Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Today is kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinda my birthday.

Like, totally, 100%, no mistaking that I am 26 today.

Excuse me while I go turn the world clock back a few years.

My husband always gives me a hard time because I am older than him. Literally people, five measly months! FIVE MONTHS! But for those five months, he takes every advantage of telling me I am aging more than he is, gonna be in the old folks home before him, and starting to get gray hairs (which is totally a lie, we ALL know my hair is pink!)

So I decided that we are going to switch birthdays, and not only does he get to have my birthday, but he can also have his own birthday, so he ages twice in one year, and I will forever stay 25. I think that is totally fair.

Except for the presents.

If you decide to send me presents this year, just go ahead and address them to me, but say Happy Birthday Matt, or Mr. Carla's Confections, or Old Man. Any of those names will work, but remember the presents go to ME.

okaygreatthanks!



My mom is up here visiting us this week, for my Matt's birthday, and of course one of the main things she wanted to do with me was bake some goods.

I really love being in the kitchen with my mom. We don't get a lot of chances to do it anymore, and to be honest, I didn't really care to be in the kitchen growing up. *Gaaasp*

The extent of my kitchen skills was stealing nibbles of the food before it went on the table, like bacon and cookie dough.

Isn't that why she left them on the counter in the first place? She wouldn't have left them right out in the open if it wasn't meant to be stolen by wandering hands!

I was a weird child in all honesty. A girl who would rather eat an entire bag of potato chips than eat a cake.

No joke. (And HOW in the world did I become a food blogger?! The question still remains.)

Salty over sweets any day for me, even to this day.

Except cookie dough. Put that stuff in front of me, and it'll be gone before you can say "Matt has more gray hair than Carla even though he is five months younger than her"!

Then of course you will snicker, and in that time I will eat another batch of cookie dough.

Cookie dough, BBQ sauce and bacon. The three foods I cannot live without. But don't mix the three. That could lead to disaster.

Since one of the only desserts I ate growing up was raw cookie dough, I thought it befitting to make cookie dough cupcakes with my mom for my birthday. Kinda like reminiscing about the old times when she would make the cookie dough, form them into rounds to bake, stick them on the cookie sheet, turn to grab more cookie dough and turn back to find that all the rounds she already formed were somehow missing.

I am still thinking of an alibi for those nights.

Soooo anyway, I'll just leave you with the recipe, and with the open invitation to say happy birthday (to whomever you please) and to go ahead and send me some presents.

I appreciate it!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes | Printable Recipe
makes 12 cupcakes

ingredients:

for the cookie dough:
  • 1 1/8 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, softened
  • 3/8 cup white sugar
  • 3/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 3/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
for the cupcakes
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) plus 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp white sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk, as needed
for the frosting
  • 3/4 cup of reserved cookie dough (recipe above)
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk, as needed
directions:
  1. Start by making the cookie dough. Beat the butter and sugars in a stand mixer on high until creamy and fluffy. Add in vanilla and milk and beat until combined. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add sugar and baking soda. Mix until combined and then stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Reserve 3/4 cup of cookie dough in an airtight container and place in fridge for a little while. Form the remaining dough into 12 (1") rounds, place on a baking sheet and in the freezer. Freeze at least 2 hours until firm.
  3. Remove the reserved 3/4 cup cookie dough from fridge at least 30 min before needing it. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C), and line 12 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  4. In a food processor (or stand mixer), add all ingredients for the cupcakes except the milk. Beat (or pulse food processor) until all ingredients are well combined, streaming in milk as they are combining, until batter is smooth and creamy.
  5. Fill cupcake liners only 1/5 full with batter, then drop the frozen cookie dough rounds on top of the batter, and top with remaining batter, roughly 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops of cupcakes are brown. Remove and let cool completely.
  6. While cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting by beating the butter until fluffy. Add vanilla and slowly add powdered sugar until well combined. As as much milk  as needed to make creamy. Add reserved 3/4 cup cookie dough and beat until well combined.
  7. Pipe onto cupcakes as desired as serve.
  8. Make these for someones birthday :)
Sources: cupcakes from Baked Bree; Cookie dough and frosting from Love and Olive Oil



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14 comments :

  1. Happy Birthday!! And please don't feel old...26 is like so so young. haha. (says the 31 year old who plucks gray hairs out of her head daily). I hope you enjoy lots of cupcakes and if Matt continues making fun of you for being 5 months older, I say hide the cupcakes on him!!

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  2. These look heavenly. What could be more perfect for a birthday cupcake!

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  3. Happy Birthday Carla! These look soooo yummy! I too never cared to be in the kitchen growing up, I actually hated cooking and now I'm a food blogger, go figure right?? ha ha thanks for sharing!

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  4. Eva @ Pastel BakeryJune 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Happy Birthday Carla! Funny your hubby makes fun of you for being only 5 months older - I get the same from mine and I'm only 3 months older! These cupcakes look deelish! Love the idea of the cookie dough incorporated into the frosting :)

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  5. Happy Birthday Carla *ahem* Matt... Hehe. These cupcakes are calling to me and I can't wait to make them. Cookie dough & cupcakes in one. What could be better?

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  6. Happy birthday! These cookies are the perfect way to celebrate!

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  7. Happy happy birthday!!!! I hope hubby planned something special for you :)

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  8. Just stopping by yet again... To tell you Happy Birthday... I ate a delicious donut in your honor today... I hope your day has been wonderful!!!!

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  9. Happy Birthday my sweet friend! I hope all your wishes come true this year! xxx

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  10. Happy Birthday!!! These cupcakes look incredible, darling!!! xoxo

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  11. Funny to hear how unruly you were during your childhood days. I think we all have our own share of mischievous acts. Anyway, I love cupcakes and this one is one of my cravings. Got to have some to remedy my cravings. :)
    - KatzGlutenFree.com

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  12. Die sehen unglaublich lecker aus. Die hätte ich auch gerne probiert.

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  13. Hi Carla

    Can you freeze the cookie dough balls several days in advanced before using them.

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    1. Hi Jackie!! Absolutely you can!! Just make sure to freeze them for a couple hours on the baking sheet and then place them in a sealed bag or Tupperware so they don't get freezer burnt :) hope that helps!! Happy baking!

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