Cookies or Cupcakes?

...or dare I say both?

After perusing the internet I stumbled up these babies.  Oh, and those.  And oh my, look at this one!

And so the idea of a cookie dough/ cupcake combo was planted in my mind.  You would think after reading all these recipes I would do a little planning, gather ingredients, think the process through.  Nope, I tend to be a bit impulsive and I make no exception with my baking!  

Last Friday, (last day of my spring break, wahhhh) I spent the day on my hands and knees scrubbing our floors since we were expecting company on Saturday.  I also had whipped up an awesome dinner and by the time 6:00 rolled around the kitchen was finally clean.  I was tired. beat. ready to kick back and relax.  And then Shane calls with exciting news about his job. My mind flashes to the freezer and I know how we'll celebrate.  I have cookie dough frozen from the last batch I made.  I'll just pop them in the oven before he gets home.  Easy Peasy.

 *this is an old picture, don't mind the dates*

I putz around, watch some TV and look at the clock.  20 minutes to 7pm.  Shane gets home around 7:15, maybe I have time to bake something a little more special...? I can make cupcakes.  Oh me oh my, I can make vanilla cupcakes with a cookie dough surprise inside!

I literally ran to the bookcase and grabbed Hello, Cupcake! off the shelf, and flipped to the vanilla cupcake recipe.  Ran to the cabinets. Please let me have all the ingredients. Please  let me have all the ingredients. Phew, I got em!

In no time I had vanilla cupcake batter ready to be poured.  I spooned a tablespoon of batter, dropped in a cookie dough ball, and covered with another spoon of batter.  Then I stuck it in the oven and hoped for the best!

The recipe says bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.  I baked it for closer to 30, since the dough wasn't turning into a cookie consistency like I expected.

uh oh

What about frosting?  I hadn't even thought about how to top these sweet concoctions.  With no butter in the fridge, my only option it seemed was a royal frosting.  I put powdered sugar and vanilla extract in my mixer and slowly added almond milk a tablespoon at a time.  Not your most conventional frosting, but I had to make due with what I had!

sweet success

The cookie dough never did really turn into a cookie per say. Instead it remained a chewy, dough ball surprise!

 These were not finished by the time Shane got home.  But that's okay.  He's used to walking in while I'm frantically in the kitchen whipping up my latest creation.  I don't even know why I try and impose this 7:15pm baking cut off time, since I almost always take longer than that!  

I'm happy to be an impulsive baker because these cookie dough cupcakes were a yummy way to say "You rock Shane" and  "Hi, welcome to San Diego friends"!


  1. cookie dough surprise?? love it! ;-)

  2. What a great idea for a cupcake! It's the best of both worlds! Even the frosting looks yummy!

  3. What a cool idea!!! I've never even imagined putting cookie dough inside cake. Bri-lli-ant! How much do I love that you have a cookbook dedicated to cupcakes?