Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

18Oct11

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes

Cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup natural unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup hot water
12 Oreos, plus more for crumbs

Frosting:
1 cup shortening
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-6 Tablespoons milk
2 Oreo cookies for crumbs

For the cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line tray with 12 baking cups.
Mix the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl using a wire whisk.
Add the eggs, oil, vanilla and milk and mix well until thoroughly combined. Add the hot water and mix until combined.
Transfer the batter (it will be very liquid) to a large measuring cup and then pour batter into each baking cup so that it covers the bottom slightly. Place one whole cookie in each cup or break apart at least 12 cookies and place the broken pieces into each cup.Fill the rest of the muffin cup so that it is about 3/4 full.
Bake for 16-18 minutes.

Notes:
Be careful not to overfill as there wasn’t quite enough for 24 full cupcakes. One or two came out quite puffy, but two other cupcakes were only filled to half of the muffin cup.

For the frosting:

Beat the shortening in a mixer until smooth.
Add vanilla and mix until combined.
Add the powdered sugar in three additions, scraping down the sides after each addition.
Add a Tablespoon of milk at a time and mix together until you achieve the consistency you like.
Add the cookie crumbs and mix until completely combined. You can add more if you like, but I just wanted a light speckling to show off the white frosting.
Place frosting in a decorator bag with a 1M tip and swirl on top of each cupcake.
Insert a cookie on top of each cupcake.
You can also apply frosting on each cupcake in a mounded shape. Turn upside down and roll the top around in a small bowl of cookie crumbs to coat.

Notes:
Shortening is really greasy and hard to wash. Don’t crush crumbs into fine pieces as they will be hard to see in the frosting.

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