Happy birthday to me! Today is my 23 birthday, which also means that I’m starting my second year of real adult life (I miss college!). So, I’ll admit, it was well over a week before my birthday when I made these, but my best friend and fellow July-baby Charlotte and I are firm believers in celebrating our birthdays at least four times per summer. One down, three more to go!
My friend Leah brought my attention to the concept of putting balls of cookie dough into cupcakes, and I knew I had to make these my own. And, being the amazingly decadent treat that they are, I knew I was going to go all out. I cut back the sugar in the cookie dough and made it very chocolaty to balance out the sweetness of the cookies-and-cream frosting and the rich vanilla flavor of the cupcake batter. I will fully admit here that I taste-tested the creation every step along the way. Yum.
Oh and I shared these with my sister Sindha when she was visiting. The lucky girl–she got to eat pasta alfredo, sun-dried tomato quiche, AND vanilla cupcakes filled with double chocolate cookie dough topped with a cookies-and-cream frosting. Did I hear her complain? Nope. Is she going to be visiting me again? Definitely. Now then, here is the best birthday treat a girl could ask for!
Double Chocolate Cookie Dough Vanilla Cupcakes
Double Chocolate Cookie Dough
Adapted from My Recession Kitchen
5 tbsp Earth Balance or vegan buttery spread
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup non-dairy milk
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour (or additional AP flour)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 tsp ground golden flax (optional)
1. Beat Earth Balance and sugar for 2 minutes
2. Add the vanilla extract and milk and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
3. Mix the flours, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.
4. Slowly add the flour to the beaten wet ingredients. Beat on the lowest setting until flour is mixed in.
5. Fold in chocolate chips with a spoon.
6. Using a scant tablespoon, roll dough into balls. I made 27 cookie dough balls. Smaller is better here as they need to go into a cupcake! Place cookie dough balls in freezer safe container, and place in freezer for at least one hour. Feel free to make this a day or two in advance though!
Note: This makes double the cookie dough balls that you need for the recipe. You can either double the cake batter and have 24 cupcakes, or you could combine two cookie dough balls together (not frozen) and bake them into cookies (350 ºF, 12-15 minutes).
Adapted from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World
1 cup soy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup flour (I used 1/2 whole wheat pastry, 1/2 all purpose)
2 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 recipe double chocolate cookie dough, above
1. Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners.
2. In a measuring cup drop the tsp of vinegar in the soy milk. Set aside to curdle for 5-10 minutes.
3. In a large bowl, beat together the curdled soy milk, oil, sugar, vanilla for 2 minutes.
4. In a separate bowl mix the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
5. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet until no large clumps remain.
6. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full (scant 2/3 to make 12 cupcakes!).
7. Place into preheated oven for 5-7 minutes.
8. Remove from oven and pop the frozen cookie dough balls into the partially cooked cupcakes. Press them in if needed and try to cover the tops with the soft cakey batter.
9. Put back in oven, and bake an additional 17-20 minutes until fully risen and the tops are golden.
Cookies and Cream Frosting
1/4 cup vegan shortening
1/4 cup Earth Balance buttery sticks or margarine
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp soy milk (or creamer)
1/3 cup crushed cookies
1. Beat shortening and earth balance until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
2. Add powdered sugar, and beat an additional 3 minutes.
3. Add vanilla and soy milk and beat 5-7 minutes until fluffy.
4. Crush cookies (5 cookies ~ 1/3 cup) in a bag, and mix them into frosting.
Spread frosting over the cupcakes and enjoy!