Cookies & Cream Oreo Brownie 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! 

Cookies & Cream Oreo Brownie Cupcakes - Super-easy one-bowl brownie cupcakes with an Oreo cookie baked right in the middle, then topped off with a fluffy cookies-and-cream buttercream.

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!


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.

Cookies & Cream Oreo Brownie Cupcakes - Super-easy one-bowl brownie cupcakes with an Oreo cookie baked right in the middle, then topped off with a fluffy cookies-and-cream buttercream.

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.

Cookies & Cream Oreo Brownie Cupcakes - Super-easy one-bowl brownie cupcakes with an Oreo cookie baked right in the middle, then topped off with a fluffy cookies-and-cream buttercream.

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

Cookies & Cream Oreo Brownie Cupcakes - Super-easy one-bowl brownie cupcakes with an Oreo cookie baked right in the middle, then topped off with a fluffy cookies-and-cream buttercream.

Print Recipe

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

Super-easy one-bowl brownie cupcakes with an Oreo cookie baked right in the middle! Topped off with a fluffy cookies-and-cream buttercream, these Oreo cupcakes are irresistible.

Yield: 15 cupcakes*

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


Oreo Brownie Cupcakes:

  • 4 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 15 Oreo cookies (for inside)
  • 15 mini Oreo cookies (for topping)

Oreo Buttercream Frosting:

  • 3 cups powdered (confectioner's) sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 Oreo cookies
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream


Make the cupcakes:

  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 a tablespoon of batter to each muffin cup.
  6. Place one Oreo cookie flat on top of each cup of batter and press down slightly.
  7. Top with the remaining batter, dividing between the 15 cups, about 1.5 tablespoons per cupcake.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees until the brownies are set but not overbaked, 22-25 minutes. Cool completely.
Make the Oreo buttercream:
  1. Add the Oreo cookies to a zipper bag and seal. Crush with a rolling pin until they're small crumbs.
  2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, Oreo crumbs, vanilla, and salt. 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. Drizzle in the heavy whipping cream and mix until fluffy, 1-2 more minutes.

Assemble the cupcakes:

  1. Top cool cupcakes 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.
  2. Top each cupcake with a mini Oreo. Update 1/11/2015: We made these for our daughter's Disney-themed birthday and added two Oreos to look like mouse ears. They were perfect!

* I have also made 12 cupcakes and used my mini muffin tin for the remaining batter - about 1.5 tablespoons per cup yields about 12 cute little brownie bites.

Inspired by/adapted from Bake it in a Cake

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26 Responses to “Cookies & Cream Oreo Brownie 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 posted on April 24, 2011 at 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 posted on April 24, 2011 at 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 posted on April 24, 2011 at 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 posted on May 10, 2011 at 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 posted on December 22, 2011 at 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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