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‘Tis the season for holiday baking – one of my favorite times between Thanksgiving and Christmas! I don’t do as much baking before Thanksgiving, but I love sharing treats with friends and loved ones (even colleagues!) during the month of December. We have several parties coming up, and I’m really loving coming up with different treats to take along.
Recently my pregnant brain wanted to mix cupcakes and cookies. I had the idea in my head and I had to get it out. (And eat it.) Thus, the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® cookie dough stuffed cupcake was born. You can find everything you need at Walmart (and the Red and Green Morsels were in the Holiday Baking section in the aisle next to the food.) I grabbed some of the NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk since it works so well with many holiday baking recipes.
These cupcakes are fun for work or for sharing with friends in your home. I made mine at my in-laws house and shared them all around.
I topped them with NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Red and Green Morsels for a little extra chocolate and a cute decoration. In my opinion, everything is better with chocolate.
To start, I went with a basic yellow cake recipe.
- 2 c. all purpose flour
- 1.5 c. white sugar
- ½ c. shortening
- 1 c. milk
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 1 package of NESTLE refrigerated cookie dough
- 5 c. confectioners’ sugar
- ½ c. butter, softened
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp. milk (add more as needed, to make icing more fluid)
- 1 bag NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Red and Green Morsels
- Mix the shortening and sugar until soft. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add eggs and milk (slowly) to the shortening mixture. Add the flour mixture to the shortening mix, beating until soft and then add the vanilla extract. Using an ice cream scoop (a trick my mother-in-law mentioned to me), scoop batter into the cupcake liners.
- Drop about a teaspoon-sized (maybe a little more) chunk of the NESTLÉ® refrigerated cookie dough into the center. As long as your cupcakes aren't already overflowing, the the cookie will settle during the baking and you don't have to cover it with the batter. (Just push it down a little.)
- Want to add another surprise to your cupcakes? Add some NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Red and Green Morsels.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.
- For the icing:
- Cream butter until softened with mixer. Add confectioners’ sugar (one cup at a time), then mix in 3 Tablespoons of milk. If icing isn’t soft and fluid enough, add another tablespoon. Mix in vanilla extract.
- Before the icing had a chance to settle, I dropped NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Red and Green Morsels on the tops. (The bags come with red, green and brown morsels, but I wanted to be over the top holiday-inspired, so I separated the red/green from the brown.)
Once everything is baked and cooled, make your icing for decorating. I went with a buttercream icing that was a combination of my mother-in-law’s and sister-in-law’s.
In case the following recipe doesn’t inspire you, check out Very Best Baking for more recipes! Also be sure to check out the NESTLÉ® Flavorful Moments Pinterest Page for more ways to use NESTLÉ® products in your own creations.
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There are so many things you can do with NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Red and Green Morsels and NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk this holiday season – what is one thing you plan on making this month?