To my great surprise and delight, some weeks ago I discovered that the classic Oreo Cookies, those with the white filling, may contain “traces of milk”. That means that there might be minute amounts of milk or milk components in the Oreo Cookies, for example because milk products are processed in the same machine as the Oreo Cookies. As I am only lactose intolerant and do not have a milk allergy, such a small amount of milk or milk components is no problem for me. I can eat Oreo Cookies without problems – hooray!
I immediately went to the store and bought Oreos. Now I can finally have chocolate cookies with my coffee without needing to bake.
I was also really happy to realize that I can now make lactose-free Oreo Cupcakes. I found the recipe for these Oreo Cupcakes in the Internet a long time ago. I made the cupcakes, feeling a bit guilty. After all, it was obvious that the Oreo Cupcakes would be a real lactose-bomb – there was an incredible amount of mascarpone in the topping! Anyway, the recipe sounded so good that I could not resist.
Back then I did not even check if the Oreo Cookies contained lactose or not. I automatically assumed they would contain lactose, as almost every cookie you can buy in the store. I would never have assumed that Oreo Cookies, with their white filling, would be lactose-free!
So I made the Oreo Cupcakes, took some lactase-pills, and enjoyed one of those Oreo Cupcakes (or two or so). They were simply delicious, especially the topping. I still never made them again. If I make the effort of baking, why should I bake something I cannot eat without taking (expensive) pills?
Then a couple of months ago, suddenly there was lactose-free mascarpone in some stores. The Oreo Cupcakes immediately popped into my mind. I wanted to try the fabulous topping once more.
Well, and recently I found out that Oreo Cookies are lactose-free! All of a sudden, making lactosefree Oreo Cupcakes was possible! As soon as I found the time, I got out the recipe, the muffin tray and the mixer. Here they are!
5 Oreo Cookies
1.8 oz plus 3.5 oz (50 g plus 100 g) high quality dark chocolate, lactose-free (Lindt 70%; Merci 72%)
1 ¼ sticks (140 g) butter
1 ⅓ (140 g) cups sugar
1 ⅓ cups (140 g) flour
2 tbsp. whipping cream, lactose-free
2 Oreo Cookies
10.5 oz (300 g) mascarpone, lactose-free
7 oz. (200 g) cream cheese, lactose-free
1 cup powdered sugar (100 g)
6 Oreo Cookies, cut in half
Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C).
Put 12 cupcake liners into a muffin tray.
Coarsely chop 1.8 oz. dark chocolate (50 g). Set aside.
Coarsely chop 5 Oreo Cookies. Set aside.
Break 3.5 oz. dark chocolate into small pieces. In a double boiler, slowly melt the chocolate, the butter and the cream. I usually do this on the oven, over very low heat.
Let the chocolate-butter mixture cool down a bit.
Beat the eggs and the sugar with a mixer or in the kitchen machine until fluffy. This takes at least 5 minutes, rather more.
Add the chocolate-butter mixture to the egg-mixture and beat in well.
Gradually add the flour and beat in. Do not beat too long.
Add the chopped chocolate and the chopped cookies to the batter with a wooden spoon.
Pour the batter into the cupcake liners. They should be about ⅔ full.
Bake for 25-30 minutes. Do not bake too long – the sponge will get hard and dry if you do.
The cupcakes will be done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Chop two Oreo Cookies into really fine crumbs. The crumbs will have to go through the icing pipe, so they have to be really small.
Sieve the powdered sugar. This will remove lumps which might block the icing pipe. If there are lumps of powdered sugar in the topping, decorating the cupcakes will be a terrible mess and highly frustrating – so do not omit sieving the powdered sugar!
Mix the mascarpone, cream cheese, and sieved powdered sugar with the hand mixer for about 5 seconds. If you mix longer, the topping will become runny!
Stir in the Oreo crumbs, using a wooden spoon.
Using an icing bag, decorate the cupcakes with the topping. If you do not have an icing bag, spoon the topping onto the cupcakes.
Decorate with the Oreo Cookie halves and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from: josa-li, at Chefkoch.de