Cookies N Cream Cupcakes

I was recently in charge of making cupcakes for Olivia’s teacher’s birthday.  I asked around to other teachers and my Mother-in-Law who is a newly retired teacher from our district to find out what her favorite dessert/sweet is and no one could give me an answer, but I knew she liked chocolate.  Soooooo I found a recipe for Cookie N Cream Cupcakes and decided to give them a shot.     I gathered my little bakers and my ingredients into the kitchen and we got started right away.   The recipe came from Annie’s Eats who has so many delicious recipes of all kinds……AND I figured out where I got the recipe for the Cookie Dough Cupcakes  that I recently blogged out!  ANNIE’S EATS is where it came from!!!!  🙂  So THANK YOU, Annie!

OK so we made these cupcakes and they were delicious…Olivia’s teacher and the kids in her class LOVED them, BUT I thought they were a tiny bit dry.  I’m not sure if they are a drier cupcake or if I did something wrong, but they def were drier than I like my cupcakes.  The dryness DID NOT take away from the delicious taste though, I can promise you that!   I’d like to give them another shot and see if they are equally as dry the next time!

Cookie N Cream Cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
24 Oreo halves, with cream filling attached
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 2/3 cup sugar
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup milk
20 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped
For the frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
2 tbsp. heavy cream
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Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Line the cupcake pans with 24 paper liners.
Place an Oreo halve in the bottom of each liner, cream side up.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir together with a fork to blend and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Blend in the egg whites one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Blend in the vanilla extract.
With the mixer on low speed, beat in half of the dry ingredients just until incorporated.
Add the milk and beat just until combined, then mix in the remaining dry ingredients.
Gently fold in the chopped Oreos with a rubber spatula until evenly incorporated, being careful not to over-mixEvenly divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners.
Bake for 18-20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pans 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the frosting, combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute.
Blend in the vanilla extract.
Beat in the confectioners sugar until incorporated and smooth, 1-2 minutes.
Add the heavy cream to the bowl and beat on medium-low speed just until incorporated, then increase the speed to medium-high and whip for 4 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Frost the cooled cupcakes as desired. Garnish with leftover Oreo halves.
ENJOY!
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~gianna~

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

I cannot remember where I stumbled upon this recipe…..so I apologize in advance to whomever it belongs to.  I just know I C&Ped it as a word document and forgot to site a source!  I think I was just overly excited!   Could ya blame me????

I actually made them with my kids because they love helping me cook and bake.  I didn’t give myself nearly enough time to make, bake, fill and frost them….so when you see the pictures…don’t judge!   They are absolutely delicious…and the pictures DO NOT do these yummies any justice!  I promise, next time I make them…..I will fancify them, and post better pictures!  You have my word!

They do take some time to make, so make sure you give yourself enough time, unlike me….and they will be well worth the time.  They will have you at the smell of them cooking…then the taste of filling (you have to try it as you make it) and then the frosting (taste as you make..that’s my motto!)….and then by the first bite, you will fall in love…..

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

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) 

To make the cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350° . 

Line two cupcake pans with paper liners (24 total).

Using the paddle attachment on your mixer, combine the butter and brown sugar. Cream together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, approx 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. 

Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. 

Alternating 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, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

While the cupcakes bake and cool, prepare your cookie dough filling.

For the cookie dough 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 

To Make the Filling:
Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl on medium-high speed until light and fluffy(approx2 minutes). 

Add flour, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and beat until smooth. 

Stir in the chocolate chips. 

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the mixture has firmed up a bit, (approx1 hour). 

After cupcakes have cooled, fill the cupcakes by cutting a cone-shaped portion out of the center of each cupcake. Fill each hole with a chunk of the chilled cookie dough mixture.

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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 

¾ tsp. salt 

3 tbsp. milk 

2½ tsp. vanilla extract 

Directions to make icing:

Beat butter and brown sugar with the paddle attachment on high speed until creamy and fluffy. 

Mix in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth. 

Beat in the flour and salt. 

Mix in the milk and vanilla extract until smooth and combined. 

Frost cupcakes using a pastry bag –which as you can see…I did not, but plan on doing that next time…so they look fancier!  I wasn’t going for fancy this time around!  Decorate with mini chocolate chips and top with a mini cookie!

ENJOY!

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~gianna~

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