Monday, March 31, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

In addition to making Nutella bomb cupcakes for my birthday Whistler trip with friends, I also made these cookie dough filled cupcakes. Ever since I made chocolate dulce de leche cupcakes back in January, I have been craving making another filled cupcake. I decided that between the two types that I made for my birthday at least one should have a filling.

This recipe was definitely more work than the average cupcake because it involved baking the cupcakes, making the filling, chilling the filling before cutting holes into the cupcakes and stuffing them, and finally frosting the cakes. I wish I could say that these cupcakes were truly amazing and worth all of that effort but the truth is that they were just okay. Personally, I felt that they were a little too sweet and I enjoyed the Nutella bomb cupcakes more. However my friends enjoyed both which just goes to show that everyone has different tastes. Regardless, I had a great time celebrating my birthday with my friends and I hope it was just the beginning of a great year to come.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Note: The original recipe was for 24 cupcakes, however I cut it in half and made only 12. The recipe below reflects the amounts I used. The original recipe can be found here.

For the cupcakes:
  • 1½ cups (16 tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1⅓ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips 
  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir together to blend and set aside.
  2. Beat the butter and brown sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  3. Mix in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. 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. 
  5. Blend in the vanilla and fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.
  6. Divide the batter evenly in a well-greased or cupcake lined pan . Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  7. Allow to cool in the pan 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the filling:
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp flour
  • 3½ oz sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
  1. Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. 
  2. Beat in the flour, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until incorporated and smooth. 
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the mixture has firmed up a bit, about an hour.
For the frosting:
  • ½ cup (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  1. Beat the butter and brown sugar together until creamy. 
  2. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar until smooth. 
  3. Beat in the flour and salt, then mix in the milk and vanilla until smooth and well blended.
To assemble:
  1. Cut a cone-shaped portion out of the center of each cupcake. Fill each hole with a chunk of the chilled cookie dough mixture.
  2. Remove the tip from the cupcake cones and press each top back onto the cupcake.
  3. Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with some mini chocolate chips for garnish.

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