Mini Oreo Cookies Recipe & the Joy of Summer Holidays

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Mini Oreo Cupcakes are SUPER easy to make. I use a bit less sugar in my recipe because, of course, that’s a bit healthier – but the cupcakes still taste just as yummy! They’re perfect to make on a rainy day, and by the looks of it there’s plenty of those in store!

But before we head to the recipe, let’s take a minute to ponder the joy that is the 6 weeks holidays…

Captains Log Day 1. Your mission – survive the summer holidays.

You’ll have to excuse my recent absence. I’ve been to Timbuktu searching for Mini Oreo Cookies. Whoever would’ve thought the miniature delights would be in such high demand. I tell you, I’ve had bags of fun driving across the city, negotiating road works and Sunday drivers to acquire this rare sought-after ingredient.

Don’t let me scare you off of this recipe though. I’ve never had a problem getting hold of Mini Oreo Cookies before, maybe there’s been some sort of summer holiday mini Oreo feeding frenzy.

So as I gaze out of my rain dashed window, between shouts of, “leave your brother alone!” and “No you cannot play Minecraft now go and do something creative”, I quietly contemplate how I am going to negotiate six weeks of child filled bliss without going absolutely bat s**t crazy.

The park is always a good option isn’t it? The little spritelings can run around like wholesome free range children, and I get to keep my coinage safely tucked away in my pocket! But hold up, this is England, and that is rain.

Now, I know some of you ladies absolutely relish every second of the summer holidays, spending it bathed in absolute familial bliss. If this is you, I wholeheartedly applaud your enthusiasm and fortitude. However, it has come to my attention that a great number of us, us who hold ad-hoc membership to the ‘mediocre mothers club’, all experience a similar set of sequential ‘summer holiday sentiments’, which play out in succession across the 6 weeks holidays.

Day 1 of 42: Sentiment 1: “Yayyy schools out for summer!” Here, we have thoughts of all the wonderful things that we are going to experience and discover, all the magical moments we are going to enjoy over the next 6 weeks, all with our little cherubs right by our side.

Day 2 of 42: Sentiment 2: “Damn you rain!!” The good old British rain has set in, Cherub 1 has stolen Cherub 2’s purple pen THAT SHE WAS JUST ABOUT TO USE! Cherub 3 lets you know in no uncertain terms that this house is sooo boring and there’s nothing to do (never mind the array of media, technology and entertainment products you’ve kindly provided for them), and to top it all off, Cherubs 1, 2 and 3 seem to have an incurable hunger and you’ve spent half of your weeks food budget within the first 24 hours.

Day 3 of 42: Sentiment 3: “I can do this”. The drizzle held off, the sun came out and you found something fun to do. You feel fulfilled and complete, offspring adoration levels double! You post ‘day 3 happy family pictures’ to Facebook to display the new-found domestic bliss. However, day 3 is short lived. Tomorrow is day 4, and you’ve gotta find something entertaining and enriching to do allll over again.

Day 4 of 42: Sentiment 4: “A holiday on the credit card will be fiiine”. You know that your minimum payments on your cards are ‘quite enough for you to handle at the moment, thank ya’, but another £2000 and a maxed credit card limit would be sooo worth 7 days of not having to endure drizzling rain and preparing 15 plus rounds of daily food servings. Only another 38 days to go!

And so we continue with our pick ‘n’ mix bag of summer holiday sentiments. If you too, have part-time membership to the mediocre mothers club you are not alone! I am a firm believer that we should all club together to share and discuss our bat s*** crazy moments. We’re not perfect – we’re human. We’re mothers, fathers, chefs, tailors, mediators, motivators, counsellors and a million other occupations all in one. And there’s one thing that connects us all, through our bat s**t crazy moments, our desperate days and our joyous days – and that’s that we love our kids to infinity and beyond!

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YOU WILL NEED:

75g (30z) mini Oreo cookies

175g (6oz) unsalted butter, softened

130g (5oz) caster sugar

3 medium eggs

175g (6oz) self-raising flour, sifted

½ tsp baking powder

3 tbsp milk

½ tsp vanilla extract

FOR THE TOPPING:

75g (3oz) unsalted butter, softened

150g (5oz) icing sugar, sifted

2tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cocoa powder

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees (180 degrees fan oven), gas mark 6
  • Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper muffin cases
  • Reserve 12 mini Oreo cookies and roughly chop the remainder
  • Using a hand-held electric whisk, whisk the butter and caster sugar in a bowl (or beat with a wooden spoon) until pale and creamy.
  • Gradually whisk in the eggs until just combined.
  • Using a metal spoon, fold in the flour, baking powder, milk, vanilla extract and chopped cookies until combined.
  • Divide the mixture equally between the paper cases. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and risen.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For the topping, put the butter into a bowl and whisk until light and fluffy.
  • Using a small palette knife, spread the buttercream over the top of each cake (or use a piping bag to swirl on the buttercream).
  • Sift a little cocoa powder on to the top of each cake and then decorate each with a reserved Oreo cookie!!

Done! …Delicious!

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