Oreos are “milk’s favorite cookie.” It has to be true because it says so on the package. I wouldn’t tell Nabisco that they were wrong, would you? I’d say 100% of America’s youth loves Oreos. It’s a safe assumption, I’ve never met a kid that has proven me wrong.
Our Grandma Pat (GP) has always kept Oreos in her refrigerator. They’re reduced fat, but we won’t hold that against her. It doesn’t matter if she’s in Florida or Cape Cod. Without fail that woman’s kitchen is stocked.
Close your eyes and imagine a little Katz (or just go on our About Us page for a picture). Back in the day (which was a Wednesday), I’d hang out on GP’s deck with my braided pigtails, swinging my little legs back and forth off a patio chair with a plate of Oreos. Being ever so careful, I would twist apart the Oreos so the top cookie would separate perfectly clean from the yummy cream filling. That’s half the fun of Oreos. The other half is licking the cream filling, duh. God forbid the cookie twisted off with the filling still attached. Can we say control issues?
Fast forward to 2012. I don’t keep Oreos in my apartment, though they are awesome and addicting. I was recently forced to reacquaint myself with this evil cookie. A family friend wanted to make The Cousins’ first cupcake sale, and the request was for Oreo cupcakes! We had never made Oreo cupcakes before. Challenge extended. Challenge accepted.
Shopping for this weeks installment of The Cousins was super fun. In my entire adulthood, I’ve never purchased a package of Oreo cookies. Obviously, I had to compensate for years of cookie neglect by buying two packages!
My goal was to make the cupcakes taste like Oreos, not just a chocolate cupcake with hints of Oreo. I conferred with Mini and we decided that in order to get the cupcakes chocolatey enough and still taste like Oreos, I should use cocoa powder and Oreo crumbs in the batter. What harm would that do?
To make my own crumbs I whipped out my food processor, threw in some cookies and hit the switch. If you’re lucky enough to stumble across Oreo cookie crumbs in your supermarket, feel free to skip this step entirely.
Sidebar: At this stage it was brought to my attention that I need new kitchen knives (coughWorkmancough) as I put all my weight down on the knife to chop them. If you would like to contribute to my kitchen knife fund I accept checks and money orders.
A little skeptical at first, I decided to listen to the advice of every chef on the food network for the next step. By coating solid foods in flour before adding it to your cake batter, it will help suspend the pieces within the cupcakes.
I envisioned a nice layer of Oreo bits at the bottom of each cupcake. That doesn’t sound like a bad thing, but I wanted them to be as equally distributed throughout the batter as possible (control freak). Oddly enough, the flour trick is true! I know you’re just as shocked as I am.
When the uber-oreoy-chocolatey batter is ready, I’d normally say to fill your cupcake liners to 2/3 full. However…
When I pulled my little lovelies out of the oven, I realized maybe that was a little too much batter as shown by Exhibit A, row one column two, aka Gigantor. In this case, don’t fill the liners 2/3 full. Fill them a little less and you should avoid this problem.
While you’re letting your cuppy-cakes cool, it’s time to get started on the Oreo cream filling frosting and then decorate your lovelies up.
Now that the cupcakes were topped with their Oreo filling frosting it was finally time to do a taste test (a Cousin’s favorite step.) Workman took the first bite. I waited with breathless anticipation, palms sweating, heart rate spiking, when she said, “This actually tastes like an Oreo.” YES! It did taste like an Oreo. Victory is mine!
I have loved making all of The Cousins cupcake recipes, but this was the most fun. These cupcakes don’t have an air of sophistication, they’re playful. You feel like a little kid again, sitting on your Grandma’s back porch with braided pigtails.
Alright. Where’s our money…