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Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

February 22, 2015
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It’s hard to think of anything much more satisfying than cookies and milk, and if those cookies are Oreos, even better. Yet, in spite of my intrepid love affair with these little chocolate-and-cream cookies, I never have been a huge fan of cookies and cream flavored foods. When it comes to ice cream, I’d rather have mint chocolate chip. When it comes to milkshakes, I’m a fan of plain-Jane chocolate or vanilla.

That was, at least, until I created the perfect cookies and cream cupcake: chocolate cake with chocolate glaze is topped with cookies and cream-flavored cream cheese buttercream, which is chock-full of ground Oreos. There’s also a surprise hidden inside the cupcakes: an Oreo is baked directly inside!

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If you’re feeling especially decadent, you can top each cupcake with another Oreo, and if you want to get fancy, you can dip the Oreos in some melted chocolate first. Just melt some good quality dark chocolate in the microwave (my preferred method versus a double broiler, which is a pain), put on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and freeze for a couple minutes to solidify.

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Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. 1 batch of my favorite chocolate cupcakes with an Oreo baked inside (directions below)
  2. 1 batch chocolate simple syrup (recipe follows)
  3. 1 batch cookies and cream frosting (recipe follows)
Instructions
  1. After filling cupcake papers about 2/3 of the way, put a whole Oreo in each and press it down with your finger until it's just covered by the cupcake batter. You don't want it to rise to the top!
  2. Bake and cool cupcakes.
  3. When cooled (or mostly cooled), brush cupcakes with chocolate simple syrup.
  4. Once the simple syrup has been absorbed, frost as desired with the cookies and cream frosting.
  5. Top with an Oreo or extra cookie crumbs if desired.
Notes
  1. Alternatively, you can put an Oreo in each cupcake paper before filling with batter, if you don't mind it being at the bottom.
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Chocolate Simple Syrup
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup water
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 cup cocoa powder (highest quality available)
  4. 1 teaspoon espresso powder, instant espresso, or strong coffee (optional, deepens the chocolate flavor)
Instructions
  1. Combine water, sugar, and espresso powder in a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches a simmer.
  3. Remove from the heat immediately and whisk in the cocoa powder until the mixture is smooth and no lumps remain.
  4. Allow to cool (having it be a little warm still is fine), and then brush on cupcakes, cake, etc.
Notes
  1. Leftover simple syrup will keep in the fridge for quite a while. I like to keep it in a labeled mason jar for incorporation into coffee and other drinks, and also for future cakes and cupcakes.
Plethora, Etc. http://www.kimberlykoenig.com/
Cookies and Cream Frosting
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Ingredients
  1. 3 sticks softened, unsalted butter
  2. 8 oz package cream cheese, room temperature
  3. 1 1/4 cup ground Oreos (I like to use a food processor, you can also put the cookies in a Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin or rubber mallet)
  4. 7 cups powdered sugar
  5. 1 tablespoon vanilla paste or extract
  6. 1 pinch salt
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter on medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl.
  2. Add cream cheese and mix on medium-high speed until fully incorporated. Scrape down the bowl.
  3. Add vanilla paste and salt, and mix to combine. Scrape down the bowl (again, with the scraping, I know!)
  4. Add cookie crumbs and mix to combine (and, you guessed it, scrape down the bowl).
  5. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing to combine and scraping the bowl as needed.
  6. Transfer to a frosting bag and frost cupcakes as desired.
Notes
  1. You may need to adjust the powdered sugar, I find that anywhere from 7-9 cups will result in a buttercream that crusts nicely.
Plethora, Etc. http://www.kimberlykoenig.com/

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