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Cookie Dough Frosted Cupcakes

Cookie Dough CupcakesChocolate cupcakes topped with rich chocolate chip cookie dough frosting….my new favorite thing!

I love cookie dough.  When I was a little girl we always got little nibbles of it when mom was baking.  Now, of course, we know that those raw eggs could kill us…but I think that cookie dough might be worth that risk!!  

The best part of this recipe is that the frosting truly tastes like cookie dough (a light creamy cookie dough) and there are NO eggs in it.  So you could just eat it straight out of the bowl and forget the cupcakes….not that I would do that….ever….well…maybe just a little….

I made my cupcakes into minis- simply because I wanted to put a “scoop” of frosting on top and a full-size scoop would be a HUGE amount of frosting…I don’t have a problem with that, but I think most people might 😉

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INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed chocolate cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to box)

***OR use your favorite cupcake recipe.  This is really all about the frosting– so do your favorite thing with the cupcake recipe/ flavor***

  • 2 sticks (8 oz.) unsalted butter(softened)
  • 2 sticks (8 oz.) salted butter(softened)
  • 2 c. powered sugar
  • 1 c. brown sugar (packed)
  • 3 T. vanilla
  • 1/3c. flour
  • 1 12 oz bag of mini chocolate chips.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix (or your favorite cake recipe) and divide into mini cupcake liners in a mini cupcake tin. (makes about 48 mini cupcakes)
  • Bake according to box/recipe (mini cupcakes take less time, so adjust accordingly!)
  • Cool cupcakes completely.
  • Place all frosting ingredients except mini chips into a large mixing bowl and beat with mixer on low until combined and then high until light and fluffy.
  • Add mini chips (keep about 1/4 of a cup aside to sprinkle on top) and beat on low until fully combined.
  • Frost cupcakes.  You can use a knife to just spread it on or use a small or medium Cookie Scoop to make your cupcakes look like mine do.
  • Sprinkle remaining chips on top and gobble these cupcakes up!!!

Cookie Dough Cupcakes2My thoughts: These are dangerous cupcakes for me.  I had to get them out of my house FAST.  I seriously wanted to eat them all.  Ah….cookie dough….sigh.  Enjoy these so much!!!!  ~r

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes Front and Back6-13-14: Did you know that this yummy recipe is available on adorable blank notecards?  With a photo of the cupcakes on the front, the recipe on the back, and plenty of room to write a message inside, these are the PERFECT gift!  Why send just a card, when you can send the gift of a recipe as well?!?  Click here for more information and to order.

Chocolate chips are an important ingredient here at easybaked~  click on an image to be taken to the recipe:

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Roll!

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Chocolate covered strawberry Cake roll!!This strawberry cake rolled with vanilla buttercream and dark chocolate ganache is not only a pretty Valentines Day treat, but such a yummy one!  Plus, it looks A LOT harder to make than it really is!

February 1st.  How can the first month of this year be gone already?  I had already written a post for for this week when I looked at the calendar and thought, oh my- it’s time for a Valentine’s dessert!  I had an unexpected day off of work this week and decided to experiment with turning an ordinary cake mix into a cake roll.  I absolutely loved the results!  Cake rolls will always be a little fussier than plain old cakes, but look at how cute it is…!  If you’ve never made a cake roll, I will try to explain it as we go.  I have a few pictures, but if you want a few more click here for my pumpkin roll recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed strawberry cake mix (I used Pillsbury this time)
  • Water, oil and eggs (we will adjust the amounts from the box just a bit!)
  • 1/2c. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 c. dark chocolate chips
  • 2 sticks (8 oz) butter
  • 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 T. clear vanilla flavoring.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees
  • Make boxed cake mix, but add just a little less oil and water.  The Pillsbury mix called for 1 cup of water and 1/3 cup of oil.  I used 3/4 c. water and 1/4 c. oil instead.  I used the same # of eggs (3)
  • Cover the bottom of a standard jellyroll pan (mine is about 12″ by 17″, and about 1″ deep) with waxed paper- allowing the paper to extend just a bit over each end.
  • Lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Pour cake batter into pan and gently spread it out to cover the entire bottom in a thin, but even layer of cake.
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 15-20 minutes- checking often to make sure it isn’t browning too much.
  • Remove pan from oven, sprinkle a clean kitchen towel with powdered sugar, lay it powder side down on the top of the cake and holding the towel in place, flip the pan over onto a flat surface.  You will have your powdered towel, the cake on top and wax paper on top of the cake.
  • Peel the wax paper off and gently roll the cake up in the towel, rolling from one short end to the other- keep the towel on the bottom and wrap it up with the cake.
  • Refrigerate for one hour.
  • While this is in the fridge, make your ganache and butter cream.
  • For the ganache: heat 1/2 c. of whipping cream in a medium saucepan until it starts to bubble around the edges.  Turn off the heat. Add the dark chocolate chips and cover for 5-10 minutes.  Stir until smooth and creamy.
  • For the buttercream: Place (softened) butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat on high until very fluffy and creamy.
  • After chilling for one hour, remove cake roll from fridge and gently unroll on a flat surface.
  • Gently and evenly spread ganache over entire surface of the cake roll.
  • Gently and evenly spread the buttercream over the ganache.  This part was a little tricky- I wanted to make sure I didn’t mix the two layers, so I scooped the buttercream in little bits all over the top and then spread it a little at a time.

Spread chocolate over the cake roll...Add buttercream over chocolate!!  YUM!

  • Gently roll the cake back up, leaving the towel behind.  Carefully lift it on to a large plate and refrigerate it until the buttercream and ganache harden up.

The 1st time I made this it rolled beautifully and I just sprinkled it with powdered sugar….then when I made it for taking photos it cracked as I rolled.  This sometimes happens with cake rolls and there’s an easy fix: make another batch of ganache and pour it right over the top!  I think I actually liked it better this way!  You can’t even tell it cracked, see:

Cake roll cracked!!!!Chocolate covered Strawberry cake roll-- all fixed!!!

When it is chilled, slice it and serve it with whipped cream and maybe even some chocolate covered strawberries?  So yummy!!!!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Roll!!!My thoughts: I really had fun making this dessert.  There’s just something about the pink cake and all that gooey chocolate that makes me smile!  I hope this cake brings a smile to the faces of all the ones you love this Valentine’s Day!  Enjoy!!!   ~r

Want some other fun Valentines Day ideas?  Click on the picture to be taken to the recipe.

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal CookiesEveryone will love this classic oatmeal cookie (with chocolate instead of those yucky raisins!). It’s crisp on the edges and chewy in the middle-YUM!!!  COOKIES!!!!!!!

My friend Laura kept telling me about a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe from when she was a little girl.  Her friend’s mom would make them and they are still one of Laura’s favorites.

DSCN0028Whenever a treat stays in someone’s mind from childhood you know it has to be a good one, so I asked for the recipe.

I texted Laura in the middle of the grocery store standing in front of the oatmeal (yes, I am one of those people…)  She immediately scanned in the recipe and sent it to me, and here you have it….truly amazing oatmeal and chocolate cookies (Thank you Laura!!)

INGREDIENTS:oatmeal recipe

  • 1 c. margarine
  • 1 c. brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups uncooked old-fashioned oatmeal (plain, and not instant!)
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips (I added all my leftover chips- some milk chocolate, some dark, some semisweet.  The original recipe calls for only a cup.  That is crazy.  I think I added 2 (maybe 3!) You need at least three chips for every cookie bite in my opinion!)
  • 1/2 c. nuts (If desired ~I didn’t add them)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  • Line cookie sheet(s) with parchment paper – you don’t have to do this, but my cookies stuck a little bit to the sheets, so I did my next batch with paper and they slid right off.
  • Beat margarine and sugars together in a large mixing bowl until creamy.
  • Blend in eggs and vanilla
  • Add flour, soda and salt to cream mixture and beat well
  • Stir in oats, lots of chocolate and nuts (if desired)
  • Mix until well combined. I just used my hands at this point as it was such a stiff dough and I wanted to fully incorporate the two million chocolate chips I added.
  • Drop by about one tablespoon of dough (I used a Medium Cookie Scoop and it was a lifesaver!) onto parchment lined cookie sheets and bake at 375F for 10-14 minutes.  Remove from cookie sheets while warm and cool completely on parchment paper or a wire rack.

 


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My thoughts:  These were really good cookies. You’ll notice a few differences in my recipe and the original.  

I used margarine, not butter.  I generally prefer butter in baking, but cookies are one exception.  I nearly always use margarine as butter seems to make the cookies “spread” more, giving you flat, crunchy cookies instead of thick, chewy ones.

I never “sift” ingredients.  I know that makes some of you shudder in horror, but I just never do.  I put my flour in and sprinkle the other ingredients on top and hope for the best.  I blame my mom for this.  She never taught me to sift 😉  In this recipe if it makes you feel better to sift, by all means do it!!

I did not double this recipe.  It overflowed my biggest mixing bowl.  The handwritten notes on this recipe recommend making a double batch and freezing.  I can only assume she mixed the batch up in her bathtub, as it would be a tremendous amount of cookie dough.  I do NOT recommend doubling this.  I did freeze some and I thought they were ok- a little dry.  I’d stick with making them fresh, and in a reasonable amount.

I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as all of us here did!  Happy baking!!!  ~r

Oatmeal Cookie recipeWant to try more cookie recipes from Easybaked?  We have a lot of them!  Click on an image to be taken to the recipe:

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Dark Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

Dark chocolate cupcakes topped with ganache and vanilla buttercream– so rich and smooth because they are flour-less (lets hear it for my gluten-free friends!!)!!!  YUM!

Ingredients: (makes about 40 mini cupcakes)

Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups of dark chocolate chips
  • 1 stick (4 oz.) salted butter
  • 2 T. cocoa powder
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 6 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 c. sugar

Ganache:

  • 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c. heavy whipping cream

Frosting:

  • 1 stick (4 oz.) salted butter (room temp)
  • 1 stick (4 oz.) unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 t. clear vanilla flavoring

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate with butter in 30 second increments, stirring between until smooth and creamy.
  • Whisk cocoa powder into melted chocolate.
  • Add egg YOLKS and whisk until smooth.  Set aside.
  • Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and whisk until foamy.
  • Add sugar gradually to egg whites while beating on high until medium peaks form.
  • Add 1/3 of egg whites to chocolate and mix well- until completely combined and smooth.
  • Add remainder of egg whites and fold in gently until completely incorporated.
  • Spoon batter into mini-cupcake liners in tins and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely. (Cupcakes will rise high in oven and as they cool they will sink and even become a little concave— perfect spot for our yummy ganache to sit!!)
  • To make the ganache, heat chips and whipping cream in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until completely melted and smooth.
  • Gently spoon or pipe ganache into the concave top of each cupcake until all ganache is used up.
  • Allow ganache to cool and harden (place in fridge to speed this process up)
  • Make frosting by combining remaining room temperature butters with powdered sugar and vanilla and beating on high until light and fluffy.
  • Pipe frosting on tops of each cupcake, covering the ganache.
  • Decorate as desired.

My thoughts: Usually, I use a cake mix for my cupcakes and focus on the fillings and frostings for that “wow” factor.  The wow factor in these is definitely the cupcakes themselves….wow.  I tried cupcakes made with a flour-less recipe this past weekend in Chicago at Molly’s cupcakes.  (AMAZING!)  I just had to try making them for myself and the reason I made them mini is because they are SO rich and heavy.  A full-size cupcake would be too much.  These cupcakes are definitely worth the extra effort!  The tiny hearts on top I just made on wax paper using Wilton’s candy melts. Click here for some photos of how to pipe designs in chocolate.  Enjoy!!!  -r

Peppermint Chocolate Drops

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I love new products in the grocery store. Love them.  Last week, on an end cap there was something intriguing: Jet-puffed Mallow Bits by Kraft.  My store had them in plain and peppermint.  They are exactly like the tiny crunchy marshmallow bits found in hot chocolate packets….but in sprinkle form (and in yummy peppermint!).

I tossed a container in my cart and immediately began to daydream about all the wonderful things I could put them in….these cookies are just the beginning….don’t be surprised if you see these little pieces of crunchy happiness in another post soon.

These little chocolate drops have a rich cocoa flavor.  They are just FULL of mini chocolate chips and gooey peppermint marshmallows….   *love*

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 c. margarine
  • 1 1/4 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2c. cocoa
  • 2-3 c. flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 2 c. mini chocolate chips
  • 2 c. Mallow Bits in peppermint

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cream together margarine and sugar.
  • Use a mixer to beat margarine and sugar together for 2 minutes on medium until fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  • Beat in cocoa.
  • Add flour, salt and baking soda and mix by hand (dough will be very thick).
  • Add chocolate chips and mallow bits.
  • Knead dough together until smooth (add more flour if too sticky to knead)
  • Roll teaspoons of dough into balls and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. (I use a Small Cookie Scoop to make my cookies all the same size)
  • Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.
  • Cool on parchment paper.

These are the perfect party cookie and just in time for Valentines day!  Enjoy!

Turtle Upside-down Cake

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Layers of chocolate cake, caramel, pecans and chocolate chips make this cake unique and DELICIOUS!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box of german chocolate cake mix
  • eggs, oil and water needed to make mix according to box
  • 30 Kraft caramels (unwrapped)
  • 8 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 1c. chopped pecans
  • 1c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Coat sides and bottom of 9-Inch Springform Pan
    with cooking spray and place a circle of parchment paper in the bottom.
  • Make cake mix as directed.
  • Scoop 1/2 of cake mix into bottom of pan and bake for 2o min.
  • While cake is baking, heat cream cheese in a saucepan over medium heat until smooth.
  • Add caramels and stir constantly until completely melted and smooth.
  • After 20 minutes, remove cake from oven.  Pour nuts and chocolate chips over partially baked cake layer.  Pour caramel over (this may sink slightly in the middle.)
  • Carefully scoop remaining cake mixture over the top, covering all of the caramel and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes (until center is firm and a cake tester comes out clean).
  • Remove from oven and run a knife around edges of pan.  
  • Allow to set until cool.  
  • Remove edges of pan and then turn over by setting serving plate on top of cake and flipping.  Remove pan bottom and parchment paper.
  • Top with powdered sugar and caramel sauce if desired.
  • ENJOY!

My thoughts:  I created this cake recipe thinking I could enter it into the RWOP contest (dessert week is coming!)  It simply took too long to completely cook and set though (the contest has a one hour limit).  I had to post it here for you all though because it was SO tasty!   Enjoy!


Chocolate Cheesecake Fudge!

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If you like cheesecake and you like fudge, this is a perfect combination!  Plus, I am convinced this is the easiest fudge recipe EVER!!!!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 bags (11.5 oz each) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tub (10 oz.) Philadelphia Original Favor Cooking Creme
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped nuts

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring well between until smooth.
  • Add cooking creme, vanilla and nuts and stir until well blended.
  • Pour into a 9×9 pan that has been lined with aluminum foil.
  • Refrigerate for about 40 minutes (until fudge is hard).
  • Remove from pan, peel away foil, cut and serve!!!

 

My thoughts:  I created this recipe for Kraft.  They sent me all of their flavors of cooking creme to experiment with before it was placed in stores.  This is one of the “Original” flavor recipes I made.  I LOVE how easy it is and I love the cream cheese flavor– it adds a unique twist to the basic fudge recipe.  This is a wonderful dark chocolate fudge- but if you want it sweeter just use milk chocolate chips instead!  ENJOY!!!!!!!   r-

In the beginning…..there were chocolate chip cookies!

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Everyone needs a great recipe for chocolate chip cookies.  For big chewy perfect-every-time goodness this is your recipe!

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2c. margarine (use tubs of Fleishmans for best results)
  • 2c. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 6 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 2c. (one bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2c. (one bag) milk chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Cream together butter and sugars.  Add the rest of the ingredients except for the flour and chocolate chips.

Add flour (batter will be fairly dry).  Fold in chocolate chips.  Drop using a Large Cookie Scoop onto cookie sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes.

My thoughts:  I’m starting this blog at the request of many of you who ask for my recipes and ideas.  I hope this becomes an easy place for you to find fun and yummy things to bake for your family and friends that make them smile!   After all— that’s what baking is all about isn’t it?  This cookie recipe is one of my VERY favorite go-to recipes and by far my most requested recipe– so here you go!  ENJOY!!!!  *hugs* r-

 


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