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.



Helena Mouta said...

Mouth watering! I can feel my tastebuds dancing in expectation and be sure I am going to give these a try in the near future! By the way, welcome back to baking! We’ve all missed you!

July 25, 2011 10:03 AM
Jen at Cabin Fever said...

I needed this amazingness this morning. Thank you :)
My biggest pregnancy craving lately has been Oreos. MMMmmm

Cabin Fever in Vermont

July 25, 2011 10:05 AM
darlingbeatrice said...

I love cookies and cream cupcakes, but not with the broken cookie pieces in the cake. I’ll have to try the whole cookie version. Hope you’re doing well!

July 25, 2011 10:07 AM
sherri lynn @ life of a wife said...

These look amazing! I was excited to see a new recipe on here!

July 25, 2011 10:08 AM
Kiran said...

So happy that you’re baking again. Beautifully delicious!!

July 25, 2011 10:09 AM
Jackie said...

Yummy! What tip did you use for icing?

July 25, 2011 10:18 AM
Missie said...

It is good to see you baking again. Glad you a felling well enough to bake and share you yummy ideas with us. These look great and I will have to try them soon.

July 25, 2011 10:22 AM
theoutfitdiaries said...

damn, I wish I could make that!

July 25, 2011 10:31 AM
Susan said...

Those look delightful to be sure. However, I’m wondering how the Oreo cookies lasted on your counter since February. I thought you meant you had them in the freezer. Man Alive! What must be in those things to make them preserve that well. That’s kind of scarey, no?
How are you and your mama feeling now? Best wishes to you both.

July 25, 2011 10:32 AM
Samantha G.L. said...

Soo delicious!

July 25, 2011 10:39 AM
Su said...

These look yummy!!! Am going to bake them tonight for hubby

July 25, 2011 10:43 AM
Lezanne said...

These look scrumptious!! What a fantastic idea :)

July 25, 2011 10:45 AM
Amy said...

These look incredibly beautiful and delicious. I’ve never made cookies n cream cupcakes, but I sure do want to now!!

July 25, 2011 10:55 AM
MINDY1 said...

These look yummy, no kidney cake pops ? ;)

July 25, 2011 10:59 AM
Linda J-H said...

As others have said, welcome back to baking! I’m so happy you are up and about and feeling well. Much love to you and your mom.

July 25, 2011 11:33 AM
Emily said...

one word: AMAZING. i could probably eat all of the ones i make, so i better make sure to have someone else around to help me out!! thank you for making my day a little brighter :)

July 25, 2011 11:37 AM
Mal @ The Chic Geek said...

These look so perfect! I need to try them

July 25, 2011 11:52 AM
Lindsey Cota said...

I am so glad to hear from you again. I hope you are doing much better and are on your way to feeling fantastic!

You are in my thoughts.

- Lindsey.

July 25, 2011 12:04 PM
elle why said...

It is sooooo good to see you baking and having new food blogs! God is sooo good! Also, I absolutely adore these! Wonderful!
I cannot wait to make them – the fam will go ga-ga!
Your pictures are beautiful, too! I think I will make these with regular buttercream even if they won’t be as pretty!

July 25, 2011 12:14 PM
Laura said...

Glad to hear both you and your dear Mother are doing well!! These look amazing I gotta try them!!

Get well soon!! Looks like your already on your way!!!

July 25, 2011 12:17 PM
Georgia Pellegrini said...

Wow, I sure wish I lived next door :)

July 25, 2011 12:29 PM
roula said...

so happy to see you back ,love you and love your work :).

July 25, 2011 12:30 PM
Stacey said...

Yummy! Are the cookies inside the cupcake still crunchy after you bake them?

July 25, 2011 12:43 PM
Janis said...

I am newer follower and am so glad I found you. These are just amazing. I also want to thank you for sharing your recipes. I have enjoyed other blogs and they have some great pictures of their finished sensation but don’t share how they got there. I will be trying these…very soon. I bet they would taste great with the strawberry milkshake oreos too! Thanks again and healing prayers are still coming you and your Mother’s way.

July 25, 2011 12:58 PM
American Cupcake in London Blog said...

Half butter and half crisco work pretty well for white colored icing and tastes a little better than pure crisco! Crisco will also stop it from melting a bit if you’re taking cupcakes outside.

July 25, 2011 01:01 PM
Mary Sanavia said...

These look so delicious….I’m so glad to see you feeling better and baking again….YAY!!!

July 25, 2011 01:07 PM
Carrie said...

I want to dunk the whole thing in a glass of milk!

July 25, 2011 01:12 PM
Emily G. said...

Amazing– you make even the simplest of ingredients by themselves look delicious! Definitely will be trying this recipe, thanks for sharing!

July 25, 2011 01:20 PM
sharon said...

Thank you Thank you!!!! Love this receipe!!!! We are having a back-toschool- fair for our youth group at church! Great touch!

July 25, 2011 01:34 PM
Julie said...

SO glad you’re back!!! (My hips, however, are not…haha!) These look amazing – can’t wait to try them!

July 25, 2011 01:38 PM
The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh said...

Ooh, those look amazing! I wonder if those new Oreo cream thingy’s would work with those or not since they’re fudge coated. Yum.

July 25, 2011 01:40 PM
Georgina G said...

so good to see you baking again and what a treat!!! I have family flying in on Wed. I think this would be a very yummy treat to have!

July 25, 2011 01:50 PM
Angela said...

I’m so glad you’re up and about! These look incredible. Thanks for sharing!

July 25, 2011 01:55 PM
April said...

yummo! Funny thing is that I was just looking at a recipe using Nutter Butter cookies and I like these better. Thanks!

July 25, 2011 02:14 PM
Jackie Helm said...

You are soooooooooooo creative. I want to make these cupcakes for my grandma. I think i might enter some of your recipes in the county fair. i have made cake pops 5+ times, and i am one of your biggest fans. Ilive in Newnan, GA. You are amazing. i am excited to make these cupcakes.

July 25, 2011 02:31 PM
Maryanna said...

Yummy! And I love how you used brown liners and white liners (makes it more like cookies and cream). :)

July 25, 2011 02:32 PM
myrna said...

…aaaand this is why you’re my favorite baker and decorator! So happy to see you’re up and about=) Yay for the bloggy world!!

July 25, 2011 02:46 PM
Cupcake Activist said...

Those are some big chunks of Oreos. I like your thinking.

July 25, 2011 03:02 PM
Elise said...

Yum!!!!!!!!!! Perfect way to treat friends and family! (Or just yourself!) ;)

July 25, 2011 03:11 PM
Melissa said...

I can’t wait to cook & eat them!
Today is my birthday and my dad gave me as a present the book “cake pops” I’m too happy n_n

July 25, 2011 03:36 PM
Seanna Lea said...

Those sound awesome. Unfortunately my husband doesn’t like oreos (the chocolate cookie tastes burnt to him). I’ll have to find a different sandwich cookie to make these with.

July 25, 2011 03:43 PM
Elizabeth Branch said...

This is too funny because I made a cake like these cupcakes about two weeks ago! I’ve never made cupcakes with the chopped up Oreos, only cakes. But I have made cupcakes with the entire Oreo in them and all my friends went crazy for them! (If you want, you can check out my blog post: They’re soo good and I love how the cookies get a little softer inside the cake. I love Oreos so I’ll have to try making them the way you made them, they look delicious!

July 25, 2011 04:01 PM
Marsha said...

Oh.My.Word!!! I love Oreos and can’t wait to try these!!! :)

July 25, 2011 04:05 PM
TheRachelSyn said...

I have a similar question to #123 – Stacey…what is the texture of the cookie after baking?

July 25, 2011 04:12 PM
Jennifer said...

OMG! Amazing! My husband would love these….. Gives me an excuse to buy Oreos too. :)

July 25, 2011 04:12 PM
smincho said...

HUMMMMMMMM, miam miam, thank you for sharing

July 25, 2011 04:19 PM
Robyn said...

These look amazing, I can’t wait to try them! I have been looking for something to inspire me to get back into the kitchen, and these might do the trick! Its so good to see you baking and posting again, I hope you’re feeling well and recovering quickly!

July 25, 2011 04:54 PM
bakerella said...

American Cupcake in London – I tried that first, but I wanted them even whiter.

TheRachelSyn and Stacy – the cookies are semi soft. Easy to bit through.

Maryanna – Thanks – and they are actually black liners. Even better.

July 25, 2011 04:59 PM
delia said...

I’m glad to see you baking again!

July 25, 2011 05:01 PM
Mélanie said...

It’s good to see you again ^^
These cupcakes look delicious !

July 25, 2011 05:02 PM
Emily @ Wardrobe Block said...

my mouth? watering right now.

July 25, 2011 05:12 PM
Melissa said...

Cute! We made some similar to these a while back and they were awesome!

July 25, 2011 05:32 PM
Emily said...

Yay! You baked :)

July 25, 2011 05:37 PM
Whitney W said...

Oh my goodness these look amazing!!! I may have to drag my 36 week pregnant with twins self into the kitchen just to make these! Then I can eat them all before the babies come and not feel guilty about it! :)

July 25, 2011 05:52 PM
Rebecca @This Nest is Best said...

So glad to see a baking post from you! You’ve been missed! And these look sooo yummy!

July 25, 2011 06:15 PM
Samantha Holt said...

Yummy! Thank you!

July 25, 2011 06:27 PM
Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk said...

I’m sososo happy to see that you’re baking again! I’ve missed your inspiring recipes and photos :)

July 25, 2011 06:27 PM
Cheyenne van den Berg said...

OMG! This looks so amazing and delicious! Definately going to try this soon!

July 25, 2011 06:36 PM
Melanie said...

Oh these look awesome.. I must try them!

July 25, 2011 06:50 PM
beingjennifer said...

New here. Love these! Love how you did them two different ways! FUN!

I love the butter flavor and the fluffiness of the shortening in frosting. I’ve mixed half and half butter and shortening before. It comes out pretty good. A little butter flavor with the lightness of the shortening. Not sure it would be white white though. Just an idea.

I’m looking forward to exploring more here.
Peace, Jennifer

July 25, 2011 07:03 PM
christine said...

omgosh these look amazingggg! cookies and cream anything is my boyfriend’s favorite, so i must try this recipe. he doesn’t read your blog but he’s definitely a fan via me. thanks bakerella!

July 25, 2011 07:07 PM
Ilyanna said...

Two things:
1. Love the close, close-up pics
2. They look soooooo yummy!!!!!

July 25, 2011 07:10 PM
Stephanie said...

These look AMAZING! I just so happen to have a package of Oreos in my cupboard….so glad to see you baking again!

July 25, 2011 07:35 PM
badia said...

Good lord! i gotta try those!!! … if they turn out half as good as yours i’ll be one happy chickie…
hope you feel lots better… keep on baking ;)

July 25, 2011 07:35 PM
Tracey in WA said...

YUMMMMYYYY!!!! I love the look of the whole cookie in the cupcake … can’t wait to try this. I am SO happy to see you bake and baking. I am an organ donor and have been since I was 18 and as a Mom there is nothing that would stop me from donating to my child. BIG HUGS to you and your Mom!!! XOXO

July 25, 2011 07:39 PM
Nic@diningwithastud said...

These are pure genius and once I showed Stud, he demanded I make them lol. I cant wait to try them :)!!

July 25, 2011 08:10 PM
Madeleine said...

Those cupcakes look absolutely gorgeous (and delicious)! I can’t imagine having the self control to leave a box of Oreos lying around for more than a few hours haha
ps so happy to see you baking :)

July 25, 2011 08:41 PM
Anna said...

These look amazing! So creative.

July 25, 2011 08:44 PM
Amber said...

who knew Oreos float in batter??

July 25, 2011 08:46 PM
Mercedes said...

These look so delicious. Must try very soon! Stay strong, love seeing new posts.

July 25, 2011 09:02 PM
Rebekah said...

Definitely going to try these! They look scrumptious :)

July 25, 2011 09:14 PM
Vanessa said...

You are such an inspiration!! I have some limited edition “creamsicle” oreos in my cabinet that my sister left here her last visit. Switch it up to an orange cupcake with buttercream sounds so good. Might be taking a “baking break” from my homework tonight

July 25, 2011 09:31 PM
Linda, Jennifer and Jaclynn said...

WOW!! This is the first time I’ve made something as soon as you posted it!! I had some leftover Oreos and couldn’t wait to try the recipe. They turned out great and you don’t even need icing on them at all!! I’m definitely with you…’real’ buttercream is much better and I can live with icing that is not snow white. I find shortening icing just leaves a not nice taste in your mouth. Glad to see you are back baking and feeling better!!

July 25, 2011 09:46 PM
Karen said...

Yeah! So glad to see you are back in the kitchen!! I, too, love the looks of the baked cupcakes with the broken up pieces of Oreos showing! Yum!!! What about making the buttercream with the butter and then adding the white food coloring? Would that make them yummy and white?? Thanks for the post!
Welcome back!!! Hope you’re feeling as good as these cookies look!!!

July 25, 2011 10:14 PM
vivian said...

GASP! This is probably the best cookies and cream cupcake post I have ever seen. The pictures are nice and by the look of the cupcakes, i bet they taste decadent! (:

July 25, 2011 10:16 PM
Cindy said...

You might want to try Wilton’s white icing color…it makes buttercream white….I agree butter is best…also sometimes I mix half butter half shortening and it fluffs pretty well. Love your ideas…definately making this one soon! Thanks for sharing

July 25, 2011 10:27 PM
saralyn said...

love this .cant wait to try!!!

July 25, 2011 11:14 PM
Maureen said...

Who can keep Oreos that long?? Certainly wouldn’t last that long at my house unless they were under lock and key.

These little cakes look delicious!

July 25, 2011 11:29 PM
Julie said...

Everything you make looks absolutely delicious. You are a true blessing & we’re glad to see you back : )

July 25, 2011 11:44 PM
Molly H said...

I am so glad you are healthy and baking again…I missed your amazing recipies! I hope your mom is doing well also, she was such a blessing so that you can continue to be a blessing to others!!

July 26, 2011 12:24 AM
Katrina said...

Mmmm these are super tasty looking! Yum!

July 26, 2011 12:53 AM
Esmeralda Peña said...

hi bakerella glad your back… Several times i made oreo cupcakes instead of cocoa i add oreo crumbs it was deliciuuuus… Im gona try this…

God Bless You

July 26, 2011 01:40 AM
Debbie said...

Yum and beautiful!

July 26, 2011 02:51 AM
Loren said...

Oooo! These look SO yummy! I also had a pack of Oreo’s I needed to use up but I made some monster cakes with the kids. I’d love to show you the photo….

I made normal vanilla sponge for the cakes, then topped with buttercream using a grass nozzle to make it look like fur. Then the kids made fondant eyes in black and white and we used half an oreo (also used some chocolate chip cookies) as the mouth. It’s really effective and looks (and tastes!) fab!

July 26, 2011 04:29 AM
Michelle said...

Good to see you back, these look so delish, cant wait to try them.

July 26, 2011 06:08 AM
John Cardero said...

Wow, those cupcakes are absolutely decadent. I am going to have to try these out…for the kids. yeah, for the kids.

July 26, 2011 08:51 AM
Celia said...

I make mine with mini oreo centers and whipped cookies and cream frosting:

Because the cupcakes are refridgerated, the oreo centers and the oreo on top get all soft and melt in your mouth.

July 26, 2011 09:28 AM
DessertForTwo said...

I need to bite into a cupcake and get a mouthful of Oreo. I can’t believe I’ve never had that experience!

July 26, 2011 09:36 AM
Canadian Girl said...

YEAH! All is right with the world…Been so worried about you but if you are baking with chocolate, that has to be a good sign! Loved your mom’s comment and she was in my thoughts as well. Hope she gets some of these cupcakes! Thanks for the great photography, glad your back!

July 26, 2011 10:14 AM
Rachel L said...

I shall try these as soon as I go back to LA from vacation! Welcome back bakerella :)

July 26, 2011 11:04 AM
Stephanie S said...

Yumm! Must add these to the baby shower list for my sister. One tip. If you like buttercream with butter better (and I do!) you might try using americolor foodcolor in “super white”. It helps make the frosting white instead of off-white without having to give up butter. I’ve used it with other icings with good results so it should work well in buttercream.

July 26, 2011 11:15 AM
Incha said...

wow, that looks very delicious!

July 26, 2011 11:20 AM
Paula said...

I have these in the oven right now. I just had to have a go they look amazing! Nice to see you back and doing well!

July 26, 2011 11:30 AM
Janice said...

Thanks Bakerelle for sending me the link for
these cupcake can’t wait to make them

July 26, 2011 01:11 PM
Katja Boumans said...

So happy that you’re back…i’ve missed you :-)
You should really try this frosting…it’s so much better than just butter (or shortening) with sugar:

July 26, 2011 01:23 PM
Marthina said...

I’m from Brazil, and, unfortunatly, they don’t sell OREO here.. just a simmilar version called Negresco.. but i’ll try it with those still, becouse all of this pictures made me so hungry!

love it!!

July 26, 2011 01:39 PM
Amanda L. said...

Looks delicious! Especially the lucious frosting, what tip do you use to frost them?

July 26, 2011 02:14 PM
Hester said...

The look absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try them!!

July 26, 2011 02:19 PM
Jackie said...

Oh dear sweet Lord. I already love cookies n creme frosting, and now you have to add cookies to the cupcakes themselves?! *looks sadly at gradually expanding stomach* Oh well. Life’s too short.

July 26, 2011 02:57 PM
lidia@ sugarslut said...

i have to have these NOW.
will try making them soon!

July 26, 2011 04:35 PM
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