Teacher Appreciation Cupcakes

If any of you have youngin’s in school you probably know this past week has been Teacher Appreciation Week…well, nothing says “I appreciate you” like a cupcake. Wait, maybe that’s just me, but anyway ~ cupcakes are what I do.
I started a day ahead making Oreo Truffles

This time I shaped them into Apple-y sort of ball shapes and placed a pretzel stick in the top like a stem.

Freeze them so they’re firm and then melt the red melting disks dip each truffle apple in, being careful not to get the red all over the stem.

When the candy was set I piped on some green leafs with royal icing just to make them cute.
Aren’t they adorable??

Everyone remember to thank a teacher!

Teacher Appreciation Cupcakes

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  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 16 oz red candy disks, melted
  • Pretzel sticks or Tootsie Rolls

Royal Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • green food coloring



  1. MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
  2. SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) apples.
  3. Place pretzel stick into the top of truffle, or cut Tootsie Roll into piece and roll into the shape of a stem.
  4. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
  5. When the candy coating is set mix the powdered sugar, milk and green food coloring in a small bowl.
  6. Place icing in a piping bag fitted with a small round tip, or in a zip-top bag with a tiny bit of the corner snipped off.
  7. Pipe on leaves.
  8. Allow the truffles to set up.


store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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They look super cute – and I’m sure they taste even better :). Great job!


Adorable, adorable!!! Do you use a bit of shortening to get your candy melts so smooth?

cookies and cups

Thanks so much!
yes bridget, i almost always do, I just think it thins it a touch and makes it a little smoother.

Mermaid Sweets

Those are absolutely darling.

Cali Cakes

I love the little apples….soo cute!


i wish one of my students would have brought in these yummy cupcakes for me last week 🙂


These are just so plump and cute looking!! Oh I really want to eat them!
I’m making cupcakes with little green apples on them for a wedding shower in June, and I was going to use fondant, but these are adorable! Would you mind if I tried them please?

cookies and cups

sweetopia—mind? of course not! I would love to see another version! Green apples would be so cute!

Chic Cookies

Hi cookies and cups. I found you when you left a comment on my blog, and glad I did! I posted a link to these cupcakes on my edible crafts column at crafgossip.com if that’s OK (ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com). Love the oreo truffles in lieu of fondant! Taste so much better, I’m sure.

cookies and cups

Thanks, Chic! I checked out the site (craftgossip.com)and it is so great! I really appreciate you posting them and the sweet comments.


So cute! I used to be a teacher and would have LOVED one of these! I linked to your site!


These are awesome! I love that you made apple shaped truffles to go on top, that is such a cool idea!


Hermosos 🙂 all cupcakes are very cute. Greetings from Mexico.

Roxy Reynolds

I am getting hungry already. I hope they taste as good as they look!

Annie Francis

So cute! I can’t wait to make these for my boys’ teachers!!! Thank you!!!


Just got an order for 6 dozen cupcakes for teacher appreciation week at a local elementary school. I am excited to try these…however I cannot find any of the red melting chips in our town. I am going to attempt them with just dipping in frosting…think it will work??? I am running out of ideas!!


Angela, not sure if it’s too late but if your town has a Walmart, you should check in the cake decoraing section. That’s where I found the red candy melts (or if they don’t have red, you could maybe do them green if they have it). Or maybe melt white chocolate chips (like tollhoue brand or something) and put some red food coloring/gel in it? Just a suggestion, not sure if it would work.


Just made these for my daughter’s Teacher Appreciation luncheon and they were a big hit!

Crystal O

These look so adorable..don’t know how to use fondant yet and I’m making some cupcakes for my 4yr olds nephews teachers.. He has Autism, And his teachers have just been amazing..Want to thank them and now I know how!! I also saw your footballs..Do you think its possible to use this to make any shapes??


Hi! About to make these for teacher appreciation! Would the truffles be ok if I make them ahead 5 days and freeze them? Also, just to make sure I understand, the truffles are made with actual Oreo cookies? Not the ones already crushed??