Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

My dear friend at work, Colleen, was plagued for a week with kidney stones.  We missed her dearly at work and I wanted to make her a welcome back treat!  She had always mentioned how she loved cookie dough anything, so off I went on my search to find a cookie dough cupcake.  I found one at JavaCupcake and just made it a vanilla base rather than chocolate.  There was a cookie dough filling AND a cookie dough frosting!  Double the cooki-ness!!  How could one go wrong?!

I am one who loves a cupcake with a different middle to change up the texture.  Finding cookie dough in the center of this one, pure genius!  The frosting also had a nice brown sugar flavor with chocolate chips sprinkled on top.  I think next time I will try it with the chocolate cake, but I thought it would be chocolate overload and wanted a nice balance before going overboard.

 

Look at these beauties!

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My Bake-It Bucket List

I have just added an additional page to the site and I am very excited about it! :)

I have started a “Bucket List” for items I would like to bake to keep myself on track and to keep a running list of all of the delicious treats I would like to try making.

Check it out and let me know if you have any additional items I should add to my repertoire!

Food is the way to a man’s…foot??

Halloween weekend should have been filled with candy corn and miniature sized chocolate bars, crazy costumes, and a sugar high but that Friday at 4:58 PM I got a call from my fiancé Brendan saying he was on his way to the hospital with what he thought was a broken ankle.  Plans changed quicker than I wanted them to, so our weekend was spent nursing his ankle and I decided to tap into one of my many cupcake books.  I chose Martha Stewart’s cupcake book (also given to me by Clara Ripari) and let the patient choose what type of cupcake he would like.  A good choice was the Snickerdoodle cupcakes.  Throughout the baking process of these I learned what a snickerdoodle cookie was really about, and learned when Martha says to use a candy thermometer in her recipe, she actually means it.

The cupcakes came out beautifully!

My patient Brendan ate 3 cupcakes while I was waiting on the frosting to determine whether it was an utter loss and decided that these would be great breakfast cupcakes even without the frosting.  After 15 minutes of the poor Kitchenaid beating the frosting mixture, I had to trash the idea and cut my losses, but at least I had breakfast cupcakes for the week!  I brought these to work for a few coworkers and they received the stamp of approval, where Jodi fondly was reminded of the Mrs. Fields snickerdoodle cookies.

Lesson learned: Martha knows all-when she says heat the mixture to 230, you do it!

About Me

Welcome to Binny’s Buns!  Where ingredients are transformed into creations-the delicious, inedible, and the messy.  Come on my journey as I bake my way through the cookbooks lightly covered in dust on my bookshelf, and try to find treats for my food-inhibited and fearful fiancé who used to stick to straight pasta, hold the sauce.

No longer living the grad school night class lifestyle after what seems to be a never ending 9-5, I have all the time in the world!  Why not bake my nights away without paper deadlines, tests and class to ruin it all?  This blog will exhibit my growth pains through trying to perfect my baking (and eventually) decorating skills, while also sharing my adventures through some of my favorite bakeries and discovering new ones.  Food Network has created a monster in me and I am finally ready to embrace it!

Send recipes you’d like to see, comments, feedback, warnings, fire extinguishers or any of the above.  I’d love to hear from you!

Bake on!

Binny