Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

 Since it’s now officially February, I feel perfectly entitled to begin the countdown to Valentine’s Day!

Despite my bleeding heart, Valentine’s Day just isn’t one of my favorite holidays…

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a hater. I just think that if you really love someone, you should show them every day not just once a year on a day where you feel compelled to buy cheap chocolates and stuffed teddy bears. I’d much rather someone wash the dishes for me on night when I’m really tired or give me a card on some random Tuesday in May…

Since my children don’t share my sentiments and appreciate any holiday where they get special treats, here I am making cupcakes.

Not just any cupcakes, but their favorite Cookies and Cream Cupcakes!

These chocolate cupcakes are so light and moist, with just a slight tang from the buttermilk, that they make the perfect base for any chocolate cake recipe.

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
Yields: 12 cupcakes

6 oz. butter, melted
¼ c +3 tbs. buttermilk
1 c. + 2 tbs. cake flour
½ c. + 2 tbs. sugar
3 tbs. Dagoba Cacao Powder*
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs

Buttercream frosting:
4 tbs. unsalted butter
2 c. confectioners’ sugar
½ tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 tbs. milk
3 crushed Oreo Cookies

Combine melted butter and buttermilk and set aside until the mixture starts to solidify again. You want it still pourable but not still totally melted.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine cake flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low, gradually add the butter and buttermilk mixture.

Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Mix only until combined to make sure that the cupcakes stay light and fluffy.

Fill prepared muffin cups two-thirds full of batter. Bake 18-21 minutes until light and fluffy or a cake tester comes out clean.

Cool in pan 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

For buttercream frosting:
Cream together the butter and confectioners’ sugar. Add vanilla and then the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until smooth and creamy, should be a little over 2 tablespoons.

Once cupcakes are cooled, spread cupcakes with frosting or frost using a #12 piping tip. Sprinkle with crushed Oreos and serve.

*Notes: While you could certainly make these with any type of cocoa powder you have on hand, my favorite is Dagoba Cacao Powder. I just think it has superior flavor, and Dagoba products are not only organic, but they’re fair trade as well.

Are you baking anything special for Valentine’s Day?

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  1. 1

    Really wonderful cupcakes. They look beautifully festive for Valentine’ Day . I’m up and down about Valentine’s Day. All the hype of acting romantic on that day makes me a little crazy. I agree that I would prefer little gestures throughout the year than an avalanche on the day. Most of the stuff out at the drugstores to buy are so cheesy anyway. LOL! Hope your Valentine’s Day surprises you with something wonderful… :)

  2. 3

    I’ve never felt stressed about Valentine’s Day, since it’s not the biggest holiday on my list. But this year, it’s sneaking up so quickly! I have so many cool plans for my family that I KNOW I won’t have time for… But one thing I’ll MAKE time for is baking these. They look amazing. I just want to eat a spoonful of that icing! Fab!

    • 4

      I know exactly what you mean Kim – I keep thinking I’ll dig out my stamping stuff and get all Martha Stewart, but so far it just hasn’t happened!

  3. 5

    Oh wow – YUMMY! I love cookies and cream, how perfect to package it into a neat, adorable little cupcake! Love this :)

  4. 6

    Hey! Congrats on the Top 9 today with your Peanut Blossom cookies! Nicely done :)

  5. 8

    Baking for Valentines? Oh no, not that early! :) I am not sure I am going to bake anything at all: I am sweetless for another two weeks. I think it would be something made out of fruits. And congratulations on Top 9!

  6. 10

    How decadent! I haven’t even thought about Valentine’s Day yet!

  7. 11

    I love anything cookies and cream! These cupcakes look delicious! I am not a huge VDay person either, but I have to get on making some treats for the blog!

  8. 13

    V-Day is not my fave either. I agree we should show our love all the time and I love getting random gifts from the Hubs throughout the year. But, I do love using V-Day as an excuse to bake some sugary treats and these cupcakes are perfect! I’m a sucker for cookies and cream everything!!

  9. 14

    Can I be one of your children as well? I could really enjoy having a cupcake like that (and I’m not picky I would take it any day of the year).

  10. 16

    Cookies and cream cupcakes, holy cow! These look amazing, especially with that little bit of Oreo on top, halleluiah! I’m moving to your house :) Great recipe!

  11. 18

    My kids like the holiday rule, too. Random acts of doing chores is unthinkable! I love those cupcakes. They would be a huge hit with the oreo lovers in my house!

    Are you going to get to go down to Orlando with us?

  12. 20

    Wow, wonderful pics and so great recipe too, love it for cream cupcakes, thanks for share.

  13. 21

    Oh My these look delicious! I love anything cookies and cream.

  14. 22

    Cute and festive cupcakes! Cookies ‘n cream is one of my all-time favorite ice cream flavors….or, anything flavors!

  15. 23

    They look delicious! Baking is the way to go, some years ago we decided not to buy gifts for valentine’s day, small thoughtful details fill my heart more than expensive gifts.

  16. 25

    You really can’t go wrong with cookies and cream! I bet these are absolutely delicious, a perfect V-Day treat!

  17. 26

    Jen, I feel exactly the same way! My husband and I celebrate our anniversary but not Valentine’s day. Whatever the occasion these cupcakes look amazing!! I love anything cookies and cream!

  18. 27

    Jen…I feel the same way as you do….only I feel it about most holidays! That’s why I love birthdays the best. It’s the only day of the year that I feel it’s legitimate to celebrate that day….when it’s so unique to each person. Other than that….I think we should celebrate one another at random times for no apparent reason! That being said….I LOVE these cupcakes! Cookies and cream are such a great combo for adults…so I can see how your kids would be totally excited about these! Beautiful pictures, too! Oh…and I LOVE your Valentine’s playlist. I might add One and Only by Adele, Gravity by Sara Bareilles, and Where I Stood by Missy Higgins. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your taste in music! : )

    • 28

      I totally agree. The sentiment means much more when you know it comes from the heart and not from pressure or obligation. I just looked up Mary Higgins on Amazon and ooh… LOVE IT!!

  19. 29

    I kind of am with you on the whole Valentines thing for receiving something on that day may be more obligatory than a true thought.
    These cupcakes do look delicious-cookies and cream are a great choice for the young or old. I hope you are enjoying the weekend.

    • 30

      It does make it seem less thoughtful doesn’t it? I think some of it comes with age and perspective though because I know I liked the gifts much more when I was younger!

  20. 31

    Your cream looks positively perfect… you piping Queen you! :).

  21. 33

    I am not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day other than the fact that it makes my huge chocolate intake not seem so out of place. I couldn’t even come up with a good thing as a gift. I wouldn’t be complaining though if my husband made me some of these cupcakes. That could be a disaster though so I better watch out.

  22. 35

    These look delicious. I’m not one for cupcakes all the time… but oh, these… do I want to get my hands on these!

  23. 37

    Oh, man do these look amazing!!! My family all approves….I will definitely try these beauties!!!

    PS…I had to giggle at your comment that real men don’t eat vegetables..LOL

  24. 38

    What a great Monday morning!! First Cranberry Muffins and now these gorgeous temptations… love your styling!

  25. 39

    Mmmm… totally my kind of cupcakes!

  26. 40

    WOW. These look so incredibly amazing. I adore cupcakes.

  27. 42

    These are adorable and taste fantastic! My neighbors loved them too.

  28. 44

    I love this cupcake – it has oreo. Oreo. OOORREEOO 😀
    Sorry sounding out how nice that sounds – yummy recipe!

    Choc Chip Uru
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  29. 45

    I thought I had replied to this post but it’s not here. I can’t even remember what I said! lol

    Probably something along the lines of how darn good these look. I love how you’ve crumbled the cookie and placed it’s crumbly goodness on the top. The frosting looks to die for too! Beautiful.


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