24 Oreo halves, with cream filling attached
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 and 2/3 cup sugar
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup milk
20 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped into quarters
For the frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 tbsp. heavy cream
Oreo cookie crumbs
24 Oreo cookie halves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with cupcake liners. Using a paring knife, split 24 Oreos in half, leaving the cream filling on one side of the cookie. Place that half of the cookie in the bottom of each cupcake liner, cream side up. Save the other side of the cookie for garnish, and save broken cookies to crush for cookie crumb garnish.
In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) and whisk to combine. In a small bowl, combine milk and vanilla. Set both of these bowls aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter and sugar and cream until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the room temperature egg whites one at a time, beating well after each addition. Turn mixer to low speed, and add 1/3 of the flour mixture, and beat just until combined. Add 1/2 of milk/vanilla mixture, beat until combined. Add 1/3 more of flour mixture, then remainder of milk, followed by remainder of flour mixture. (You want to alternate dry/wet mixtures, starting and ending with dry).
Using a spatula, gently fold in chopped Oreos, taking care not to over mix. Using an ice cream scoop, fill each cupcake paper 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Let cool on wire rack and prepare frosting.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine cream cheese and butter on medium speed until smooth. Add vanilla, powdered sugar and whipping cream. Beating slowly at first, increase speed and beat for 4 minutes or until light and fluffy. Frost as desired, garnishing with crushed Oreos and leftover pieces from when you split the cookies in the beginning.