Something weird happened this week. I’m talking borderline supernatural…
I played with a baby, and it was a lot of fun.
Umm…okay…what’s your point…
If you know me but at all, you know that children, specifically babies, make me extremely uncomfortable. I never really knew why, but the idea of holding a baby made me shiver. Yes, they’re cute, but I think it’s because they’re so freaking honest. And small.
As an adult, it’s hard to tell sometimes if other adults like you or not. They’ll tell you how adorable your skirt is, laugh at your jokes, and then go talk to Suzie Gossipsalot about how that is the ugliest effing skirt she’s ever seen, and how that joke wasn’t even funny…and that you’re probably a racist. Great. You’ll never know. Unless Suzie Gossipsalot comes back to tell you what a witch Patty is for talking about you behind your back.
I did say “adult”…right? *sigh*
But babies…babies don’t hold back. If they don’t like you, they won’t go near you, they’ll glare at you, they’ll avoid you at all costs. That is, until someone hands them over to you, in which case they scream bloody murder.
I’m pretty sure I’d get the point if I walked up to someone and they started screaming and crying. It doesn’t get much more blunt than that. Awkwaaard.
But that was my fear with babies. What if they don’t like me?! And, what if I break it? <– Although that’s a different issue.
This baby, my cousin’s beautiful, happy, silly baby, was such a joy. And I realized how incredibly obsessed I am with her when I woke up this morning. Instead of repinning crafts I’ll never make on Pinterest, I was looking at baby clothes to send to this adorable little muffin. What has happened to me?!
Oh shiznit. I think I’m growing up. Yikes.
I’m not ready to grow up. I still want to live in my own little Kate world, do my own little Kate thing, and be my own little selfish Kate person…for now. Crap! There I go again.
These cupcakes have the honesty comparable to that of a baby: Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes. What you see is what you get. There’s even a cookie on top, for cryin’ out loud! If you don’t like chocolate chip cookies, you will not like these cupcakes. If you don’t like chocolate chip cookies…I can respect that, but…what the heck, man?
In all seriousness, though, these are pretty darn good. Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite, and I turned them into a miniature cake that tastes like you’re eating the dough right out of the bowl (without the risk of salmonella – score!). Tell me how that can be a bad thing.
They’re comfort food, they’re sweet, they totally hit the spot, and they won’t judge your adorable vintage skirt…
…because it’s a cupcake. Come on.
Be honest, you want these.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes
2 sticks unsalted butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup milk
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with cupcake wrappers.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. Beat butter and sugars together until creamy and pale.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just blended.
5. Add vanilla.
6. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk, starting and ending with flour. Beat until combined.
7. Put about 1 tsp of flour in a ziplock bag with chocolate chips. Shake the bag around to ensure each piece is coated in flour. (This helps the chips from falling to the bottom of your cakes.) Fold chips into batter.
8. Bake for 15-18 minutes, and allow to cool completely before frosting.
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup flour
2 tbsp milk
2 1/2 – 3 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
1. Beat butter until creamy.
2. Add sugars and beat until smooth.
3. Add flour and beat until combined.
4. Add milk and vanilla.
5. Add powdered sugar in 1/2 cup increments until desired consistency is reached.
I used my cookie recipe to make the miniature cookies on top, but I baked them for about 10 minutes, let them cool, and placed them on my cupcakes for an added treat.
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