Thursday, March 8, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes


This is my new take on the cookie cake and was the treat I brought in during lunch for Arielle's birthday this week.


They are super easy to make - and portable! Simply mix up the yummy cookie recipe below. It's the recipe I developed in High School when I would bake chocolate chip cookies weekly. At the time, Chocolate Chip Cookies were the total sum of my baking repertoire.  But they were good.  Very, very good!  The key to perfectly chewy cookies is two-fold:  slight under-baking and margarine. I know, I know, don't get me started on the whole "margarine is one mutation away from plastic" rhetoric.  I'm plugging my ears and I don't want to hear it.  My holistic doctor recommends Earth Balance, and I'm sticking with it.  I did not ask her, however, if she recommends the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes!

If you prefer crispy cookies, go ahead and use butter.  It's just not the same, I'm telling you.

Once you've finished the batter, use a 1/4 cup ice cream scoop and fill the lined muffin tins.


One batch of cookie batter makes about 24 cookie cupcakes.


After the cupcakes have baked and cooled, top with a swirl of your favorite fudgy frosting.


By the way - don't you love these little ruffled paper liners?
I found them in a variety of colors at Jo-Ann's.

They look like a little tutu!  



Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes

by Rachel @ Simple Girl
Makes 24 cookie cupcakes

1 1/3 cups margarine (Earth Balance is my choice)
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups chocolate chips

Cream margarine and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla and continue to beat.  Whisk together dry ingredients and slowly add them to the wet mixture.  Mix until combined.  Stir in 2 cups of chocolate chips.

Scoop 1/4 cup of batter into each lined muffin tin.  Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 20 minutes, rotating pans half way through.

Top with the fudgy frosting of your choice.


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30 comments:

  1. Margarine, shmargarine. Whatever makes them taste the best! ;) I want to eat my screen now...and I'm not a huge sweets fan...but chocolate chip cookies gone cupcake...heck yeah. ;)

    Thanks for the eye candy...and making me hungry. I think I actually need to try these!

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  2. Boy, these look delicious! I've pinned this, so I can find your recipe again!
    Thanks much for sharing.
    xoxo
    Joy

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    1. I see you said you pinned this? I would like to do the same but I don't see a spot to click to pin it to my page. Please help! lol

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    2. Add the 'Pin It' button to your toolbar and you can Pin anything that is on the page.

      You can get the 'Pin It' button from the settings in Pinterest.

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  3. oh my!!they are so cute & adorable, I am happy if you link them in my event which is only for decorations….
    http://foodssrilanka.blogspot.com/2012/03/decorating-challenge-4.html

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  4. Love this! Just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party...would LOVE for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/03/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_08.html

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  5. It's so interesting that you posted these, as my SIL just brought over a delicious chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake, and I was wondering what made the inside so doughy good. I might have to bite the bullet and forgo the butter, cause it's the texture that makes it so darn good! Viva la Smart Balance!

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  6. That's awesome! Cookie cupcakes? I want one right now. And that frosting...amazing.

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  7. These look delicious! I'd like to invite you to share these on Sweet Indulgences Sunday:

    http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2012/03/sweet-indulgences-sunday-46.html

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  8. These look so delicious! And I love your liners! So cute!

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  9. LOVE these! And you're right, the pretty liners really add that special something.

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  10. Yum, Yum, Yum! I will never pass my glucose test if I make these, but they look so good!

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  11. Hi Rachel,
    These are beautiful cupcakes! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day and Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  12. These look delicious. I love the cupcake liners. I'd love for you to share these at Whimsy Wednesdays at www.thenymelrosefamily.blogspot.com/2012/03/whimsy-wednesdays-2.html. We go live tomorrow night at 8 EST. I'm following.

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  13. Cookie cakes are awesome and these look fantastic! Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday!
    -Melissa

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  14. I know you said to top with fudgy frosting of your choice, but what did you use? The frosting looks so good!

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    1. Hi Laura! I used, ahem, fudge frosting in a can. I can't remember which brand, but it was either Duncan Hines or Pillsbury!

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  15. These look delicious! But a quick question, your recipe says Earth Balance and your dialogue says Smart Balance...both are margarines and I was wondering which one you actually use since I definitely prefer my cookies chewy:)

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    1. Oops! Earth Balance. Thanks for noticing! :-)

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    2. Thanks! I had a feeling it was Earth Balance since a holistic doctor recommended it, being vegan and non-GMO etc.! I can't wait to make these!

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  16. These look just wonderful and delicious
    I have to pin-it :)

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  17. Oh my do these look scrumptious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday! I hope you'll stop back soon :)

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  18. Lovely!
    Recently got my kids hooked on chocolaty stuff:) Will try to make some.

    Couldn't find the liners online at joann's. Can someone provide a link? Thanks.

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    1. I couldn't find it on JoAnn's online either, just in the store. Here's a link to the liners on Wilton: http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=8F4C9338-1E0B-C910-EA2BB62EDAAE4AC7&killnav=1

      Hope that helps!

      Rachel

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  19. completely delish looking, thanks for linking!

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  20. Shortening or margarine? Here its two different things I'm confused. Thanks

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  21. I think shortening would make soft cookies, too, but Earth Balance falls under the margarine category. I think I wrote this before I knew the difference! I'm changing it right now! :-)

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  22. Whoa what a chocolate chip cookie muffin making these tonight I don't have any margarine would vegetable oil work that's what margarine is now. I don't think I'll frost mine I think they are so good being just a muffing, they are way to good looking to frost maybe sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.

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    1. Sorry, oil won't work. If you don't have margarine, butter is fine, it just results in a slightly different texture.

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