Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Oreo Cupcakes.

I realize St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow & with a name like Kerry & a somewhat Irish heritage, I should probably be posting something dyed green or spiked with Bailey's. 
About that.

I forgot St. Patrick's day was this month I made these instead. 
I suppose you could always spike them with Bailey's if you really wanted to be festive.
It took me a long time to jump on board the cupcake trend. At the time, they seemed like a lot of work compared to baking cookies & I'm not really one for fancypants decorating & frosting tips. 

Also I just really love cookies.
These cupcakes are a little bit of both and were so much fun to make. I used the recipe for the ultimate chocolate cupcakes I made earlier this year, but resisted the urge to stuff them with ganache.

Maybe next time.

And want to know a secret? 

They're baked with a double stuffed Oreo cookie on the bottom!
They get kind of soft & dreamy & cake-like in the oven. 

And the cookies & cream whipped cream frosting? 
Why yes, I did could eat it with a spoon for breakfast. 

Side note: Never turn a mixer full of whipping cream & powdered sugar on full-on high unless you feel like cleaning your entire kitchen. We're talking counters, floors, and ceiling, people. Sigh. Wonder who did that.  

Unrelated side note: Meet my newest love.
Oreo Cupcakes

Printable Recipe

Cupcakes 
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
3/4 cup hot, strong-brewed coffee
3/4 cup bread flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
15 Oreo halves, with cream filling attached

Frosting 
1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons whipping cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons Oreo cookies, finely crushed
15 Oreos for the top of each cupcake

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Twist Oreos in half and set aside the extra cookies for later. Place the side with cream filling in the bottom of each cupcake liner, cream-side facing up.
Place chocolate and cocoa in a medium bowl and pour the hot coffee over the mixture. Whisk until smooth and transfer to the refrigerator to cool completely, 20-30 minutes.

Whisk flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl; set aside. 

Whisk oil, eggs, vanilla, and vinegar into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Add flour mixture and whisk until batter is smooth.

Divide batter evenly among muffin pan cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake until cupcakes are set and firm to the touch, 17-20 minutes. Allow to cool in pans 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting. 

For the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium-high speed until the whipped cream holds stiff peaks. Gently fold in the cooke crumbs with a spatula.

Scoop the mixture into a pastry bag and pipe on top of the cupcakes (I used a Wilton #1M tip for these cupcakes). Garnish with Oreo cookies.

Makes 15 cupcakes.

Source: Cupcake recipe from Cook's Illustrated, May/June 2010. Whipped cream frosting from Annie's Eats.

125 comments:

  1. These look delicious! I love your frosting. Plus, your images are so beautiful and clear!

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  2. what a fun post, than you so much for sharing these!

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  3. Those cupcakes look amazing!! I love cookies and cream.

    I'm intrigued by that strawberry shortcake coffee, too! That sounds pretty yummy.

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  4. Pretty frosting! I love the little cookie flecks in it.
    Woah, you're brave to try that strawberry shortcake coffee. I saw it in the store recently and was immediately terrified. Is it actually tasty?

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  5. These look amazing! Gorgeous photo's!

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  6. Oh these cupcakes are great, you did a great job.

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  7. Oh my gosh- I LOVE that each cupcake has an oreo at the bottom! Sounds like heaven!

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  8. These look so good. Love the idea of an oreo at the bottom. And the frosting looks so pretty! I've been meaning to try this chocolate cupcake recipe.

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  9. what a fabulous idea. my kids would kiss me all over if I made these for them.

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  10. Great post! I will definitely be trying these at some point. Vinegar in cupcake batter!? Why?

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  11. Anonymous- The strawberry shortcake coffee is *amazing*. It doesn't have a really strong shortcake-y taste, but you can definitely taste the strawberries. It's not super sweet though... I still have to add cream & sugar. Also, if anyone is wondering, I found it at Target.

    Elena- I was a little hesitant about the vinegar myself & knowing next to nothing about baking, I had to google why it's in the batter. A similar recipe on The Food Channel says that the baking soda is the only ingredient that makes these cupcakes rise & it only starts to work when it's in contact with an acidic ingredient- like buttermilk, lemon juice, or vinegar. Who knew so much science was involved in making cupcakes?

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  12. THIS LOOKS SOOOO GOOOOD..mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  13. Wow wow wow! I need one of these immediately. I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  14. The frosting looks real purty. And the Oreo at the bottom of the cupcake is perfect excuse to eat cookies and cupcakes at the same time.

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  15. Can't stop looking at that frosting - looks amazing!

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  16. Ohhh my! These are beautiful and look incredibly tasty!!

    Mary xx
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  17. these look amazing!

    http://kimchicsisters.blogspot.com

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  18. Amazing photos, delicious looking cupcakes. Kudos.

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  19. God, I'm a sucker for oreos so these look absolutely amazing.

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  20. why did you use bread flour?

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  21. Bread flour makes them less crumbly.

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  22. The frosting looks HEAVENLY. Plus I have a whole load of leftover oreos I could use for this! :D

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  23. These cupcakes look great, especially the frosting, but its not that good. The cupcake part is slightly dry and I messed up twice by over beating the whipped cream. It never truly makes a thick cream.

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  24. These look amazing! But, is there any way you can make just a regular batch of just twelve or twenty four?

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  25. Frosting for breakfast...that seems quite quintessentially perfect as to how I wish to live my life. And Oreo cupcakes for lunch. The hallmarks of a balanced diet.

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  26. THAT OREO RECIPE IS SO GOOD AND IT LOOKS AMAZING FROSTING IS SUPER GOOD

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  27. YOUR CUPCAKE IS SO GOOD AND THE FROSTING AMAZING OREO CUPCAKE RECIPE

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  28. YOUR CUPCAKE IS SO COOL

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  29. Hi! I made these cupcakes, and the Oreos from the bottom floated to the top? Do you know why? Thanks! Great cupcakes!!

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  30. Sofia- The Oreo floated to the top? I have no idea why that would happen. I'm sorry. I hope they were still good!

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  31. wow your Oreo Cupcakes look really delicius.

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  32. Yum! Those Cupcakes looks Scrumptious

    I wan't to try these out sometime, but i also have a little question for you - is it possible to replace the vegetable oil with regular oil such as olive oil, sunflower oil etc.?

    Thank you beforehand :)

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  33. S.T.: I honestly don't know how other oils would work out. I've only ever used vegetable oil. I'm sorry. If you try it, let me know how it works out!

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  34. I've used olive oil in my baking before with no problem. It can be way more cost prohibitive, though.

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  35. Why did you add the strong brewed coffee?

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  36. WOW B) They look awesome. :)
    I hope mine will turn out as successful as yours :)
    Was it hard to make? :O

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  37. Coffee enhances the chocolate flavor... it gives it a more chocolatey taste, if that's possible, instead of a coffee-y one.

    And they weren't hard to make at all! I'm sure yours will turn out amazing!

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  38. I have made several different versions of this recipe and I have to say they are a tremendous hit at work ...

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  39. Is whipped cream the same thing as whipping cream? I'm sorry that's such a dumb question but...
    Thanks :)

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  40. Jeniffer- Totally not a dumb question! I didn't know either when I first started baking. Whipping cream comes in a milk-like carton & is actually used to make whipped cream. There's regular whipping cream and heavy whipping cream which, as far as I know, are pretty much interchangable. Either would work for this frosting. :)

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  41. I tried these last night. oh. my. gosh. to die for!! so much for swimsuit season....i'll be lying poolside in a muumuu with a plate full of these ;)

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  42. Hi! Sorry to bother, is there any way I can make the recipe without coffee? I don't like it in my diet. I know that's a little strange :( Sorry.

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  43. I'm definitely making these soon !

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  44. When I made these, the cookies ended up sticking to the paper and were really hard. what could've caused this? the rest of the cupcake was perfect (not overbaked or anything)

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  45. Autumn- I'm not sure what would cause the cookies to stick. I'm sorry. I'm glad the rest of the cupcakes turned out okay!

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  46. Your cupcakes are beautiful! I love your blog! Keep baking! :)

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  47. Hey, so I made ones very similar to this (a bit of a different recipe though) but when I peeled the liner off the cupcake, the oreo cookie stayed stuck in the liner and the rest of the cupcake came out, so I was left with half a cupcake and the cookie stuck in the liner!!!! Any idea why?

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  48. Love the idea of the recipe, just wondering when you say cocoa, do you mean liquid cocoa or cocoa powder??

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  49. making these tomorrow for school we have been ask to make something adventurous so i chose these! but as we only have an hour time slot ive decided i wont do the coffee bit and will just be using a normal cupcake recipe instead: :o) cant wait to see how these turn out!

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  50. Just found your blog and this recipe... I am also Kerry, somewhat Irish and in love with Oreos. These are now on the 'to do' list! Thank you!!!

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  51. Your oreo cupcakes looks fantastic. Just a question to ask: can i omit the white vinegar?

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  52. if ur cupcakes are sticking then u are leaving then in the baking tray too longn the heat is steaming the bottom of the cupcakes!!! this will cause the oreo cookie to stick to the bottom of the cases!!

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  53. Anonymous- The white vinegar is the only acidic ingredient in these cupcakes, which you need to make the baking soda do its thing & make the cupcakes rise. I haven't experimented with substitutions, but maybe buttermilk would work? I'm not sure how that would affect the taste though.

    Sarah- Thank you! I was starting to think it was something like that. I took my cupcakes out of the baking pan after only a couple of minutes of cooling.

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  54. Hi, can i make this (the first step) "Place chocolate and cocoa in a medium bowl and pour the hot coffee over the mixture. Whisk until smooth and transfer to the refrigerator to cool completely, 20-30 minutes." 1 day before?

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  55. These look divine, and I may alter the recipe a bit to make them for my 6 year olds birthday party! One question - the oreo cookies on the bottom of the cupcake didn't burn at all? Thanks!

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  56. Anonymous #1- I would think you could make it 1 day before. I don't see that being a problem.

    Anonymous #2- No, the cookies didn't burn at all! They were soft and cakey when they came out of the oven and over the next few days became more crunchy like an Oreo cookie crust. If that makes sense. Let me know how they turn out!

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  57. Just came across your site and love the Oreo recipe. I have a question about the frosting. I want to make these for an outdoor party and was wondering how the frosting holds up. Do you know if I would have to leave indoors or could they stay outside.

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  58. Hi all, any chance this can be converted in English lbs or grams. Thanks. I cannot work out cups. Thanks alot, much appreciated. Sharon

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  59. What would happened if I replaced bread flour with regular flour?

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  60. love these! thank youuuu:)

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  61. These look delicious! I really want to try these, but I don't have a coffee maker at home. Is there a substitute for the brewed coffee?

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  62. Tried these and they were absolute heaven, thank you! Mine didn't look quite as good as yours though... you inspired me to start a blog, so my first blog is a reference to this amazing recipe. Hope you don't mind... www.gemsdreamworld.blogspot.com

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  63. These look absolutely delicious!!!! I have been wanting to try cupcakes like this using the golden oreo and a vanilla cupcake. Have you ever tried this?

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  64. i tried this but the oreos somehow floated to the top! it still tasted good but any tips as to how to get them to stay on the bottom?

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  65. Made these tonight and put the chocolate ganache filling in them... delicious.

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  66. Can't stop thinking of what this one taste! I also like to taste that Dunkin Donuts! I'll text my brother to buy me one on his way home! Haha! Thanks for the recipe.

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  67. Anonymous #1- I've never tried, but it sounds sound genius! I love golden Oreos.

    Unknown- I'm not sure why the Oreos would float to the top, but I've had one or two people mention that happening to them. If anyone knows, feel free to comment!

    Anonymous #2- Genius. That is all.

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  68. What's the best way to store these? Especially since it's a whipped topping.

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  69. my oreos floated to the top as well :/

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  70. Theses look like heaven... I'd love to bake these, and I'm only 11! It looks so appetizing!

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  71. These cupcakes were awesome - made them for a Bake-off at work and won for "Best Presentation".

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  72. @Kerry: I think because the cupcake mixture isn't as thick as you've done. Since it's double stuffed, I think it will have more weight hence the oreos will be on the bottom.

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  73. you didn't mention how long to bake the cupcakes.

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  74. I tried to make this...do i need to whisk with the kitchen aid?
    The result look like sponge cake but the oreo also floating ...

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  75. First, these cupcakes are DELICIOUS! I ate four of them as I was baking (1 from each batch...I was checking to make sure I did it right ;) lol)

    Second, I also ran into the problem of floaty Oreos :( BUT them I just tossed the cookies in flour before putting them in the liner and they anchored!

    Thanks for this deliciousness! My life is now complete :)

    *Amber-Leigh

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  76. These were AMAZING and fun to make!! Thank you baker girl

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  77. Made these and some of your other cupcakes for our baby shower, AMAZING! (so easy and everyone thought I was a genius) There is a definate following starting in New Zealand :)

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  78. jUST FABULOUS...LOVE THESE ...THEY ARE THE BEST

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  79. I've tried a cake recipe with coffee in it and failed epicly. Yours says to mix then cool in the fridge. The recipe I used that called for coffee didnt say to cool it before continuing. Im not sure about trying the coffee. Would using my own Devils food recipe in place of your cake recipe effect the over all flavor in the end?

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  80. Also, does anyone have any suggestions on what to add to make cake more moist? Ive read add sour cream but I'm not sure how much to add to an existing resipe that does not call for it. Any ideas?

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  81. JUST made these on a whim tonight. ;) and I LOOVED them! I made about 50 and about ten of my cookies randomly floated to the top too? But this did not affect taste at all. =) I also mixed it up a bit by adding about 1 cup finely crushed oreo cookie (w/o filling) to the batter and used apple cider vinegar instead.
    DE-LIC-IOUS!!
    You are an artist with an oven <3

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  82. Just made these for my son's birthday--AMAZING! Out of 16 cookies, 13 Oreos floated to the top. Who cares though? These are incredible!

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  83. these are hard to makke because the oreos float to the top..

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  84. It looks very very YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY

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  85. I am making these for a friend to try fot her wedding I think the whipped frosting will be a problem with setting for a long time (i have found it makes cupcakes soggy)would this work changing this to buttercream frosting with oreos in in it

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  86. ok was awesome made with white chocolate buttercream yummy

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  87. Made these today. Got a bit nervous about the cupcake recipe itself after reading mixed reviews on it. I really only had a limited amount of time to get this done so I used a boxed mix. Made the frosting using the above recipe and my cookie did not float to the top.
    The frosting turned out so yummy!!!! Would definitely make these again.

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  88. Where do you find Dutch-processed cocoa?

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  89. These look amazing
    Planning to make them for my daughters 10th birthday-- but one is allergic to caffine...any alternatives?
    sorry
    thank you xx

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  90. I made a version of these cupcakes using the Golden Vanilla Oreos and a vanilla cake recipe... delicious! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  91. Is the coffee nessary for making these cupcakes!?

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  92. omg these DO look delicious! loving your blog!

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  93. do I have to use bread flour? is it any different than using all purpose/cake flour?

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  94. They look scrumptious but my sister Bianca's are better!:D

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  95. Your article on St Patricks Day was very informative and well written, thanks for sharing this information. St Patricks day celebrations

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  96. why did my oreo burn?

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  97. Ouf...I'm up for a bake sale...guess what I'll be baking ;-) Thanks for sharing! Have a great week-end!

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  98. They look wonderful!! I will try them Thanks :)
    Lucía

    www.sevillaneando.wordpress.com

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  99. made them tonight...followed your instructions exactly and they came out absolutely perfect!! They were moist and tasty. Thanks!

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  100. If I used vanilla frosting with oreos instead of a whipped cream frosting do you think it would still taste as good?

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  101. How did you get the cookies to stand upright without falling over?

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  102. Oh myy. I put milk chocolate filling along with the oreo and it came out amazinggg. Thanks for the recipe, I love all your stuff.

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  103. I have just discovered your blog. Where have you been all my life?!!

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  104. Hi Kerry,
    these cupcakes look fabulous! i was wondering how would you store the frosting ? i want to make them ahead of time for a birthday and i dont want the frosting to go bad

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  105. Cocoa is cocoa powder or cocoa liquid? :P

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  106. Mine floated as well, pretty much as soon as I had filled all the cases! :( they are in the oven still so I hope they taste alright...

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  107. Oh my God your site is amazing. Delicious, delectable, I want to eat everything on here. Fantastic blog. Make mine this good! x

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  108. My oreos stuck to the paper also:(

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  109. Very yummy! The only trouble I had was the whipping cream; make sure the mixer is on high! It makes things go faster. It still took be about 10 min :( nice easy recipe. I will defiantly be using this again!

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  110. I just tried this recipe and my oreo cookies stuck to the bottom/the cream part of the oreo was burnt and dried up =/ i didnt over cook them, mine were actually done before the estimated time so i took them out a little early. i dont know why this happened! :(

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  111. These taste AMAZING. A little more work than I might have liked, but I'm a novice baker, and honestly it was worth it.

    The only thing I didn't do exactly as called for was that I didn't use bread flour. They turned out fine except that the "cake" part of the cupcakes didn't rise that high. Maybe I should have filled the cups a bit fuller? I followed the directions and filled each cup (a generous) 3/4 of the way full...

    I would emphasize that you should put the cookie crumbs in the frosting AFTER whipping the cream or it turns out looking more greyish and less obviously cookie-flecked because the crumbs get obliterated into microscopic pieces.

    I didn't have a problem with the cookies burning too badly. They were just a little crispy, which I actually enjoyed - although I would have liked more unmelted cream filling to bite into. I was worried about this happening, so I moved the rack to the upper part of the oven. Next time I'll have to try the double-pan method!

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  112. Would oreo cupcakes taste better with a chocolate cake or vanilla cake? Opinions?

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  113. Oh and one more question, what can we use as a substitue for strong brewed coffee Thank you

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  114. Would this frosting work as a filling for cake?

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  115. This is a great recipe and I get compliments every time I make them. My oreos randomly float to the top as well. I prefer the taste of the cupcake when the oreo stays on the bottom. I'll have to try the suggestion about dusting the cookie with flour so that it sticks to the batter next time.

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  116. Definitely I will surely try this one. Thanks for sharing this mouthwatering lemon cupcakes here. :)

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