Monday, July 25, 2011

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes


I had a package of Oreo cookies that I have been waiting to use for a while now. I think since February. I know. I know. Unheard of. But, I was planning on using them for a Valentine’s treat, and for whatever reason… I can’t remember now… I didn’t. And on top of that, I’m not much of a snacker, so they’ve just been sitting on my counter as a constant reminder that I need to make something with them.

So this weekend I decided a good way to get rid of them all would be to make Cookies and Cream Cupcakes with cookies in and on top of the cupcakes.

So I got busy baking.


First the flour.


Then the sugar.


And cocoa.


Soda, salt and powder.


A quick whisk together. Fluffy and pretty.

Forgive me for all the close-up photos, but I just think the ingredients look so luxurious.


Next, add the milk, eggs, oil and vanilla and mix all together before adding the hot water.


You can fill the cupcakes with cookies two different ways.

With broken cookie pieces or with one whole cookie.

Then add the batter and bake.


Oooh. I like the look of these.


Yes, yes I do.

All they need is a little frosting.


Or a lot.

I usually make frosting with butter and powdered sugar, but for these, I tried it with shortening instead of the butter. I wanted to make sure the frosting came out white instead of off white. It looks prettier against the cookies and shows off the crumbs that are mixed with it. But I still like regular buttercream best.


Top each cupcake off with a whole cookie.


You can also apply the frosting in a mounded shape and dunk them in a bowl of cookie crumbs to coat. These cupcakes have the whole Oreos inside.


Just place a cookie in the bottom of each baking cup. The batter I used was very liquid. I thought they would stay on the bottom of the baking cup, but they actually rose to the surface before they went in the oven.


And I liked how they looked when they baked that way.

Now I just need some milk. Yum!

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup natural unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup hot water
24 Oreos, plus more for crumbs

1 cup shortening
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-6 Tablespoons milk
2 or more teaspoons Oreo cookie crumbs

For the cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line tray with 12 baking cups.
  • Place one whole cookie in each cup or break apart at least 12 cookies and place the broken pieces into each cup.
  • Mix the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl using a wire whisk.
  • Add the eggs, oil, vanilla and milk and mix well until thoroughly combined. Add the hot water and mix until combined.
  • Transfer the batter (it will be very liquid) to a large measuring cup and then pour batter into each baking cup so it’s about three quarters full. You should have a little left over.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes.

Makes at least 12 cupcakes

For the frosting:

  • Beat the shortening in a mixer until smooth.
  • Add vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add the powdered sugar in three additions, scraping down the sides after each addition.
  • Add a Tablespoon of milk at a time and mix together until you achieve the consistency you like.
  • Add the cookie crumbs and mix until completely combined. You can add more if you like, but I just wanted a light speckling to show off the white frosting.
  • Place frosting in a decorator bag with a 1M tip and swirl on top of each cupcake.
  • Insert a cookie on top of each cupcake.
  • You can also apply frosting on each cupcake in a mounded shape. Turn upside down and roll the top around in a small bowl of cookie crumbs to coat.

Note: If you choose to pile the frosting on high like I’ve shown here, you should double this recipe to make sure you have enough.



Kristen said...

Wow these look decadent! I think I might have to try making them next weekend

July 25, 2011 12:06 AM
Ali said...

Wow! Delectable!!! What a fun treat for a kids party.

July 25, 2011 12:08 AM
Emily V said...

Heaven in a baking cup!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this. My husband is Swiss & had never had Oreo’s until he came to the US. He said he felt cheated his whole life. I have to make these! Thanks for the recipe… as always!!!

July 25, 2011 12:12 AM
Alana said...

these look awesome–must try these! i have no idea how you were able to resist a pack of oreos though :)

July 25, 2011 12:12 AM
Kelly S. said...

Bakerella is back!!! Yippee! These look to die for- thanks for sharing :)

July 25, 2011 12:12 AM
Jenn said...


July 25, 2011 12:13 AM
Collette said...

OMG, i can’t believe i’m the 6th comment! Ok so, I just wanted to say– THESE CUPCAKES ARE THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’re so creative, and i’m so happy you feel better now! :D

July 25, 2011 12:14 AM
Collette said...

ok, i guess i was the 7th one instead

July 25, 2011 12:15 AM
Kiana said...

Mmmmm nom nom nom I LOVE OREOS!!! <3

July 25, 2011 12:15 AM
Janey M said...

YUMMMM!! Thank you for sharing . . . Hope you are well!

July 25, 2011 12:16 AM
Lori said...

So happy that you’re back & baking! You always make my Sunday nights with your amazing creations. Hope you’re feeling great —

July 25, 2011 12:16 AM
Miranda said...

Oh wow, those look delicious! I must try making them as soon as the heat goes away!

July 25, 2011 12:16 AM
Cathy said...

Uh oh! It just so happens that I have an unopened package of Oreo cookies, too! Your web site does say, “sweet inspiration & fun baking ideas!” I know what I have to do, lol!

July 25, 2011 12:16 AM
Catarina Silva aka docerela said...

yumyy!!! Its been a while since I made those too :) love cookies and cream cupcakes. :)

I hope you are doing well B

July 25, 2011 12:17 AM
Monica said...

Beautiful! Glad to have you back, Bakerella =)

July 25, 2011 12:17 AM
Baby Lae said...

YAY! these look so yummy! this is DEFINITELY something i’ll be making in the next couple weeks. I’m not a fan of the original oreo’s but i LOVE the mint ones. I think i’ll try it with that flavor oreos! :) THANK YOU BAKERELLA!

July 25, 2011 12:17 AM
Sue said...

I like how they look too! The overhead shots with all the pieces baked in look amazing!

July 25, 2011 12:18 AM
Becky said...

Cookies and cream is one of my most requested cupcakes! Yum!

July 25, 2011 12:19 AM
bakerella said...

Alana – Me either. It’s been kinda hard, but while I was on dialysis, I did my best to stay away from chocolate. Too high in potassium. And all of my levels were out of whack. Thank goodness I’m not a snacker or I would have been in trouble.

Collettee – and the eighth : )

July 25, 2011 12:19 AM
Kelly Love said...

Your frosting looks AMAZING! So soft and ruffley! I have NEVER had a box of Oreos sitting around. Oink oink oink.

July 25, 2011 12:20 AM
Yaneri said...

YUMMO!!!!! Got a full bag of Oreo’s in my pantry…….surprised the bag is still full…..hahahaha! Delisioso!!!

Hope you doing good and in good health!!!


July 25, 2011 12:20 AM
Miss said...

I love that the cupcakes are chocolate! It seems most cookies and cream desserts have vanilla. I’d bet the taste knocks your socks off!

July 25, 2011 12:21 AM
EventTrender said...

Love OREO cookies and the cupcake ideas take it to the next level! Love it!

July 25, 2011 12:22 AM
Heather of Kitchen Concoctions said...

Um, yes please! Who could pass up an Oreo cookie in any form!

July 25, 2011 12:27 AM
Karen Roberts said...

might have to try w/ the new oreos, white cookie outside & chocolate filling…. :)

July 25, 2011 12:30 AM
Teresa Turner said...

Oh Wow, I love cookies and cream! This looks delicious. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

July 25, 2011 12:30 AM
Stacey S said...

Yummy! So glad to see Bakerella back baking!

July 25, 2011 12:31 AM
Allison Troyer said...

Your S’mores cupcakes have become a “company” standard for me. Company comes, I make cupcakes. I go as the company, I bring cupcakes. Can’t wait to knock their socks off with these!! So glad that you and your Mom are recovering well and that you are BAKING again!!!!! :D Much love! XXX

July 25, 2011 12:32 AM
Amanda said...

I had to servings of cookies and cream ice cream this weekend, I guess I will have to make these instead of eating ice cream, then I wont feel AS guilty. :)

July 25, 2011 12:34 AM
Angie said...

Wow, look at you baking and posting pretty pictures for us again. I’m thrilled, but at the same time (because I don’t know the in depth recovery time of everything you went through,) I’m still hoping you take it easy. But things are looking up and upper, so I’ll enjoy everything you bake and photograph for us.

I’ll be trying these this weekend, for sure! Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

July 25, 2011 12:38 AM
Bijoux said...

So making these on on Friday.

July 25, 2011 12:45 AM
Pammie said...

These look amazing :) Couldn’t imagine what your recovery must entail but thank you so much for posting your pretty pics :) Yummy!!!!

July 25, 2011 12:51 AM
Megan @ Sweet B's Homemade said...

These look DELISH!!! I must try these!

July 25, 2011 12:51 AM
Sharon said...

Ooo… We make a pistachio cupcake with Oreo buttercream here at Bloom Cake Co. But this looks good too. Must try!

July 25, 2011 12:53 AM
Poison One said...

Oh my these look soooooo good to eat right now… on the to do list! Thank you!!! Hope you and mom are doing good…

July 25, 2011 12:59 AM
Brenda said...

Looks yummy, I print the recipe. I am going to try soon.

July 25, 2011 01:04 AM
Emily said...

QUESTION: What kind of cocoa powder do you use? The last 3 or 4 times I’ve tried to make something with cocoa powder, it tastes more like the cardboard box it comes in than the cocoa itself. I super duper want to try these, but, I’m nervous with my cocoa powder. Please help!!

July 25, 2011 01:07 AM
Glory/Glorious Treats said...

So glad to see you’re up to baking! Always love new posts from you!

July 25, 2011 01:20 AM
Tonya Stewart said...

I love your photos. These would also be fun to make with the holiday Oreo’s, Halloween, Spring, Christmas, Summer

July 25, 2011 01:22 AM
kristen@kristen's sweet stop said...

this is my favorite cupcake to make!!

July 25, 2011 01:27 AM
Made Wifh Pink said...

How funny! I’ve had a

July 25, 2011 01:34 AM
Made Wifh Pink said...

How funny! I’ve had a package of mint Oreos sitting in my cupboard since we visited Texas (from London) in March. I’d planned on using them to make Oreo mint cookies & cream cupcakes last week but my friend who I was meeting & baking them for wasn’t free. I’m making them this week for her and am posting them on my blog soon if your interested in having a look. Love the way your cookie pieces went to the top of the cake! They look amazing, I just want to eat my screen!

July 25, 2011 01:39 AM
Cameo said...

I’m so happy to see that you are back in the kitchen! These look yummy! I made the S’mores cupcakes for my sons’ birthday party in June and they were a hit! Maybe I’ll try these next :) Keep feeling better, it just wasn’t the same blog-o-sphere without you!

July 25, 2011 01:39 AM
Joey said...

Wow, these look fantastic! I can’t wait to try. Oreos are now on the shopping list. :)

July 25, 2011 01:41 AM
Made With Pink said...

LOL! I’ve just realised commenting via iPhone isn’t a very good idea! Accidentally submitted my comment before I was finished AND managed to spell my blogs name wrong. I need to go back to bed!!

July 25, 2011 01:41 AM
JM said...

Those look sooo tasty and I definitely want to try them. Just a small tip; Wilton make an icing whitener called “white – white” (I know, silly name right?). I’ve used it in buttercream icing and it’s fantastic. I hate using shortening so when I want really white icing wilton saves the day.

July 25, 2011 01:45 AM
Cecily said...

They look great! I tried making them a few weeks ago and it was nasty! I’m going to try this recipe! Can’t wait!

July 25, 2011 01:47 AM
Linsey said...

these look soo yummy! i cant wait to try and make them!

July 25, 2011 01:55 AM
Shannon said...

I love the full cookie inside! Cupcake surprises are the best but are often a lot of extra work. Love it!

July 25, 2011 01:57 AM
Marissa C. said...

Oh. Em. Gee! I have to make these, my husband is SUCH an Oreo addict (and his favorite flavor of ice cream is cookies and cream), he’d never forgive me if he found out I had access to this recipe and didn’t make him Cookies and Cream Cupcakes, LOL. So glad you’re feeling better, Bakerella!

July 25, 2011 01:59 AM
Rie said...

Oh yum!!!!
Certainly beats what I’m baking…. teething rusks for my bubba!

July 25, 2011 02:01 AM
Oh Oeya said...

Hi! I am from Malaysia ..
I like the way you take pictures ..
This is one of my favorite recipes as well ..
You are certainly creative

July 25, 2011 02:04 AM
Christy said...

Wow, those look amazing. Cookies and cream is in my top 3 of ice cream flavors. I’m going to have to come up with an excuse to make these. I think Monday will work.

July 25, 2011 02:14 AM
Courtenay said...

Love! I actually made my own version of oreo cupcakes a few weeks ago and put a cream center in them as well, just like an oreo (link to – they were fab and yours look amazing!

July 25, 2011 02:23 AM
PupCakes said...

Beautifully done, perfectly photographed, and very tempting. I can’t wait to make some!

Everything you make is so gorgeous. I hope that since dialysis is in your past you can now enjoy some chocolate now and then.

Thanks for making the world a bit sweeter!

July 25, 2011 02:42 AM
Donelle said...

Amazingly delicious looking! My hubby and I are wishing we had one of those right now. :)

July 25, 2011 02:46 AM
naomi said...

so good to have you back! these look AMAZING!

July 25, 2011 03:21 AM
Janey said...

been missing your posts, hope you’re okay now but these cupcakes look deelish!

July 25, 2011 03:23 AM
Chloe K. said...

So glad that you’re back to baking!!! I miss your regular baked goods :) And these look WONDERFUL! I MUST make them!

July 25, 2011 03:35 AM
Beth said...

Don’t take this the wrong way, but my sister is SO going to blame you for this because I’m going to HAVE to make these at some point and I love to bake SO MUCH and we need to watch our weight!

But… so… yummy….looking… cupcakes!

July 25, 2011 03:37 AM
Thea said...

Yay!!! More food porn! Found what I will be doing this weekend. How do you make everything yu bake look so perfect and delicious?

July 25, 2011 04:08 AM
aussiemarina said...

i am sooooooo trying them this way next time………today ……i actually made my mini oreos in the middle of choc chip cookies………..yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

p.s how you and your mum doing???????

July 25, 2011 04:08 AM
Notyet100 said...

Feel like picking, one

July 25, 2011 04:42 AM
Sasha @ The Procrastobaker said...

ooo i dont know which i like more! The broken or the whole cookie ones, they both look delicious, definitely going to try out this recipe at somepoint. gorgeous as always! :)

July 25, 2011 04:51 AM
Anne said...

This Cupcakes look so yummy! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

July 25, 2011 05:00 AM
Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

These are adorable! I love how the ones with the broken up cookies look!

July 25, 2011 05:08 AM
CreativeGrammie said...

Mmmmm so yummy! I have to try making these; looks so delish. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the method.

July 25, 2011 05:25 AM
Lugene said...

Oddly enough I was thinking of making Oreo cupcakes this past weekend and then changed my mind to chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing/peanut butter cup on top. It surprised me when I saw your project and now I am anxious to make these. Thanks.

July 25, 2011 05:39 AM
Eva Run said...

WOW! Those look amazing I bet this would make an Oreo fan very happy :-) Thanks for sharing everything and I love the pictures of the ingredients!

July 25, 2011 05:45 AM
Amy said...

Oh my these look divine!
Can’t wait for a reason to make them :)

July 25, 2011 06:22 AM
Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

So glad to see you baking again! These cupcakes look amazing, especially the cookies and cream frosting!

July 25, 2011 06:24 AM
Amalia said...

Im so happy that you baking again, these cupcakes looks awesome, thanks for sharing the recipe, i have to try this one.

July 25, 2011 06:35 AM
Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

wow – those look AMAZING! I would have never thought to use the cookies in the mix itself, you’re so creative!

July 25, 2011 07:07 AM
Gabriela said...

I will try this one soon … You’re the best!!!! I bought your book, I hope it will be soon here … i live in Argentina … Thank you to share your recipes

July 25, 2011 07:09 AM
Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

anyway you decorate them they look incredible! i mean what’s not to love…cookies, icing, cake…it’s all good to me!

July 25, 2011 07:43 AM
Pup Fan said...

These look amazing! I’m definitely going to have to give them a try. :)

July 25, 2011 08:12 AM
Pat Kuhn said...

these look wonderful, I am going to try making these soon.

July 25, 2011 08:14 AM
CateS said...

Well I for one must say that there has never been a package of Oreo cookies that has lasted more than 24 hours unopened at my house.. I remember reading that Marlo Thomas said she hid a stash of Oreos in her dresser drawer from Phil Donahue’s sons after they were married! That would be me also!!

July 25, 2011 08:15 AM
Kelly said...

These look fantastic!! I made some similar ones last week that were to die for. My cake mix wasn’t chocolate so I’m going to definitely have to try this one! YUM!

July 25, 2011 08:18 AM
Connie said...

Those look so yummy! I think they look neat with the cookie baked in the top as well. Thanks for sharing!

July 25, 2011 08:20 AM
Jennifer @ Licious Food said...

Yum! They look delicious!!!!

July 25, 2011 08:28 AM
Rachel said...

They do look great you can get frosting whitener from wilton. If you would have like to used butter and I always use cream instead of milk. It gives the icing a creamier flavour and does help to make the icing whiter looking. lol its just not so good on the waist line lol… glad to see u back and hopefully feeling better.

July 25, 2011 08:29 AM
nancy k. said...

It is so great to see you back to baking, Angie. I hope you and your mom are going well and getting stronger with each day.

July 25, 2011 08:39 AM
Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories said...

Too many delicious options!! I must try them all!

July 25, 2011 08:58 AM
joyceyvonna said...

OMG. this look so delicious! I have to try it. :)

July 25, 2011 09:13 AM
Sandra said...

Happy you’re back to baking and what a recipe! Love it.

July 25, 2011 09:15 AM
Linda said...

Lovely of course. So happy to see you feel well enough to blog for us again. Can’t thank you enough and wish you the best.

Please list the chocolate powder prefered used in recipe and also which brand of shortning you prefer.

Thank you

July 25, 2011 09:21 AM
Vicki Bensinger said...

These look fantastic and I love how the cookie rose. Although I’m not a fan of using shortening I agree it comes out pure white and it holds up to the shape you give it.

Now I feel like a tall glass of milk just by looking at these darling little cupcakes.

July 25, 2011 09:24 AM
Jo and Sue said...

These are so cute! We were thinking of hosting a Black & White Party and these would be perfect for the dessert table!

July 25, 2011 09:34 AM
Lexy said...

How do we find your recipe for your “butter cream” icing? You always have the best so thought I’d like to try your “favorite” icing. Thanks and welcome back.

July 25, 2011 09:38 AM
Karen Dunn said...

You are AWESOME Bakerella!!! Happy to see your new post (cuz this means you’re feeling better) & excited to try these new cupcakes :)

July 25, 2011 09:38 AM
Lexy said...

Woops….I just found your “search” on the left sidebar. Thanks.

July 25, 2011 09:40 AM
EMILY said...

Holy buckets. I need to cook up an excuse to make these!

July 25, 2011 09:40 AM
patsy messer said...

It’s so good to see you are baking again!
You are Loved!

July 25, 2011 09:42 AM
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. said...

Angie, these look amazing! I just tweeted them for you and will feature them on my facebook fan page this week as favorite recipe. Hope you are doing well. Hugs!

July 25, 2011 09:43 AM
Christine said...

OMG, these look heavenly! Thanks for the recipes :-)

July 25, 2011 09:46 AM
Urban Wife said...

Welcome back, Angie. Hope you are doing much better now! These cupcakes are going into my special “binder”. You know, the one where there’s a serious chocolate craving and nothing will satify it like cookies & cream. Lol, surely I can’t be the only one? Thanks a bunch for sharing! :)

July 25, 2011 09:46 AM
Adrienne @ Midwestern Belle said...

Great to see you baking again!! :) I’m a HUGE Oreos fan ~ These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them.

July 25, 2011 09:49 AM
Natalie said...

Looks delicious!

July 25, 2011 09:57 AM
Kimberly said...

So good to see you baking again!!

July 25, 2011 10:00 AM
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