Cookies & Cream Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Fluffy and easy vanilla cupcakes stuffed with crushed Oreos and topped with a creamy milk chocolate frosting. If you love chocolate, you have to try these. So unbelievably delicious!

Cookies 'n Cream Milk Chocolate Cupcakes - if you love chocolate, you have to try these. So unbelievably delicious!

What’s black and white and milk chocolate all over? Vanilla cookies & cream cupcakes with fluffy milk chocolate frosting, that’s what. Topped with more cookies & cream crumbles, of course.

I recently made Very Vanilla Cupcakes. A strikingly white cupcake full of delicate vanilla flavor. The cupcake batter is spiked with real vanilla bean. They truly are wonderful! Today’s cookies & cream version does not use vanilla bean in the batter. I simply spruce up the cupcake batter with vanilla extract and a whole lotta crushed Oreos.

I love how the black Oreo chunks look inside the cupcakes. Like dalmatian spots. 😉

Cookies 'n Cream Milk Chocolate Cupcakes - if you love chocolate, you have to try these. So unbelievably delicious!

I considered topping the cupcakes with vanilla frosting. However, a chocolate craving hit and I just had to go with it. The milk chocolate frosting used should be  familiar to you. I used it to frost my Triple Chocolate Layer Cake not too long ago.

The milk chocolate frosting is the fluffiest, smoothest frosting I’ve ever had. My one friend said it almost tastes silky. It is, hands down, one of my favorite frosting recipes. And luckily – it’s so easy to make! Would you expect anything less on my website? I favor effortless recipes. Especially recipes tasting like you slaved in the kitchen all day.

The cupcakes come from a simple batter, with easily available ingredients. They are ready in about 30 minutes and the frosting takes about 6 minutes total. You can have a freshly baked cupcake in no time!

Cookies 'n Cream Milk Chocolate Cupcakes - if you love chocolate, you have to try these. So unbelievably delicious!

I have a lot of readers ask me – how do your cupcake liners stay grease-free? Well, this particular cupcake recipe makes about 15 cupcakes and the batter calls for only 1 stick of butter for the entire batch. There’s not too much grease in the to start with.

But I have another secret. I often use greaseproof liners! My friends over at Sweets & Treats Boutique make a line of over 40 different patterned liners, all using their unique Colorblock greaseproof material. They also sell party bags, fun paper straws (I just bought several!), and other treat supplies.

Cookies 'n Cream Milk Chocolate Cupcakes - if you love chocolate, you have to try these. So unbelievably delicious!

I love the pretty back & white chevron pattern of my liners – it matches the Oreo cookie crumbles on top.

This is a new favorite cupcake. The creamy chocolate frosting, the crushed cookies, the moist and soft vanilla Oreo cupcake hiding underneath, and the designer cupcake liner – these cupcakes truly feel like a real treat when you’re eating one. Fancy little mini cakes, all to yourself. That’s one of the reasons I love cupcakes so much. It’s your own individual cake.

If you love cookies & cream flavored anything, these cupcakes are for you! You can frost them with today’s milk chocolate frosting or my easy vanilla buttercream. The crushed Oreo decoration on top is completely necessary though. 😉

Cookies 'n Cream Milk Chocolate Cupcakes - if you love chocolate, you have to try these. So unbelievably delicious!

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Cookies ‘n’ Cream Cupcakes

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 15 cupcakes
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Fluffy and easy vanilla cupcakes stuffed with crushed Oreos and topped with a creamy milk chocolate frosting. If you love chocolate, you have to try these. So unbelievably delicious!



  • 1 and 2/3 cups (210g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup (60g) vanilla Greek yogurt*
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk*
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped Oreos (about 1415 Oreos)

Milk Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 and 1/2 cups (420g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup (45g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) heavy cream*
  • optional: 4-5 crumbled Oreos


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a 12-count muffin pan with liners. This recipe yields about 15 cupcakes, so you’ll have a 2nd batch with only 3. Set aside.
  2. To make the cupcakes: In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together until combined. Set aside. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Whisk in the granulated sugar. Mixture will be thick. Vigorously whisk in the egg whites, yogurt, milk, and vanilla until combined and uniform in texture. Slowly whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until no lumps remain. Gently fold in the Oreos.
  3. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Bake for 10 minutes if making mini cupcakes. Allow to cool.
  4. Make the frosting: Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until smooth and creamy – about 2 minutes. This creates a creamy base for the frosting. Turn speed to LOW and slowly add 3 cups of confectioners’ sugar, the cocoa powder, and salt. Beat until sugar/cocoa are absorbed into the butter, about 2 minutes. Turn mixer to medium speed and add the vanilla and cream. Once added, turn the mixer to high speed and beat for 1 minute. Add the last 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar if you’d like to increase the frosting’s thickness. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes. Top with Oreo crumbles.
  5. Store cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days and in the refrigerator up to 5.


  1. Yogurt: You can also use plain Greek yogurt, regular yogurt, or sour cream.
  2. Milk: You can also use soy milk or almond milk.
  3. Frosting: I strongly urge readers to use heavy cream. You may use milk or half-and-half, but heavy cream will give the frosting a thicker texture. I recommend it.
  4. Be sure to check out my 10 tips for baking the BEST cupcakes before you begin!

Keywords: cookies n cream cupcakes


  1. Chocolate with peanut butter icing. Maybe stuff some icing in the cupcake too because there is never too much peanut butter!

  2. Yum, these look beautiful as usual, Sally! Especially loving the crushed cookies on top! Can’t wait to make these 🙂 Hope you’re having a happy Friday! 🙂

  3. Every time you make something with icing, I about die! 😉 Your frostings always look so incredibly delectable! Great job on your blue board…it looks great, and it makes me want a nail polish or something in that exact color. 😀 The plate is so cute too…Anthropologie? (Just guessing since you’ve said how much you like that store). Thanks for the giveaway! I think I would make some kind of lemon/lime or lime/coconut cupcake, to make summer get here faster! 😉

    1. I knew you’d say some type of citrus cupcakes, Caley! And thanks for the comment on the board. I am so happy with how it turned out! I actually got that plate at HOme Goods for only $4. Much cheaper than Anthro!

  4. I would make strawberry with cream cheese icing. Put a piece of strawberry on the icing as a last decorative touch.

  5. I would probably have to try the very vanilla cupcakes. My daughter is about to be two, and they would be perfect for her birthday party!

  6. I’d make butterfinger cupcakes for my boys and your skinny peanut butter chocolate cupcakes for myself! Love these liners!

  7. I love this blog! First I would try these cookies and cream cupcakes with the liners, then I would move on to the very vanilla cupcakes because that is a great recipe. After I all the cupcakes are devoured, I would figure out a way to turn ykur famous best cookie ever recipe into a cupcake!

    1. Thanks for the love, Alex! I’ve actually already made the cookies into cupcakes before:

  8. I’d be making a special kind of cupcake (unknown flavor at the moment) for my son’s upcoming 1st birthday! 🙂

  9. These cupcakes look fabulous and will be on the weekend baking list!

    If I was given a free supply of liners I would be making a rather large batch of chocolate bourbon cupcakes with fresh strawberry frosting. They are hit everywhere and freeze incredibly well for later. I would also make an obscene amount of the skinny banana fudge muffins because we go through at least a dozen a week.

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