Sometimes I really dislike being a blogger.
Hooooold up, kids. This ain’t no quitting speech or anything and there is an influx of ridiculous treats coming your way. No worries or anything.
But if you’re a personal blogger, you know what an absolute joy it is to describe to people what you do.
“So you… bake… for no one?”
No. I don’t bake for ‘no one’. That would imply I have no friends and probably collect Cabbage Patch Kids and have nightly tea parties with them or something. I bake for the internet, duh. And I have plenty of internet friends I’ll have you know.
“So you’re giving away your recipes for free? Why would you do that?”
Because I’m doing the world a favor, obvi. I’m like a Sugar Prophet, bringing more calories and sweetness to your world. What do you do, condescending person asking me questions?!
“Hey, I’d like to order four dozen cupcakes for my cousin’s friend’s nephew’s birthday party.”
And I’d like a new car, an all-expenses-paid vacay to Paris and weekly manicures but obviously the world is cruel and that isn’t happening and neither is that cupcake order. I’m no bakery.
“But why do you make treats then if you don’t plan on selling them? That doesn’t make sense. You should just open up your own bakery.”
Please, tell me other things I “should do” that would never, ever want to do. You’re enlightening me so!
It’s like, why can’t they just understand I want to continue baking up treats for you–my sweet, awesome internet friends–and chalk up my blogging to impending world domination? Because, it’s going to happen. I mean, that is no question, folks.
In the meantime, I made you Monster Cookie Dough Cupcakes. And guess what? They’re just for you, internet pals!
I adapted Ashton‘s recipe for her Monster Cookie Dough Truffles in order to get that perfect, ooey gooey monster cookie dough in the center of my cupcakes. And just in case, I added another healthy swirl of Monster Cookie Dough Frosting on top. Because, you know, we’re friends. And I do this for you.
1 box yellow cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
For Monster Cookie Dough:
4 oz cream cheese, room temp
1/4 cup butter, room temp
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup quick oats
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup mini M&M’s
Monster Cookie Dough Frosting (recipe & ingredients follow)
1. Firstly, make your cookie dough. In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese, butter and peanut butter until smooth & blended. Beat in the powdered sugar to combine, followed by the brown sugar, flour, vanilla extract & salt. Your dough should be soft. Stir in the oats, mini chocolate chips & mini M&M’s by hand.
2. Using a small cookie dough scoop, scoop & roll the dough into small balls and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Freeze the dough truffles for about 2 hours or overnight, until completely frozen.
3. Once frozen, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin pans with 24 paper liners; set aside.
4. In a large bowl, prepare the cake mix according to package directions. Portion the batter, about 2/3 full, evenly among muffin cups. Place one truffle gently into the middle of each batter-filled muffin cup; it’s okay if they peek out! Bake for approx. 14-16 minutes or until golden and a toothpick inserted around the edge of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely.
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
6-8 cups (give or take) powdered sugar
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup mini M&M’s
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla until creamy and smooth, about a minute. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is relatively fluffy and thick. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
2. Pipe the frosting onto cooled cupcakes, covering the peeking dough (if necessary). Sprinkle the frosted cakes with the mini M&M’s candies immediately after frosting. Best served the same day, but store leftovers airtight in the fridge for about 1 day.
These are seriously amazeballs. The ooey gooeiness of the cookie dough inside the cupcake is insanity. Peanut buttery, chocolatey, crunchy and sweet from the oats–perfect. And don’t even get me started on that frosting. I meaaaaaan, a second batch is probably necessary for eating purposes only. Craaaaazayy good, y’all.
I bet all your little monsters will love them!