On this beautiful morning, July 13th, she cooks, he eats is officially a year old! Coincidentally, it is also Friday the 13th…
When I started this blog, I thought it was just going to be my boyfriend and I reading it. A lot has changed since I started blogging and started opening my life up to this crazy world called the internet. But I’m glad I did it because through this blog I’ve met a lot of wonderful people with the same passions, likes, goals, even dislikes! I think the blogging community is a wonderful community to be apart of and I love being apart of it.
I started this blog as a way to document my cooking adventures because I was such a newbie in the kitchen and I just wanted to learn how to cook and not feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that I would actually have a recipe published. That is still one of my greatest personal accomplishments. Thank you for joining me on my cooking adventures (and mis-adventures!) and I’m so grateful for all of your friendships, support, and advice. Thank you guys again :)
So before I turn extremely sappy, I want to share a recipe with you guys first!
As with any celebration, cupcakes are always a must! So I would like to share with you the recipe for my bday cupcakes (what is wrong with me? why didn’t I post these sooner?!)! I couldn’t decide what to bake for my birthday dessert because…well, let’s be honest…I have a very hard time making up my mind AND sticking to it too! But the obvious choice was cupcakes! And since it was also our anniversary, I wanted to do something with cookies or brownies because those or my boyfriend’s favorite desserts. Rather than baking 3 different desserts, I combined them all together and Truffle Brownie Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting were born!
The inspiration for these cupcakes actually comes from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Sally doesn’t know me, but I love her. Her baking addiction has become my baking obsession and my boyfriend’s worse nightmare. She comes up with these crazy, indulgent, and beautiful desserts that just blows your mind! I’ve pinned almost everything she’s ever baked onto my Pinterest boards! Most baking blogs that I do follow and love use complicated ingredients (that I would purchase and probably only use once) and sometimes can be quite overwhelming and difficult to even attempt. But not Sally’s!! Her directions are clear and concise, and she’s not afraid of using an obscene amount of sprinkles! Le sigh, I can go on and on about Sally’s Baking Addiction but I won’t, instead I will just direct you to her blog here :)
You can obviously go the all-homemade route or you can do semi-homemade like me! Since I found a box of Trader Joe’s baking mix lying around (purchased as a back-up dessert for my chewy chocolate chip cookie bottomed cupcakes) I just used that and made the cookie dough frosting.
This is the best brownie mix on the market! If you’re ever at Trader Joe’s, I recommend you pick up a box :)
Yes, I licked the spoon clean :(
Spoon the brownie batter into pretty cupcake liners and bake! Definitely fill them half or either 3/4 because they do rise!!
And they’re done! Well not quite, they still need cookie dough frosting!! I had to keep an eye on these because my kept trying to steal a naked cupcake! :)
This was my first time making cookie dough frosting and it is so simple and taste just like a cookie. As you can see from the ingredients below, it’s just your regular old cookie dough recipe (sans eggs!).
Mix everything together and you will have cookie dough! You can obviously add mini chocolate chips but I chose not to because the TJ brownie mix had chocolate chips in it already. I love cookie dough frosting! Guys, it was so hard trying not to eat all of the cookie dough!
Keep in mind that the consistency of this is cookie dough and not frosting. With that said, I would recommend to just slather the cookie dough frosting onto the cupcakes because piping it was a bit of a challenge. It’s thick! But soooo worth it!
And here are the cupcakes dressed in birthday attire :)
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a spooktacular day!
Truffle Brownie Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting (inspired by Sally’s Baking Addiction)
- 1 box of brownie mix
cookie dough frosting:
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temp
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 Tbsp milk
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
- Bake brownies. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
- For the cookie dough frosting, cream together the butter and sugar with a hand mixer. Add the vanilla and beat well. Stir in the flour and salt until doughy. Stir in the milk and beat until fluffy.
- Frost brownie cupcakes!