Golden Oreo Vanilla Cupcakes

Sometimes you just have to do something that is you…

because no one else is like you.
And that is a good thing.

Golden Oreo Vanilla Cupcakes - vanilla cupcakes to to the next level with golden Oreos

Want to know something?
I get grief for all the craziness that comes out of my kitchen.
People say things like “Oh that is just Jocelyn” while rolling their eyes
or the best one…
“Don’t you ever just make plain stuff?”
I like to make fun desserts!
Why? Because that is me.
Sure I can make a plain vanilla cupcake…but why?
Honestly it isn’t in me to be plain.
Every part of me screams be different and
don’t conform to the norm.
It’s why I like to wear funky shoes and carry fun purses.
Different, crazy, wonky…that’s me only in a very quiet form.
With my baking I am always thinking outside the box…
or inside the cupcake :-)
So even a request for plain vanilla gets to be dressed up.
Golden Oreo Vanilla Cupcakes - vanilla cupcakes to to the next level with golden Oreos
Now let me preface this by saying,
the family that ordered all the cupcakes a few weeks ago
knows my dessert fetish.
They wanted a fun vanilla with no chocolate in sight.
If someone else wanted a very plain vanilla,
I would most definitely make them exactly what they wanted.
But lucky for me…I had cupcake permission to get jiggy.
So how does one go about making a plain vanilla…fun?
You head to the store and wander the cookie and candy aisles
until something jumps off the shelf and into your cart.
Sadly that really does happen to me :-)
As soon as I saw the golden Oreos I knew we had a winner.
A hidden cookie surprise for the bottom…
and vanilla cookies and cream frosting.
Plain with just a little bit of an edge.
The only thing that would have made this just a little bit better…
sprinkles. How on earth did I manage to forget the sprinkles?
If you try this, please remember to sprinkle more fun on top!!!
Or don’t if that is how your baking heart is leading you.

Golden Oreo Vanilla Cupcakes - vanilla cupcakes to to the next level with golden Oreos
I have finally learned after a few years of comments and looks
to just smile and be proud of my outside of the box creations.
Dr. Suess said it best…”There is no one alive that is you-er than you.”
Just have fun and be you!
Wear those zebra shoes with a hot pink scarf.
Bling out your neck with a few layered fun necklaces.
Bake up crazy and wild desserts.
Do it because you can!
Golden Oreo Vanilla Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 30 cupcakes

Golden Oreo Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes with a hidden golden Oreo surprise and golden Oreo butter cream on top


For the Cake
1 box white cake mix + ingredients on the back of the box
38 vanilla cookies, divided (Golden Oreos)
For the Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
2 Tablespoons whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup finely crushed vanilla cookie crumbs


  1. In a mixing bowl, make up the boxed cake mix using the directions on the back. Place 30 whole vanilla cookies into the bottom of cupcake liners. Fill liners 3/4 full and bake at 350* for 18 minutes. Let cool completely.
  2. In a mixing bowl cream the butter and shortening. Add the cream, vanilla, and salt and beat again. Slowly add the powdered sugar until all is incorporated. Add the finely chopped cookie crumbs and beat again. Frost the tops of the cupcakes. Break the remaining 8 cookies into quarters and place one on each cupcake. Makes 30 cupcakes.
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  1. says

    Girl, is it creepy or awkward for me to just say, right here in front of everyone who reads your blog (Hi MR. Brucrew) “I LOVE YOU.”

    There. Now that I put that out there, I LOVE these cupcakes. I love that you are not plain!

    My kids have gotten used to me creating outside the box as well. Although everyone once in awhile, one of my crew will ask for “plain” chocolate chip cookies. It’s so hard for me to not doctor them up. MUST RESIST. hehe!!!


  2. says

    I’m with you! Creative is the way to go. PS. That is the most beautiful cupcake ever. PPS. I once got a pedicure that looked exactly like your cupcake liners and it was awesome. 😉

  3. says

    let them roll their eyes!!
    i love you chickie!
    this is genius, and the only beef i have with you is that you continue to tempt me..
    seriously, i am in need of something that will enable me to eat crap, and not look like crap. why did my teenage years leave my metabolism so suddenly?
    curse 30.
    by the by.. have you tried twizzlers extra long nibs?
    you know, because we were momentarily on the subject of candy jumping off the shelves and into our carts for a sec…

  4. says

    These look absolutely delicious! I wonder if the recipe could be used to make a cake, like maybe in a 9×13 pan? My husband adores golden Oreos and he is much more into cakes than cupcakes (I don’t understand that at all, lol!)and his birthday is coming up.

  5. says

    @Suzanne…you could totally layer the cookies in the bottom of the 9×13 pan and pour all the cake batter on top. Adjust your time to around 24-28 min. depending on your oven.

  6. says

    Hahahaha, I hear the same things too! And usually, it’s from my own family members (sadly). You’d think they’d be so done with “normal” flavors that they’d be eager to try new, out of the box things, but noooo. They want normal vanilla and chocolate and things like that whereas I’m itching to do something fun and extraordinary! I LOVE that you feel the same way and stuffed a Golden Oreo (only one of the best cookies ever) into a cupcake. Genius!!

  7. says

    I Sooooo can’t wait to try these. Oreo cookies in any form are a go for me, so thanks for sharing and keep being you because you’re wonderful!!!

  8. says

    Jocelyn, I actually tried these Vanilla Oreo’s for the first time this weekend and fell in love with them. I can’t wait to try them in a cupcake. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday last week.

    I can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great day.


  9. Becky says

    I was inspired by your idea and I am going to make a pink version of this for the little girl’s birthday! I can’t wait to see how they turn out.

  10. says

    One suggestion to take the frosting over the edge is to whip the Oreo cream, centers of the Oreo, with the butter and shortening and it will taste just like Oreos, it will also make it easier when adding in the crushed cookies to the icing!


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