March 3, 2011

in like a lion out like a fluffy cupcake

For the sake of our auto insurance, let's hope that this freezing apocalyptic winter is coming to an end and that we won't have to worry about cars skating down the hill into our innocent parked ones or attempting to pack all of our residents in front of our house thanks to our neighbors' bogus handicap space while being overjoyed that we only had to make a ten point turn out of the space instead of a twenty. True, these things will happen as the snow and ice melt but in a less precarious fashion. Hopefully I won't rue this statement in July or something after I have parallel parked on top of our next door neighbor's cat.

There have been plenty of bright spots, however, and most of them surround the crazy amount of people who are hovering around thirty and still having birthday parties! Maybe that wears off once people start having kids? Or maybe it can't be denied that people like to have a shindig and even more so when it's bleak and blustery out. HA. I think I'll stick to my August birthday of lazing on the beach with the two people who still talk to me on a regular basis, thanks! Regardless, I can't complain that the rash of celebrations has provided me with plenty of opportunities to get creative with cupcakey prezzies and wrappers and boxes. Here are the results from one of my go-to recipes that young and old seem to enjoy.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Yield: 12

1/2 C melted unsalted butter, browned and cooled
1 egg
1 t vanilla
3/4 C dark brown sugar
1/2 C buttermilk any fat content
1 1/3 C all-purpose flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 C mini chocolate chips

cookie dough filling
1/4 C butter, softened
1/4 C plus 2 T brown sugar
1 T milk
1/2 t vanilla
1/2 C flour
1/4 t salt
1/4 C mini chocolate chips

cookie dough frosting from Annie Eats
3/4 C unsalted butter, softened
1/4 C plus 2 T brown sugar, packed
1 3/4 C confectioners’ sugar
1/2 C all-purpose flour
1/4 t salt
1 1/2 T milk
1 t vanilla extract
mini chocolate chips for sprinkling

Line 12 cup cupcake tin with liners. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
1. Combine flour, baking soda and baking powder in a medium bowl.
2. Whisk browned butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl.
3. Alternating, beat buttermilk and flour mix into the sugar mixture until just incorporated. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
4. Pour batter into cupcake liners 3/4 of the way and bake for 20-25 min. or until cupcake tops spring back to the touch and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool completely before assembly.

eggless cookie dough filling
1. Cream the butter and sugar in a small bowl. Add milk and vanilla and mix well. 2. Beat flour and salt until just combined. Stir in mini chocolate chips. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

cookie dough frosting
1. Cream together the butter and brown sugar.
2. Mix in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
3. Beat in the flour and salt.
4. Mix in the milk and vanilla extract until smooth.

 Cone method

1. Once cupcakes have cooled, use the cone method to carve out the tops.
2. Make little balls of the cookie dough and place in the hole. Cover with top.
3. Frost with cookie dough frosting and sprinkle chips on top for garnish. Fab!

Nutrition (not for the diet friendly): 480 cal, 27g fat, 136mg sod, 57g carb, 38g sugar, 1g fiber, 4.5g protein


Chelsea said...

These look awesome. I've heard of a similar cupcake with a slightly different method, where you freeze the cookie dough and plop into the batter-filled liners. Because it's frozen it won't bake, but the cupcake will form around it. I haven't tried, and I'm a bit afraid that the frozen dough will cool the cupcake batter around it and leave it undercooked, but it seems worth a shot!

yumyumdelish said...

I have actually done that version, too! The dough never caused the batter not to fully set. Instead, I had the opposite problem. The only way I could get the frozen dough not to bake into the batter was to insert it halfway through the baking process. That seemed as laborious as inserting it after (and the latter version guaranteed it would still be raw). If you try it and are successful, let me know!

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