Saturday, October 29, 2011

Chocolate Mint Oreo Cupcakes (and Clara not napping)

We had our ward's trunk-or-treat on Friday night and I had signed up to make 2 dozen cupcakes for the event.  I also made the mistake of buying mint oreos while at the grocery store the day before, momentarily forgetting that Paul doesn't eat them and I have no self-control.  So I decided to use them up by making these cupcakes, which I came up with on my own.  I had a couple of people ask me for the recipe, so I figured I would post it here.

I used a very sharp knife to cut my mint oreos in half.  I put the half of each oreo in the bottom of a cupcake liner (I ate the ones that didn't cut cleanly and broke apart - good plan, huh?).  Then I made a devil's food cake from a cake mix and poured it into the cupcake liners on top of the mint oreo cookie and baked them like normal.  After cooling, I topped them with a mint frosting made with 4 oz. of cream cheese, 1/3 cup of softened butter, 3 1/2 to 4 cups of powdered sugar, 1 tsp of vanilla and maybe 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract (a little goes a long way and I didn't want these to be too minty).  I mixed those ingredients together first then added milk a little at a time until the frosting was a good consistency for frosting the cupcakes.  After frosting, I stuck the remaining mint oreo halves on top.  Tah-dah!  That's it!  And they tasted awesome, if I do say so myself.  Paul didn't even get a chance to taste them because I took them all to the ward trunk-or-treat (except for the one that I tasted to make sure they weren't disgusting) and they were gone before we ever even made it to the dessert table.

I tried to make the cupcakes right after I put Clara down for a nap.  She wasn't very interested in naptime though, as you can tell from this baby monitor image.  Note that the orange light on the left side of the monitor indicates her volume:  loud.

I went in and found her peeking through the bars of her crib at me like this. 

So instead, I pulled her out and we Skyped with Grandma so that Clara could show off how good she is at getting in crawling position.  I found her onesie at Old Navy - isn't it darling?


  1. Clara! You need to stop growing, you little cutie-patootie! And those sound like sinful cupcakes that are right up my alley.

  2. I miss Clara so much! I can't wait for Thanksgiving!!

  3. Um, more than a little jealous I won't be there. We need to keep up some photos and texts at Thanksgiving. Just send 'em to Ry.


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