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The cookie dough cupcake bake-off!

I admit it. I'm a lurker. I've been part of this community long before the member-boom but still never posted.
This is me:

Name: Indy
Age: 17
Location: England

Inspired by this post I decided to make chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes for my book group tomorrow. Obviously there wasn't a recipe supplied - though the person who baked them has since posted one - so I took the opportunity to improvise a bit. I wanted to know whether they'd been baked with the dough already in them, or if the raw dough had been added afterwards, and I also wanted to see which would be better.

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First I made the cookie dough using a recipe from 'Chocolate' as published by Practical Cooking:

The recipe makes 18 cookies - this is far too much dough for the cakes. I'll give the full recipe, but you'll only need half of it. Keep the rest of the dough in your fridge and make normal cookies with it later ^__^

175g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
125g butter or margarine
90g light muscavado sugar
5 tbsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg
125g plain chocolate chips
(milk would be nicer but I couldn't get any at the supermarket. Plain is still great, though)

1. Mix all the ingredients together in a big mixing bowl until combined and you get a big lump of dough. DON'T COOK IT YET. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and leave it in your fridge XD

I then a basic yellow cupcake mixture from scratch using a recipe I'd adapted from this book. The version below includes my metric conversions, which are a bit dodgy but still work, and also a couple of changes I made.

Makes 12 regular cupcakes

150g (1 1/4 cups) plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
220g (1 cup) caster sugar
60g butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
120ml sour cream

1. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt together in a bowl and set aside.
2. Use an electric mixer to beat the sugar and butter together until pale, and add the egg and yolk. Beat it to within an inch of its life, cause the paler it goes the lighter it'll be. Then mix in the vanilla and sour cream til it's blended and there are no white streaks. Mix in the flour til the batter is smooth.

This is where I got experimental. Most of the cupcakes, I put into muffin tins normally (filling about half full). But for one, I took some of the raw cookie dough from the fridge, rolled it into a little ball, and dropped it into the cupcake mixture.

3. Bake at 180C for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

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The cupcake which had the cooked dough in looked a little different:

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Ahh, come on, it's kind of cute, 'ent it? *squishes*

For the others, I cut a cone out of the cakes when they were cool. I then split my dough in half and put the half I didn't need away. The other one, I split into twelve. I made little dough balls with them and filled the cakes, then replaced the tops:

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I iced all the cupcakes with vanilla buttercream:

about 300g icing sugar
115g butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

Oh yeah, and I also put teeeeny tiny little blobs of dough on a baking tray to cook into mini mini cookies while I was doing this. They only take literally five or ten minutes to cook (180C) so keep an eye on them. And let them cool while you're icing the cakes.

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Use them to decorate, once you're done.

So that's the actual recipes and all done. But! Which was the better method?

Baked cookie:

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Raw cookie:

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Raw cookie wins hands down. My sister and I both tried a half of each cupcake and we were unanimous. The cooked one was prettier and neater when cut in half, but the mixed textures of the raw dough were to die for. I know it makes it a little more labour intensive, but really, if you're doing it you may as well do it well.

I would say, don't make your holes too deep when you're filling the cakes though, as it makes them weaker and harder to remove neatly from the paper case.

I have to say: these cupcakes are STUNNING. They could actually win awards ^__^ Make them! Make them now! You won't regret it! 
Except for when you all get fat and bitter and hate me.
But then I will give you more cupcakes and you will love me again XD

If you're interested in my baking, please take a look at my blog, Happy Love Strawberry

ETA: Blog link is now fixed, thanks =]


( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 21st, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. GOD.

Do me. Do me hard and fast. And then feed me these <3
Oct. 21st, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
LOL, me next.
Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
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Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:23 am (UTC)
Aaah, I love B&J. I actually considered doing something with icecream and cookie dough, but I couldn't think how to go about it ^__^ One day...
Oct. 21st, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
These look amazing!

I'm making them TODAY!
Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:24 am (UTC)

Icon love, btw ^__^
Oct. 21st, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
they llook orgasmicly deliciouss!! ahaha

thanks for the recip
Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:24 am (UTC)
Hahaha, thankyou <3
Oct. 21st, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
i made them yesterday too :o) spooky
Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
Ahhh, great minds!
Oct. 21st, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
ohhhh. my. god.
so hungry.
Oct. 21st, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
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Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
Whee, thankyou!!
Post with how they go <3
Oct. 21st, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
i baked those awhile ago and made an entry about them. i used the cake doctor recipe. everyone who has tried them loves them.
Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:21 am (UTC)
I've just looked through tags for your entry but couldn't find it, weep.
Seconded about everyone loving them ^__^
Oct. 22nd, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
yeah, i looked too and i couldn't find it. i think i forgot to tag it. anyway, i made mine with chocolate frosting and i didn't make the cookie dough from scratch. i think next time i make them i'll try your recipe! they look delicious.
Oct. 22nd, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
Yaaaay, I inspired someone! :) Excellent idea putting the cookie dough in after baking so it is still raw. Also, nice thinking making little baby cookies to use as garnish! I'll have to try that idea next time I make them. If you make them again, try it with devil's food or something else chocolate-y - it's ridiculously, stupidly good!!
Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:31 am (UTC)
I did consider using cookie crisp cereal like you did, but it would mean buying a whole packet and no one in our house would eat them, lol.
Ooh yes, will definitely try with chocolate cake next time!! Thanks! ♥
Oct. 23rd, 2007 07:47 am (UTC)
I think I just died a little inside!

*mutters* damn diet...
Nov. 1st, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
I swear, I was just wondering how putting cookie dough into a cupcake would work AND THEN I FIND THIS. Are you perhaps... in my mind? :O But you knew what I was thinking before I even thought it?

ANYWAYS, those look yummy :O I must try this.
Apr. 13th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
I always knew I married you for a reason.

Must get oven fixed. NOW.
Apr. 13th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
...But I thought that reason was ma sexy body?
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