Oreo Frosting

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of frosting. One of the few things that make buttercream even better is to incorporate Oreos into the mix! The end result is an irresistible Oreo frosting that takes you right back to your childhood.

I found myself eating scoops of it with leftover Oreos while I was decorating these cupcakes. It took all my self control to resist it!

photo of chocolate Oreo cupcake

Back in the day, I was a big fan of the Oreo dunk. If I had a big class of cold milk and a few Oreos, and I was one happy camper.

I liked my Oreos to be softened by the milk, with a tiny bit of crunch left. I’d really let my Oreos hang out in my glass of milk, to get that perfect texture.

That milk soaked Oreo cookie is exactly what this frosting reminds me of.

American Buttercream Base

The base of this frosting is my classic American buttercream frosting recipe. There are so many reasons why I am obsessed with my buttercream recipe.

I love that is only uses a handful of ingredients, which most of us already have in our pantries! This frosting is also pretty much foolproof, and comes together in less than 10 minutes.

adding crushed oreos into buttercream to make oreo frosting

American buttercream is definitely on the sweet side though. I have a huge sweet tooth, so I love it!

If you don’t, you can try mixing crushed Oreos into a less sweet frosting. Swiss meringue and Italian meringue buttercream are great alternatives.

The only thing that could make my American buttercream better is…you guessed it…crushed Oreos!!

Tip: Use Crushed Oreos

It may seems like all you have to do is cut up some Oreos and throw them into the buttercream. However, it’s actually not that simple!

If you plan to pipe with this buttercream (which I did!!), you need to use a food processor to completely crush the Oreos.

piping oreo buttercream onto a chocolate cupcake with a wilton 1m

Bits of Oreo will get stuck in your piping tip if you don’t. Trust me, there is nothing more frustrating than being mid-swirl with a Wilton 1M, only to have the frosting tip get plugged and ruin your perfect design.

Large bits of Oreos also make smoothing the frosting on the sides of your cake almost impossible.

photo of food processor crushing oreos

It’s worth reaching up to your highest cabinet (or the back of your pantry), and pulling out your food processor.

I keep my Ninja food processor on my top shelf, and have to get out a step stool to reach it. It’s a pain, but I knew it was necessary for this.

I’ve had my Ninja for several years, and it still works great! You can also use a blender if you don’t have a food processor handy.

I really pulverized my Oreo cookies to get them to the right consistency. To do this, crush the Oreos by pulsing them a few times, then hold down that crush button!! Let the food processor work its magic until you have super fine bits of Oreo.

Workaround If You Don’t Have A Food Processor

If you don’t have a food processor, be sure to use a sharp knife to cut your Oreos into superfine pieces.

Really commit to getting a super fine texture! It’s definitely more challenging to get the right texture with a knife. It also takes a bit of time to get the Oreo bits into uniformly small pieces.

photo of oreo frosting

Above is a batch of Oreo buttercream I made with hand chopped Oreos.

It definitely wasn’t as smooth as I would’ve liked, but the frosting tasted great. I was using this as a cake filling, and it worked well for that! However, frosting with this consistency would’ve been really hard to pipe with.

I actually like the texture of the frosting with larger bits of cookie. If you eat this Oreo frosting shortly after making it, it actually still has a wonderful bit of crunch!

However, the cookies will soften overtime as the frosting sits. If still want a contrast in texture, you can sprinkle some chopped Oreos on top of the frosting between the cake layers. This is my go-to move, since I usually make my frosting in advance.

photo of chocolate oreo cake slice with oreo frosting

However, these chunks would definitely get stuck in a decorative piping tip like a Wilton 1M or 2D. They also make it so much harder to get perfectly smooth sides on a cake with a bench scraper.

Best Ways To Enjoy This Oreo Frosting

There are so many ways you can use this frosting! I like to use it to frost cupcakes, especially when it’s paired with my chocolate cupcake recipe.

As long as you really pulverize the Oreos that you add to this frosting, it pipes like a dream. This Oreo frosting would also makes a great cupcake filling!

image of sprinkling crushed oreos on top of a chocolate oreo cupcake

While I love a good cupcake, I use this recipe the most of cakes! I’ve made quite a few Oreo drip cakes over the years, and this is my go to frosting for them.

One important tip to note when using this frosting on a cake!! Give it a really good stir with a rubber spatula before you add it to a cake. As the frosting sits, it can develop tons of little air bubbles, which make it really hard to smooth.

image of a chocolate oreo drip cake, with a white drip

By working the frosting around the bowl and stirring it back and forth, you will push all those little air bubbles out. The end result will be super smooth, perfect Oreo frosting.

Let Me Know What You Think Of This Oreo Frosting!

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Yield: 6 cups

Oreo Frosting

Oreo Frosting

This Oreo frosting is totally addictive! It's made with only 6 ingredients, and is so easy to make. It'll be gone just as quickly as you can make it!!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


Oreo Buttercream

  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature (430 grams)
  • 7 cups powdered sugar (907 grams) - or a 2lb bag
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (3 grams)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (or whipping cream) (40 grams)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (8 grams)
  • 1 cups of crushed Oreos (150 grams)

Additional Decorations/Tools:

  • Stand mixer
  • Whisk and paddle attachments for stand mixer
  • Large piping bag
  • Wilton 1M Frosting tip


  1. Beat the butter on a medium speed for 30 seconds with a
    paddle attachment, until smooth.
  2. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Place a kitchen towel over the stand mixer, to help reduce the powdered sugar clouds.
  3. Alternate with small splashes of cream.
  1. Once fully mixed, add in the vanilla and salt, and beat on low.
  2. Add in 1 cup of crushed Oreos (saving the rest for the cake decoration), and mix on low until the ingredients are fully incorporated, and the desired consistency is reached.
  3. If the frosting is too thick, add in additional cream (1 tablespoon at a time). If the frosting is too thin, add in more powdered sugar (1/4 at a time).

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 369 Total Fat 20g Saturated Fat 12g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 7g Cholesterol 52mg Sodium 94mg Carbohydrates 48g Fiber 0g Sugar 46g Protein 1g

23 thoughts on “Oreo Frosting

  1. This entire recipe it utterly amazing and such an inspiration … I have two birthday cakes to make this month, and you know they are both going to be Oreo Buttercream Cakes! Gorgeous and I’m sure much too delicious for words (other than these accolades)!

  2. I made these the other day to enter into our local fair before I even saw this! I did a vanilla cupcake with crushed Oreos in the batter. I feel like they were a little dry but the frosting helped so much!

    1. So happy to hear you enjoyed this frosting recipe!! it really does taste good on everything πŸ™‚

      Sometimes the Oreos can suck moisture out when they bake, so you have to account for that in some recipes when you add them. Regardless, I’m sure the cupcakes tasted awesome! πŸ™‚

    1. it varies based on how you’re frosting them! I use a lot when I pipe swirls, but less when I’m doing a design like buttercream roses. I usually can frost 3-4 dozen with one batch though if I make swirls!

  3. This is amazing Chelsweet! Am always inspired anytime I remember that you are a self taught baker.Must try out this recipe,Thanks!

  4. Soooo yummy! Very addictive. I made chocolate cupcakes with this frosting for a pool party and it was a hit, even with a full β€œviennese” like table, it was definitely the low key star. ?

    1. I’m so happy to hear that Jessica! This frosting is always the star in my eyes, but I might be a bit biased πŸ˜› Love that everyone enjoyed it!!!

  5. Just made this recipe. Oh. Em. Gee. This is by far my favorite recipe so far I’ve tried of yours!! I took a full Oreo and dipped it in and gave it to my husband. It’s a family hit!!

    1. I don’t! I like the way it tastes better including it πŸ™‚ As long as you have a strong food processor or blender, it should be able to crush up the oreos (with their centers) just fine! Hope that helps, happy baking Lauren!

  6. Hi
    I wanted to make chocolate cupcakes with Oreo filling – can I use this recipe for an Oreo filling rather than frosting? Would it make the cupcake soggy?

Let me know what you think!