Friday, April 12, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes

A few weeks ago it was my sister in laws birthday. Since I was looking for any excuse to make up some cupcakes I thought these were a perfect opportunity. Everyone needs some cake on their birthday! I gave some of the left overs to my brother and he was absolutely raving about how they are the best cupcake he has ever had and is constantly asking me if I am going to make them again anytime soon. The fun surprise is the baked cookie in the center of the cupcake!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes 

For the cupcake:
1 box Duncan Hines devil's food cake mix
1- 5.9 oz package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs; slightly beaten
2 tsp pure vanilla extract 
1/2 cup warm water

For the frosting:
3 sticks butter; softened
2 pounds powdered sugar
1 Tbsp clear vanilla extract
4-6 Tbsp heavy cream or milk


For the cupcake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with 24 liners. 
In a large bowl mix together devil's food cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, vegetable oil, slightly beaten eggs, vanilla, and warm water. 
Using a large cookie scoop divide batter between the 24 liners. About 3 Tbsp per cupcake liner.
Measure 1 tsp of cookie dough and roll into a ball. (I just used premade cookie dough in a tube from the store) Drop the cookie dough ball into each cupcake liner and be sure to cover completely with the the batter. (I generally fill the cupcake liner with one cookie scoop full of batter, drop my cookie dough ball in, then cover it with one more cookie scoop full of batter)
Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow cupcakes to cool on a wire rack. Prepare your frosting while your cupcakes cool completely.

For the frosting:
In a large bowl cream butter until smooth and creamy. Slowly add in the 2 pounds of powdered sugar. Add vanilla extract. Slowly add heavy cream or milk to the frosting until a desired consistency is achieved. 
Pipe frosting onto cupcake and garnish with mini chocolate chips and a cookie. 
You can bake your own mini cookies or buy already made ones at the store. I went for the easy and uniform shape route and just bought some of the chips ahoy soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies and cut them in half before placing them on top of the frosting. Be sure and garnish the cupcakes quickly because the frosting does harden on the outside pretty quick. Maybe frost and garnish 5 cupcakes at a time.

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