This Oreo Buttercream Frosting recipe is easy to make and only takes 5 minutes! With step-by-step instructions, you’ll whip up a light and luscious batch of vanilla frosting speckled with crushed Oreos. It pipes like a dream, so it’s the perfect fluffy frosting for Oreo cupcakes and much more.
At the heart of this fluffy Oreo cookie frosting is classic vanilla frosting, which is exactly as it sounds: an icing made with a combination of fat (butter), confectioners sugar, and flavorings creamed together to create a stabilized spreadable dessert topping.
Even as a trained pastry chef, I wholeheartedly appreciate quick and easy recipes, so for this Oreo frosting, crushed Oreos are gently folded into homemade buttercream frosting, and that’s all there is to it!
I initially showcased this Oreo buttercream swirled on top of my Oreo cupcakes, but it’s so downright delicious that I decided it deserved a post of its own. It’s excellent on a variety of cupcake and cake flavors, cookies, and no-bake pies, it’s just like a cookies and cream frosting!
Not to mention, a dollop of this crushed cookie frosting takes this red velvet Oreo cheesecake to the next level. You could also slather this frosting all over a 6 inch chocolate cake for a party! That said, this Oreo buttercream frosting is truly something special!
WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE THIS RECIPE
- We’re talking vanilla buttercream with crushed Oreos -what’s not to love?! This Oreo icing is guaranteed to be your new favorite.
- It’s made with basic refrigerator and pantry ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
- It’s easy to customize with other types of sandwich cookies.
- It can be used to decorate cupcakes, cakes, and cookies -and it’s especially favored at birthday celebrations and bake sales.
- Butter – For successful buttercream, it is essential to soften the butter so it creams well with powdered sugar. Learn how to soften butter quickly if you forgot to leave it out.
- Confections sugar – AKA powdered sugar or icing sugar helps thicken the frosting and stabilize the texture. It’s also responsible for giving the frosting its sweet flavor. I don’t suggest using granular sugar here as it results in a gritty frosting.
- Vanilla – Adds a hint of warming vanilla flavor and enhances the distinguishable flavor of the Oreo cream filling.
- Cream – A splash of heavy cream, half & half, or milk helps thin out the texture in the frosting while keeping it nice and creamy.
- Oreo cookies – Crushed Oreo is this frosting flavor’s superstar ingredient, transforming vanilla buttercream into cookies and cream buttercream.
HOW TO MAKE OREO BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
Cream butter and sugar: Add butter and powdered sugar to the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed, gradually increasing the speed to medium as the mixture combines. Mix on medium speed for 1 minute.
Combine with remaining ingredients: Turn the speed back down to low, add the vanilla and cream, and mix on low-medium speed for 1 minute.
Add Oreos: Chop or crush the Oreo cookies into small pieces.Crush the cookies finely so they easily pipe through a piping tip. You can use a rolling pin to crush them or lightly pulverize them in a food processor. Be careful not to turn them into a paste! Then, mix them into the buttercream by hand until combined -and just like that, you’re ready to decorate your cake or cupcakes!
For these cupcakes use piping bags fitted with a large start tip or large round tip. You can also use an offset spatula or just a knife to spread the frosting on top. Don’t forget to garnish with a cookie!
TIPS FOR RECIPE SUCCESS
- Larger pieces of Oreo will clog the piping tip, so if you’re planning to pipe the frosting, make sure the cookies are crushed into itty bitty pieces (I recommend using a food processor for this), and pipe the frosting with a large open round or star tip.
- If the frosting is too thick, add 1 tsp cream at a time. If its too thin, add 1/2 cup powdered sugar and mix well.
STORAGE AND FREEZING
Storing: Transfer the Oreo frosting to an airtight container, and set a layer of plastic wrap on top of the icing before placing the lid on the container. If kept at room temperature, it will last for about three days. It can also be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks. Let it come to room temperature before spreading.
Freezing: To freeze this buttercream, transfer it to a freezer-safe airtight container or freezer-safe bag, and freeze for up to 3 months. Before using, thaw the frosting in the fridge overnight, then add it back to the bowl of your stand mixer and mix until its fluffiness is restored.
How much homemade frosting does this recipe make?
This recipe makes enough frosting to pipe 12 cupcakes, fill and frost a 2-layer 8-inch round cake, or top a 9×13 inch sheet cake.
Will Oreos get soggy in frosting?
Eventually, the moisture from the frosting will cause the crushed Oreos to lose its crispy bite, so try to use the frosting as soon as possible. If you do not plan to use it within 2-3 days, it is best kept in the freezer.
Can I make buttercream with cold butter?
No! The butter must be at room temperature to cream correctly with the sugar. If it is too cold, they won’t emulsify, and you’ll end up with a clumpy mess instead of a creamy frosting.
How do I make this sandwich cookie frosting less sweet?
If your frosting is too sweet for your taste, add a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness. Start with ¼ teaspoon and add more to taste. You can also add a bit of lemon juice or zest to cut some of the sweetness with a tart, acidic flavor.
WAYS TO ENJOY
Aside from the recipes shared above, this frosting pairs perfectly with:
5 Minute Fluffy Oreo Buttercream Frosting
- 1 cup butter softened 227g
- 3 cups confectioners sugar 360g
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons half and half cream or milk
- 8 Oreo cookies chopped small
- Add the 1 cup butter and 3 cups powdered sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
- Mix on low speed working up to medium as the mixture combines. Mix on medium for 1 minute.
- Change the speed to low and add in the 1 tsp vanilla extract and 2 tsp cream. Mix on low-medium speed for 1 minute.
- Chop the oreos into small pieces.
- Add the Oreos into the buttercream and mix by hand until combined.
- Frost this frosting over oreo cupcakes.