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The Best Oreo Cupcake Recipe

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Are you ready to make the best Oreo Cupcake recipe around? These Oreo chocolate cupcakes are topped with homemade cookies and cream buttercream. Desserts like this are the stuff dreams are made of!, don’t you think?

Oh yeah. I went there.

Friends, you don’t need to wait for a birthday party or special occasion to make these cupcakes. We are using a cake mix shortcut that makes these easy peasy to bake up but I promise, no one will know there’s a box involved.

And really, all the box mix does is pre-measure your dry ingredients like your flour, baking soda or baking powder and cocoa.

best oreo cupcake recipe

Best Oreo Cupcake recipe

I use this shortcut all the time and I 100% own it or I wouldn’t be calling this the best oreo cupcake recipe. I’d call it…I don’t know, an okay cupcake recipe. Or, good enough cupcakes.

But no…these are the best oreo cupcakes and you don’t have to tell anyone you used a farm girl hack. Shhhhh, it’ll be our secret! Wink, wink.

Don’t even get me started on what I think is the best Oreo buttercream frosting. I mean, this is basically a situation of buttercream meets buttercream Oreo filling…life is good!

Basically, these cupcakes are magical and you should probably grab a mixing bowl and a package of Oreo cookies right now.

Go ahead, I’ll wait!

In the meantime, let’s talk about what you’ll need to make these melt in your mouth cupcakes…

best oreo cupcake recipe

Ingredients for the Oreo Cupcakes recipe:

  • Betty Crocker milk chocolate cake mix – this is the cake mix I used. I’m sure there are other chocolate cake mixes that will work but you’ll need to monitor your baking time as it may differ. Either way, you can go ahead and toss the box, because we’re gonna go rogue here on the recipe. 
  • Oreos – we’ll use some crushed and some broken in half for nesting into a pillow of buttercream frosting
  • large eggs, at room temperature
  • Liquids: water, milk and olive oil
  • Pure vanilla extract
oreo buttercream in a bowl


Ingredients for the Oreo Buttercream

  • unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • finely crushed Oreo cookies – we’ll be piping on the frosting so go ahead and crush these good. I like to put the oreo cookies into a ziplock bag and use a rolling pin to finely crush them. You could also use your food processor or blender, but then you have another dish to wash. I’ll let you decide. 
  • vanilla extract
  • Confectioners sugar, also called powdered sugar

Other supplies needed

Muffin tin

Paper cupcake liners – This shop has the cutest muffin pan liners and there’s something for every occasion!

Handheld mixer or a stand mixer

best oreo cupcake recipe

How to make the best oreo cupcakes

Preheat your oven to 350° F and add your cupcake wrappers to a cupcake pan. 

Using a handheld mIn a large mixing bowl, mix cake mix and crushed Oreo cookies. Mix until the crushed cookies are coated with a dry cake mixture.

Add eggs, water, milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Mix with a hand mixer until all the ingredients are incorporated.

Scoop the batter into the prepared cupcake pans

Cook in a preheated oven for 14 to 17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.

Let the cupcakes cool completely on a cooling rack before frosting.

How to store these cupcakes

Recipe Tips

Because these cupcakes are topping with a buttercream frosting, I recommend you remove them from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving. This will give the cupcakes a chance to loosen up.

If you’ve ever bitten into a too-cold buttercream cupcake, you know what I’m talking about!

Every oven has its hot spots. I recommend you rotate the pan halfway through the baking time so these cook evenly.

Can I made the cupcakes ahead of time?

Yes, these Oreo cupcakes will keep up to a week in the fridge! You can also freeze the cupcakes in an airtight plastic bag for up to 2 months. Before sealing the bag, remove as much air as possible.

I would not recommend freezing the frosting.

How should I store these?

The cupcakes can be kept in an airtight container on the counter for 3 to 4 days and up to 1 week in the fridge.

best oreo cupcake recipe

Other dessert recipes using cake mix

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

German Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

When you make this chocolate Oreo cupcake recipe, leave a recipe review or comment below.  I’d love to hear from you!

made with love, Deanne
Yield: 15 cupcakes

Best Oreo Cupcake Recipe

best oreo cupcake recipe

Are you ready to make the best Oreo Cupcake recipe around? These oreo chocolate cupcakes are topped with homemade cookies and cream buttercream. Desserts like this are the stuff dreams are made of!!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Ingredients

For the Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes

  • 1 box Betty Crocker milk chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup of crushed Oreo cookies
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup water room temperature
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cookies and Cream Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of finely crushed Oreo cookie crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar

Instructions

To make the cupcakes

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and place your cupcake wrappers in your cupcake pan. 
    1. In a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the cake mix and crushed Oreo cookies. Mix until the crushed cookies are coated with the dry cake mixture.
    2. Add the eggs, water, milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Mix until all the ingredients are incorporated.
    3. Scoop the batter evenly into the prepared cupcake pans using an ice cream scoop or a small measuring cup
    4. Cook in your preheated oven for 14 to 17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.

      Let the cupcakes cool completely on a cooling rack before frosting.

    To make the Cookies and Cream Frosting

    1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter until soft, fluffy and light. 
    2. Add powdered sugar, about ½ cup at a time, and mix with a hand mixer on low speed. Once the sugar is incorporated, continue to add portions of the powdered sugar until all the sugar is mixed in. 
    3. Add in the finely crushed Oreo cookies and carefully mix until they’re completely incorporated.
    4. If the cupcakes are completely cooled you can decorate them, if not you can place the frosting in the fridge covered with plastic wrap and decorate later. 
    5. Pipe the frosting on top of the cupcakes using a piping bag fitted with a tip or a ziplock bag and cut corner.

      Garnish the tops of cupcakes with a cookie broken in half.

    Notes

    You will not follow the boxed mix ingredients. If you use another brand of boxed mix, the cooking time may vary slightly.

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