I baked these cupcakes up for our dear friend, Leland. He retired from a long-time teaching and coaching job in Hazen. I say retiring lightly because he is actually still working – at the Hazen Golf Course! There was a reception out at the golf course and my husband volunteered me to bake a cake. Instead of a cake though, I thought I’d make these fun cupcakes to honor his new position. The cupcakes had a cookie dough center, vanilla/chocolate chip cake and cookie dough frosting. The thing that set these over the top was the cookie dough center. These take a few steps but are well worth it! I cheated a bit by using a boxed cake mix for the cupcakes, jazzing them up a bit though. The dough and frosting are homemade.
If you have a Dad or father figure who likes golf and has a sweet tooth, bake these for Father’s Day!
This recipe is based off of cupcakes at Kevin & Amanda’s website
For the cookie dough (can be made in advance which I suggest just to save you time) – must be frozen. No worries – there is no egg in this cookie dough recipe
- 2 sticks softened butter
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons half and half (or milk or cream)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2½ cups all purpose flour
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
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 2-3 minutes. Beat in half-and-half and vanilla until incorporated and smooth, about another minute. Beat in the flour and salt until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Using a scoop (1.5 tablespoon), shape the dough into balls. Freeze on a parchment lined baking sheet until solid. Remove from sheet and store them in a zip top bag until ready to use. I had a few extra cookie dough balls and they were quite large. You could make them smaller if you’d like
I mixed up the cookie dough and had a vodka/diet. What a way to spend a Friday evening!
For the cupcakes
- 1 box vanilla cake mix
- 1 small box cheesecake flavored instant Jell-O pudding
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup half-and-half
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
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 all ingredients except the mini chips. Beat together on medium speed until light and fluffy, at least 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Stir in mini chips.
- Using a large scoop, fill the prepared cupcake liners ⅔ full with the cupcake batter.
- Place a frozen cookie dough ball on the top center of each cupcake and slightly push down. Place in oven.
- Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes.
You can see below the cookie dough balls are quite large.
For the frosting
- 3 sticks softened butter
- ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 3½ cups powdered sugar
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 tablespoons half and half (if needed, I didn’t need any)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
To make the frosting
- Combine the butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, at least 3 minutes. Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth. Beat in the salt, half and half (if needed), and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.
- Frost the cupcakes and decorate if you choose. If not, sprinkle with mini chocolate chips for presentation.
Makes: 24-26 cupcakes.
There is definitely a lot of butter going on in this recipe but it’s worth it!
You can see that the dough balls were so bit the cupcake batter didn’t cover them. No worries though, frosting is going on top to cover it up. Again, if you make the dough balls smaller this wouldn’t be an issue if you are concerned.
I tinted most of the frosting green as grass and kept some white for the golf ball. I just stuck a tee in each cupcake for décor. Easy!
The best surprise is the cookie dough center. OMG! So indulgent and delicious. I’d definitely bake these up again.
Getting them packed and ready for the party. Even if you don’t do a theme, give this recipe a try. I bet kids would love these. Enjoy!