Alrighty, so I am starting a new category on here for recipes. I’m by no means skilled in the kitchen, but I am able to follow a recipe or even “wing” it to make it work for us. It’s important to me that Owen grows up mainly eating home cooked meals, and that once he moves out, he’ll be able to survive on more than Top Ramen. Also, deep down I have this dream where he’ll help me cook when he’s old enough. šŸ˜‰ (Maybe he’ll become the next Bobby Flay ha!)

Most of these recipes will be ones I steal borrow from others, but usually if I’m looking for a particular recipe, I’ll mix and match a few and create my own.

So I’ll start with the cupcakes I made for my family yesterday following dinner. They’re cookies and cream cupcakes, using Oreos, and I found the recipe from Your Cup of Cake. It’s a really easy recipe since the base is made from a box of cake mix.

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes
Yield: 24-30 Cupcakes

Ingredients
Vanilla Cake:
24 Oreos
1 box white cake mix
2 egg whites
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped Oreos

Cookies & Cream Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4-5 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup finely crushed Oreos

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Take your 24 Oreos, split them in half, and place the cream side in your cupcakeliners…cream side up. Save the plain cookie half for the frosting.
3. Sift your cake mix into a small bowl and set aside.
4. In a large bowl, gently whisk egg whites, eggs, oil, buttermilk, sour cream and vanilla extract together.
5. Add cake mix and stir until combined.
6. Fold in your 3/4 cup of chopped Oreos. (I used minis and just cut each in half, use the cream filling and everything.)
7. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 15-20 minutes or until and inserted knife comes out clean.
8. Cookies & Cream Frosting: Beat butter and cream cheese for 3 minutes. Add vanilla extract and slowly add powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Gently stir in your crushed Oreos. (I crush my cookies and then put them through a sifter, and only use what goes through. I don;t like chunks of cookie in my frosting.)
9. Pipe your frosting onto your cooled cupcakes and top with Oreos, I used mini Oreos this time.

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