Cookies ‘N Cream Cupcakes

I don’t buy packaged cookies often. 

But when I do, it’s usually a package of Oreos. 

That I shove in the back of my baking cabinet.
(anyone else hide food in cabinets for baking purposes?)

Then one day, I stumbled upon those cookies, and instead of ripping them open and eating them, I brainstormed what to bake with them.

I really enjoyed baking THESE cupcakes using Chips Ahoy, so I thought why not turn them into an Oreo version?

And I’m so glad I did!
First I tossed some cookies (oooh wait, wrong image I want to create) into the batter. I then chopped up some Oreo cookies extra fine for the frosting. 

And then ate the extra frosting with a spoon.

And went on a 900 mile walk. (yes, I exaggerate)

And then ate another dozen cupcakes. (no, I don’t exaggerate)

Like this recipe? You may want check out some other Cookies ‘N Cream recipes…..

Cookies ‘N Cream Fudge by Shugary Sweets

Cookies ‘N Cream Muddy Buddies by Chef in Training

Cookies ‘N Cream Cookies by Shugary Sweets

Cookies ‘N Cream Cupcakes

by Shugary Sweets
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15-18 minutes

Ingredients (17-20 cupcakes)

    For the Cupcakes:

    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/4 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 9 chocolate sandwich cookies, broken in fourths

    For the Frosting:

    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
    • 5 cup powdered sugar
    • 2-3 Tbsp milk
    • 8 chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed fine
    For the cupcakes, in a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in vanilla paste.
    In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk, in about 3 additions.
    Fold in cookies. Fill cupcake liners about 1/2 to 3/4 full and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15-18 minutes. Remove and cool 10 minutes in pan, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
    For frosting, beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla paste about 3 minutes until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and milk and beat 3 more minutes. Beat in finely crushed cookies.
    Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcake. ENJOY!

    29 Responses to “Cookies ‘N Cream Cupcakes”

    1. posted Sep 13, 2012 at 10:56 am

      That frosting looks so fabulous!! Yum!

    2. posted Sep 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Yes, I hide cookies until I can bake a fun project with them. There is a package of double stuffed oreos in…wait I can’t tell…someone will find it and eat them before I can bake with them:-) Cookies and cream cupcakes are probably my most favorite cupcake I have ever done too! But then again…you can’t go wrong with oreos in anything!!!

      • posted Sep 13, 2012 at 11:53 pm


    3. posted Sep 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

      I only buy Oreos (any kind) for baking purposes too. If they kids want some, they will have to wait until I am done baking for them to eat the left-overs. No, I am not a mean mom. I usually don’t make them wait until I am done baking. These look amazing. I can probably just have the icing.

    4. posted Sep 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      That frosting looks crazy good!

    5. posted Sep 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Those look really Really good!

    6. posted Sep 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      If it were humanly possible to shrink myself into Barbie-size and then swan-dive into a huge bowl of this frosting, I TOTALLY WOULD. Talk about fluffy! These look beyond gorgeous.

      • posted Sep 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm

        Okay, this totally cracked me up! I am a life size person and I think I would still enjoy swan diving into a bowl of frosting :)

    7. posted Sep 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      I don’t buy package cookies often either! It’s usually just Oreos… for recipes! And I love the crushed Oreos IN the frosting! It’s just gorgeous, I’m pinning this for later. I can’t get enough of it!

    8. posted Sep 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      That would make any Oreoooo Lover satisfied

    9. posted Sep 14, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Wow, Aimee! These look DELISH! great recipe! And thanks for posting a link to my muddy buddies! You are so sweet!

      • posted Sep 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

        Thank you Nikki!! And you’re welcome!

    10. posted Sep 14, 2012 at 1:52 am

      these are so gorgeous!! i love love the frosting! the frosting probably wouldn’t even end up on my cupcake, i’d probably lick it all out of the bowl haha

    11. posted Sep 14, 2012 at 4:52 am

      These look super yummy! I tried making some from another recipe I found once and they were terrible!! I’ve been scared to try to make them again.
      Thanks for linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse Party. I’ll be featuring this tomorrow.

    12. posted Sep 14, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Oh my gosh! Your cupcakes look fabulous!!! My step-daughter would go crazy for these!!!

    13. posted Sep 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      I so need to take a 900 mile walk. And then eat a dozen of these. That works, right?


      • posted Sep 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

        Works for me!

    14. posted Sep 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      I totally hide SO many things in my pantry. Mostly from myself. Or I’d need that 900 mile walk. Love these, that frosting looks to die for!

    15. posted Sep 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      YUM!!!! Anything with Oreo’s is good

    16. Amy
      posted Sep 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Ohhhhh! These look sooooo delicious! I would love it if you’d share them here:

    17. irma romero
      posted Sep 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      My favorite recipe is a apple cake with caramel icing.This looks yummy I’m gonna have to try this one, I love apples especially the tart ones, gala, pink lady, fujii, they’re all Delicious!

    18. TEDDI
      posted Mar 24, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      They look extra yummy! (And, I totally love Oreos!!) Is it possible to substitute Vanilla Extract for the Vanilla Bean Paste? If so, how much extract would I use for the frosting? Thank you.

    19. Stephanie
      posted Nov 1, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Hi Aimee,

      I found your recipe and would like to make it for a party this weekend but I have a couple questions.

      1. Do you think these cupcakes would work well as mini cupcakes?
      2. Can I use regular vanilla instead of vanilla bean paste for the batter and frosting?

      These cupcakes look delicious!


      • posted Nov 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm

        Hi Stephanie,
        They would be great as mini cupcakes. I would cut the cooking time down, maybe start at 15 min and check them?
        Yes, feel free to use regular vanilla!

        • Stephanie
          posted Nov 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

          Thank you! I”m about start making them now! :)

    20. posted Dec 3, 2013 at 2:28 am

      For this recipe, instead of using unsalted butter, can you use normal salted butter and exclude the other salt in the recipe?


    21. Monica
      posted Oct 18, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Do you think gluten-free flour would work alright in this recipe?? And what if I can’t find vanilla paste? Can I just use vanilla extract?


      • posted Oct 18, 2014 at 12:57 pm

        I’ve never used gluten free flour in my baking so I’m not sure how it will work. I know I’ve heard it’s not a direct substitution. Sorry.

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