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Oreo Cupcakes

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Prep Time: 15 minutes     Cook Time: 25 minutes

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Oreo cupcakes are the perfect dessert for chocolate lovers. These delicious little treats are made with Oreo cookies and a boxed chocolate cake mix, and then they're topped with a vanilla buttercream frosting.

An Oreo cupcake up close.
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Looking just as impressive as anything from the bakery and tasting just as good, if not better, these Oreo cupcakes smell incredible while they bake and taste just heavenly! They're light, fluffy, moist, and perfect for any occasion.

Another great thing about this recipe is you can make everything ahead. The frosting will keep for a week in the refrigerator and the Oreo cupcakes can be baked a day in advance. Then all you need to do is add the frosting and enjoy!

If you love making Oreo desserts, then you also need to check out these yummy Oreo brownies, and definitely be sure to try my popular Oreo cheesecake! These recipes won't let you down.

Main Ingredients

The ingredients used to make Oreo cupcakes spread out on a table.

I bet you can't wait to make these amazing Oreo cupcakes. These are some of the ingredients you are going to need:

  • Oreo cookies: The main flavor. You will need both regular and mini Oreos to make the cupcakes. Feel free to use generic sandwich cookies instead if you prefer, or in fact any kind of cookie you would like to use.
  • Boxed chocolate cake mix: For the cupcake batter. Cake mixes are versatile and you can use them for regular cakes, cupcakes, mini cupcakes, cake pops, and more. You can use any brand of chocolate cake you prefer for this recipe or even try something different like a coffee cake.
  • Cream cheese: To make the frosting. Use any brand of full-fat cream cheese for the richest, best flavor. This ingredient gives the frosting a delicious tang. Cream cheese is perfect for making buttercream frosting. Make sure it's at room temperature before you start because that makes it easier to mix and it will also blend better with the other ingredients.
  • Confectioners' sugar: For sweetness. This ingredient, which is also known as powdered sugar and icing sugar, is a very fine type of sugar. This means it's perfect to use in frosting for the Oreo cupcakes because regular granulated sugar would give a grainy result. Taste the frosting before you pipe it. If you want it sweeter, add a little more confectioners' sugar, mix it in and taste again.

Instructions Overview

After lining a muffin tin with paper liners, add an Oreo to each one then chop the rest of the cookies. Follow the instructions on the packaging to prepare the chocolate cake, adding in the chopped cookies.

Spoon this batter into the paper liners, but don't fill them any more than ¾ full. Bake the cupcakes for as long as it says to on the box. Let the Oreo cupcakes cool on wire racks.

While they are cooling you can prepare the frosting. Pulse half the mini cookies in the food processor to make crumbs. Cream the butter with the vanilla and cream cheese using a hand mixer and then add the confectioner's sugar little by little.

Stir the cookie crumbs into the Oreo buttercream frosting then put it in a piping bag and pipe some onto each cupcake. Decorate each one with a mini Oreo.

A chocolate cupcake on a plate with a fork and Oreo cookie crumbs.

Common Questions

Will Oreos get soggy in frosting?

Not at all, so you can decorate Oreo cupcakes ahead of time and not worry about that happening.

How do you cut an Oreo in half?

If you only have full-size Oreos but still want to include one in the frosting, you can cut them in half instead of using mini ones. Wet a sharp knife with milk or water then hold it across the cookie. Press down using a sawing motion. The cookie should cut cleanly in half.

Can you freeze cupcakes with cream cheese frosting?

You can, but you might prefer to freeze the cakes and the frosting separately then thaw and make them after. If you do have leftover Oreo cupcakes which are frosted, you can still freeze them because buttercream frosting is freezer-stable. It's best to freeze them on a baking sheet first and then transfer them into a sealed container or Ziploc freezer bag. This protects the frosting.

An overhead shot of chocolate cupcakes topped with mini Oreo cookies.

Chopnotch Tips

  • You can use any kind of cookies to make these cupcakes, although Oreos are especially close to my heart! Feel free to experiment if you want.
  • Don't forget to shop for the ingredients listed on the back of the chocolate cake mix box as well.
  • There's no such thing as too many Oreos, so you might like to sprinkle some cookie crumbs over the frosting as well as the mini Oreo garnish.
Oreo frosted chocolate cupcakes on a white cake stand ready to be served.

Oreo cupcakes combine a rich chocolate cake with a vanilla-infused buttercream frosting and a mini Oreo garnish for the ultimate indulgent snack or after-dinner treat.

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How to Make

Oreo Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cupcakes are topped with vanilla buttercream frosting.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24 cupcakes


For the cupcakes:

  • 14.3 ounces Oreos, 1 package, divided
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients listed on the box

For the frosting:

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ¾ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 8 ounces mini Oreos, 1 package, for topping
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To make the cupcakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two muffin tins with paper liners. Place one regular-sized Oreo cookie flat in the bottom of each liner. Take half of the remaining Oreos, chop them coarsely, and set them aside.
  • Mix the boxed chocolate cake mix according to the instructions listed on the box. Mix the chopped Oreos into the cake mix. Transfer the batter into the cupcake tins filling each liner no more than ¾ full.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or according to the instructions listed on the box. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting:

  • Meanwhile, take the remaining half of the regular-sized Oreos and pulse them in a food processor until you have fine crumbs.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract. Then blend in the confectioners’ sugar a little at a time until well combined.
  • Mix the Oreo crumbs into the frosting. Transfer the frosting into a piping bag and pipe it onto the cooled cupcakes. Top each cupcake with a mini Oreo and then serve and enjoy!
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  • You can use any kind of cookies to make these cupcakes, although Oreos are especially close to my heart! Feel free to experiment if you want.
  • Don't forget to shop for the ingredients listed on the back of the chocolate cake mix box as well.
  • There's no such thing as too many Oreos, so you might like to sprinkle some cookie crumbs over the frosting as well as the mini Oreo garnish.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 192kcal (10%), Carbohydrates: 45g (15%), Protein: 3g (6%), Fat: 9g (14%), Saturated Fat: 4g (25%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 10mg (3%), Sodium: 249mg (11%), Potassium: 118mg (3%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 14g (16%), Vitamin A: 136IU (3%), Calcium: 45mg (5%), Iron: 3mg (17%)
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