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Teacher Appreciation Cupcakes

What’s the best way to show someone you care about them? With a cupcake! Teacher Appreciation Cupcakes are a super cute dessert, and a great way to thank your child’s teacher for all that they do! A simple cupcake recipe with Oreo truffles, made in just about 30 minutes.

Teacher Appreciation Oreo Cupcake Recipe

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

How to Make Oreo Truffle Apples:

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!
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Teacher Appreciation Cupcakes

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 35 min
  • Yield: 48 apples 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


What’s the best way to show someone you care about them? With a cupcake! Teacher Appreciation Cupcakes are a super cute dessert, and a great way to thank your child’s teacher for all that they do! A simple cupcake recipe with Oreo truffles, made in just about 30 minutes.




  • 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.


  • Serving Size: 1 apple
  • Calories: 87
  • Sugar: 10.2 g
  • Sodium: 31.4 mg
  • Fat: 4.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.8 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 4.6 mg

Keywords: easy cupcake recipe, simple cupcake recipe, homemade cupcake recipe, teacher appreciation ideas, oreo baking recipes, cute baking recipes

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23 comments on “Teacher Appreciation Cupcakes”

  1. 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??



    1. I have never seen the oreos that are already crushed! BUt yes, I just crush Oreos.The problem you might have with freezing the Oreos is the chocolate coating might sweat a little bit making them sticky. But you could make them in advance and refrigerate them!

  2. Crystal O'connel

    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??

  3. 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!!

    1. 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.

  4. apparentlyjessy

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

  5. cookies and cups

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

  6. 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 if that’s OK ( Love the oreo truffles in lieu of fondant! Taste so much better, I’m sure.

  7. cookies and cups

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

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

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