Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

I finally discovered Food Gawker! And thank God! I found this recipe while feasting my eyes on other peoples much more complicated recipes and MUCH  MUCH better pictures. But hey we all start somewhere right?! Anyway, I love oreos, I mean who doesn't? So when this cupcake recipe I knew I had to make it immediately.



Oreo Cupcakes
(Adapted from Bakergirl)

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
15 Oreo cookie halves, finely crushed (Use all of the leftover halves from the cookies you put in the bottom of the cupcake pans, or more or less to taste)
15 Oreos for the top of each cupcake

 
 
Instructions
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 cookie crumbs with a spatula.



Scoop the mixture into a pastry bag and pipe on top of the cupcakes. Garnish with Oreo cookies.

Makes about 15 cupcakes.
 
 

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