Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes

I have 3 words for you- peanut butter oreos. These were totally an impulse buy at the grocery store, but since peanut butter and chocolate is the best combination on earth, I knew they were going to be amazing. How did I just now discover these?

Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes

Remember these cupcakes I made around Christmas time? These use the same (vegan) chocolate cupcake recipe. In fact, the entire cupcake is vegan. Instead of Oreo’s, I used Newman O’s this time, which is a slightly healthier version of the cookie. Don’t get me wrong, this is by no means health food. Newman O’s still contain a lot of sugar, but it’s organic sugar instead of HFCS. Hey, I’ll take what I can get. They’re also egg and dairy free, so no animals were harmed in the making of these cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes

The cupcake recipe is from one of my go to baking books, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I love this chocolate cupcake recipe. It’s so simple, and you don’t even need a mixer! Just whisk together the ingredients, and you have a perfect one bowl chocolate cupcake. If you don’t have non-dairy milk on hand and you’re not concerned about the cupcakes being vegan, just sub regular milk (I’ve made it with skim, 2%, and whole). This recipe works well with both natural and Dutch process cocoa powder.

Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes

Yield: 12 Cupcakes


  • For the cupcakes:
  • 1 cup soy milk (or any non-dairy milk)
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • About 10 Peanut Butter Newman O's, chopped
  • For the frosting:
  • 1/2 cup non-hydrogenated margerine (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 cup non-hydrogenated shortening (I used Spectrum Organics)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar (I used Wholesome Sweeteners)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt (if the peanut butter is salted, leave this out)
  • 6 Newman O's, made into crumbs in the food processor


    For the cupcakes:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a cupcakes tin with 12 paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the soymilk and vinegar. Set it aside for a couple of minutes to curdle.
  3. Add the sugar, oil, and vanilla to the “buttermilk.” Whisk until the mixture is foamy.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and mix until all the ingredients are combined. Stir in the cookie pieces.
  6. Divide the batter equally between the 12 cupcake liners and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  7. Cool completely before frosting.
  8. For the frosting:
  9. Beat the shortening and margerine together on medium speed until fluffy.
  10. Add the peanut butter and beat until combined.
  11. Add the powdered sugar and beat for another 3 minutes. Start your mixer on low until the powdered sugar is just combined, otherwise you’ll be wearing it. Then increase the speed to medium.
  12. Add the vanilla extract and salt, and beat on medium high until combined.
  13. Stir in the cookie crumbs.
  14. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes cooled cupcakes and top with an oreo cookie.

Cupcake and frosting recipe adapted from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World


  1. YES! I love peanut butter Oreos. In cupcakes? EVEN BETTER.
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    1. Thanks, Dorothy!

  2. wow, I love baking too, loving your blog!
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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marina!

  3. Omg. These sound amazing and the recipe looks super easy! Definitely putting them on my list to make. And I love that first photo!
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    1. Thanks, Erika! This cupcake recipe comes together in about 5 minutes. I hope you try it!

  4. Oh my! You have everything going on for this recipe! :)
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  5. Ok, I have GOT to make that frosting. It looks amazing Natasha! I love peanut butter Oreos (they are my favorite kind!).
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    1. Thanks, Sally! I know, PB Oreos are the best! They’re my new favorite, too!

  6. I’m curious. I made peanut butter icing one time and it turned out more like fudge than an icing. I use the all natural peanut butter than separates from the oil. It also has no sugar or salt. Its just roasted peanuts and oil. I’m afraid to use this type of pb again to make your icing, for fear it does the same thing. What kind of pb did you use? Thanks

    1. Hi Kathy, I’m glad you brought this up. The peanut butter that separates does not work well in frosting. If you use natural peanut butter, try the no-stir variety. I used Golden Organics, which I found at Whole foods. I think Earth Balance also has a no-stir variety. Also, any non natural peanut butter works too (although I know many people, myself included, don’t use those because of the hydrogenated oils).

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  8. Hi,

    Non-cupcake related question: at what store did you buy peanut butter oreos? I have been looking for them at my local grocery store and haven’t been able to find them!


    p.s. the cupcakes look delicious

    1. I bought Peanut Butter Newman-Os at Kroger. They were in a different section than the rest of the cookies. Surprisingly, they were kind of near the “health” food. I hope you find them!

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  11. Wow these cupcakes look amazing! They combine two of my loves: Oreo and peanut butter. What more could you ask for? (:
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  13. These look amazing! I don’t have any peanut butter oreos, though, if I made them just plain Oreo cupcakes and left the peanut butter out of the frosting, do you think it would turn out okay? Would you add more butter/shortening to keep the consistency the same?

    1. I would replace it with butter and/or shortening.

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