Cake is not my favorite treat, which is one reason I like cupcakes so much. I feel they are the perfect portion size, and sometimes I cannot even finish a full one.

That is sooo not the case with these cupcakes.

These are dreamy. And creamy.



Check out the batter – it looks like cookies and cream ice cream!



I initially saw this recipe in the book 500 Cupcakes, but their recipe called for self rising flour. I didn’t have any on hand, and didn’t feel like braving the blizzard for it. So I used my own recipe for vanilla bean cupcakes and added the cookies.


I should thank Caitlin for leaving this book at my house, but I really can’t since it is only plumping me up.


Note to self: find a new hobby. Preferably one that includes hours upon hours of running to work off cupcakes. I’ll work on the I-hate-running part later.



My most favorite part about these cupcakes?

They are crunchy. The crumbled cookies inside gives each bite a crisp crunch, on top of delicious chocolate-vanilla flavor.


And I normally do not like frosting. I know that sounds hypocritical with all other sugar, butter, and fat-laden items I love to eat, but I have never been a fan of icing.

Until now.



Holy cow. I will forever be icing every cake and cupcake I ever make with cookies and cream frosting.


Mr. How Sweet didn’t have any of these cupcakes yet.

He was afraid that he couldn’t stop at just one. Apparently, he has cookies and cream issues.


Did you know that Mr. How Sweet is now on Twitter? If you want a laugh, follow him. I am sure he is about to ruin my innocent, naive, good-Catholic-school-girl reputation.


Because that is how you must all feel about me, right??



Alas, Mr. How Sweet was right. It is impossible to just stop at one. And let me add, this was the first time Mr. How Sweet was right about anything, because in our house, I’m always right. Always.



Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

inspired by 500 Cupcakes

makes 12 cupcakes

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup milk

10 Oreo cookies

Preheat oven to 350.

Cream butter, sugar, and eggs together until fluffy. Add vanilla.

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add half of the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Add the milk. Once mixed, add remaining dry ingredients. Crush the Oreos and add them into the batter.

Pour into cupcake tins and bake for 20-25 mins at 350. Let cool, then frost.



Cookies and Cream Frosting

2 sticks butter, softened

1 1/2 – 2 lbs powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1-2 tablespoons milk

10 Oreo cookies

Mix butter and powdered sugar together, adding sugar gradually to the mix. Add vanilla. Mix in milk, adding more if needed. Continue to add milk and sugar until it reaches the desired consistency. Crush Oreos and fold them into the frosting.



Are you a cupcakes lover like me?

While I love making cupcakes, I am usually hesitant when buying them from a bakery. In my experience, as pretty as they look, they are usually dry and somewhat stale. And they also cost an arm and a leg.


I have too many shoes to buy. Shoes last longer than cupcakes. And I can’t eat them.

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131 Responses to “Cookies and Cream Cupcakes.”

  1. #
    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — February 10, 2010 @ 6:58 am

    This frosting looks to die for. I don’t think it would make it on to the cupcakes!


  2. #
    Abby — February 10, 2010 @ 7:06 am

    Who doesn’t love cupcakes?! They are like personal cakes!! I’d make these right now if I didn’t have to brave a storm for the ingredients. Perhaps in August when the snow finally melts!


  3. #
    Tiffany — February 10, 2010 @ 7:18 am

    holy hell, how would ANYONE be able to stop at just one of those babies?!?! excuse me while i wipe up my drool.


  4. #
    Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYear — February 10, 2010 @ 7:20 am

    Normally, leaving a cookbook at someone’s house would trigger a “you better give me whatever you bake” response. You’re lucky I’m not that kind of friend. I prefer to have the favor returned with yoga dates and something that rhymes with Schmapan Schnorgan.


  5. #
    Mellissa — February 10, 2010 @ 7:27 am

    I need to make these right now.


  6. #
    Estela @ Weekly Bite — February 10, 2010 @ 7:28 am

    Cookies n Cream is my favorite of anything in the world!!!!

    I’m so making these!!!


  7. #
    Mara @ What's For Dinner? — February 10, 2010 @ 7:28 am

    I agree, the cupcake was a fantastic invention :) I got 3 muffin/cupcake tins for our wedding, and I’ve yet to make actual cupcakes. I can’t usually stop at one, unless I’m bringing them somewhere.

    My hubby’s on twitter too, but he never tweets. I think he’s done about 4 updates, and they’re all about video games


  8. #
    Mr. How Sweet It Is — February 10, 2010 @ 7:39 am

    Correction: Mr. How Sweets is usually correct. More often than not. However the logic he must overcome sometimes defies him with questions such as “if you chop a snake in half to kill it, won’t it just re-generate like worms?” **head slamming table**

    Also, I am so totally beginning to refer to myself in the third person. This blogging thing is going to Mr. How Sweet’s head.


  9. #
    Erica — February 10, 2010 @ 7:40 am

    oh my gosh! I just want the icing. Is that weird? It looks so amazing. I think these would be fun for a birthday party!


  10. #
    Teri [a foodie stays fit] — February 10, 2010 @ 7:40 am

    Holy, those look amazing. I generally don’t like icing either, so I’ll definitely want to try this. Thanks for sharing!


  11. #
    Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place — February 10, 2010 @ 8:00 am

    your writing is hilarious! Love those cupcakes, cookies and cream is one of my favorite ice creams, but I’ve never tried it for a cupcake !!


  12. #
    Ally (Exercise and Pies) — February 10, 2010 @ 8:03 am

    those are so, so cute and realistic looking!!

    My dad’s favorite thing in the world is cookies n cream ice cream. I think this would make a good fathers day gift (his birthday was in november, boo)


  13. #
    Heather @ Side of Sneakers — February 10, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    I LOVE cupcakes but I hate cake…I know, I know, makes no sense. I think it has something to do with cuteness factor. (I don’t like icing either!)


  14. #
    Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats — February 10, 2010 @ 8:16 am

    O.M.G. omg, I NEED these cupcakes!!!!!!!


  15. #
    Julie @SavvyEats — February 10, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    The frosting looks dreamy. Is it bad that I just want to make the frosting part, and skip the cupcake? ;)


  16. #
    Julie — February 10, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    whoa baby. i love me some cookies and cream…those look sinful.


  17. #
    Angela @ A Healthy Fit — February 10, 2010 @ 8:21 am

    Oh my! Why do you keep doing this to me with all of your amazing sweet concoctions?!?! I love me a good cupcake, I have to say though…shoes are an extreme weakness of mine. I also have an obsession with spin class and now Zumba.


  18. #
    MelissaNibbles — February 10, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    I have the book, 500 Cupcakes too! I have to admit I’ve yet to make single cupcake from it, but I’ve made almost all of the frostings and ate them straight out of the bowl. They should call it 500 Frostings.


  19. #
    kay (eating machine) — February 10, 2010 @ 8:33 am

    cupcakes can only come from REAL bakeries. not grocery stores.

    i was proposed to with cupcakes. which meant the man knew me enough to bribe me with sugar to say yes, so i did :-)


  20. #
    Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle — February 10, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    WOW those cupcakes look awesome! I am actually an icing lover and not so much the cake part but both parts of the cupcake looks so enticing!!! haha I would totally want to eat a few right now! lol


  21. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — February 10, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    these look so incredible…i might just be making a full cake version of them tonight for the office tomorrow! (p.s. the crunchy part is what sold me on ’em :)


  22. #
    Nastassia(LetMeEatCake) — February 10, 2010 @ 8:46 am

    This look amazing! I’m not a frosting fan either, but there are just some frostings I can’t live without. What an ingenius combination. I can’t wait to make it this weekend. I love baking when it is cold, it makes the house warm and fragrant!


  23. #
    stephchows — February 10, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    I love cupcakes but I agree bakery ones are always dry! These look amazing!


  24. #
    Nutritious Foodie — February 10, 2010 @ 8:52 am

    They look really good!


  25. #
    Kelly B. — February 10, 2010 @ 8:59 am

    I am with you…not a cake gal. Whenever it is my birthday I always want one of those gigantic cookie cakes! YUM!!!


  26. #
    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — February 10, 2010 @ 9:00 am

    Yum yum! I made some vegan cookies ‘n cream cupcakes over Christmas break that looked like this, and they were SO good!

    Ugh– how’s the weather over there in Pittsburgh? It is NASTY here in Altoona :-(


  27. #
    Retta @ RunRettaRun — February 10, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    Oh. My. Gosh. I almost licked my computer screen. Those look freaking faboosh.


  28. #
    Pink Panda — February 10, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    I LOVE everything with Oreos. These look so delicious. I so agree about store bought cupcakese – way too dry.


  29. #
    Michelle (Life With Relish) — February 10, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    That frosting looks AMAZING! I agree with your husband, I don’t think I’d be able to stop at 1!


  30. #
    Nicole @ Making Good Choices — February 10, 2010 @ 9:41 am

    um..yum! These l look so amazing. I wish I had one of those cupcake carrier things and I would bring these in for Valentine treats for my class..oh well I guess I’ll have to make them for just myself…


  31. #
    Ally @ Sweet & Savory — February 10, 2010 @ 9:57 am

    I’m a total cupcake LOVER. And I agree the bakery ones (unless it is a really good bakery) usually aren’t as good. I am going to have to try these! Gosh, I need to keep a file with all your recipes….everyone of these looks so good!

    By the way…do you have a good frosting for red velvet cake? I’m baking one on Friday for my husband’s birthday. Didn’t know if I should go with the traditional cream cheese icing? Do you have a good recipe?


  32. #
    Nicole, RD — February 10, 2010 @ 10:22 am

    Crunchy cupcakes? MMmm! They look sinfully delicious! Thanks for the recipe!


  33. #
    Will — February 10, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    These look so good it almost makes me want to start a blog or join twitter… almost.


  34. #
    Gabriela — February 10, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    The frosting on these makes me want to reach out and grab it from the screen! I’m definitely a cupcake lover. I used to feel the same way about bakery ones until I moved to NYC and discovered Crumbs and Magnolia. They’re in their own spectrum of deliciousness!


  35. #
    heather — February 10, 2010 @ 11:18 am

    operation #howsweetbrotherWillontwitter is now in session ;)


  36. #
    Sana — February 10, 2010 @ 11:18 am

    Sigh. I love everything you make.


  37. #
    Blond Duck — February 10, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    See, I’m the total opposite. I want the frosting, not the cake. I could eat frosting out of a can…and have. Unfortunately for my hips.

    Question: Have you ever had bison meat? Any cooking tips?


    • Jessica — February 10th, 2010 @ 11:29 am

      I have only made the pre-made bison burgers from Trader Joes. I can never find bison around here, altho my husband would love that. I did receive a tip from a client though who said cook it ‘low and slow,’ because it is very lean and can get tough.


  38. #
    Lara (Thinspired) — February 10, 2010 @ 11:53 am

    Holy. Cow. Sometimes there are no words.


  39. #
    Kelly — February 10, 2010 @ 11:56 am

    WOW. you know i’m your total opposite when it comes to sweets, but my mouth is watering right now


  40. #
    Kacy — February 10, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    Those look so luscious! I’m not a big fan of cookies n cream ice cream, but I love icing! So I could be swayed…


  41. #
    dawn — February 10, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

    ok that frosting is going in my to-try pile. love it!!


  42. #
    Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries — February 10, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    omg i dont think i’ve ever craved a cupcake when i was sick before. neeeeeeeeeeeeed those. now.


  43. #
    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) — February 10, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    I am actually set to make 50 cupcakes for my son’s class to celebrate his birthday on Friday. Cookies and cream is one of the flavors I am going to make! Along with smore’s, vanilla and chocolate! Who doesn’t love cookies and cream??? So good!


  44. #
    Jenna — February 10, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

    OMG. I just want to sit and eat spoonfuls of the dough and frosting. Is that wrong?


  45. #
    Catherine — February 10, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

    Hmmm oreos in cupcakes? I think I need to try this one out. I loove cookies and cream ice cream so it seems very much my style. I too hate frosting, but with that glowing recommendation maybe I have to try out the whole thing!


  46. #
    homecookedem — February 10, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    I think I want to make your cupcakes. Like right now. These look so amazing, and the ICING… WOAH!!!!! :)


  47. #
    Paula — February 10, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

    Cupcakes – and cookies and cream cupcakes at that . . . I think if I made these and ate them, I could die satisfied…


  48. #
    Mae @ OhhMay — February 10, 2010 @ 2:28 pm

    These look so amazing!! Oh my! Time for me to get to work. ;-)

    I was never a cake person either, but these really look awesome. I have to bring in a treat for “Carnaval” on Friday, so we shall see if I get time to vegan-ize your recipe.
    The batter alone looks to die for. Goodness!

    I love you’re approach to workouts/ snacking… You always make me laugh and I think a very important part of being a “normal eater” is being able to poke fun at the consumption of several treats. In my case, about 1/2 a cup of “cacao euphoria” haha

    And I love Caitlin’s comment: “I prefer to have the favor returned with yoga dates and something that rhymes with Schmapan Schnorgan.” Hhaha


  49. #
    Paige (running around normal) — February 10, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    I grow weak in the knees for anything cookies and cream related. The frosting looks so good I can taste it! Well..I wish I could taste it :)


  50. #
    Naomi (onefitfoodie) — February 10, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

    totally agree with you about cupcakes from a bakery! i only get them from certain bakeries that i KNOW are fantastic or I have heard rave reviews about…I am the same with muffins, i prefer to make my own!!

    these look DANGGG good Jessica :)


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