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Cookies and Cream Cupcakes {Vanilla Oreo Cupcakes}

These Cookies and Cream Cupcakes start with an easy vanilla cupcake base stuffed with Oreo bits and topped with the silkiest, creamiest, most delicious cookies and cream buttercream frosting you will ever need in you life.

Cookies and cream cupcakes in purple cupcake paperI love Oreos. I still snack on them with a glass of milk every once in a while, when I need something sweet to get me through the afternoon. So naturally, anything stuffed with Oreos is certainly worthy as an afternoon snack to me. But these beautiful Oreo cupcakes are much more than that! Fluffy vanilla cupcakes with cookie specs all throughout, and the best cookies and cream Swiss buttercream frosting.

How to make Vanilla Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

This cookies and cream cupcake recipe starts with a base of an easy vanilla cupcake from a post earlier. Oreo bits are added to the batter to create those cookies and cream specs in the cupcakes.A collage of three photos showing the crushed Oreo being added to the vanilla cupcake batter in a mixing bowl

  1. For the cupcake batter, the Oreo can be crushed by hand in a ziplock bag and a rolling pin, or in a food processor. But make sure that you don’t process it to a fine ground. We want pieces large enough to show through the batter, and different size pieces for variation.
  2. Add the crushed Oreo bits to the vanilla cupcake batter.
  3. Fold with a spatula to distribute them evenly.
  4. Use a large ice cream scoop to divide the batter evenly into a 12 cup standard size muffin pan.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cupcake comes out clean.

A collage of two photos showing the oreo cupcake batter being divided using an ice cream scoop and baked

How to make Oreo Frosting

The Oreo frosting adorned on top of these vanilla Oreo cupcakes is a creamy and silky vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream with finely ground Oreo mixed into it. For the buttercream, you will want to use a food processor to ground the Oreo into a very fine ground so you can pipe the frosting without getting cookie bits stuck inside the piping tip.Oreo being processed to a fine ground for use in the cookies and cream buttercream

  1. If you use a food processor in step 1, use the same one to process another 6 Oreos for the frosting.
  2. Turn it to the “on” position and let it process the cookies to a fine ground. When finished, check to make sure there are no large bits left. If there are, continue to process until everything basically becomes Oreo dust.
  3. Make the vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream using a stand mixer.
  4. When the buttercream is fully formed, stop the mixer and add the finely ground Oreo to the bowl.
  5. Stir until completely incorporated.

A collage of three photos showing the oreo buttercream frosting being mixed in a stand mixer

Oreos are awesome. Therefore, these Oreo cookie cupcakes are awesome! End of story. But really though, they are even better with a glass of milk than just plain ‘ole cookies. Try them, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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This recipe was originally published on 6/28/2014. The recipe has been updated to reflect recent changes and improvements. The post has also been updated with extra tips and process photos to help you in the kitchen.

A half eaten cookies and cream cupcake

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes {Vanilla Oreo Cupcakes}

These Cookies and Cream Cupcakes start with an easy vanilla cupcake base stuffed with Oreo bits and topped with the silkiest, creamiest, most delicious cookies and cream buttercream frosting you will ever need in you life.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Cupcakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 58 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 457kcal
Author: Trang

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour ((197 g))
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar ((135 g))
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt ((1g))
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder ((4 g))
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda ((2 g))
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk ((170 g, room temperature))
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil ((67 g))
  • 1 large egg ((room temperature))
  • 1 large egg yolk ((room temperature))
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract ((13 g))
  • 6 Oreos ((crushed))

Frosting

  • 4 oz egg white ((115 g))
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar ((135 g))
  • 3/4 teaspoon vinegar ((4 g))
  • 10 oz unsalted butter ((283 g, room temperature, cubed))
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ((5 g))
  • 6 Oreos ((finely ground))

Instructions

Make the cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Mix with a whisk to distribute evenly. Set aside.
  • Add buttermilk, vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla extract to a medium bowl. Beat together with a whisk until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredient mixture and fold until just combined.
  • Crush 6 Oreos in a ziplock bag with a wooden rolling pin. Fold the crushed Oreos into the cake batter.
  • Use a large ice cream scoop to divide batter into the previously prepared muffin pan. One flat scoop of batter for each cupcake cavity, or about 1/4 cup of batter each.
  • Bake in the middle oven rack for 17 - 18 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to the touch, remove cupcakes from the pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Make the frosting

  • Finely ground 6 Oreos in a food processor and set aside.
  • Add egg white to the stand mixer bowl and beat with a wire whisk attachment on medium low speed until frothy.
  • Increase speed to medium and slowly add sugar, one tablespoon at a time to allow it to incorporate into the egg white. Half way through adding the sugar, stream in the vinegar. Then continue to add the sugar until all gone.
  • Increase speed to medium high speed and beat until stiff peak forms and the meringue is shiny and smooth.
  • Reduce speed to medium low and slowly add the room temperature cubed butter, one cube at a time and allow it to incorporate into the meringue. When all the butter is added it will look chunky, like cottage cheese.
  • Add vanilla and increase mixer to high speed and beat for 4-5 mins until buttercream is formed and smooth. Add the finely ground Oreo to the buttercream and stir to combine.

Assemble the cupcakes

  • Add a piping tip of your choice to a pastry bag, fill with the frosting and add frosting to the cooled cupcakes.
  • Garnish each cupcake with a whole Oreo if desired.

Notes

  • For the frosting, the Oreos must be a fine ground to avoid getting stuck in the pipping tip. Either a food processor or blender will do the job. If you have neither, and must crush the Oreo by hand for the frosting, you may need to use a piping tip with a larger opening.
  • If you are uncomfortable with making the frosting using raw egg whites, you could heat up the egg whites and sugar in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water until it reaches at least 160°F, make sure to keep stirring or whisking while heating the mixture.
  • Calories estimated do not include the whole Oreo garnishing.

Nutrition

Serving: 115g | Calories: 457kcal
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18 Comments

  1. Daniel
    June 28, 2020 /

    Won’t the egg whites be raw if you don’t heat it up?

    • Trang
      Author
      June 28, 2020 /

      Yes, that is correct. If you are uncomfortable with not heating the egg whites, you can heat it with sugar over a pot of simmering water until it reaches 160F and then continue with the recipe as instructed.

  2. Adriana
    June 15, 2020 /

    Is the 4oz required to put into the frosting, can I leave it out?

    • Trang
      Author
      June 16, 2020 /

      Are you asking about the 4 oz of egg white? For swiss buttercream, it is meringue base, so egg white is used, but if you don’t want to use egg, try the American style buttercream instead and just mix in the crushed oreos.

      • Adriana
        June 20, 2020 /

        Yes I did mean the egg haha. And thank you. I will try the buttercream instead with crushed Oreos.

  3. Puleng
    June 7, 2020 /

    5 stars
    Super soft and yummy 😋! Quick to make and they’re already a favourite!!! Thank you! All the way from South Africa 🙏🏾

    • Trang
      Author
      June 7, 2020 /

      Welcome! So happy to have you here 🙂 And thank you so much for making my recipe and taking the time to leave a review.

  4. Shasa
    January 17, 2020 /

    The frosting, just felt like you were biting into butter. The cupcake was great though

  5. Kelly
    November 29, 2019 /

    5 stars
    These are delicious! The frosting is so light and airy and not too sweet. The only thing I would say is that with my mixer it took a good 10-15 minutes for the frosting to not look like cottage cheese anymore, so be patient!! It’s definitely worth the wait 🙂

    • Trang
      Author
      November 29, 2019 /

      So glad you liked these and thanks so much for the feedback and tip!

    • Kelly
      November 30, 2019 /

      5 stars
      I also snuck a whole Oreo inside as a surprise instead of garnishing with one. I put half the batter in each space, then an Oreo, then the rest of the batter. Garnished with a 1/4 of an Oreo!

      • Trang
        Author
        November 30, 2019 /

        Awesome! I love the idea 🙂

      • gals
        June 30, 2020 /

        Nooop

  6. Sarah
    August 4, 2019 /

    Hello! These look great, I’m just wondering if I am crushing the whole oreo, or do I remove the filling first?

    • Trang
      Author
      August 4, 2019 /

      No need to remove the filling 🙂

      • Zitaqwa Muhammad
        June 18, 2020 /

        I was just wondering this thank you for asking

  7. June 18, 2019 /

    5 stars
    I love anything stuffed with oreos too and these are just divine. Love that creamy frosting.

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