Happy Leap Day!

So today is a day that comes every 4 years – and only every 4 years! It’s February 29th, aka Leap Day!

Now apparently I’m a little behind the times. I usually start preparing dinner around 6:30 so I can catch my guilty pleasure, “Wheel of Fortune” (yes, I am actually a 70-year-old woman – I have just aged incredibly well). So after it came on, I think “30 Rock” was next – and from half tuning in while preparing dinner, I learned that on Leap Day, whatever you do doesn’t count! Who knew?

What would I do if I found out it didn’t count? I’ve kind of always wanted to bungee jump – but my mom said she would disown me. But she couldn’t if it didn’t count, right?

Honestly, I think all of the other things I’ve done and want to do should count! I’d love to sky dive, travel to Thailand, open a restaurant, go on an African safari…so many things on the bucket list. Why would I want any of them erased by Leap Day?

But okay, maybe Leap Day can be good. Because I made you these cupcakes…and they’re not diet friendly…but if you eat them today, they don’t count!

I know, I know. I’m like, such a good person.

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes (Makes 24 cupcakes)

1 box white cake mix + ingredients on box (egg whites, water, oil)

About 30-34 Oreo Cookies

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

6 Tbsp. unsalted butter

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners.

Twist apart Oreo halves, trying to leave as much of the “cream” filling on one side as possible. (This is why you need extra – it might take a few tries!). Lay the cookie half, filling side up, in the bottom of each liner.

Take the remaining Oreo cookies and place in a plastic bag and take out your aggression on some cookies, breaking into very small pieces/crumbs.

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients for the white cake. Fold in about 3/4 of the Oreo crumbs – about 3/4-1 cup.

Fill cupcake liners a little more than halfway full and bake for 15-18 minutes until cooked through. Remove and cool. Repeat with remaining batter.

While cupcakes are cooking and cooling, mix together cream cheese, butter, vanilla and confectioners sugar. Mine came out a little runny from over mixing, so make sure your cream cheese softened so you won’t have as many lumps to get out!

Spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with remaining Oreo crumbs. If you have enough (e.g. you go through an entire package trying to pull the cream onto one side even though you know it doesn’t matter) break the plain sides into halves or quarters and place on each cupcake.

So throw back a cupcake or 10 with a glass of milk or a bottle of wine. Whatever you want – because hey, it doesn’t count on Leap Day!

(Does that mean I can order my favorite pizza tonight?!)