Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting

Did you know today is “National Cupcake Lovers Day”? Me either, until a blogging friend invited me to participate in a fun challenge to share cupcake recipes. My entire family is a big fan of cupcakes, though I rarely make them for us. I think the problem is that most recipes make two dozen cupcakes and I really don’t need that many cupcakes sitting on my kitchen counter for days on end.

I started looking around for recipes that make only a few cupcakes and found one for chocolate cupcakes. Perfect! Then I set out to find one for frosting and the first one I found was for cookie dough. How fun, right?

I whipped these cupcakes up the other night so I would be ready to celebrate today with these cupcakes. The cupcakes are moist and full of chocolate flavor. I’ll probably add chocolate chips the next time I make them. My taste-tester of a husband exclaimed that the frosting was amazing. He requested I make it again but with vanilla cupcakes.

Be sure to check out all the recipes in today’s Cupcakes for Cupcake Lovers Day challenge below! I got a sneak peek at some of the cupcakes and there’s so many I want to try!

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Cookie Dough Dip #FilltheCookieJar

It’s Fill the Cookie Jar time! This month’s theme was Snowflake, Healthy or New Year. I struggled with this one as some of the cookie recipes I’ve recently made fit into the healthy category. I have yet to master a sugar cookie, so I knew snowflake was out and I wasn’t sure what to do for New Year cookies….so off to search around for inspiration. I searched high and low through my cookbooks, Pinterest and other blogs I follow….and I finally thought about doing something outside of the norm and not make a cookie but something inspired by cookies – healthy cookie dough dip!

I know, you can’t fill your cookie jar with these but it’s a little indulgence when you’re trying to keep one of those New Year resolutions the first month of the year. My daughter gobbled it up with sliced apples. I thought it was ok, I have some issues with texture and it wasn’t as smooth as I had hoped. I’m thinking if I would have removed the skins on the chickpeas before pureeing everything together. And I apologize for the picture…not the best lighting at night!

15 oz can chickpea or white beans, rinsed and drained

dash of salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 to 1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup or less of skim milk
1/3 cup mini chocolate chip cookies
In a food processor, puree together the beans, salt, vanilla and honey. Add the milk in tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Place in a bowl and stir in the chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerator until chilled. Enjoy with apple slices, graham crackers, pretzels….anything you want!

Source: Chef in Disguise

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