Oreo Cupcakes

I realized recently that when it comes to my best friend, I’ve been incredibly spoiled. As I’ve mentioned before, my lifelong best friend LT grew up across the street from me. And when most girls had to tearfully say goodbye to their best friends right before they ventured off to separate colleges, we didn’t have to suffer that separation. Don’t get me wrong, college was a major adjustment for us. Instead of having to merely walk across the street to see each other, we had to walk 2 miles across campus to hang out. But, as all true friendships should, our friendship withstood our first  bout with “long distance.” And after graduation, we both moved back home and found ourselves living across the street once again. But after 22 years of living within walking distance of each other, my dear LT is now a good 3 hour drive away. And although I am so incredibly proud and excited that she is pursuing her dreams at medical school, I’m gonna miss her a lot. A lot being an understatement. So last weekend, instead of locking her in her room and refusing to let her move. (Yes, I may have considered that option) I baked some cupcakes for her going away party. And any cupcake for LT has to involve chocolate, so these Oreo Cupcakes were LT’s delicious sendoff. But she has no need to worry, she will still be one of my recipe taste testers…with a little help from UPS.

 

Ingredients: Makes 24 mini cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 + 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  1. In a large bowl sift together dry ingredients (sugar through salt)
  2. In a small bowl, whisk egg, milk, canola oil & vanilla together
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and beat with an electric mixer until mixed well
  4. Stir in boiling water (batter will be very runny)
  5. Pour batter into 24 mini cupcake liners (or 12 regular sized liners) and bake at 350 for 16 minutes

For the frosting:

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup crushed Oreos (I used the mini oreos)
  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy and slowly add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time
  2. Slowly beat in crushed Oreos until mixture is well incorporated

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