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Cookies and Cream Frosting

My little boy turns 11 today!  It’s totally crazy.  He was just a baby… like yesterday!  The scariest part about having an 11 year old is to think that in 7 years this kid will be leaving me to go off to college.  I have just 7 years to make sure he’s molded into the best person possible to face the big, wide world on his own and make a life for himself.  Whoa.

In a related story, it was career week last week in my son’s 5th grade class.  I was invited to speak about my profession as a food writer and recipe developer, so I brought the kids some cupcakes with Cookies and Cream Frosting.  I used these cupcake recipes.  And the frosting is packed with Oreo crumbles.

The 5th graders were pretty interested in what I had to say.  I told them about how I spend my days… developing recipes, testing them, sampling them, taking pictures of them, writing about them, and being quite active on the computer.  I told them about how I got started and how hard I’ve worked to create what I have.  I told them about the fun food-related opportunities that occasionally come my way- trips to New York City, Louisiana, Mexico, Napa Valley and Italy.  And I told them about my cookbook too.  I left that classroom feeling all high and mighty and thinking that I had just about the coolest job in the world.

And then my son came home from school.  He told me about the fighter pilot.  And the engineer who worked for Disney designing the amusement park rides.  And then there was the Dad who shared a YouTube video of himself almost getting killed by a deranged elephant.  I guess my job isn’t all that exciting after all.

But my son disagreed.  He insisted that I was second favorite only to the fighter pilot.  What a sweetie.  I read through 36 thank you notes and discovered that many of the kids were excited about trying to start their own blogs and using their cameras to start taking pictures of food.  They told me that they loved my photography and that everything on my site looked delicious.  A few of them were inspired to ask their parents if they could help out more in the kitchen.  And they told me that they loved my cupcakes too 🙂

Happy birthday to my dear boy Brooks.  May your 11th year be as fabulous as your first 10!   If you’d like to wish RecipeBoy a Happy Birthday, head on over to his food blog and visit his birthday post.  He’s loving the attention!

Yield: Frosting for 12 to 15 cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 min

Cookies and Cream Frosting


3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup salted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 Tablespoons whipping cream
12 Oreo (cream-filled sandwich cookies- chocolate or vanilla), crumbled finely
12 to 15 additional Oreo's for garnish (optional)


1. In a large bowl, with a hand or stand mixer, cream together sugar and butter on low speed. Mix until well blended. Increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.

2. Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for desired spreading/piping consistency. Add the cookie crumbles and mix just until combined.

3. Scoop into a piping bag with a wide tip and pipe decoratively onto cupcakes, or spread onto cupcakes as desired. Garnish with a whole Oreo cookie.

Source: (adapted from Wedding Cupcake Buttercream)


  1. postedMay 21, 2012 3:21 AM

    What a super sweet post. Happy Bday to your little “baby”…time flies, doesn’t it! This frosting looks incredible!

  2. postedMay 21, 2012 3:27 AM

    I can’t lie, selfishly I’m a little happy the class though fighter pilots are cool—my husband is in the Air Force, so it’s nice to know little kids (or big kids, rather!) hold them at number one. But with that said, I’m positive you made a difference in at least one child’s life there. I’d like to think that if someone like you came to talk to me when I was that age I would’ve looked at food and cooking differently growing up. I only became interested in it when I got married, because before that it didn’t look like fun to me. You make it fun and it’s great that kids can see that cooking is fun!

  3. postedMay 21, 2012 4:12 AM

    Aw, happy birthday to Recipe Boy:-) These cupcakes look fabulous!

  4. postedMay 21, 2012 4:16 AM

    You know that you do have the coolest job in the world, right? Because you do, at least to me and I imagine most of your readers. 🙂 I can’t imagine anything better.

    And the cupcakes look delicious! I’ve never made cookies and cream frosting and I have no idea why. It just looks insanely delicious.

    I hope you all have a nice day celebrating Brooks’ birthday!

  5. postedMay 21, 2012 4:44 AM

    What a sweet story. I mean seriously… a fighter pilot?! Sorry but I can’t think of many things that would top that in my book either. 🙂 Happy birthday to your not so little boy!

  6. postedMay 21, 2012 5:20 AM

    That Golden Oreo frosting will by my husband’s favorite!!

  7. postedMay 21, 2012 5:42 AM

    Happy birthday to your baby!! I can’t believe you weren’t number one after bringing these cupcakes! You’d be my favorite for sure!!!!

  8. postedMay 21, 2012 6:04 AM

    Your son is so sweet! And very awesome that you inspired some kids into cooking with their parents! These cupcakes look yummy & I wanted to wish Recipe Boy a very happy birthday!!! 🙂

  9. postedMay 21, 2012 6:08 AM

    Happy Birthday to Brooks!

  10. postedMay 21, 2012 6:08 AM

    Happy Birthday Recipe Boy!!……….that is one awesome frosting that I’m going to HAVE to try out!

  11. postedMay 21, 2012 6:09 AM

    Delicious! I would certainly eat too much of this.

  12. postedMay 21, 2012 6:11 AM

    Well, I wouldn’t want to be a fighter pilot. Being surrounded by food is a better job to me!! Love these cupcakes, and a happy, happy birthday to RecipeBoy!!

  13. postedMay 21, 2012 6:12 AM

    What a sweet post. Happy Birthday Recipe Boy! Headed over to his blog now!

  14. postedMay 21, 2012 6:23 AM

    Oreo cookies in anything makes them 100x better! Happy Birthday Recipe Boy!

  15. postedMay 21, 2012 6:34 AM

    Happy Birthday, Brooks!!

    And how awesome to know that you’ve inspired kids to get in the kitchen. Go you, Lori!!

  16. postedMay 21, 2012 7:18 AM

    Happy Birthday, Recipe Boy!

    Love this frosting!

  17. postedMay 21, 2012 7:23 AM

    I bet I could conquer a whole bowl of this frosting by itself! 😀 Yum! Happy Birthday to Recipe Boy!

  18. postedMay 21, 2012 7:41 AM

    Loving our cupcake posts today! Happy birthday to your sweet boy! Hope it’s a wonderful day!! Sounds like you are celebrating all week 🙂

  19. postedMay 21, 2012 7:53 AM

    Happy Birthday, Brooks! Hope you have a great 11th birthday week!

    And Lori, just think about the impact you made on those 5th graders. Deciding they want to help more in the kitchen will be with them for the rest of their lives! I think it’s even better than the fighter pilot! 🙂

    And these cupcakes, mercy! I could gobble up that frosting!

  20. postedMay 21, 2012 7:59 AM

    How great that you inspired so many of B’s classmates. I’ll bet they absolutely loved these cupcakes, too! Happy Birthday to your 11-year old (wow!) Enjoy the day together.

  21. postedMay 21, 2012 8:16 AM

    LOL- the guy who almost got killed by an elephant! I personally thing being a food blogger is pretty cool too! This frosting looks great, the hubs would love it!

  22. postedMay 21, 2012 9:32 AM

    Happy birthday recipe boy!! These cupcakes look divine!

  23. postedMay 21, 2012 12:11 PM

    Happy birthday to Brooks! I love these cupcakes, Lori. The contrast to the cupcakes is so fun. And career day sounds like it was a blast. I would love knowing that I inspired kids to get into the kitchen!

  24. postedMay 21, 2012 12:30 PM

    My hero…

  25. postedMay 21, 2012 12:37 PM

    Awww, happy birthday to your son! What lucky classmates he had to enjoy these homemade cupcakes. The flavor of the frosting is just divine, Lori! Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a ChicWrap giveaway today that you should enter!

  26. postedMay 21, 2012 12:53 PM

    Happy B-day to your son… and what a lucky group of 5th graders getting these cupcakes! Cookies and Cream is my favorite!

  27. postedMay 21, 2012 12:57 PM

    those kids must have been so happy! i loved getting treats in class when i was in middle school which was just 7 years ago! wow, time definitely does fly!

  28. postedMay 21, 2012 12:59 PM

    Love this idea! I love the whole cookies and cream flavor combo, but never thought to use it for frosting. Will be trying this one out very soon!

  29. postedMay 21, 2012 1:50 PM
    Maria in NJ

    oh it goes so fast doesn’t it?

    I have tried to find a better cupcake recipe and there is none better than yours Lori…and I AM jealous of your job, so if you ever get as famous as the PW I am available to apply for your assistants job, you will need them. ;^)…m

  30. postedMay 21, 2012 4:43 PM
    Catalina @ Cake with Love

    Now this is one great frosting, my husband loves oreo cookies, and I will make this for him!

  31. postedMay 21, 2012 6:00 PM

    Lori, I’ve been searching for the perfect cookies n cream frosting! I love the golden oreo version. 🙂

    Happy Birthday to Recipe Boy!!

  32. postedMay 21, 2012 6:13 PM

    Getting kids involved in the kitchen is definitely KEY to getting this country into a healthier you did good! I’m sort of in love with this frosting. Oreos are the one storebought cookie I can NEVER turn down!

  33. postedMay 21, 2012 6:41 PM

    Those cupcakes look like a perfect way to celebrate an 11th birthday! It has to be so fabulous to hear that the kids are more encouraged to get in the kitchen with their parents after hearing you talk about what you do!

  34. postedMay 21, 2012 7:22 PM

    That is so sweet! And Happy Bday Recipe Boy!!

  35. postedMay 21, 2012 8:58 PM

    This is the perfect birthday frosting 🙂 I love the golden Oreo version…yum!

  36. postedMay 22, 2012 3:51 AM

    That’s a great story! It’s really cool the kids checked your site and commented on the pictures. Plot is cool, but developing recipes yields tangible results daily! I like the vanilla Oreo cupcake, never tried that!

  37. postedMay 22, 2012 4:30 AM

    That’s not too shabby to come in second to a figher pilot. I mean….it was a fighter pilot, which probably makes everyone think of Jedis. Or is that just me? Anyway, happy birthday to your son! I want to eat the cookies and cream recipe out of the bowl.

  38. postedMay 22, 2012 6:43 AM

    I have to laugh at your post! You think your son will be leaving your house in 7 years? ha ha My teen is 20 and she chose a local college, so she’s staying at home. She wants to move out but seems to spend all her money on clothes, food and Starbucks! I don’t think she’ll ever leave!

    Your cookies and cream frosting looks wonderful!! Happy Birthday to your son!!

  39. postedMay 22, 2012 8:26 AM

    I think both your frostings look delish! Your son has done a
    remarkable job on his website. I had already wished him a
    Happy Birthday on his website.

    • postedMay 22, 2012 10:32 AM

      Thank you!

  40. postedMay 22, 2012 8:26 AM

    Talk to me about delicious. Crazy good. Happy birthday to your baby!

  41. postedMay 22, 2012 9:10 AM

    What a great story – I truly believe cooking and kids just go together. I haven’t found one who doesn’t like to help out in the kitchen. And those cupcakes look heavenly!!

  42. postedMay 22, 2012 10:12 AM

    I love this story! This is something that your son will always remember and I’m sure he is very proud of his Mom! This frosting is going to be made at my house very soon! Thanks for sharing.

  43. postedMay 22, 2012 10:52 AM

    So sweet! I love how you inspired some of the kids to start blogging. I’ll bet the fighter pilot didn’t bring cupcakes. And I’m seriously craving sugar now thanks to those pictures– yum!

  44. postedMay 22, 2012 11:30 AM

    You’re such an awesome mom, Lori! Happy birthday to recipeboy!

  45. postedMay 22, 2012 3:00 PM

    These are absolutely fabulous! It’s a perfect party idea, as I have lots of friends who love Oreo.

  46. postedMay 22, 2012 3:17 PM

    How fun!! So cool that you got to go talk to his class, and they were all impressed. How could they NOT be!! The frosting sounds wonderful – perfect for a birthday!

  47. postedMay 22, 2012 7:25 PM

    That’s so sweet! You beat a Disney ride designer, and the elephant-dodging dad, I think that says a lot about the powder of food…especially desserts. 🙂

    These cupcakes are adorable! I love cupcakes that find a way to incorporate cookies. And the bespeckeled frosting is making crave cookies and cream ice cream…which is always a good thing.

  48. postedMay 22, 2012 8:33 PM

    How sweet! Happy Birthday to your little guy!! I have a serious weakness for all things cookies and cream! Lucky kids!

  49. postedMay 23, 2012 6:01 AM

    Happy Birthday Brooks! Lori, you’re an awesome mom! Those 5th graders were very lucky to get these cupcakes, they look awesome!

  50. postedMay 23, 2012 7:23 AM

    I think I’ll never stop eating them…

  51. postedMay 23, 2012 7:14 PM

    I made a very similar Oreo buttercream a few months back for a toddler’s birthday cake… FYI, the “mottled” appearance makes for PERFECT sock monkey fur icing!! And it’s delicious, to boot!

  52. postedMay 24, 2012 1:40 PM

    Could this be any more perfect?? It’s absolutely gorgeous!!

  53. postedMay 24, 2012 8:49 PM

    11?? How exciting and how fast! I have been following your blog for so long that I can’t believe he is 11!

    P.S. What a great way to celebrate a bday! Cookies and Cream frosting?? Sign me up!

  54. postedMay 25, 2012 3:18 AM
    Baker Street

    Aww.. What a sweet post, Lori! Wish recipeboy a very happy birthday! 🙂 I wish someone made cookies and cream frosting for my 11th birthday. He’s a lucky boy! 🙂

  55. postedMay 25, 2012 5:38 AM

    Aww..Happy Birthday to your 11 year old Brooks! You do have the coolest job! The age progression party photos made me a bit teary grandson turned 11 this year too. The cupcakes look like a hit. :o)

  56. postedMay 26, 2012 8:01 AM

    Cookies and cream is one of my favorite flavors!

  57. postedJun 1, 2012 12:26 PM

    Just made this frosting. It’s delicious, but I must have over-crumbled my oreos. My frosting is almost gray! I used 12 cookies and just mixed the crumbles in. Hmmm, wonder where I went wrong? Awww well…the cupcakes are de-lish regardless!! 🙂

  58. postedSep 3, 2012 1:03 PM

    What is whipping cream?? Like cool whip

    • postedSep 3, 2012 5:05 PM

      It’s “cream.” You’ll find it near the buttermilk- labeled as whipping cream (in a carton). It’s definitely not Cool Whip!

  59. postedJan 11, 2013 4:26 AM

    Great frosting! Everyone loved it. Have to make frosting from scratch due to food allergies and this perfect. Trying to come up with an excuse to make a cake to use this again.

  60. postedMay 4, 2013 10:19 AM

    Just made it myself right now! Absolutely perfect frosting- love the taste! My frosting came out darker than expected, it became more of a greyish colour, but nevertheless it was delicious 🙂 Thanks so much for the recipe!

    Bit late, but hope your son had a great birthday 😉

  61. postedMay 4, 2013 8:07 PM

    The frosting recipe is great! Everyone loves it, thanks for sharing!

  62. postedMay 15, 2013 2:16 PM
    Ann Dunham

    Do you use texas size cupcake papers?

    • postedMay 16, 2013 7:23 AM

      No, just regular cupcake papers.

  63. postedOct 4, 2013 5:24 PM

    I’m making this as a cake for my daughter’s birthday tomorrow. I already have the 2 9 inch layers, but do you think this recipe will be enough for the cake, including inside?

    • postedOct 5, 2013 9:21 AM

      I would think 1 1/2 times the recipe would be good for frosting the cake, depending on whether or not you are piping some decoration on.

  64. postedJan 13, 2014 7:23 PM
    easter quiatchon

    good day! the frosting is superb and delicious! my family loves it. thank you recipe girl for the recipe 🙂

  65. postedSep 25, 2014 5:20 AM

    I made this last night and it was DELICIOUS. The entire family
    Went crazy for them!!

  66. postedDec 21, 2014 7:04 AM

    Hi Lori.I was wondering if you think I could use mini candy cane oreos? Just to switch it up for Christmas. Thank you.

  67. postedFeb 8, 2015 8:39 AM

    Delightful! I followed your recipe and frosted one of our family favorite chocolate cakes. Everyone loved it. ..thank you!

  68. postedFeb 24, 2015 6:42 PM

    This was AMAZING! I got so many compliments. This has become a regular request with my family. Thank you for sharing.

  69. postedNov 12, 2015 9:06 PM

    Thank You! My son is turning 13 and still wants fun but not childish decorations on his cake. He is going Go Kart Racing for his birthday. I made cupcakes used this frosting (his favorite ice cream is cookies and cream so this was perfect), put two crossed checkered flags on the cupcakes and then used the Oreo as a tire. Fun but not too childish. The frosting is delicious and the kids love it.

  70. postedFeb 7, 2016 8:49 PM
    Sophia Dinay

    Hi Lori, I am planning to make this frosting for a birthday. For the cookies and cream frosting, can I refrigerate it and use it the next day? Or will it go bad?

    • postedFeb 12, 2016 7:57 AM

      Frosting is tough to get to the right consistency again when it has (hardened) by being refrigerated. I’d probably advise against that.

  71. postedJun 10, 2016 1:22 PM

    How many cupcakes with this recipe cover if I pipe the frosting on?

    • postedJun 14, 2016 7:34 PM

      I’d say probably 12.

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