Earlier this week we celebrated Walt’s birthday. Newt and I were torn as to whether we should make him cookies or cupcakes.
So we made both.
I give you the Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Filled Cupcake.
W's Birthday Cupcakes
Recipe found on allrecipes.com.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 (18.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix
1 1/3 cups water
1/3 cup canola oil
3 eggs


1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and sea salt; set aside. Beat the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add 1 egg and the vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips; mixing just enough to evenly combine. Form the dough into tablespoon-sized balls; place onto a baking sheet, and freeze until solid, about 2 hours. Very important! If you don’t freeze the cookie dough it will bake too fast and dry out.
2. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
3. Beat 3 eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer to break up. Add the cake mix, water, and canola oil; continue beating for 2 minutes on medium speed. Spoon into the prepared cupcake liners, filling each 2/3 full. Place a frozen cookie dough ball on the top center of each cupcake.
4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the cake portion of the cupcake (not the cookie dough ball) comes clean, about 16 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Though we made our cookie dough from scratch, you could use pre-made to cut down on time. Just don’t forget to freeze it. We topped our cupcakes with some freshly whipped, sweetened cream and chocolate sprinkles.
The birthday boy was suitably impressed.

Confidential aside to Walt: Thanks for being born so we could celebrate your day. That was very thoughtful of you. Please do not take the pink candle as an affront to your manliness. It was all we had in the cupboard. We love you so much!


  1. So glad your comments are up and running again! Happy Birthday, W!!

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  2. Happy Birthday W! (That recipe looks too complicated for me, but it sure did turn out pretty!)


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    Heidi here: Thanks!
    Here’s how to make it even easier. Buy pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough and roll it into tablespoonish sized balls. Freeze on a cookie sheet for two hours.
    Make up a cake mix. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 with batter. Put a ball of frozen cookie dough into each uncooked cupcake. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes.

  3. That recipe sounds yummy! I can’t wait to try it.

    I love your summer rules. Simple, yet do-able. I always tend to structure things too much, then the plan unravels by mid-July.

  4. Since we got to taste them in person, I can testify to the scrumptious outcome of this recipe. Now McK won’t let up until we make some too.


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