One of the blogs that I found right when I was starting my blog was Martha Stewart's Cupcakes Club. Each month everyone makes the same cupcake, and then reviews it on their blog.
This month's cupcake is the Cookies and Cream Cheesecake cupcakes. I have to say that from the first day I got this cookbook, I have been practically drooling over these cupcakes. They looked so delicious.
To start out, you put an oreo cookie in each cupcake liner (in the pan of course). Then you mix together cream cheese, chopped up oreo cookies, sugar, vanilla, eggs, sour cream and a pinch of salt. Trying to make them slightly more healthy, I used fat free cream cheese and lite sour cream. The other substitution I made was using the store brand Oreo's instead of actual Oreo's. My only reasoning for this was the were much cheaper.
These cupcakes baked a little longer than any others I have made so far. The recipe said they needed to bake for 22 minutes at 350 degrees. The ones I put in the small oven at my parents house baked for about 26-27 minutes. I didn't realize until after they were done that the oven was only at 325 (since Cathleen was making cookies). So the cupcakes in the big oven took an extra minute or two, but no more than 25 minutes.
I also made some mini cheesecakes with this batch. This was just because of the fact that I ran out of cupcake liners for my regular size pans. Since the mini cupcake tins are too small to have a full Oreo in the bottom, I put a quarter of one, plus another small piece, so that there was still a crust at the bottom. They baked for about 15 minutes. They were perfect bite size cheesecakes.
I made these cupcakes for my sister's going away party as well, and because we didn't have tons of fridge space, I made them the morning of the party. The cupcakes need to be refrigerated for at least four hours, but preferably overnight. I was able to have them in the fridge for about 3 1/2 to 4 hours. I cut it close on the time, but everything worked out, and they were a hit at the party. They were also a hit at work the following day. I'm sure my coworkers think that I'm fattening them up...
Check out the pictures Chris took below, and let me know what you think!