Pink Ribbon Oreos

My mom’s sister lost her life to cancer several years ago.  What started out as breast cancer, went undetected, and spread to her lung, then brain,  and then her spine.   They caught the lung cancer in time to treat it, but as soon as she completed treatment they found the cancer spots on her brain and spine.  She battled for about a year and a half before she lost her life to cancer.
Three and a half years ago, shortly after our wedding, we found out my mother-in-law had breast cancer.  Thanks to a good friend of hers who made them go get free mammograms after a lunch date, her cancer was caught early enough to treat.  After about a year of treatment and radiation, she was and has been cancer-free ever since.  We feel so blessed she caught it earlier enough to treat and that she was able to beat it!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  So to honor these women, and all others who have or who are battling breast cancer, I made Pink Ribbon Oreos.  Hopefully, we can all be more selfaware as well as help the women in our lives be more aware of the risk factors and prevention of breast cancer and the importance of early detection and screening

Pink Ribbon Oreos
1 box chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Pink Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting:
1/2 unsalted cup butter, room temp
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tbs milk
Red food coloring
Preheat oven to 350. 
Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs.  Shape into gumball sized balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Let cool for a few minutes then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
In a large bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar, vanilla bean paste, and milk together until smooth and creamy.  Stir in drops of red food coloring until desired pink color.
When cookies are completely cool, pipe frosting onto half of the cookies (using a zip-lock or pastry bag).  Place another cookie on top of each frosted cookie to form a sandwich. 
Place a small amount of pink frosting in another zip-lock bag and cut a small hole in the corner (or use pastry bag with small tip) to pipe pink ribbons on the top of each Oreo.

Pink Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting from  Cupcake Project


  1. Jill October 25, 2011

    beautiful idea for the oreos! those look yummy! I am so sorry about the loss. I have breast cancer in my family. So I am worried I will get it and this is teh age I need to be going for a mammogram I would say (I am 24).

  2. Anonymous October 25, 2011

    These look great! You should consider entering them in my Power of Pink Challenge

  3. Thank you for sharing with us this wonderful post as well as this great recipe!

  4. Thank you for sharing with us this wonderful post as well as this great recipe!

  5. Rose October 25, 2011

    These cookies are a beautiful way to honor all of the women you know who have battled breast cancer and to spread prevention awareness. I have breast cancer in my family, too, and will be sure to start regular mammograms when I reach the recommended age.

  6. Leigh October 25, 2011

    My best friend was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer almost a year ago, at the age of 29. It has been spreading though and she is losing the battle. Thanks for sharing these beautiful cookies. I think I’ll add these to the menu for our Pink party.

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  8. Diana Amy October 29, 2011

    Obsessed with these. I lost my mom to breast cancer 5 years ago and I just think she would have LOVED these. One thing that is so amazing about posting a recipe about “pink ribbon oreos” is how many stories of surviving/loss/fear pop up – no one is untouched by this terrible disease and we’ve got to fight it!


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