Monday, October 12, 2009

X is for Xiaodianxin (or Cookie Dough Cupcakes!)


Choc chip cupcake topped with brown sugar Swiss meringue butter cream and a cookie dough truffle

So cookies won the poll last week. Personally I was going for banana because I wanted to make some yummy banana split sundae themed cupcakes - but hey whatever you guys want, I'll make it. Since I already made Oreo cupcakes as part of the A... B... Cupcake project I didn't want to make another cookies and cream themed cupcake - so what to make? In steps one of my favourite food blogs - Culinary Concoctions by Peabody - if you like baking and you like blogging then you must visit this wonderful blog. I remembered a post a while ago about Cookie Dough truffles and thought that would be the perfect theme for my cupcakes this week.

Everyone likes sneaking a bite of the cookie dough before you bake the cookies. It is like an unwritten law in baking. These cookie dough truffles just take it to the next level - the dough is made for eating, NOT baking! They are egg free for all of those who are scared of eating raw egg - so there is no need to be afraid.

So before we start on the cupcakes, make up these yummy cookie dough truffles first....


Cookie Dough Truffles (from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody)

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt (I left out the salt - bring on the sugar rush!)
2 cups plain flour
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
½ cup chocolate chips (I upped this to 1 cup - mmm chocolate)

  1. Using a stand mixer (or a bowl and beaters), cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Beat in the vanilla.
  3. With speed on low, slowly add flour, alternating with condensed milk, beating well after each addition.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Shape into 1-inch balls and place into an air tight container. Store in freezer for at least 3 hours (I stored mine overnight).

Next we need to make the cupcakes...

Choc Chip Cupcakes (from Cupcake Heaven by Susannah Blake)
Makes 12

115g unsalted butter, softened
115g caster sugar
2 eggs
115g self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a 12-hole muffin tray with cupcake cases.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  4. Sift in the flour and fold in, then stir in the vanilla extract (I added the vanilla extract in with the eggs).
  5. Sprinkle over the chocolate chips and fold in.
  6. Spoon mixture into cupcake cases and bake for 17 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Now I wasn't able to preheat my oven because little miss Z was running (okay crawling) around in the kitchen and I didn't want her to burn herself. So my cupcakes were in the oven for longer and I had to open the door a few times to check if they were ready, this resulted in sunken cupcakes....


But we all know that such mishaps can be covered easily with a good dollop of frosting. So now that the cupcakes are cooling it is time to make a batch of Brown Sugar Swiss Meringue Butter Cream.

Now frost those babies...


Next I got a bit tricky with my cookie dough truffles and I coated them in milk chocolate (drool) - to do this I simply nuked 395g of milk chocolate in the microwave, dipped each truffle in the chocolate, then placed them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Then pop those babies into the fridge until set. Yum!

Once they are set top each of the cupcakes with a cookie dough truffle...


Except this truffle - it was special you see, it had a little 'M' on it. I was going to give it to Mat but then I ate it. You know, to make sure it wasn't poisonous.


Now enjoy your cupcake in 3 simple steps...

1. Pick off the truffle and lick the frosting off of the bottom of it...


2. Eat said truffle...


3. Enjoy the choc chip goodness..


The Ratings?

Me - 8/10, love the SMBC, the truffles were yummy - I just wished the cupcakes didn't sink.
Mat - 4/10, he didn't like the cookie dough truffle and the cake was too sweet - hard to please!

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22 comments:

Nicky said...

Oh my gosh you are the devil
Yum Yum Yum
I am on a wedding diet - don't do that!

Peabody said...

Oh my those look awesome! I love that there is swiss buttercream...and you dipped them in chocolate!

Psych Babbler said...

That looks so yum!

Paris Pastry said...

Those cookie dough truffles are such a great idea! I made cookie dough cupcakes once, one of my all-time favorites!

lulufroufrou said...

Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin :)

Rose said...

Your cupcakes always look so good!
Ive never tried cookie dough except in cookies, but that truffle looks delicious. The icing looks great too, its a shame I dont eat eggs.

Rose

Jessica said...

Oh my! They look so so good!!! Really need some of those cookie dough truffles right about now! :)

Kate21 said...

You're and absolute legend!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

Yum! Those are going into my to-make file!!

Miss Dot said...

oh you are too funny. thank you for the step-by-step consumption directions. also, does mat know how lucky he is to have a personal poison tester?? ugh. you are SO selfless!

Sue said...

OHMYGOSH- this one has to be one of your most creative! You should put all of these cupcakes into a cookbook!

Susan said...

YUMMY!!! How long do the cookie dough truffles last?

Elissa said...

They look soooo good, I love the idea of making your own cookie dough, I could eat all of it unbaked! I sometimes get it mixed into my ice cream when I have the chance to go to Cold Rock. I am drooling thinking about it now....

Romaine said...

First visit here. Gorgeous photos. That cream stuff is calling my name.

Jelli Bean said...

My oh my, these look incredible! I've saved that recipe from Peabody, but still haven't managed to get around to baking it (and it has been nearly a year!) Thanks for sharing the droolworthy photos!

Amanda said...

Wow, these look good! If I had seen this on Saturday, I have a feeling my houseguest and I would have made them immediately.

Ash said...

Oh! Now I so need to make these!!
The cookie dough truffles alone are a dream come true!

Kylie @ The Rockgarden said...

I can see I'm really going to wish I'd never come across this egg-free cookie dough recipe. And making it into a truffle? Gold.

Ingrid said...

Yum, I'll take one please! :) They look so rich and decadent!
~ingrid

hrgottlieb said...

If you have an interest in selling cookies or cookie dough for a fundraiser there is a website called Easy Fundraising Ideas that has about 10 different Cookie Dough Fundraising programs and they don't cost anything to start.

Chantel said...

Oh these sound RIGHT up my ally! :P

hehehe I say nuked too :P

PopGirl890 said...

The truffles look amazing! Have you tried chocolate chip cookie dough poptarts? they're just as good!