Triple Threat Cupcakes

The Story:

What do you get when you combine Oreos, cookie dough and brownies? A very happy kid… or adult.  After seeing the brownie/cookie/Oreo bars all over Pinterest I thought there needs to be a cupcake with the same combo.  Is it a little crazy and over the top?  Yes–but your taste buds will thank me for the recipe.[end-story]

Triple Threat Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Triple Threat Cupcakes


24 Oreos split in half (cream sides only)
1 box white cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 cup milk (whole, buttermilk, or whatever you have)
3/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Cookie Dough Filling:
3/4 cup butter, softened
5 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
7 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Brownie Frosting:
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
3-4 cups powdered sugar
5-7 brownies, crumbled


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Place your Oreo halves cream side up on the bottom of each liner. (Feel free to eat the non-cream side as you bake.)
3. Sift cake mix into a small bowl and set aside.
4. In a large bowl, use a whisk to combine eggs, oil, milk, sour cream and vanilla extract.
5. Add cake mix and stir until smooth.
6. Fill cupcake liners (over oreo halves) 3/4 full and bake for 17-22 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
7. Cookie Dough Filling: Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer, except chocolate chips, and beat until smooth. Then fold in chocolate chips. Add more flour if needed to thicken.
8. Use a knife to cut out small holes of each cupcake and fill with cookie dough filling. You can do this while the cupcakes are still warm.
9. Frosting: Beat butter for 2 minutes. Add cocoa, vanilla extract and milk. Scrape down the bowl as needed. Slowly add powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Add a little more milk if the frosting becomes too thick. Fold in brownie crumbles.
10. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes over the cookie filling and top with sprinkles, mini chocolate chips or Oreos.
11. Taste bud party!

64 thoughts on “Triple Threat Cupcakes

  1. 1

    Triple threat indeed these are amazing.

  2. 2
    LuAnn says:

    Thanks for this recipe. I made your Andies Candies one for work at Christmas and won 1st place. My husbands office has a faculty/staff picnic Friday night. 46 people – will just double it. Looks delish !!!

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    Fatima says:

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just when I am thinking…that’s it what else can Lizzy come out with??!! this is CRAZY and now I am dying to bake this recipe but is SOOOOOOOOOOO hot here in California, I am not sure if I could wait until the wheater gets cooler. THANKS LIZZY FOR SHARING YOUR PASSION :0

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    Katherine says:

    Oh my gosh, this is ridiculous….ly amazing!!! Holy crap I need to make these immediately!

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    Tammy says:

    Oh Yummy! Definently need to make these SOON! Do these need to be refrigerated?
    THANK YOU!!!!!! YUM! YUM! YUM!

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    Brittany says:

    Ever thote abt a snickers or twix cup cake?

  8. 8

    Slutty cupcakes!! Heck yes, nice work!

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    Heather says:

    These were awesome! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! Everyone that I shared them with, loved them!!!! 🙂

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    Karen says:

    I wondered about the cookie dough filling recipe for these. This recipe is different from a previous Cookie Dough Cupcake recipe you posted (10/2011). Mainly, the amount of flour is almost doubled here. Do you recommend one recipe over the other? Thanks!

    • 10.1

      They just have different textures. One if more soft and gooey and the other is more similar to a cookie dough. Just add flour a little at a time until you are happy with the texture 🙂

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    Melanie says:

    Finally!!! 🙂 My son and I are going to love making and eating these!

    P.S. We love your site. We have been baking your cupcake recipes for a few months now, and have baked 6 recipes with a few repeats. We love all of them, especially the banana cupcakes. Keep it up!

  12. 12
    Lori says:

    Holy cow! I just saw these in a “Cupcakes Take the Cake” email and cannot wait to make them, thank you!!

  13. 13
    Country Cook says:

    I can’t believe the multitude of flavors jumping out of this tasty cupcake. Hello! Yummy! We did some with the filling and some without; both are delicious! Thank you for sharing!

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    Country Cook says:

    PS How in the world do you cut them so that the photo is perfect? My chocolate frosting keeps touching all over my white cake. I tell the frosting to keep its sticky fingers to itself, but frosting NEVER listens. LOL

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    Alison says:

    Hi Lizzy, do you make your own brownies or do you use store bought ones? These look unbelievable! I have already made your fave choc cupcakes this week and going to do your choc/raspberry ones tomorrow… But i just might have to whip the mixing bowls out this afternoon and make these little beauties. It is a joy to make your creations! 🙂

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    KarenLiz says:

    A friend made these for her daughter’s Bday last Friday. THE BEST CUPCAKES I HAVE EVER HAD! I am making them this weekend for my mom’s birthday. Can’t wait to have them again!

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    Lisa weir says:

    This may sound like a dumb question but how or what size of tip do you use to swirl the frosting on the cupcake or how you do it. They look soooooo good and cannot wait to try this recipe thanks. 🙂

    • 17.1

      Head over to Youtube and type in “Your Cup of Cake” to see my piping tutorial. To get any classic swirl use any closed star piping tip like a Wilton 2D or something a little more open.

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    Jackie says:

    How do you think this would work with yellow cake mix instead of white? I’m not a huge fan of white cake mix and have a ton of yellow cake mixes in my pantry right now. I was wondering if anyone has tried it with yellow cake mix.

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    Ilene says:

    Hi, Love this!!! Reading over the ingredients list and wanted to know if you used salted or unsalted butter? I’m assuming salted as you do not add salt to the batters but I just wanted to double check. Thanks!

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    Stacy says:

    I made a dozen of these, I ate 2 and my boyfriend 10! They are super yummy. I used the leftover cookiedough and it made the most amazing cookies. I just added 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp baking soda. This is now my go to cookie recipe!

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    Darcy says:

    these look amazing & i can not wait to try them! only question i have is ……. once upon a time i tried to make an oreo cupcake w/ the 1/2 oreo in the bottom of the cupcake just like here .. it turned out bad .. worse than bad .. it got all burnt & nasty & i followed the directions exactly .. is there some sort of trick to get that to turn out right? b/c these look amazing & i do not want to mess them up!!!

  22. 22
    Jody says:

    I shared to my group, copying your Foods for Foodies, I hope that is okay. If not please let me know. I included my email and url. thanks so much!

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    Samantha says:

    Hi!! These sound amazing!! Would using a yellow cake mix and putting chopped up oreos work in the batter? Or would it be too much? 🙂

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    Samantha says:

    Hi! With using a yellow cake mix in place of the white, and chopping oreos to put in the batter, do I need to change any of the other ingredients? Still call for the same amount of extract? Thanks!!! I’m making these tomorrow to give to my students’ parents who volunteered in my class.

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    Melissa says:

    I just made these to test them out ahead of time for my brother & fiance’s wedding shower…and wow they are just as amazing as they look!!! I love how the cake turned out too, the texture is great.

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    Carolyn B says:

    These sound wonderful…I often make cookie dough cupcakes, but freeze the cookie dough in balls and pop them in the unbaked cupcake. The cupcake cooks, the cookie dough remains cookie dough…eliminates the need to cut out the middle of your cupcakes…just a thought!

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    Adrianna says:

    My kinda boyfriends birthday is coming up and im considering baking these for him buuuut it seems like a bit too mich work and im in sports… Are there any corners i can cut without ruining it?

    • 27.1

      You can buy cookie dough from the store and use that to stuff them 🙂 You can also just do normal chocolate frosting and add extra cocoa to make it really chocolatey! Love the “kinda” boyfriend thing, I know how that goes…. 🙂

  28. 28

    You are genius, you make really awesome and very creative combination of flavors in your cupcakes.

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    Kristen says:

    I made these wonderful cupcakes tonight. WOW. They were a HUGE hit!!! Thank you for a great recipe!

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    Kristen says:

    These were a HUGE hit. Awesome recipe.

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    Caton says:

    Do I add additional eggs to the recipe other than what it says on the box??? Please help me figure this out!!!! Thanks!!!!

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    Sara says:

    I originally found this recipe on pinterest and it looked amazing! It took me to another site and I could tell from the watermark that it wasn’t theirs. I change the source address for the pin so it would take others here. This cupcake as well as the others on your site look amazing and I can’t wait to try them all for myself. Thanks for the great recipe. – A new follower

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    Martina says:

    Hi! I don’t understand one thing in directions. Do you bake Cookie Dough Filling? After 8. step (Use a knife to cut out small holes of each cupcake and fill with cookie dough filling. You can do this while the cupcakes are still warm.) Do I have to put it in oven or what?

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    cynthia says:

    How do you get the brownies crumbles small enough to go through the wilton tip? And how come you don’t see any chunks in you frosting?

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    Madeleine says:

    Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads upp andd let you know a few of the
    images aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think
    iits a linking issue. I’ve tried it iin two different internet browsers and both show the same results.

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    Raquel says:

    I enjoy what you guys tend to be up too. This sort of clever work and coverage!
    Keep up the awesome works guys I’ve included you guys to my personal blogroll.

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    Brittany says:

    Sounds super lazy of me, I know…. but, can I use cookie dough from the store? Or do I need to make my own?

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    Elizabeth Davis says:

    Can you freeze the left over cookie dough filling to use later?

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    Julie says:

    So I have a quick question, could you just use the whole Oreo instead of taking one top off? Is there a purpose to the 1/2? Thank you!

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