Oh man y’all. I think maybe in the Summer I should just automatically Henna my forehead to say “Out of commission. Too tired to function.” Summer for most people is usually a time for relaxation and recuperation – uh that is not the reality in the world of aviation. Summer is peak travel season for the rest of the world, which means it’s peak travel season for us too, only enhanced by like a thousand. By the end, I usually feel as worn out as my raggedy old suitcase looks, with its wheels half falling off and a broken zipper. I am starting to get to that point now, just a state of perpetual exhaustion… waiting slightly impatiently for fall to usher in not only our beloved pumpkin spice but a much-needed break from my 24 – 7 “catch me if you can” (you can’t by the way) lifestyle. I just recently got a break for 24 hours and I felt like an actual queen. I was like what is this!? Some time to actually breathe and smell the roses. I didn’t have much time to smell the roses though, because I was getting some company at my house. My Aunt and my Uncle were coming through to pit stop on their way to Florida, and my Aunt had just turned the big 60. She would probably kill me if she knew that I said that aloud! I had this plan that I was going to surprise her with some treats and a little gift, but by the time I had gotten the house quick cleaned and sparkling, my time for treats was dwindling to a mere 2 hours. So I pulled out a little hack that I have been sitting on like an unhatched egg since high school. You are so welcome for that visual. My famous Double Chocolate Cookie Cupcakes, the easiest, most impressive Betty Crocker Hack you will find on the world wide web.
I was first in my class in my home ec class in high school. The year that I started taking that class was the year that I learned to love cooking and baking. I would come home from school and try all of my recipes out, so stinking proud that they were actually coming out edible! It was an actual miracle! One day I came home from school and like every other person who is chronically addicted to sugar, I was having a craving for something sweet, but I didn’t know if I wanted cookies or cake. BIG DILEMMA. So I decided on a whim to have both in one. And my Double Chocolate Cookie Cupcakes were born. These are so painfully easy and a showstopper when you are in a time crunch and you don’t have time to whip out “from scratch” cupcakes. So what are you waiting for?
Betty Crocker Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes:
1 Box of Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
Ingredients Required on Cake Mix box: 1 1/4 Cup of water, 1/2 cup of Vegetable Oil, 3 eggs (For a richer cake batter you can sub out 1/2 cup of butter in place of the Vegetable oil and add an egg)
1 17.5 Oz Bag of Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
Ingredients Required on Cookie Mix bag: 1 Stick of Softened butter, 1 Egg
2 cans of Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy Frosting
Sprinkles and Garnishes of choice
1: Gather your ingredients and preheat your oven to 350 if you are using a shiny metal or glass pan and 325 if you are using a dark/ nonstick pan. Put liners in two 12 count cupcake tins. Mix your Betty Crocker Cookie Mix as directed on the packaging.
2: Using a cookie dough scoop divide your cookie dough between your 24 cupcake baking tins, putting a dollop in each cupcake liner. The reason why I use a cookie dough scoop is so I can get an even amount of dough in each cupcake. I got my cookie dough scoop at Target, click the highlighted link for one similar on Amazon.
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3. Using the ultra-sophisticated “hand in plastic baggy” technique flatten your dough in the bottom of your cupcake liners.
4. Set tins aside and make your Betty Crocker Cake Mix according to the package instructions. Make sure you follow the golden rule of cake batter: DO not OVERMIX. Add your batter to cover your cookie dough using an ice cream scoop (This really helps you to get even amounts of batter in your cupcakes! I promise). I like to use a scooper very similar to my cookie scoop with the scraping mechanism because I feel like I don’t have to work as hard. Again I bought mine at Target. Target takes all my moneyssss.
5. You are ready to bake!! The Betty Crocker packaging will tell you to bake your standard cupcakes for 14 to 19 minutes. I tend to bake these bad boys for 18 – 22 minutes. Because of the cookie bottom, they need to bake a bit longer.
- I like to get these cupcakes out of the pan almost immediately and onto a wire rack. You can wait for 3 – 5 minutes and let the cupcakes cool in the pan so you won’t singe your little hands-off. Getting them out quickly just keeps them from baking more in your hot pans. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before icing. Patience is a virtue! Especially when you don’t want your icing to melt off of your cupcakes like they are starring in a bad horror movie.
- Ice ICE Baby: Spread your icing on these little babies and enjoy!!!
My Quick Fancy Way of Icing in a Rush:
You will need:
A pastry bag – I use 16-inch decorating bags by Wilton
A Wilton 2D Cupcake Tip
A tumbler/cup (optional)
A Stiff Consistency Icing. For these cupcakes, I used two Betty Crocker 16 Ounce Rich and Creamy. This is a good frosting for cupcakes that are going to be eaten within 2 days of baking. It is not a stiff enough consistency icing to hold it’s shape for longer than that.
Baker’s Tip: The easiest way to put your frosting in a pastry bag is to put the tip in first (Mandatory y’all). Then put your pastry bag in a cup, and scoop your frosting in with a spoon. Remove the bag from the cup and ice!!
To “Swirl Ice” you start by piping a little spot in the middle then you just swirl around it! I took a very shotty video to demonstrate. But it’s pretty good considering… I mean YOU try and ice a cupcake while holding a phone with your non-dominant hand…
Always sprinkle your cupcakes right away, because the icing will stiffen a bit and the sprinkles won’t stick as well.
Just look at that yummy cookie bottom!!
I ended up only having a little less than 2 hours to pull something together for my Aunt’s 60th birthday, and these were the perfect option! I just pulled out ingredients and cake mix that I already had in my pantry and I went to work. When you are in a quick rush but you still want to make an impression these cupcakes are a great option. They are quick, easy, and sure to keep people coming back for more!
Sweet Dreams and Even Sweeter desserts y’all. This girl is signing off to get a late-night gym sesh in… Too many cupcakes.