This Oreo cream cheese frosting is a thick, fluffy, and smooth cookies and cream inspired frosting! You can make it in less than 10 minutes with only 4 ingredients. It's delicious slathered on cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and more desserts. It goes with almost any flavor!
This Oreo cream cheese frosting pipes like a dream and is the perfect topping for chocolate cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes, and more. I personally adore it spread over an Oreo red velvet cake, but it truly goes with any flavor you can think of.
This recipe uses my thick and fluffy cream cheese frosting recipe as a base and has the perfect amount of crushed Oreos added to give it that cookies and cream flavor! The crushed cookies also add pretty speckles to the frosting and a slight crunch.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Quick and easy- You can whip up a batch of this frosting in 10 minutes.
- Thick, sturdy frosting- The cream cheese to butter ratio makes this frosting perfectly thick and sturdy. It has a great texture for piping!
- Perfect with any flavor- Cookies and cream goes great with chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, lemon, matcha, mint, coffee, and any other flavor in the book.
Here are notes about some of the ingredients used. For quantities and full instructions, see the recipe card below.
- Cream cheese- Use full fat cream cheese that comes in a block/brick, not a tub. If you use low fat or cream cheese spread, the frosting will be too runny. Make sure it's softened too; pull it out of the fridge 1-2 hours before you start.
- Salted butter- I used salted butter in this recipe because I like how it offsets the sweetness from the powdered sugar and Oreos. Make sure it's room temperature; take it out of the refrigerator 2 hours before starting.
- Powdered sugar- Icing sugar or confectioners sugar sweetens the frosting and draws water out of the cream cheese, making it sturdy and thick. You don't have to sift it.
- Crushed Oreo cookies- I used standard Oreos, but you can use whatever chocolate sandwich cookies you like.
Substitutions & Variations
- Salted butter: You can use unsalted butter if you don't have salted. Just add ¼ teaspoon salt into the frosting with the powdered sugar.
- Use your favorite dairy free cream cheese and butter to make the frosting vegan!
- Add extracts like vanilla, almond, or peppermint for more flavor.
- You can customize this recipe by using other kinds of cookies. Try using Biscoff cookies, gingersnaps, or even Thin Mints!
Step by Step Instructions
STEP 1: First, add the softened cream cheese and salted butter to the bowl of a stand mixer or hand mixer. Cream together on medium-high speed until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula occasionally to get any clumps.
STEP 2: Next, gradually mix in the powdered sugar on low speed 1 cup at a time until combined. I start by pulsing the mixer until the sugar is mostly incorporated. This keeps it from flying out of the bowl. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
STEP 3: Finely chop or crush your Oreos in a food processor or blender. You can also place them in a large plastic zip-top bag and crush with a rolling pin or can. Be careful not to turn them into a paste! Add them to the bowl of frosting.
STEP 4: Mix the crushed Oreos into the buttercream on low speed until just combined. Now your Oreo cream cheese frosting is ready to pipe and enjoy!
Expert Tips for Success
- Crush the Oreos finely. Make sure the Oreo pieces are small enough to fit through a piping tip and not get stuck!
- Use room temperature cream cheese and butter. If your cream cheese and butter are cold, they won't mix together and your Oreo buttercream will turn out lumpy.
- Mix on low speed. When adding the powdered sugar, it's important to mix the frosting on low so the sugar doesn't jump out of the bowl and make a huge mess! It also removes air bubbles which is helpful when frosting cakes.
- If your frosting is too thick, add heavy cream or milk 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
Storage & Freezing
Store Oreo cream cheese frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Bring the frosting to room temperature and mix it up to get a smooth, light consistency again.
Freeze your frosting in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Let it thaw overnight in the fridge before using. You might need to whip it again to get a creamy consistency. Don't thaw it at room temperature because the quick temperature change might ruin the texture.
Ways to Use
Slather your cookies and cream frosting on:
Frequently Asked Questions
If your frosting gets over-mixed and liquidy, you can easily fix it! Thicken the frosting by adding ¼ cup (30 grams) of powdered sugar or cornstarch. Add to the frosting and beat on high until the desired consistency is reached.
This recipe makes about 6 cups of frosting, which is enough to generously frost 24 cupcakes. It makes enough to frost a 6, 8, or 10-inch cake with 2-3 layers. Make half of the recipe to frost an 8X8 or 9X9 cake or brownies.
Eventually, the moisture from the frosting will make the crushed Oreos lose their crisp texture. I recommend eating the frosting within 3 days. Keep it in the freezer if you don't plan on using it within a couple days.
Yes. It needs to be refrigerated because of the cream cheese. It can sit at room temperature for 2 hours before it needs to be refrigerated.
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Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 5-quart stand mixer or electric hand mixer
- 454 grams full fat cream cheese room temperature
- 226 grams salted butter room temperature
- 907 grams powdered sugar
- 12 Oreo cookies
- Add the softened cream cheese and salted butter to the bowl of a stand mixer or hand mixer. Cream together on medium-high speed until smooth.454 grams full fat cream cheese, 226 grams salted butter
- Gradually mix in the powdered sugar on low speed 1 cup at a time until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.907 grams powdered sugar
- Finely chop or crush your Oreos in a food processor or blender or by hand.
- Add the crushed Oreos to the bowl of frosting and mix on low speed. Now your frosting is ready to pipe and enjoy!12 Oreo cookies