Hello all you lovely people!
I wanted to talk a little about the fun I had last weekend. Then I’ll get right down to the good stuff: cookie dough stuffed cupcakes!
Last weekend was FULL of shopping. Taylor and I went shopping Friday while Allie and Taylor’s boyfriend Kyle were at a computer programming workshop. We had more than enough time to spend in the stores so we spent some time clowning around.
We had a wonderful lunch at Granite City Food and Brewery. I had a Santa Fe Turkey Sandwich. It was a crispy fried Tortilla with turkey, mayo sauce, and lettuce. I also had a side of ribbon fries. I promptly gobbled everything up. I love eating my healthy foods like apples, yogurt, and lean meats, but I also like to have something fried and absolutely heart clogging every once in a while. Of course, if I ate fried foods every day I’d start feeling sluggish and blah. It’s all about balance people. Feed your body what it wants and needs.
After shopping, eating, and just plain having fun all day at an outdoor mall, Taylor and I picked up the little nerds from their programming workshop.
Taylor acted like a proud mother, snapping pictures of Allie and Kyle as they exited the lecture hall.
Saturday I also went shopping. I wasn’t shopping for myself though. Saturday was all about buying new school clothes for Darren. He bought a ton of new, stylish clothes which I’m super excited about. I love clothes and creating a personal style. Darren on the other hand, like most other men I know, could care less about style. He happily tried on clothes all day for me, though. In fact, I picked out everything he bought that day except for a pack of socks he grabbed while I was in the bathroom. I may have liked shopping for Darren better than shopping for myself. If I wasn’t so interested in medicine, I’d definitely try to start up a career as a personal shopper.
After shopping, my whole family and Darren cooked out over a wood fire by the river. It was nice family time. Then Darren and I went on a walk and got ice cream.
Sunday was equally as exciting as Friday and Saturday. I went spelunking! For those of you who don’t know, spelunking is the act of exploring a cave. Darren, his mom, and my family went on a cavern tour. It was amazing! I thought the whole thing would be super touristy. I thought there would be stairs and hand rails. No. We climbed on and over rocks. We ducked down low. We had a super fun time crawling to 100 feet underground. I loved it, and now I’m excited to visit more caves whenever I can!
Onto more delicious things…
Like Cookie Dough Stuffed Cupcakes! Yes, inside these seemingly ordinary cupcakes lies a huge glob of cookie dough, eggless cookie dough of course. I took the easy way out and used boxed cake mix and store bought frosting. The cookie dough is made from scratch though. I’m not a huge fan of cupcakes, but I am absolutely in love with these. I probably love these so much because I love raw cookie dough. My dad even said he thinks I could win a prize with these cupcakes.
Cookie Dough Stuffed Cupcakes
- 1 box cake mix of your choice baked according to package (I used Betty Crocker Butter Yellow Cake Mix)
- 2 12 oz. cans of frosting or 1 24 oz can (I used Pillsbury Dark Chocolate and Buttercream because they were on sale. The combo turned out delicious though.)
Cookie dough recipe
- 2 C all-purpose flour
- 1/2 t salt
- 3/4 C unsalted butter, melted
- 1 C packed brown sugar
- 1/2 C white sugar
- 1 T vanilla extract
- 4 T milk
- Any amount of any mix-in you’d like – I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, but mini semi-sweet chocolate chips would probably be better.
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
Once your cupcakes are baked and cooled, use a small knife to cut out a piece of the center. I cut out holes that were about an inch in diameter and an inch deep. Shape some cookie dough into a ball that is similar to the size of the hole in the cupcake. Put the cookie dough ball in the cupcake. Cover with frosting. To get the look I achieved on my cupcakes, I filled one pastry bag with buttercream and the another with dark chocolate frosting. I left these pastry bags without a tip and placed both of them inside another pastry bag fitted with a star tip. When you frost, the frostings will come out side by side. If you are working with stiff frosting you will get two-toned frosting. If you are working with a creamier frosting like I did, you will mostly get a blending of the frostings.
Enjoy your cupcakes and eat your cookie dough raw!