These cupcakes are super yummy. They taste a little like Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. I had a similar recipe I used last week in a vanilla cupcake, but I was trying to be a bit more creative this time around. Everyone that tasted the vanilla ones did say they liked them though!
Oh...the frosting is also green on these cupcakes, but the flash on my camera made it look white :(
1 Chocolate Cake Mix
1 Bag Oreos with mint filling
2 Tbsp flour
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1 cube butter, softened
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/4 tsp mint flavoring ( you can add as much as you like to suit your taste)
3-4 cups sifted powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350. Place paper liners into your muffin tins. Twist 24 Mint Oreos apart. Place the Oreo half with the filling, filling side up into the bottom of the muffin tins. Cut the other unfilled Oreo halves in half with a sharp knife. Save half of the cut up halves for crushing for the garnish and the other half to stick in the top of finished cupcakes. Follow the instructions on the cake mix and prepare the batter. Cut or break the whole Oreos that are left in the package into quarters or eighths. ( I cut mine into eighths...you don't have to be precise, they are only going in the batter and won't really show). Mix the cut up sections of cookies in a small bowl with 2 Tbsp flour. (this keeps them from sinking in the cupcake) Stir the floured Oreos into the batter. Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for about 16-20 min. When toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, they are done. Remove from oven and let cool until they are completely cool.
For the frosting: Mix together the cream cheese and butter until blended well. Mix in vanilla and peppermint flavorings. Add sifted powdered sugar one cup at a time and blend well after each cup. You can use 3-4 cups depending on the frosting texture that you want. I tend to use closer to 4 cups because I like the piping consistency of thicker frostings.
Grind up half of the Oreos that you halved earlier. Dust the top of frosted cupcakes with the Oreo powdered crumbs. Place the other half of the saved Oreo halves into the cupcake for decoration.