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Oreo Crumble Cupcakes (Yes, Oreos Are Vegan!)

Written by Amy Snyder | August 8, 2007

It may be hard to believe, but Oreos are vegan. So, let’s take the already-sweet classic cookies, combine them with a lot more sugar, and turn them into cupcakes! This is proof of my firm belief that a dessert can never be too indulgent.To be honest, I wasn’t really into desserts until I started baking them. Sure, I enjoyed cake and soy ice cream as much as the next person, but I never really craved them. Now, I enjoy the science involved in baking. The satisfaction comes from getting the delicate balance among all the ingredients just right—now that is what I crave.

The chocolate cake recipe below is from The Grit’s own bakery, where I once worked. Don’t worry—the recipe was published in The Grit’s cookbook, so it’s not like I’m giving away any secrets. These cupcakes are delicious, with a rich chocolaty flavor enhanced by the strong brewed coffee used in the batter. Another added bonus is that the recipe is almost impossible to mess up. Guaranteed success sounds like as good a reason as any to try a recipe, if you ask me.

To find more foods that, like Oreos, are accidentally vegan and easily found in your local grocery store, click here.

Oreo Crumble Cupcakes
Grit Chocolate Cupcakes:
4 1/2 cups flour
3 cups sugar 1 cup cocoa
1/2 Tbsp. salt 1 Tbsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1/8 cup vanilla extract
3 cups strongly brewed coffee
1/4 cup plus
2 Tbsp. vinegar

  • Preheat the oven to 300ºF. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
  • Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, and baking soda until well combined.
  • Add the vegetable oil and vanilla and mix until just combined. Slowly add the coffee, mixing for a few minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Mix again until very smooth.
  • Add the vinegar and mix for 1 minute.
  • Fill each cupcake liner about two-thirds full.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before frosting.

Oreo Crumble Icing:
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup vegan margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup soy milk
10-15 crumbled Oreos
18 Oreos for garnish

  • Using a hand mixer, combine the sugar, margarine, and vanilla. Mix in the soy milk.*
  • Stir in the crumbled Oreos.
  • Top each cooled cupcake with 1 tablespoon of icing and garnish with half an Oreo.

*Note: You may need more or less than 1/3 cup.

Makes 36 servings

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  • Natalia says:

    Amy,
    Thanks so much for the info!!!!!!!!

  • Amy says:

    Hi Natalia,

    PETA is a nonprofit organization that relies on our members and the public to inform us when they find products that are or are not vegan. We encourage them to contact companies and let us know what they find. We then update our lists and websites accordingly. At some point a member has confirmed that Oreos are vegan, so we added them to our list.

    I hope that clears up any confusion. Thanks for reading the blog and for giving feedback!

    Best,
    Amy

  • NataliA says:

    Amy:

    The bag of Oreos doesn’t say anything about the oleic acid – whether it’s animal or vegetable derived. So how can you be SO POSITIVE that Oreos are definitely vegan?..
    I’m in doubt! =)

  • Hungry Hungry Veganos says:

    Chocolate did contain milk until just recently in history. and if an ingredients list just says chocolate then it probably does not contain dairy unless it lists it in ( ) after chocolate. If there were dairy in the chocolate of oreos they would have to say “this product contains dairy/milk” at the bottom to cover themselves legally. Which they do not say so the chocolate is dairy free.

    ” Chocolate- a preparation of the seeds of cacao, roasted, husked, and ground, often sweetened and flavored, as with vanilla.”

    ” not a vegan :

    im not a vegan but looking at a bag of oreos, they contain “chocolate”. unless its straight cacao, im guessing theres some milk or whey in that “chocolate”

  • Amy says:

    Hi Natalie,
    Oleic acid can be vegetable derived too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleic_acid.

  • Natalia says:

    Oreos are not vegan because they contain “high oleic oil” which has oleic acid in it – an animal derived ingredient. Therefore, these cookies are not vegan. Unfortunately =(

  • Rose says:

    Yum, these look delicious! I wonder what they would taste like if 1 1/2 Cups of sugar was used instead of 3 cups (just seems like an awful lot of sugary sweetness).

  • not a vegan says:

    im not a vegan but looking at a bag of oreos, they contain “chocolate”. unless its straight cacao, im guessing theres some milk or whey in that “chocolate”

  • Madhuram says:

    That is one gorgeous cupcake. It looks so spongy. Even I didn’t know that Oreos were vegan. Do you think that this recipe can be halved?

  • Andrew says:

    It may not be ‘formula one’ racing, but the (sadly recently deceased) Australian race car driver Peter Brock was a vegan. He was a very big name here and, to me, it was very unexpected to find that he cared about animal rights, as I relate racing to the BBQ and meat culture of the country.

    Also, Oreos, as someone pointed out above, are vegan in some areas and not in others. They ‘are’ Vegan in Australia. However, I try not to eat them often because they’re heavily processed and owned by Kraft – but they’re oh so tempting nonetheless.

  • Sarah says:

    This recipe is amazing. All of my friends fell in love with it. How you get your pictures to look so extravagant is remarkable to me. Your recipes are fantastic and I can’t wait to try something else! :)

  • Trey says:

    Hi everyone. Oreo’s may be vegan in the USA, but not in South Africa. They contain milk solids.

  • sarsha says:

    i only made the icing from this recipe, but it was excellent and the cookie bits go soft and yumi.

  • Amy says:

    I double checked, even triple checked my package of Oreo’s, and they are definitely vegan.

  • Amy says:

    This is the recipe I always use to make chocolate layers and cupcakes. It has been tested many, many times and always turns out great.

    As for the Oreo’s, the package I used was definitely vegan. I still have it at home, so I will double check for you guys and report back.

    -amy

  • chocoholic says:

    Are the salt and baking soda amounts accurate? that seems like a lot to me…

  • Mandy says:

    Jillian,
    I was thinking the same thing. There is some kind of milk ingredient, be it whey, or lactose, or something else in oreos. I KNOW this, because even when I wasn’t vegan, I couldn’t eat them because I am lactose intolerant.
    But, the mint ones are vegan… I could always eat those. :)

  • Jillian says:

    Are you sure about this? The Oreos being vegan, I mean. The last time I checked I think they contained whey, but I can’t be sure. I know that the mini Oreos and the peanut butter kind are vegan, but I’d have to double check the regular ones.

  • Amy says:

    Gary, I did a little research and found that Ingrid’s favorite driver of all time is Michael Schumacher who she met last year for the first time, on the eve of his retirement. Her current favorites are Mark Webber, who she says is a very decent chap, Sebastian Fedder, and Fernando Alonso (who responded when we asked him to stop mimicking a matador when he won, and started putting his hands up to become the bull instead). The patches and logos on the car all cost millions and no team will allow us to advertise free, although we have asked. However, Jenson Button has helped us against foie gras, Michael Schumacher and his wife have done countless things to help, including work with us to rescue starving horses in Turkey, dogs in Hurricane Katrina, and to fight experimentation in Germany. She knows of no vegan driver but many of the drivers eat “heathily,” meaning a driver like David Coulthard may ‘only’ eat fish, not any other meat, for example.

  • jess says:

    vegan cupcakes take over the wooooorldddd!

  • Jason Levy says:

    I can’t wait to try this one out! It looks so delicious…I absolutely love Oreos!

  • gary fair says:

    i read ingrid likes (f1) grand prix racing, are any of the drivers vegan?.. will they put a patch on there uniform?.. who is her favorite driver?..

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