so i was in the midst of baking some chocolate chip cookies that i had an idea... so i decided to put aside some of the dough before i added the egg... after baking the cookies, i started prepping the kitchen for some cupcake madness... i've always wanted to make chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes, but i didn't want to do the usual and place a big chunk of the cookie dough in the center of the cupcake... so i figured i would make a simple vanilla cake, and top it with vanilla bean butter cream with little cookie dough cookies...
i used one of my favorite vanilla cupcake recipes, its simple and always comes out banging... its a nice triple threat of vanilla...
vanilla-vanilla-vanilla butter cake recipe
1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp coarse salt (once again i use my homemade vanilla sea salt)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened and cut into tbsp size pieces
1 cup of vanilla sugar*
2 lrg. eggs at room temp
1 tsp. pure madagascar vanilla
1/2 vanilla bean, split
1/2 cup buttermilk
*vanilla sugar - what i do for this is i take empty vanilla bean pods and i place them in mason jars along with some raw sugar... i let them meld together for a while, and then when i'm in need of the sugar, i run it through a food processor until it becomes fine. this is the same as what i do for the vanilla seasalt
1. preheat the oven to 400
2. in a medium bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients
3. beat the butter into the flour a little at a time, until it resembles coarse crumbs
4. beat in the sugar gradually, the mixture will still be crumbly
5. beat the eggs in 1 at a time, combining well after each
6. add the vanilla extract, vanilla bean and buttermilk and beat on medium until just combined, don't over mix
7. place in cupcake tins, and bake 15-17 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean, then cool completely on a wire rack
now to frost them...
i make a classic vanilla bean buttercream, i love the little vanilla specks all mixed in the creamy vanilla buttercream... it just looks so freakin yummy... now for the added extra of the cookie dough... originally i was going to break the dough into chunks and fold it into the frosting, but i soon realized that the cookie dough would probably get all backed up in my pastry bag during frosting... so instead i took the dough and shaped them into disks about the size of the tip of my pinky, and then i topped each one with a mini chocolate chip...
voila! mini chocolate chip cookies...
i think the picture just about says it all...