April 12, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

If you want to see grown adults act like little children, make these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes. That's what I discovered when I brought these cupcakes to work. The only suggestion I received to improve these cupcakes was to make the entire cupcake out of cookie dough (i.e. shape a mass of cookie dough into a cupcake shape).

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
3 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs
2 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
Edible Cookie Dough
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1 to 4 Tbsp. half and half

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Combine butter and brown sugar. Cream together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, approximately 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl.

In separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Alternately add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl with the milk on low speed, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, mixing each addition just until incorporated. Blend in the vanilla. Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.

Divide the batter evenly between 24 cupcake liners. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Meanwhile, combine all cookie dough ingredients together. Scoop out a heaping cup of dough, and add mini chocolate chips if desired. Shape this dough into 24 itty bitty cookies. Set aside for topping cupcakes.

Add half and half as needed to blend the remaining cookie dough into a spreadable consistency. Slather the cupcakes with cookie dough frosting, and top with a mini unbaked cookie. Keep cupcakes chilled until serving. Makes 24 cupcakes.

(I based the cupcake on Tidy Mom's cookie dough cupcake and adapted the cookie dough recipe from Cupcake Project.)

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