These Cookies and Cream Cupcakes are full of surprises! From the cookie in the bottom to the cream filling, they are over the top delicious!
I realize that I’m a fairly young person who doesn’t have a lot of life experience yet, but I can say with a fair amount of certainty that I have been through more than my share of stressful situations.
But I can assure you that nothing prepares a person for the stress of the morning drop-off/pick-up line at the elementary school.
Mostly because I don’t do well under pressure.
Neither, apparently…does my son.
Because somehow, this sweet boy who manages to be “finished with dinner” before I’ve even sat down at the table, promises that he washed his “ENTIRE body” after a two minute shower, and has his room “clean” in ten seconds needs NINETY EIGHT YEARS to open the door and get out of the car.
And everyone knows that a second of real time equals almost an hour in line drop off time. So, I’d say that ninety eight years is actually being quite generous.
1. I remind my son to unbuckle and put his backpack on right as we coast slowly towards the end of the car line. I say it all nice and friendly, but deep down, I’m already fighting the nervous tremors.
2. I press the unlock button to make sure the door will be ready when it’s his turn to get out. Actually, I press it about nineteen times, just in case it didn’t work the first eighteen. Also, I just need something to do with my nervous, anxious hands.
3. While we are waiting in line, I have my son give me an ADVANCE kiss and hug goodbye. This is important because kiss and hugs take precious time that I won’t have to waste once the drop off is actually in progress.
4. As I pull to a designated kid-letting-out spot, I tell my son goodbye and that it’s time to get out.
And this is where things get tricky. My son now begins looking around the car. Does he already have his backpack on? Did he remember his lunch? Is there another mini muffin left in the bag on the dashboard? Is his iPod charged so he can play Minecraft when he gets out of school? Did he remember to have me sign some random form that he forgot about until THIS VERY MOMENT?
You know…all the important things he didn’t do while he sat on the couch watching cartoons all morning.
And that’s when people start judging me.
I know they are. I can feel their judgment glares boring holes in the back of my seat while my son slooooowly makes his way out of the car.
I’m holding up the line. I smile at my kid and ask him to please hurry I love you but people are judging us have a good day i love you hurry up hurry up hurry up what are you looking for why are you tying your shoe NOWWWW hurry up people are waiting oh my gosh I’m having a heart attack.
I’m begun researching other drop-off methods.
Could I buy a small plane and drop him with a parachute right in front of the school door?
A circus cannon? I mean, as long as there was like…a pile of feathers or something for him to land in once I shot him out it would probably be okay. Right?
Maybe dig a tunnel that leads from my yard to the inside of the school? I’d have to hire someone to dig the hole since I’m allergic to being outside and sweat, but surely it can’t be that expensive.
This is too stressful for me to even think about anymore.
Let’s talk about cupcakes, want to?
Yummy Cookies and Cream Cupcakes with fluffy marshmallow cream filling.
- 1 box Duncan Hines White Cake Mix
- 1 stick of butter, melted
- 1 cup water
- 3 eggs
- 24 whole Oreos
- 1 stick salted butter, slightly softened
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 7 oz jar marshmallow creme
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 4 sticks salted butter
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 8 cups powdered sugar
- 15 Oreos, crushed VERY FINELY
- Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin tins with liners. Place an Oreo in the bottom of each liner.
- In the bowl of a mixer, combine cake mix, eggs, melted butter, and water. Mix on low speed for one minute. Increase speed to high and beat for a minute more. Fill liners 2/3 full and bake for about 20 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched.
- While cupcakes cool, make your filling.
- Prepare filling: In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter, vanilla and whipping cream on medium low speed. Add marshmallow cream and beat on medium until smooth. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until just barely mixed. Increase speed to high and beat for one minute, until fluffy. Frost cake and serve.
- Once cupcakes are cooled completely, fill the cupcakes. You can do this by cutting a small hole in the top of the cupcake and spooning the filling in, or putting the filling in a pastry bag with a bismarck tip and piping it in through the top of the cupcake.
- In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter, cream, and vanilla on medium-low until smooth and well-combined. Slowly add powdered sugar. Once powdered sugar is barely mixed in, increase speed to medium-high and beat for 2 minutes. Fold in crushed Oreos.
- Generously frost or pipe frosting on cupcakes and top with a mini Oreo if desired.
Store uneaten cupcakes in the refrigerator.
These are always a sure hit when I bring them anywhere — one of my most popular cupcake recipes. Enjoy!