Saturday, January 14, 2012

Oreo Cookie Cupcakes

Happy Saturday! I hope that you have wonderful plans for a leisurely weekend. I do not have any real plans for the weekend and I am very happy about that.


I am a Pinterest addict, like so many others and I have taken to challenging myself to make something once a week from Pinterest, mostly food, although I have found a few "crafty" ideas that I may try at a later date. This week I chose the Oreo Cupcakes. Now I will warn you ahead of time, these are absolutely fabulous! I could not stop at one. They are easy(one of my criteria) and different and delicious.




I used the recipe from Annie's Eats, although she calls her cupcakes Cookies and Cream Cupcakes, they are basically one in the same, I just changed the name.  


Ingredients

  • 18 Oreo halves, with cream filling attached
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
OR 1 White Box cake mix





Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line the wells of two cupcake pans with 18 paper liners. Place an Oreo halve in the bottom of each liner, cream side up. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir together with a fork to blend and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Blend in the egg whites one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, beat in half of the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Add the milk and beat just until combined, then mix in the remaining dry ingredients. Gently fold in the chopped Oreos with a rubber spatula until evenly incorporated, being careful not to over-mix.
If using a box mix, follow the directions on the package and then fold in the chopped oreos.
  • Evenly divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners. Bake for 18-20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pans 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the frosting, combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Blend in the vanilla extract. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar until incorporated and smooth, 1-2 minutes. Add the heavy cream to the bowl and beat on medium-low speed just until incorporated, then increase the speed to medium-high and whip for 4 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Frost the cooled cupcakes as desired.


The cream cheese frosting is light, fluffy and scrumptious. It is not like a traditional cream cheese frosting in that it has no tang, and it is lighter. This is going to be my new "go to" frosting, I like it even better than a traditional butter cream, and I think it is very versatile.




In full disclosure, while I was making this recipe, I was distracted making The Barefoot Contessas's Tuscan Bean Soup, and I forgot to add the egg whites. I did not notice until the cupcakes were ready to go into the oven, so I had to dump all of the filled cupcakes back into the bowl and add the egg whites. That is why the cupcake above does not have too many crushed Oreos inside, by the time I refilled the cupcake tins a few of  them ended up a little skimpy. Oh well, lesson learned. Do not get distracted or try to do too much multi-tasking!

They are still delicious and I think you will enjoy them, and so will your family and friends! Enjoy your weekend! Stay warm! It is cold here in Milwaukee.


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8 comments:

  1. Elizabeth, those cupcakes look delicious! I have also made the tuscan bean soup from Barefoot Contessa and loved it. Have a great weekend...new episode of "Downton Abbey"!
    Sunday xx

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  2. Taking a little break from being over between both houses and this is the perfect accompaniment to my coffee during my "coffee break", sure wish you lived closer, think we would become great friends:) Looks DEVINE!

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  3. Oh I feel so snug and happy being here with you dearest. How do you feel today? Are you gaining your strength? THESE CUPCAKES WILL GIVE YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO BUZZ ABOUT!!!!! I LOVE TUSCAN BEAN SOUP. I will be making that tonight with my favorite spinach salad....get snug and enjoy my sweet. Anita

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  4. DEAREST ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! First of all, that fatigue, OH DEAR, that is what is the worst part. I think maybe you should get to the doctor. I went to the doctor only because my colleagues thought I had walking pneumonia and I THOUGHT I HAD MONO because of the fatigue. But that finally went away. BUT I AM STILL SNIFFLING! YES! I keep hearing other dear friends with the same thing.

    Oh dear one, thank you for your enthusiasm about my post! You should have seen me this morning trying to finish my hearts ( I still have four more wand that I have not uploaded yet into Etsy..the photos are poor) and then trying to post, find the right music...and then CLEAN the house for a dinner guest in about an hour! THANK YOU for you words. Yes, John Lennon was quite a wit and a poet, I believe. I love that quote. May God richly heal your body dearest. Please let me know if you get to the doctor. Maybe you have just been stretching yourself too thin.

    Let me know! Anita

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  5. Dear Friend...let's all head to sweet Anita's for some of her magical healing soup!!
    Elizabeth, I am hoping that you are feeling back to normal very soon! Please stay warm and take care of yourself..
    You DID get the snow? We had a dusting today..enough for a bit of slippery roads, but boy was it pretty.
    Oh, and congratulations..Miss Wisconsin..is Miss America 2012! ;)
    These cupcakes look fabulous..OREOS and Nutella, two of my biggest weaknesses.
    Take care, dear friend..
    xoxo,
    - Irina

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  6. GOOD MORNING PRECIOUS! I see my sweet Irina was here! YES, my dinner party with my darling friend and colleague, Bianca was magic. We had a steaming pot of soup with a yummy salad filled with nuts and chicken, apples and greens. Good bread was had, poetry was read, and time passed too fast. I SO PRAY YOU ARE FEELING BETTER MY DEAR. Please promise that you will see the doc if this fatigue does not go away! It is chilly out and slippery, but beautiful. SENDING YOU LOVE! Anita

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  7. Wow, I must try the recipe at once :)
    ... it sounds delicious!

    Greetings from Australia♥

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  8. I definitely have to try these! I think my kids would love them (or that is going to be my excuse for making them at least)!

    Thanks for linking up to Friday Food on Momtrends.com!

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