Friday, April 26, 2013

Chocolate Cookie Cupcakes


C is for: Chocolate Cookie CupCakes.  Yep, that's what I've been teaching my kids.  I recently decided to try and start doing a little at home preschool with my 2 1/2 and 4 year old.  Nothing big, just a few hours a couple days a week where they learn a new letter then read a few books, do a simple activity and have a snack that go along with the letter of the day.  I was doing so good with the snacks.  For Aa we had apples, Bb we had bears(Teddy Grahams) and bananas, for Cc we had..... oops somehow I totally forgot about a snack.  And wouldn't you know that there wasn't a single Cracker or piece of Cheese to be found in our house.  I decided to not mention a snack and hope they wouldn't notice.  What was I thinking?  Of course they would notice.  The first thing they asked was "What's a snack for C Mom?"  I tried to explain that I forgot and we would have a snack next time.  There's no way my determined, organized, never forgets a thing 4 year old was going to let me try and explain my way out of a snack.  So I decided if we were going to get creative and make a Cc snack it should have as many C's in it as possible. As a result Chocolate Cookie CupCakes were created.  My boys loved helping make a very simple chocolate cookie dough and rolling it into balls.  We baked them in a mini cupcake pan and topped them with marshmallows, one of my kids favorite treats.   Then, we added some Chocolate glaze and dug into our Cc snack.  After tasting our creation I don't think  any of us were still upset that I spaced having a snack prepared.  Next time you find yourself in the dog house try making a batch yourself and see if all is not forgiven. 
I am happy to report that we have since done letters Dd and Ee and I have been 100% prepared with acceptable snacks.  Wish me luck with the next 21 letters. 

Chocolate Cookie Cupcakes
Dough
1 Cup Butter
1 and 1/2 Cups Sugar
2 Eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla
2/3 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Cups Flour
Mini Marshmallows
Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add in the dry ingredients. Roll the dough into heaping tablespoon size balls.  Bake in a greased mini muffin tin. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 7-9 minutes. You want them to still look just a tad underdone in the center.  Remove from the oven and top each cookie with 3 mini marshmallows.  Return to the oven for about 30 seconds to 1 minute or just until the marshmallows start to puff up.  Cool and top with chocolate glaze.

Chocolate Glaze
I have to admit I am really bad at using exact measurements when making frosting.  These measurements are all a pretty close guesstimation(is that a word?) to what I used.  You want it to be a thick glaze, but still thin enough to drizzle on with no need to spread.  You can add more or less milk or powdered sugar to get the thickness you desire.
1/2 Cup Butter, melted
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Milk
Mix the butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, and cocoa together until fully combined.  Add enough milk to reach your desired consistency.   Spoon some glaze onto the center of each cookie cup.  It's all right if some spills over the edges.  Let the glaze set up.  Enjoy!!!

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