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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Cupcakes

I'm kind of addicted to cupcakes. The thought of a cupcake on the weekend can seriously get me through an awful week. Which is what happened-- Hubby started school last week and our time together went from a few hours to literally 10 minutes a day as we both get ready for bed. I live for the weekends. I knew I would need the promise of cupcakes to get me through my first week without him.  Hubby asked for cheesecake, (via text) I wanted cookie dough. So the idea of Cookie Dough Cheesecake Cupcakes was born. I feel bad that my world has gone without them for so long. I could not get enough of these! I had to take a few to my neighbor just to get them out of my house! The subtle cookie dough chunks mixed in cream cheese frosting really takes it over the top. If that's not enough the pop of cookie dough in the center of your cupcake will have you begging for more! And now you can make them in the comfort of your own home! 

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Cupcakes

1 box cake mix
ingredients to prepare according to package directions

8 Tbsp. butter (room temp)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/4 cup flour
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

8 oz cream cheese
5 Tbsp. butter (room temperature)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Prepare cake mix according to package directions. While they are baking prepare filling. Cream butter and brown sugar. Add flour and mix well. Pour in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add chocolate chips and mix. Set aside 1 cup cookie dough and form the rest into small balls and set in fridge while you prepare frosting. (I threw mine in the freezer instead because I wanted them to harden faster)  Mix cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Add powdered sugar and mix well. Take out the 1 cup cookie dough you set aside and crumble it into the frosting. Fold in cookie dough with a wooden spoon just until combined. You want it to stay in chunks as much as possible. 

After cupcakes are cooled cut a cone shape out of the center of each cake and fill with a cookie dough ball. Place the top of the cone shape you cut out back on top of the cookie dough. (hiding the hole). Frost cupcakes (I use a cake decorating bag but you can also use a ziploc baggie with the corner cut out) and top with a small cookie dough ball on top. 


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