Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

Cookies and cream, in a cupcake. Delicious, chewy chocolate brownie cupcakes topped with cookies-and-cream buttercream, topped with a mini Oreo and, the pièce de résistance, an Oreo is baked right into the middle of the cupcake! 

My coworkers have a crush on a blogger. She’s a food blogger, she’s from Seattle and she has a rockin’ blog. And, sob, she’s not me!

Wah.

It’s okay though. Her name is Megan, and her blog is Bake it in a Cake. Her fiance works with us, too, so while I haven’t personally met her yet, I’ve had the chance to delight in the delicious pleasure of her cupcakes with bonus treats baked right inside. You know, like little pumpkin pies or pretzel M & Ms or baklava. Cool, right?

They go gaga over her buttercream, too. Her recipe for Junior Mint buttercream is amazing, I admit, and genius as well. Butter, powdered sugar and a king-size box of Junior Mints, melted, mixed in and then, of course, devoured. Delicious.

Inspired by Megan’s recipe that she posted this past Halloween, these delicious-looking Oreo-stuffed brownie cupcakes with the aforementioned Junior Mint buttercream frosting, I decided to take the Oreo and cupcake thing all the way.



Oreos stuffed inside moist, brownie-like chocolate cupcakes, and then more Oreos crumbled into a delicious vanilla buttercream. Topped off, of course, with a mini Oreo cookie.

These things are serious sugar bombs. Rich, sweet, sinful. Delicious. Everything cookies and cream should be. Yum!

Print Recipe

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

Cookies and cream, in a cupcake. Delicious, chewy chocolate brownie cupcakes topped with cookies-and-cream buttercream, topped with a mini Oreo and, the pièce de résistance, an Oreo is baked right into the middle of the cupcake!

Yield: 15 cupcakes

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Cupcakes:
  • 4 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar (granulated)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 15 Oreo cookies
  • 15 mini Oreo cookies
  • Oreo Buttercream
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 Oreo cookies

Directions:

  1. Line 15 cupcake holders with paper liners. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the chocolate and the butter in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave on high for about one minute, until the butter is melted and the chocolate is just melted. Give it a good stir to mix it all together.
  3. Stir in the granulated sugar, then add the eggs, stirring in one at a time. Then stir in the vanilla.
  4. Add the flour and stir well. The batter should be smooth and light-ish brown.
  5. Add about a tablespoon of batter to each muffin cup.
  6. Place one Oreo cookie on top of each cup of batter.
  7. Top with the remaining batter, dividing between the 15 cups.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 23 - 27 minutes, until the brownies are set but not overbaked. Cool completely.
  9. For the buttercream, seal the Oreo cookies in a Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin until they're small crumbs.
  10. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the butter, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and Oreo crumbs. Start out on the lowest setting (this helps avoid a powdered sugar blizzard) and then increase to medium once the powdered sugar is well-incorporated. Mix until completely blended.
  11. Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, top with the Oreo buttercream. You can use a pastry bag with a big frosting tip, or, if you can't find yours, a Ziploc bag works in a pinch. Just fill a big bag with the frosting, cut the corner off and squeeze the frosting out the corner onto the cupcake. Magic!
  12. Top each cupcake with a mini Oreo.

Inspired by/adapted from Bake it in a Cake

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27 Responses to “Cookies & Cream Cupcakes”

  1. The Cilantropist posted on April 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Those are definitely sugar bombs but oh how cute they are! I love the surprise in the middle!

  2. Konstant Kraver posted on April 21, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Such a clever idea ! Love how you bite into a yummy Oreo mid cupcake!

    • Kare replied on April 24th, 2011 on 11:57 am

      I just wish I could take credit for the idea! :) The Oreo in the middle is oh-so delicious. I’ve also made them with mint Newman-O’s and the Junior Mint Buttercream – divine.

  3. Lindsey posted on April 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I am totally making these.

    • Kare replied on April 24th, 2011 on 12:00 pm

      Love that you’re inspired; let me know how they turn out!

  4. sweetie posted on April 24, 2011 at 5:05 am

    love her site and you’re a lucky girl to get to have tasted her originals.

    fyi, you might want to correct this sentence: “1 c. flour15 Oreo cookies” : )

    great job on these.

    • Kare replied on April 24th, 2011 on 11:59 am

      sweetie, thank you so much for catching that! fixed.

  5. Summer posted on April 24, 2011 at 9:39 am

    That Oreo buttercream looks deadly! (in a good way of course :) )

  6. Liz posted on April 25, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Oh, boy, would these be a hit at my house with my Oreo lovin’ family! Great photos~

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  9. Alyssa posted on May 9, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I spent weeks just going to this page and dreaming of these… I made them tonight… and they were even BETTER than I dreamt. Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe!!

    • Kare replied on May 10th, 2011 on 9:02 pm

      Alyssa, I’m so happy to hear it! Cheers!

  10. Taylor posted on June 16, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    These look amazing! I just found your blog thanks to stumbleupon, and I am completely inspired. I just started my own, and I hope that it looks half as good as yours someday!

  11. Anon. posted on December 22, 2011 at 3:28 am

    it says “flour” do we use self raising or all purpose?
    thank you so much.

    • Kare replied on December 22nd, 2011 on 8:01 am

      Hi, I’m sorry I didn’t specify! It’s all-purpose. I’ll remember to include that info from now on. Cheers!

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