Oreo Cupcakes – Third time is a charm!

First things first. Cupcake Camp Boston is tomorrow night. If you’re in the Boston area, be sure to stop by. We’re expecting about 2000 cupcakes and who knows how many people…

Oreo Cupcakes

Now on to the cupcakes. This is by far Hubby’s favorite cupcake and my #1 requested cupcake to make. They’re pretty freaking amazing.

Oreo Cupcakes

You might remember that I’ve actually made Cookies N Cream cupcakes twice before. Both recipes were a bit different but still delicious. I took my favorite parts of each on and combined them into an awesome Oreo Cupcake recipe.

Oreo Cupcakes

Since developing this recipe last summer, I’ve probably made these five times. I never repeat recipes, so that’s definitely saying something. I just never got around to photographing the cupcakes to post on here. Until this spring. I’m going to be an aunt in a couple weeks and my sister-in-law requested these cupcakes. I happily obliged and made a point to take the pictures.

Oreo Cupcakes

As I mentioned, this recipe combines our favorite aspects of the two recipes tried previously. You start with half of an Oreo at the bottom of the cupcake. I always twist the Oreo gently so that all the cream filling sticks to one cookie so you get that layer of cream in the bottom of your cupcake.

Oreo Cupcakes

I take the tops of the Oreos that have no cream on them and cut some in half for garnishing. The rest get crushed, also for garnishing.

Oreo Cupcakes

The part I love about the first recipe that I’ve tried is the made from scratch batter. This batter is amazing even before you pour in the Oreo pieces. And while we’re on the topic of those Oreo pieces… I cut mine fairly large. Actually, Hubby likes to do the cutting for me. He stacks them really tall and uses a super sharp knife to cut through the whole stack at once. He cuts them into quarters for me. I toss the quarters Oreos in a bit of flour so they don’t all sink to the bottom. I like having the big chunks as opposed to crushing them. It really enhances the Oreo flavor and adds some texture to the cupcakes.

Oreo Cupcakes

For the frosting, I have tried out a variety of flavors. The one that I like best is just a simple cream cheese frosting. With the garnish of the crushed Oreo and the half Oreo, you still have plenty of Oreo flavor in every bite

Oreo Cupcakes

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Oreo Cupcakes

These Oreo cupcakes will knock your socks off!

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups flour, plus 2 Tbsp for the Oreo chunks
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 2/3 cup sugar
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
1 pkg Oreo Cookies (~45 cookies)
double batch of cream cheese frosting

Directions:

For the Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350F. Insert liners into a medium cupcake pan.

Twist apart 24 Oreos. Place the wafer with filling on it, filling side up, in the bottom of each paper liner. Cut other wafers in half. Save 24 halves to place in the frosting. Crush the other wafer halves, also for garnishing.

Cut the remaining Oreo cookies into quarters with a sharp knife. Toss with 2 Tbsp flour and set aside.

In a large bowl cream the butter until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the milk and vanilla and mix to combine.

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to butter mixture. Mix until integrated. Stir in sugar. With an electric mixer on low speed, beat for 30 seconds. Turn the mixer up to medium speed and beat for 2 minutes. Add the egg whites. Beat for 2 more minutes. Stir in the quartered cookies.

Fill the cupcake lines three-quarters full. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in the pan.

Assemble the cupcakes
Once cupcakes have cooled completely, frost with cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle with crushed Oreos and place 1/2 of an Oreo on the frosting of each cupcake.

Recipe from Beantown Baker

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13 Responses to “My first Operation Baking Gals!”

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    Amy Kingman — February 20, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    That’s really cool! Thanks for sharing the info. 😀

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    Carrie — February 20, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I did OBG last fall and enjoyed it I need to sign up again.

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    Jess — February 20, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    thank you so much for doing this, my husband just got back from 15 months deployed!

    A have a quick tip for ya- since some of the soldiers are a ways out and their mail takes sometimes 4 weeks to get there, put a piece of bread (i wrapped mine in parchment paper) in with the cookies to keep them from going stale!

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    Jen — February 20, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks for the tip Jess. I followed the instructions on the OBG website that said that bread can sometimes mold, so instead use some apple peel. So I put some apple peel between the paper towels on the top and bottom of each container.

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    ~Kimberly — February 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Great post! Thanks for sharing all the info! I hope you join us again next round! I checked with my husband about the condition of the cookies he’s been receiving. It’s been taking about a week or so to get them, and he said they all have been so fresh! They have a “community” table in the hallway and he says the homebaked goodies disappear in a flash! They are all very appreciative! Thanks again for baking! I’m craving your cookies right now!!!

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    Joelen — February 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    How thoughtful of you! Your cookies all look delicious and I’m sure they will appreciate all the effort you put into them!

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    Jen — February 20, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks! I definitely plan on doing it again. Next time I probably won’t send quite as many cookies. It did end up costing quite a bit more than I expected. That’s what I get for sending 20 dozen cookies I guess…

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    Sara Therese — February 20, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    What a great way to show your support and share your talents. High five to you!

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    Suzy — February 20, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    How thoughtful of you! I used to do this for Desert Storm, and would pack it in popcorn. Just a thought.
    Keep it Sweet,
    Suzy

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    Laura P. — February 21, 2009 at 12:29 am

    just wanted to thank you for doing this…my husband served in Iraq for 16 months (yes you read that right). He said that receiving packages means the world to them. It will be much appreciated!

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    DeborahSW — February 21, 2009 at 2:54 am

    What a wonderful thing to do! I bet the lucky soldier will appreciate a little sweet treat from home. 🙂

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    Soli Deo Gloria — February 21, 2009 at 6:00 am

    You have such a generous heart! I am sure these lovely cookies will be appreciated! 🙂

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    Stephanie Wagner — February 22, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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