Cookies and Cream Frosting

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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.

Cookies and Cream Frosting on a cupcake

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.

Cookies and Cream Frosting on a cupcake
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!

Here are a few more frosting recipes you might like to try:

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Cookies and Cream Frosting

This easy frosting recipe is such a delicious one!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 314kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies and cream frosting


  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 12 OREO cookies (or other chocolate or vanilla cookie with cream filling), crumbled finely
  • 12 to 15 additional OREOS, for garnish (optional)


  • In a large bowl, with a hand or stand mixer, combine the sugar and butter on low speed. Mix until well blended. Increase the speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
  • Add the 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.
  • 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 (if using).


  • NOTE: nutritional information is for the FROSTING on one cupcake (not the actual cupcake), and the calories do not include an optional OREO on top of the cupcake.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 491IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Christine wrote:

    Do I absolutely need whipping cream ?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yes, that’s what I recommend.

  • Kim wrote:

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

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’d say probably 12.

  • Sophia Dinay wrote:

    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?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

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

  • Denny wrote:

    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.

  • Susan wrote:

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

  • MsTakiyyah wrote:

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

  • Dawn wrote:

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

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  • Renee wrote:

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

  • easter quiatchon wrote:

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

  • Meridith wrote:

    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?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      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.

  • Ann Dunham wrote:

    Do you use texas size cupcake papers?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      No, just regular cupcake papers.

  • Sindy wrote:

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