Halloween is around the corner and it is one of my favorite holidays – I love the jack-o-lanterns, costumes, candy, and the endless decorating ideas, especially for baked goods. I haven’t baked anything for this holiday yet so I’m showing you what I made a couple years ago: Halloween Oreo cupcakes. These were a hit at my office and super easy to make – since I cheated and used cake mix from the box; plus, the simple decor didn’t take much effort. My favorite part of these cupcakes is the Oreo cookie bottom of the cupcakes – it’s a nice surprise, especially for Oreo lovers!
Oreo Cupcakes recipe (yields 24)
- 1 box white cake mix (I used Betty Crocker super moist white cake mix; you will need 1-1/4 cup water, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and 3 egg whites)
- 1 package Oreos (regular or Double Stuff)
- 2 sticks of butter
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Make cupcake batter according to package directions; set batter aside.
- Line cupcake pan with liners
- Twist apart 24 Oreos – place 1 wafer (cream side) facing up in each liner
- Save the other 24 wafers (blank side) for garnish; crush into pieces as desired
- With the remaining *FULL* Oreos in the package (approx. 21), put them in a ziplock bag and crush them
- Fold crushed Oreo pieces into cake batter
- Fill cupcake liners a little over 3/4 full and bake according to package directions
- For the frosting: beat the butter in mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar until completely mixed. Gradually add milk and vanilla; combine until smooth.
- When the cupcakes are completely cool, decorate with frosting, Oreos (whole or crushed), and/or Halloween decor.
Jamie’s tips for this recipe:
- When crushing the Oreos in the ziplock bag, use a rolling pin. The bottom of an ice cream scooper works well, too – just don’t puncture the bag or it’ll be a mess!
- If you like more crunch in your cupcakes, try not to crush the Oreos too fine.
- As for decorating, I bought toy spider rings and used Halloween-themed liners from iParty. I also sprinkled crushed Oreos for the “dirt” appearance. Other ideas: gummy worms, Milano cookies gravestones with “RIP” written in icing on them, ghost and pumpkin marshmallow peeps, etc.
What do you like most about this spooky holiday? Share with us your Halloween baking plans!