Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
Pretty much everything.
Kids love them. Adults love them. They’re perfect for birthdays, showers, work functions, or you know–just on a Thursday.
Plus, they provide built-in portion control. Unless you eat the entire batch. Just sayin’. Which is quite possible in this instance–because holy cannoli–these are fabu.
Chunk up your Oreos (one per muffin cup) and place in your tins.
Note to self: don’t leave the package of Oreos in your car on a 108 degree day and expect them to chop nicely. Not happening.
Whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Allow your toddler to “help” you so that you have someone to blame the mess on when your husband comes home.
Next, add eggs, vegetable oil, milk and vanilla. Then add hot water and mix well. Your batter will be very runny at this point, but that’s okay. It’s the trick to making these extra moist, and also cancels out the calories from the sugar.
Just kidding. Well, not about how moist these will turn out. That’s a fact.
Spoon your batter into cups, about three-quarters full. I used a cookie scoop.
Bake at 350 for 16 to 18 minutes. The Oreos will float to the top when baked. Oh, so yummy!
To make your frosting, use a food processor to finely chop 4 Oreo cookies. Set aside.
In a large mixer bowl, combine 1 cup shortening, 1 tablespoon of vanilla, and approximately 4 tablespoons water. Add 1 pound of powdered sugar, in portions, and 1 tablespoon meringue powder until well blended. Stir in cookie crumbs.
I used a Wilton 1M tip to pipe my frosting.
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup hot water
- 36 Oreos, plus more for crumbs
Preparation Instructions–Makes approximately 18 cupcakes:
- Place Oreo chunks into muffin cups.
- Mix first six ingredients, though the salt, in a large bowl with a whisk.
- Add eggs, oil, milk, and vanilla and mix well. Stir in hot water.
- Fill muffin cups three-quarters full and bake at 350 for 16 to 18 minutes.
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