Halloween Oreo Cupcakes

by Erin

Don’t be frightened, but there’s a surprise lurking inside. These chocolate cupcakes have a Halloween Oreo in the bottom with matching orange cream cheese frosting!

Halloween Oreo Cupcakes #trickortreat #recipe

Are we really halfway through October? Guess that means it’s time to start embracing the Halloween aspect of fall before Christmas takes over every store in sight… bring on the holiday-themed Oreos!

Cupcakes do not appear on this blog o’ mine enough, (There’s only been two so far? Really!?) so let’s throw these fancy Oreos into the mix shall we? The Oreo sits at the bottom of a rich chocolate cupcake, topped off with orange-colored cream cheese frosting and some extra Oreo. I even put them in fun Halloween cupcake liners for your viewing pleasure.

Halloween Oreo Cupcakes #fallrecipes #oreo

I actually had a picture of the inside of the cupcake so you could see how pretty the Oreo looks in there, but I apparently wanted to eat the rest of it before making sure I got a photo that was in focus. So use that brain of yours and fire up the imagination! Or just make them and see for yourself O:-).

In a time crunch and want to make this recipe easier? I won’t tell anyone if you use a boxed cake mix and dye a jar of cream cheese frosting. It still gets a personal touch by adding the Oreos and dying the frosting!

Halloween Oreo Cupcakes #thespiffycookie #Halloween


Makes 24 cupcakes



36 Halloween Oreos (less than one package)

2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

1-1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

12 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

4 eggs

1-1/2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature


8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature

1 stick butter, at room temperature

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

3-4 cups powdered sugar

Orange gel food coloring (or yellow and red)


  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Insert liners into a medium cupcake pan.
  2. Twist apart 24 Oreos. Place the wafer with filling on it, filling side up, in the bottom of each paper liner (save non-filling sides for another recipe, or crush and use as additional garnish). Cut 12 more Oreos in half for garnish.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth.  Gradually add the brown sugar and continue beating until fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Beat in the vanilla.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.   Mix just until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated, being careful not to overmix.
  5. Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes.  Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature.
  6. Meanwhile make the frosting. In a medium bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add vanilla extract. Slowly add powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. Mix in food coloring until well blended.
  7. Once cupcakes have cooled completely, scoop the frosting into a pastry bag and pipe frosting decoratively on top of the cupcakes.  Garnish with Oreo cookie halves.

Source: Cupcakes from Annie’s Eats, frosting and Oreo idea from Beantown Baker.

Post updated 10/31/19, the picture above is the original.

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Steph@stephsbitebybite October 25, 2011 - 12:59 pm

With all the wedding frenzy I haven’t even thought about Halloween. So sad because I keep seeing things like these cupcakes and really want to make them!! Guess I’m living vicariously through you :)

spiffycookie October 25, 2011 - 1:00 pm

You’re in luck them because I have a couple more Halloween things I hope to make and post this week!

Carolyn October 15, 2011 - 4:46 pm

Hmm, just bought Halloween Joe-Joes (the trader joe’s version of oreos), maybe I should make these for the kids!

Vicki @ WITK October 15, 2011 - 4:03 pm

I can totally understand your photo dilemma, I’ve done that before :) And really, no one could blame you with thes beauties! I’ll just imagine an oreo inside and start drooling :)

Rose October 15, 2011 - 8:20 am

I love love love this recipe. They look fantastic!

Kita October 15, 2011 - 7:47 am

The fact that its halfway through October has me feeling insanely rushed. I am not sure why – and I am trying to readjust but wow! Its like craziness. I need to bite into a great cupcake and calm down.

spiffycookie October 15, 2011 - 9:52 am

Sounds like the perfect plan

SarahCupcake October 14, 2011 - 8:51 pm

So festive! I love all these Halloween themed ideas, they’re totally putting me in the mood to trick or treat with the kiddos. Great post :)

Julia at Cafe Lula October 14, 2011 - 3:29 pm

They’re so cute! Perfect halloween cupcakes :)

Krissie J October 14, 2011 - 10:58 am

Those look fantastic! I am totally saving this recipe. Do you ever make anything that DOESN’T look delicious? ;)

spiffycookie October 14, 2011 - 10:59 am

Haha yes sometimes I am human… I just hide it in the closet with the rest of my dirty little secrets ;-)

Tracey October 13, 2011 - 7:56 pm

I can’t believe we’re so far into October! I’ve hardly made anything Halloween-themed, I need to fix that soon. Love these cupcakes, and those liners are super cute.

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite October 13, 2011 - 3:40 pm

these are SO cute! I love holiday Oreos, and am I on glue or does there seem to be more cream in them than regular Oreos? Love the cupcakes liners too :)

spiffycookie October 13, 2011 - 6:05 pm

Hahah I love the phrase you used “am I on glue”, totally adopting that one. And yes the holiday ones do seem to be a little pumped up.

Steph@stephsbitebybite October 13, 2011 - 2:14 pm

I always neglect cupcakes too. But these sound so tasty and chocolatey!

Cassie @ Bake Your Day October 13, 2011 - 2:04 pm

Adorable, Erin. I love those bright colors!

Liz October 13, 2011 - 10:56 am

How fun and festive! Great idea for a Halloween garnish :)

Kelly October 13, 2011 - 10:25 am

These are so cute and festive, what a great dessert!

spiffycookie October 13, 2011 - 10:29 am

Thank you! I forgot to mention that I baked these for a friend of mine who is a 3rd grade teacher. She needed a treat to bring in to the kids and her kitchen was being repaired.

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray October 13, 2011 - 9:29 am

I think my feelings on both cupcakes and Oreos are fairly self-evident. This made me do a holiday-baked-good dance in my swivel chair. What a fun post!

spiffycookie October 13, 2011 - 9:31 am

Hahaha I feel like I should join you in the swivel-chair dancing!

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme October 13, 2011 - 9:28 am

Oreo my goodness! I want one now! These look so yummy and I just love your cupcake liners, cute!!!

natalie (the sweets life) October 13, 2011 - 9:05 am

ooh these are cute…i’m inspired to do some Halloween baking, I just need to find the time!


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