Over the last three weeks, we celebrated three birthdays, both kids and my husband’s, which means lots of cakes and cupcakes. It also means that they’re taste testing new recipes for their birthdays.
Ellie’s had her first party with school friends, and I ordered cupcakes from a friend who makes super awesome beautiful cupcakes (the kind I don’t have time to make), and she even made them dairy free.
We made these Oreo cupcakes for Marc’s birthday (I didn’t give him a choice for the flavor), and they did not disappoint.
Why I love these Oreo cupcakes
I’m always saying “focus on what you can have” rather than what you can’t, and Oreos are completely dairy free. So I figured, it was time to embrace my motto.
I browsed a ton of recipes before committing to this current formula, but I’m super excited about how they turned out. Instead of using buttermilk, I used unsweetened dairy free yogurt. I didn’t even bother to thin it out because it’s already on the thinner side.
I also tested this recipe with this vegan sour cream, and they turned out amazing, too.
The result was nothing short of amazing. These cookies and cream cupcakes are decadent, dense and full of crushed Oreo cookies. They remind me so much of those cookies and cream candy bars that are off-limits now, but these cupcakes are even better.
Here’s what you’ll need to make them
How to make Oreo cupcakes
Prep and preheat. Before starting, line your muffin tin, preheat the oven, and measure out your ingredients.
You’ll also need to crush your Oreo cookies. I recommend leaving larger chunks for the cupcakes so you get nice big bites of cookie when you bite into them. For the frosting, you’ll want a finer cookie crumb, especially if you’re going to be piping the frosting.
Mix the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. This helps distribute the leavening agents (aka. baking soda and powders) to make sure your cupcakes will evenly rise.
Mix the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat the wet ingredients with a mixer until they’re smooth, but don’t over mix.
Combine dry and wet ingredients. Add about 1 cup of flour mixture at a time to the wet ingredients and beat until it has been incorporated before adding the next addition. Scrape the sides as needed.
Stir in the crushed cookies. Do I need to say more? Be a little gentle when you’re stirring so you don’t break up the cookie pieces too much.
Bake the cupcakes. Portion the batter between 12 baking cups and pop the muffin tin into the oven for 18 – 20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and let the cupcakes cool to the touch before transferring to a cooling rack.
Make your frosting. In a large bowl, beat the shortening, vegan yogurt or sour cream, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Add the salt and sugar (1 cup at a time) and mix until light and fluffy. Add the cookie crumbs and continue mixing until smooth.
Frost and garnish the cupcakes. Once the cupcakes have cooled completely, frost the cupcakes and, if you want, top each cupcake with a full Oreo cookie.
I used a simple circle tip for piping the frosting to accommodate for any larger cookie crumbs in my frosting, but if you crush your cookies enough, you should be able to use any tip you prefer.
FAQs and tips for making the best cookies and cream cupcakes
No! Oreo cookies don’t contain any milk and they’re completely vegan. That’s why I love this recipe so much.
Ideally, you would want to make these cupcakes the day before you’re going to serve them. If you want to make them any further in advance, I would recommend not frosting them and storing them in an airtight container (once they’ve completely cool) until you’re ready to serve.
I think the best way to freeze frosted cupcakes is to put them in a plastic or glass container and put them in the freezer. When you’re ready, just thaw them on the counter until they come to room temperature.
If you want to make this recipe vegan, I recommend using 1 teaspoon ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons of water to create a flax egg.
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For the Oreo cupcakes:
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup vegan sour cream or unsweetened vegan yogurt
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 8 Oreos, crushed
For the cookies and cream frosting:
- 1 cup vegetable shortening
- 5 – 6 tablespoons vegan sour cream or unsweetened vegan yogurt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 8 Oreos, crushed or processed
- Preheat oven to 350˚F and line a muffin tin with baking cups.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the sugar, sour cream or yogurt, oil, egg and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, about one cup at a time, beating until each addition has been fully incorporated. Stir in cookie pieces.
- Divide batter equally between 12 baking cups and bake cupcakes for 18 – 20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting:
- In a large bowl, beat the shortening, sour cream or yogurt and vanilla extract until smooth and fluffy.
- Mix in cookie pieces.
- Add salt and powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time, and mix until each addition has been fully incorporated.
- Category: Desserts
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 498
- Sugar: 43.7 g
- Sodium: 197.6 mg
- Fat: 27.4 g
- Saturated Fat: 10.9 g
- Carbohydrates: 62.3 g
- Fiber: 1.2 g
- Protein: 3 g
- Cholesterol: 15.5 mg
Keywords: dairy free, vegan option, cupcakes
Published: October 29, 2019. Updated: January 25, 2022.
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