Sunday, May 29, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

When I make cookies, I'm always so sad to put that oh-so-yummy cookie dough into the oven and bake it. What's the point? The cookie dough is so good on its own! That's why I was so happy to find this delicious recipe for cookie dough cupcakes!!! You are going to love them!

Here are my frozen cookie dough balls.

Here's my frozen cookie dough stuck into the cupcake batter. The next step is baking them.

Here are my cupcakes, fresh out of the oven. See the cookie dough peeking out of the top?

Iced and sprinkled with chocolate chips....

The finished product. Doesn't that cookie dough in the middle look scrumptious?

For the cookie dough:
2 sticks softened butter (one stick is 1/4 of a cup)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp milk
1 tbsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips

For the cupcakes:
3 sticks softened butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs
2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract

For the frosting:
3 sticks softened butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract


To make the cookie dough, combine the butter and sugars in a mixing bowl and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 mins. Beat in milk and vanilla until incorporated and smooth. Beat in the flour and salt until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Using a 1.5 tbsp scoop, shape the dough into balls or tubes. Freeze on a parchment lined baking sheet overnight.

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350° F. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners (24 total). In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and brown sugar. Beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir together to blend. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl on low speed, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, mixing each addition just until incorporated. Blend in the vanilla.

Using a 3 tbsp scoop, fill the prepared cupcake liners 2/3 full with the cupcake batter. Place a frozen cookie dough ball on the top center of each cupcake.

Bake at 350 for 16-18 mins.

To make the frosting, combine the butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth. Beat in the salt, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.

Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips!

Makes 24 cupcakes.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Peanut Butter and Jam Muffins

I really liked these muffins! They had a very different texture and flavour from regular muffins, and the jam in the middle was such a nice surprise!


1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup white flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk, I used skim
1 egg
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla


In a bowl whisk together dry ingredients.

In another bowl mix the rest of the ingredients except for the jam and add to the dry ingredients and mix just until moistened.

Spoon half of the mixture into a greased muffin pan.

Spoon 1 teaspoon jam into each muffin cup and spoon the remaining batter over the jam to cover.

Bake at 400º for 25 minutes.

Cool a few minutes in the pan, remove and cool completely on a cooling rack.
These muffins freeze well.
Yields: 12 muffins

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

This bread is sooooo good! I love how the swirl looks! It's basically a cinnamon bun, in bread form. It tastes good with butter, or icing, or by itself.

To make:
1/2 cup warm water
2 packages dry yeast
(1 tablespoon sugar)

Combine and stir until dissolved. Set aside. (Use 1 tablespoon of the sugar listed below.)

1 cup milk, scalded
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt

Combine and stir until melted. Cool to lukewarm, then add to yeast mixture.

1 egg, slightly beaten
2/3 cup orange juice
2 cups flour

Add, beating until smooth. Let rest 10 minutes.

5 to 5 1/2 more flour.

Add and knead until smooth and elastic.

Grease top and place in greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled. Punch down. Divide dough into two balls. Let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each ball into a 7 by 15 rectangle, 1/2 inch thick.

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


2 tablespoons melted butter.

Spread over dough. Then sprinkle with brown sugar mixture (mentioned above).

Roll up rectangles jelly-roll fashion and place in 2 greased 9 by 5 loaf pans, sealed side down. Grease tops with oil or melted butter. Let rise until double again. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Grease tops with butter while hot. (May omit orange juice and use additional milk instead.)

Yield: 2 loaves

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Cookie Fiasco: How To NOT Make Cookies

I'd like to say I made this mistake when I was still young and inexperienced in the baking world, but I actually made it just this afternoon.

I haven't made cookies for a very long time, so you can imagine how happy I was when I was allowed to make Marshmallow Filled Chocolate Cookies. I eagerly began the baking process, mixing together all the ingredients. I then proceeded to line the sheet with parchment paper. All good, right? WRONG! I unknowingly used wax paper instead of parchment paper. And, of course, I didn't know that until after the cookies were done baking.

Okay, that's not a real sign, but it should be! Then it would stop poor bakers like me from using wax paper.

Caution to all you bakers out there: Never, ever, ever use wax paper. If the wax paper bakes into the cookies, it could prove rather fatal to your health.

Next, I found out, AFTER I had already begun the marshmallow filling, that I didn't have enough butter to finish. That would have been good to know BEFORE I started the recipe. And if that wasn't enough, the oven started smoking because I had used wax paper instead of parchment paper and it was melting.

And THEN I pulled the cookies out of the oven, turned it off, and found out too late that they weren't cooked enough. My mom and I went through them, pulling each one apart, to see which were cooked enough to be eaten. Fortunately, exactly one half was cooked enough, the other half I'd rather not talk about.

This picture is of all the unbaked cookies, broken in half.

ANYWAYS, if you would like the recipe, here it is:

Marshmallow Filled Chocolate Cookies

2 cups sugar
1 cup softened butter or margarine
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups milk
4 cups flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 º
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or grease.
In mixer bowl, beat together, margarine, sugar vanilla and eggs. Beat until light. Add milk.
Add dry ingredients and mix well. This is a soft dough, more like a thick cake batter.
Using a scoop or teaspoon, drop dough about 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
Bake at 375º for 7 - 9 minutes, baking until cookies are soft but spring back when touched.
Wait a minute or two before removing from cookie sheets to a rack. Cool completely.
Fill with marshmallow filling and store in tightly covered containers in your freezer.

Marshmallow Filling

1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
6 Tablespoons milk, divided
3 cups icing sugar
1/3 cup softened butter or margarine
1/3 cup shortening
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Place mini marshmallows and 3 tablespoons of milk in a microwave bowl or saucepan.
Gently melt, over medium heat - stirring frequently.
Just before marshmallows have melted completely, remove from heat and stir until all the lumps are gone. Set aside.
In mixing bowl, beat together margarine, shortening and vanilla.
Add icing sugar and 3 tablespoons milk, beating well.
Add marshmallow mixture and continue to beat. You may need a bit more icing sugar or milk to make it of spreading consistency. It should be thick but still spreadable.
Fill cookies.

Oh well, in the end it all worked out. And the cookies still tasted good!

Bon Appetit!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Coconut Clouds

Coconut Clouds R

  • 67 Servings
  • Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
45 10 55


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup flaked coconut, toasted

  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flaked coconut, toasted


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extracts. Stir in sour cream. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in coconut.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a small heavy saucepan, cook butter over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Pour into a small bowl; beat in the confectioners’ sugar, milk and extracts.
  • Frost cookies; dip in coconut. Let stand until completely dry. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 5-1/2 dozen.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Contest Winners!!!!

Well, here are the contest winners to my food photography contest!

First off, I will talk about each picture...

Nela's picture of Cinnamon Buns:

I really liked this picture! You can clearly see the glaze and swirls, and the close up is perfect! If you get too close it will sometimes get blurry if you are not careful.

Amy's picture of Pavlova:

Love this picture! It's slightly blurry, but I kind of like that. It gives it a nice look. I love how the chocolate is dribbled on top... it makes my mouth water.

Savories of Life's picture Meat Pie:

Great picture! I like how you had the other plate just barely in the picture and centered the main plate. The food looks delicious and the picture has lots of colour! I'll have to try and make it some time!

And now, for the winners... *drum roll please*

First place goes to NELA @ "Beloved Star." Be sure to check out her blog. It's awesome! Here's the address:

And here's the medal! Thanks for participating!

First place!

Honourable Mention goes to:

AMY THOMSON @ Amy's Prayer Blog. Be sure to take a look at her blog! The address:

And here's the medal!

Honourable Mention