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Oreo Cupcakes with Cookies & Cream Frosting

Oreo cupcakes

Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes with Cookies & Cream Frosting feature an Oreo cookie, baked into the bottom of each cupcake!

Oreos. I <3 them. If someone were to ask me what my favorite cookie is, without a doubt I’d say Oreos. That’s of course if they were referring to the pre-packaged kind from the grocery store that I rarely buy. And I really only enjoy Oreo cookies if I dunk them in milk until they’re soggy, and on the verge of falling apart. That’s the only way to eat an Oreo, in my book!

If we were talking about the fresh, homemade kind that make my house smell like a bakery, I’d have a hard time pinpointing a favorite because there are SO many delicious options like these White Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodle Cookies or these Perfect Chocolate Chip cookies! Having delicious cookie options is never a bad thing, right? 

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But now let’s talk about cupcakes. When I decided to combine Oreos with a delectable little chocolate cupcake, I really didn’t know how they’d turn out, so I tried them a couple of ways. First I experimented with putting an Oreo on the bottom of each muffin cup, pouring the batter over and baking. 

Then naturally, I tried the opposite and poured the batter first, then ever so carefully pressed an Oreo into the batter so that it sat on top.

It’s a good thing I conduct these types of experiments for you, so that you don’t have to. ;)

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In the end, I determined that the Oreo on the bottom, batter on top method worked the best mainly because it looks pretty darn cool to bite into a cupcake to discover an Oreo on the bottom. If you’re not as amused with it as I am, your kids definitely will be! 

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I decided to slice one of these Oreo cupcakes in half so that you could see exactly what I’m talking about. What kid wouldn’t think it’s cool to see this when they bite into a cupcake? But of course, what’s a cupcake without frosting? 

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It really took no effort on my end to come up with a frosting for these guys. Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes pair perfectly with cookies and cream frosting made with Oreos! I took one of my favorite frosting recipes that I used on these Better Than Sex Cupcakes and simply added some Oreo cookies that I crushed in the food processor. The result? Creamy Oreo cookies and cream frosting!

The frosting is likely different than any frosting you’ve made in the past in that you start it on the stovetop with some flour and milk in a saucepan. It sounds weird, I know, but I adore this frosting recipe because it’s light, and fluffy, and delicious.

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When frosting the cupcakes, you have a couple of options if you want to make them look fancy (versus just using a knife to slather on some frosting). 

Option 1: Put the frosting in a ziplock bag, snip the corner of the bag and pipe the frosting onto the cupcake.

Option 2: Buy a simple, basic Cupcake Decorating Set. I bought one at Target for under $10 several years ago and it’s perfect! Amazon sells almost the exact kit that I bought here. I used the 1M tip (it’s a star tip) to pipe the frosting on. I started with the tip in the center, then brought it around clock-wise to frost each cupcake. If you’ve never decorated cupcakes before, I promise, it is so simple. If you goof, just use a spatula to scrape the frosting off and try again.

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The result? Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes with Oreo Cream Frosting. Does it get any better than this? For garnish, I put another Oreo cookie on top, just because it looks cute, and I’m all about the cute factor.

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You’ll get about 18 Chocolate Oreo cupcakes with cookies and cream frosting from one batch! Enough for you and your family plus some to share!

*Note, this recipe calls for bread flour to produce a lighter, less dense cupcake. You can use all-purpose if you do not have bread flour on hand, just know that your cupcakes will be a little more dense than if you use bread flour. Additionally, you will need two packages of Oreos total if you garnish each cupcake with an Oreo. If you don’t add the garnish, you will only need one 15.5 ounce package.

PS: Do you ever complete a recipe and realize your forgot an ingredient? I made these and realized I forgot the oil! Oops! 

Oreo Cupcakes with Cookies & Cream Frosting

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Prep Time: 10mn
Cook Time: 18mn
Total Time: 28mn

CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS

  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate, you could also use semi-sweet. Just make sure you use a good quality chocolate).
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Use dutch process if you can find it).
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 3/4 cup bread flour (you may sub all-purpose flour, your cupcakes will just be a little more dense)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 Oreo cookies per cupcake (36 cookies – one for the cupcake itself and one for garnish)

FROSTING INGREDIENTS

  • 5 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup crushed Oreos (I used my food processor to crush about 10-12 Oreos)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with 18 paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine chopped bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, and 3/4 cup hot water. Whisk until the mixture is smooth and all of the chocolate has melted.Place this mixture in the refrigerator to chill for about 20 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.
  4. When the chocolate mixture has cooled, whisk in 6 tablespoons vegetable oil, 2 large eggs, 2 teaspoons vinegar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  5. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet and whisk until all of the ingredients are incorporated together.
  6. Place an Oreo cookie on the bottom of each cupcake liner.
  7. Pour batter over each cookie and fill each cupcake liner about 3/4 of the way full. You should get about 18 cupcakes.
  8. Bake for 17-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  9. Cool on a wire rack.
  10. While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the frosting. In a small sauce pan combine 5 tablespoons flour with 1 cup cold milk. I used 1%. Stir and whisk the mixture constantly over medium low heat until it becomes really thick. Place this mixture in the refrigerator or freezer for about 10 minutes so that it cools completely.
  11. When the flour/milk mixture has cooled completely, cream together butter and sugar with your mixer. When the sugar is well incorporated into the butter, add in vanilla and mix for 30 seconds longer. Add in the thickened milk/flour mixture and mix on low for about 30 seconds. Then turn the mixer to high and mix for about 3 minutes, or until the frosting is light and fluffy, much like whipped cream. If the consistency isn’t like whipped cream, keep mixing! Add in 1 cup crushed Oreos and mix for about 30 seconds.
  12. To frost the cupcakes, place the frosting in a ziplock bag, snip the corner, and pipe frosting onto each cooled cupcake. Top with an additional Oreo for garnish.

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  1. Love the cookie on the bottom! These loook amazing.

  2. At the end of last school year I had the honor of trying one of the school librarian’s cookies and cream cupcakes, and they were heaven, but unfortunately I forgot to ask for the recipe before I left campus. All summer I have been scouring the internet trying to find bits and pieces of a cupcake that would be anywhere near comparable, and when I saw this on Foodgawker yesterday, I almost had a heart attack at my desk- these looked IDENTICAL to my elusive Oreo dream recipe. So I immediately called my friend who tried the original recipe with me and he too was overcome with excitement. So, I stayed up past midnight, and actually followed the recipe 100% (ok, almost 100% I have never completely followed one recipe, it’s a pride thing) and I am amazed. The cake is so chocolaty and light, thanks to the bread flour, the frosting tastes like the inside of an Oreo, and the two whole Oreos throughout make the flavor on point. I will definitely make these again, and who knows? Maybe one day I’ll be known as the best baker in the library. Thanks so much for sharing such a great recipe!!

  3. I was waiting patiently for you to post what you were doing with oreos and cupcakes! Oreo cupcakes are my #1 seller. I need to try your frosting recipe though. It looked like it had the “it” factor to it.

  4. Could you just substitute and use just a chocolate cake mix? I really want to make this but just don’t have the time to make from scratch:(

  5. I too would like to know if a cake mix could be used?

  6. BaiHana Beads and Crafts

    I made an oreo bottomed cupcake last year, also as an experiment. I used the simple chocolate cupcake recipe I’ve had for years now and used marshmallow frosting on some and plain ganache on the other half. Both were literally gobbled up. The young ones preferred the frosted versions while the older ones preferred the plain cupcakes. Either way, the oreo bottomed cupcakes were big hit to the family :) I’ve been making them since…

  7. Hi,
    I was just wondering do you let the milk and flour boil so the flour cooks out? that was my concern before making the icing and when i was done I could still taste the flour a little in the icing. But other than that they are very good!

  8. I want to put this frosting on EVERYTHING! :)

  9. So good, we should make it on their birthdays :) How cool.

  10. I saw these on fb and had to try them. My husband loooves oreos. I followed the recipe exacly because I always do the first try of anything. Everyone thought they were amazing! We all dunk our oreos in milk so what did we do?? Yep dipped our cupcakes in milk. It was so amazing! Next time I will try to incorporate the cookie crumbs in my husbands favorite type of icing… just because he loves a specific icing I make… not because this icing wasn’t delicious. I will def make these again and again.

  11. They might look good but, I tried just to make the frosting for a cake and it did not turn out so good. It was very messy and watery. I do not recommend this recipe if you want to make oreo frosting. All I did was take crushed up oreos and mixed it into store bought frosting.

    • Oh no Carlie, I feel so bad! I wouldn’t post these recipes if they didn’t turn out for myself. Did you let the flour/milk mixture thicken enough? And then cool completely? Once you begin the process of mixing together the cooled flour/water mixture with the butter and granulated sugar, you need to keep mixing it until it’s light and fluffy. I’m so sorry it didn’t turn out for you.

  12. Hi, Ashley! I’ll make these cupcakes today, they look so good! Is it OK to make the milk and flour mix and leave it in the fridge overnight? I’m planning to frost them tomorrow morning.Thanks a lot!

    • Hi Julie, I think it should be just fine, but I haven’t actually tried leaving it in the fridge overnight. Make sure you mix the frosting really well until it is light and fluffy!

  13. I was so surprised to see this frosting recipe. A neighbor gave me this recipe ovrr 40 years ago. It is so fluffy. Thanks for sharing the cupcake idea. I am going to make it for the grandkids.

  14. I made these for a back to school treat for my kids and we all loved them. The frosting was so light and fluffy. A huge success here!

  15. This is great idea, there’s never too much Oreo. One at the bottom, another on top and crushed Oreo mixed in the frosting… I’m drooling over these cupcakes. I’ve featured them on my blog, and I really hope that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

  16. I love these!! Great recipe! I did half a batch of Oreo and half a batch of peanut butter. I used a mini peanut butter cup in the center of the cupcake and just added 1/2 cup of peanut butter to the frosting!! Oh my goodness! Sooo good! Do you have a good recipe for plain whipped topping for the future? I wasn’t crazy about this one plain.

  17. I cant wait to make these. One question….does the cookie on the bottom get soft? If not, does it make the cupcake fall apart when you bite into it?

  18. Do these cupcakes need to be refrigerated?

  19. Hello,
    Thanks for this lovely recipe. I made it, its looks fantastic and taste so good.

  20. I’m making them now, and my areas keep rising to the top. Will this affect them?

    • That’s really interesting, I’ve never had that happen. They’ll still be just fine whether the Oreo is on top, on the bottom or in the middle. :)

      • It is interesting! I just made them a 2nd time tonight for Boss’s Day tomorrow :) (and they floated to the top again)! I hope everyone likes them! The 1st time I made them was for my Bible Club! One kid even told me before he ate one that he thought my cupcakes would be gross. He as well as everyone else loved them! Another friend told me I hit a home run with them :). They tasted great although I couldn’t get my icing as fluffy and pretty as yours. Thanks so much for posting this!

  21. I meant to say my oreos.

  22. I plan on making these today for my little cousins and nephew. I know it will be a big hit, they LOVE oreos and cupcakes!!! I can’t wait to see their little faces when they find the cookie in the middle. Thanks for posting this recipe Ashley!!!

  23. I made these yesterday and they were a huge success. Everyone loved them. I followed the cupcake recipe exactly but used my own icing recipe with cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powered sugar. The cupcakes were moist and flavorful. I have made many over the past few months and this recipe tops for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Is it degrees celcius?

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