Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

It's Oreo's 100th Birthday this month. Happy Birthday you gorgeous cream filled cookie!

I grew up with Oreos, as many of us did. These were my first love and responsible for my cookie addiction to this day. It was one treat I never had to beg my Mom to buy - she always had them on her shopping list.

I specifically remember when Nabisco upped the ante and introduced the Oreo Big Stuff. I was still single digits and totally in love. I also remember the commercial for it. Funny enough, I watched it a few days ago and shook my head. The people in it looked way too old to be in high school. But that's the funny thing about the 80s. Even I looked older back then than I do now.

I decided to share in the celebrations of my fellow bloggers and make some cupcakes. It's probably the only way I would pulverize a perfectly good Oreo. Like classic movies Hollywood decide to remake (you will NEVER be Willy Wonka, Johnny Depp. NEVER!), Oreos are something that shouldn't be messed with. They are perfect as is.

But you cannot argue with cookies and chocolate. Together. In a cupcake.


Recipe adapted and slightly modified from Bakerella

1½ cups all purpose flour
½ cup natural unsweetened cocoa
1¼ cup sugar
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
3 eggs
½ cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
24 Oreos, plus more for crumbs

1 cup butter
3¼ cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 -8 Tablespoons heavy cream
2 or more teaspoons Oreo cookie crumbs

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 12-cup baking tray with liners. Place one whole cookie in each cup.

Combine flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.

Add the eggs, butter, vanilla and buttermilk. According to Bakerella's post, she added ¾ cups hot water and mix until combined. I didn't add it as she indicated her batter was really runny. It's your call. Mix until incorporated and chocolate looks like silk.

Add chopped cookies into batter and stir with a wooden spoon.

Transfer the batter into cups until they are about three quarters full.

Bake for 16-18 minutes. Mine took 17 minutes. Right in the middle.


Beat the butter 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 cream at a time and mix together until you achieve the consistency you desire.

Add the cookie crumbs and mix until completely combined. I took the advice of Bakerella and added only a couple Tablespoons. I also added some crumbs once they were frosted.

Top with mini Oreo if desired.

Yields: About 12 cupcakes.

Happy Baking!