Cookies ‘N Cream Cupcakes

These incredible cupcakes have Oreos baked right in! Add a fluffy vanilla buttercream on top and these Cookies ‘N Cream Cupcakes will have everyone asking for more.

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

Why this recipe is BEST

Have you ever had a cupcake that claimed to be cookies ‘n’ cream or Oreo flavored but it was just a vanilla cupcake with a few cookie crumbs scattered in?

I have and it was disappointing. Not that I don’t love a plain chocolate or vanilla cupcake, but when I have cookies ‘n cream I want to TASTE the cookies.

This recipe has a huge chunks of chocolate sandwich cookies baked right into the center of each cupcake. You break the cookies into fourths then fold them in with the batter.

The cupcakes themselves are moist without being heavy or oily. Each fluffy vanilla cupcake has the surprise of a big bite of Oreo at the center!

I also use vanilla bean paste to give both the cupcakes and the frosting a richer cream flavor and vanilla aroma. The frosting is perfectly creamy with more crushed cookies whisked in.

Ingredient Notes

Vanilla paste makes all the difference in Cookies ‘N Cream Cupcakes. It’s thicker than vanilla extract and adds so much more real vanilla flavor. You can find it in jars in many well stocked grocery stores or buy it online.

It comes in handy for all kinds of recipes, so picking up a jar or two is well worth it! I also use it in my Perfect Vanilla Cheesecake Recipe and Soft and Chewy Vanilla Bean Snickerdoodles, to name a couple.

If you don’t have vanilla paste or can’t find it, you can substitute the seeds of a whole vanilla bean. Scrape out the seeds and save the bean pod to make vanilla sugar.

Either store bought buttermilk or this homemade buttermilk substitute can be used to make the cupcakes.

Step by Step Instructions

STEP 1. Combine wet ingredients

Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in vanilla paste.

STEP 2. Add dry ingredients

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture gradually, along with the buttermilk.

Fold in the chocolate sandwich cookie pieces.

STEP 3. Bake

Fill a muffin tin with cupcake liners, then pour batter into each cup to about half way full. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let the cupcakes cool for 10 minutes in the pan before transferring them to a wire rack.

Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

For the Oreo Frosting

Beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla paste with an electric mixer for about 3 minutes until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and milk and beat 3 more minutes. Beat in finely crushed cookies.

Pipe frosting onto fully cooled cupcakes and enjoy.

Tips & Tricks

  • Change up the flavors by using different flavored Oreos or use double stuffed cookies in the cupcakes to add even more cream filling.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Freeze cupcakes before frosting for longer storage. Let thaw at room temperature while you make the frosting. They’ll keep well in the fridge for up to 3 months.
  • Mini Oreos or chocolate sandwich cookies cut in half make a pretty garnish for these too!

Enjoy deliciously sweet Cookies ‘N Cream Cupcakes with a glass of milk to feel like a kid again! If you love Oreos, this just might become your new favorite cupcake recipe.

Yield: 17-20 cupcakes

Cookies 'N Cream Cupcakes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes



  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 9 chocolate sandwich cookies, broken in fourths

For the Frosting:

  • ½ 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


  1. 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.
  2. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk, in about 3 additions.
  3. Fold in cookies. Fill cupcake liners about ½ to ¾ 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcake. ENJOY!

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on September 13, 2012

Comments & Reviews

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


  2. 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!


    1. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

    1. 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 🙂

  11. 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.

  12. 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!!!

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