For standard Oreo cookies, how many would be a kezayis by volume? I have heard maybe 2.5 or maybe 3.


According to the site projectsbyjen.org, the dimensions of an Oreo are 1.75 inches in width, and .314 inches in height. Since there's, surprisingly, not a lot of easy to find info on Oreo dimensions, let's go with this. A k'zayis (according to berachot.org, quoting Rav Bodner's "Halachos of K'zayis") is 28.8 cm³ (the most stringent view (I think), equal to half the volume of an egg.)

Math time!
1.75 in = 4.445 cm, and .314 in = .79756 cm.
The formula for volume of a cylinder is radius² × π × height.

(4.445 ÷ 2)² = 4.93950625 cm (radius²)  
4.93950625 × π = 15.5179165474 cm² (area of cookie face)  
15.5179165474 × .79756 = 12.3764695215³ (volume of cookie)  
28.8³ ÷ 12.3764695215³ = 2.32699639828³ (k'zayis divided by volume of cookie)

So! Approximately 2.3 cookies in a k'zayis, though because of empty space under the ridge, and the grooves in the cookie's design, maybe move it a little closer to 3.

Looks like you heard right. :)

  • ...according to the most stringent (=largest?) view. Can you include calculations for the more mainstream views?
    – Double AA
    Feb 28 '14 at 6:00
  • @DoubleAA Basically, yes. Mishna Berura and "most poskim." Feb 28 '14 at 6:02
  • He only quotes them regarding bracha achrona. The question just asked about how many are a kezayis. Maybe the OP took a shevua to not eat a kezayis of oreo? How much oreo can he eat outside a sukkah? How many mint-creme oreos he can eat for karpas?
    – Double AA
    Feb 28 '14 at 6:04
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    Should we exclude the creme from the height? Feb 28 '14 at 6:07
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    @DoubleAA Actually, I'm so stringent that I don't eat Oreos. Except special runs. :D And then I make sure to eat at least 30. Cause I'm so stringent. Feb 28 '14 at 6:26

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