I made these cupcakes for Henry's first birthday party today. They really were quite simple to put together. Each cupcake has a small ball of chocolate chip cookie dough in the center, so there's a little hidden surprise too!
Chip Lover's Cupcake Recipe:
Found in a recent Taste of Home magazine...
1 pkg white cake mix
1/4 c. butter, softened
2 T. Sugar
1/3 c. All-purpose flour
1/4 c. confectioners' sugar
1/4 c. miniature semisweet chocolate chips (I used the regular size though, and they worked fine)
Prepare cake batter according to package directions, set aside. For filling, in a small mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Bear in flour and confectioners' sugar until blended (this doesn't really work well with a beater - it's very crumbly. You might have to do some hand mixing). Fold in chocolate chips.
Fill 18 paper-lined muffin cups half full with cake batter. Drop filling by tablespoonfuls into the center of each; cover with remaining batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
For the frosting I just used two containers of Pillsbury's "Classic White" mixed with 1 c. powdered sugar, approximately 1 - 2 t. Cream of Tartar (to cut the sugary taste) and about 40 drops of blue food coloring. I sprinkled Wilton's blue sugar sprinkles over the top. The cookies are mini-Chips Ahoy cut in half. The eyes are Wilton Vanilla wafers (for making candy) and a chocolate chip. I melted the bottom of the choc. chips a little to get them to stick and make the eyes up ahead of time so they could set.
It really sounds more time consuming than it is! The worst part was actually the dough that went inside the cupcakes!