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Luscious Cookies and Cream Frosting with Gluten Free Oreos

Rich and creamy Cookies and Cream Frosting (aka Oreo Frosting) is made with just 6 ingredients and gluten free Oreos as the sweet star. Mix up a batch of vanilla American buttercream, combine it with crushed Oreo pieces, and spread it on your favorite cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and brownies for the ultimate cookies and cream desserts. This homemade frosting takes just 15 minutes to make and tastes just as good, if not better, than any frosting you’d get in a fancy bakery. It will truly elevate your favorite chocolate desserts!

Cookies and Cream frosting piped into a small glass jar and topped with a few crushed gluten free Oreo crumbs

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Gluten Free Oreo Frosting

Oreos are one of my favorite nostalgic snack cookies so it’s no surprise that Cookies and Cream flavored desserts and baked goods are almost always ranked amongst my favorites! 

The base of this frosting recipe is made with my favorite Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, a creamy vanilla buttercream that’s light and fluffy. It’s the perfect frosting base for flavor and color. 

Gluten Free Oreos (or your favorite gluten free chocolate sandwich cookies) are crushed and stirred into the frosting creating an irresistable sweet and creamy frosting with the perfect amount of texture that tastes like Oreo cream filling.

Some recipes call for cream cheese but after testing, I prefer it without. The tanginess from the cream cheese can overpower the traditional sweetness of the Cookie and Cream flavor and this recipe is all about letting that sweet cream shine. 

However, I know some of you really love that sweet and tangy contrast so feel free to use my Cream Cheese Frosting recipe as the base if that’s the flavor profile you’re looking for!

I originally shared this recipe when I first published the Chocolate Cookies and Cream Layer Cake but it’s so good, that it needed to shine on its own! 


Cookies and Cream Frosting Recipe being piped into a small glass jar with a piping bag fitted with a large open star tip

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  • Unsalted Softened Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt – I prefer using Fine Sea Salt
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Heavy Cream
  • Gluten Free Oreo Cookies

*Be sure to read the full recipe card below for exact measurements and step-by-step instructions.

ingredients in individual bowls to make a Cookies and Cream Frosting recipe

Equipment You’ll Need

  • Food Processor – to crush the gluten free Oreo cookies. You could also place the cookies in a ziplock bag and use a rolling pin to crush them. The crumbs just won’t be as fine and the process is a little messier.
  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer – I prefer to use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment to make buttercream frosting. The Flex Beater is a great add-on that helps scrape the sides of the bowl better.
  • Basic Kitchen Tools – rubber spatula, measuring cups, measuring spoons
Cookies and Cream Frosting on a the tip of a Kitchenaid Whisk that's standing up on a counter

How to Make Oreo Buttercream Frosting (Visual Instructions)

Tips for Making the Best Buttercream

  1. Don’t over-soften your butter. It should be at a cool room temperature, meaning it’s soft enough to make an indent with your finger but not so soft that the butter starts to look “greasy”.
  2. Use Heavy Cream or Heavy Whipping Cream. Heavy Whipping Cream has a slightly lower milk fat content but either will work in this recipe. Cream is superior to milk in buttercream frosting because it produces a lighter, fluffier buttercream.
  3. You don’t need to scrape the filling out of the Oreos before crushing them.
  4. Make some extra Oreo crumbs to use as an edible decoration on your favorite desserts.
closeup of a Cookies and Cream Frosting Recipe spread on a flat surface with 3 gluten free Oreos in the upper right corner

What to pair with Oreo Frosting

These are the Best Gluten Free Cake Recipes and Gluten Free Cupcakes to pair with Cookies and Cream Frosting.

  • Gluten Free Chocolate Cake – for a Chocolate Gluten Free Cookies and Cream Cake.
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes or Vanilla Cupcakes to make Oreo Cupcakes
  • Gluten Free Yellow Cake – for a less chocolatey version Cookies and Cream experience. You could even use Gluten Free Golden Oreos to keep with the light theme and make a Golden Oreo Cake!
  • Cake Pops – replace the chocolate buttercream with this frosting to make Cookies and Cream Cake Pops. After dipping them in white chocolate, sprinkle the top with a little bit of crushed Oreos and you’ll have a gluten free Starbucks copycat Cookies & Cream Cake Pop!

If you’re looking for a dessert that doesn’t involve cake, make some Cookies and Cream Brownies with Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies as the base or spread on top Gluten Free Chocolate Sugar Cookies to make Cookies and Cream Sugar Cookies.

Cookies and Cream Frosting Recipe piped onto a flat surface with an open star tip.

If you’ve made this Oreo Frosting recipe, I’d love it if you could please leave a star rating and comment below in the comments!

Cookies and Cream frosting piped into a small glass jar and topped with a few crushed gluten free Oreo crumbs

Gluten Free Cookies and Cream Frosting (Oreo Frosting)

5 from 2 ratings
A vanilla buttercream base is mixed with crushed gluten free Oreos to make a rich and creamy Cookies & Cream Frosting. It pairs well with many types of chocolate desserts including cake, cupcakes, brownies, and cookies.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
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  • Add 8 chocolate sandwich cookies to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until coarse cookie crumbs form. Some larger chunks are fine as long as they are smaller than a pea but the majority should be crumbs. Set aside.
    crushed Oreo cookie crumbs in the bowl of a food processor
  • Add the butter and powdered sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until completely smooth.
    powdered sugar and a block of butter in a large silver bowl
  • Turn the mixer to a medium-high speed and beat for 3 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and heavy cream and beat on medium-high for an additional minute.
    Vanilla buttercream frosting in a large silver bowl ready for Oreo cookie crumbs to be added to make Cookies and Cream frosting
  • Add the Oreo cookie crumbs to the buttercream.
    vanilla buttercream frosting in a large silver bowl with crushed gluten free Oreo crumbs to make a Cookies and Cream Frosting Recipe
  • Mix until combined and there are no longer any streaks without cookie crumbs.
    Cookies and Cream Frosting Recipe made in a large silver bowl
  • Pair this frosting with gluten free brownies, gluten free chocolate cake, gluten free chocolate cupcakes, and more! There are several serving suggestions linked in the post.
    Cookies and Cream Frosting Recipe piped into a small glass jar with Oreo cookies and a blue kitchen towel in the background


  1. Do not remove the filling from the Oreos before turning them into crumbs.
  2. This recipe makes enough to frost a 9-inch layer cake (made with 2 layers) without additional frosting decorations. For a 3-layer cake, decorative piping, or thicker layers of frosting, I suggest making 1 1/2 batches or doubling the recipe.
  3. Nutrition information is approximate and will depend on the exact ingredients and measurements that you use.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 528IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 2mg


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Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren’t always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    5 stars
    Seriously one of the most scrumptious frostings I’ve ever made! Paired it with chocolate cupcakes this week and it was a hit! For Oreo lovers, this frosting is too good to pass- do yourself a favor and make this!!