a cracked one in half without shattering it. Mini Hacksaw

  • A Harbor Freight hacksaw blade can probably get through about three Oreos before it dulls or breaks ;-)
    – Sneftel
    Sep 4, 2021 at 10:28

You could moist it with milk, for example, in the exact line you want to cut, both sides. This will make them less "brittle".

  • Do you mean dunk it half way in milk/water, and then scrape the soggy part away?
    – TFD
    Sep 29, 2011 at 19:54
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    I was thinking more of "drawing a line" of milk in the middle of it, but your idea would be faster (but loosing half of each Oreo, a pity) Sep 29, 2011 at 20:16
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    The moist half would certainly not be wasted! What we need here is a high pressure milk cookie cutter. A sharp blade of pressurized milk to slice through any cookie- oreo or chocolate chip! I'll get right on that. Sep 29, 2011 at 21:01

Just tackled this problem. Key was a) v sharp knife and b) keeping pressure on the middle of the biscuit. That stopped it crumbling. Result!

  • Frozen foods and very sharp knives don't always go together well. Jul 11, 2016 at 11:25

Don't saw at it, place the point of the knife on the board at '12 o'clock', rest the blade on the Oreo, then push smoothly down to cut. If your knife is sharp enough, it shouldn't be a problem. And I mean properly sharp, not just run a few times through a plastic sharpener.

  • I was using a very sharp blade, but I did start over the oreo rather than on it.
    – zzzzBov
    Sep 29, 2011 at 21:00

Wet a sharp knife with water or milk, hold the knife halfway across the cookie, and press on the knife instead of using a sawing motion). The wetness of the knife should soften a line in the middle of the Oreo, making it easier to cut.

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