Monday, May 2, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

It takes a certain kind of genius to come up with a cupcake that tastes just like a chocolate chip cookie.
The cake portion of the cupcake has chocolate chips interspersed throughout, is semi-dense (giving it that cookie feel) and is filled with an egg-less cookie dough truffle. As if that's not enough, it is then topped with a cookie dough flavored buttercream, and decorated with tiny chocolate chips and a mini cookie.

Cookie dough perfection in cupcake form. How fun (and tasty!) is that?


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Yield: 24 cupcakes
Ingredients:
For the cupcakes:

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (semisweet or bittersweet)
For the filling:
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 6 tbsp. light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 7 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • Pinch of salt
For the frosting:
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 2½ tsp. vanilla extract
For decoration:
  • Tiny chocolate chip cookies (We used tiny ones sold at Trader Joe's, but you could certainly make your favorite recipe)
  • Mini chocolate chips
To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line two cupcake pans with paper liners (24 total).  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and brown sugar.  Beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Mix in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.  Stir together to blend.  Add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl on low speed, alternating with the milk, 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 the prepared cupcake liners. (We used two scoops of a standard cookie dough-sized scoop in each liner.) Bake for 17-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pan 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the cookie dough filling, combine the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Beat in the flour, pinch of salt, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until incorporated and smooth.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the mixture has firmed up a bit, about an hour.

To fill the cupcakes, cut a cone-shaped portion out of the center of each cupcake.  Fill each hole with a chunk of the chilled cookie dough mixture.

To make the frosting, beat together the butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until creamy.  Mix in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth.  Beat in the flour and salt.  Mix in the milk and vanilla extract until smooth and well blended.

Frost the filled cupcakes as desired, sprinkling with mini chocolate chips soon after frosting. Top with mini chocolate chip cookies for decoration prior to serving.

Source: Annie's Eats

1 comment:

  1. Abby made a cookie dough cake for Eli's BD! It was a party in and of itself. Did I mention that we totally rocked the free world of the baking scene last weekend!?!?

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