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Chocolate Cupcakes with Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting (yummmmmmmm!)

Chocolate Cupcakes with Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting (yummmmmmmm!)

From mid-June to mid-July, I was sick. Not sure with what, but my throat was sore, I had a fever, the chills, I was all achy, I had migraines and I was extremely tired all the time. I had several deadlines at work, so I waited until Saturday and went to CareNow (my first mistake), where they did a strep and mono test which both came back negative, and they diagnosed me with…. wait for it….

A sore freaking throat. Wow.

They gave me an antibiotic and sent me on my way. By Tuesday, I still wasn’t better, so I called them (second mistake) and they called in a prescription for a mixture of Lidocaine and Benadryl that some call Magic Mouthwash. It was terrible – my throat would be numb for 30 minutes and it was so hard to swallow that it just wasn’t worth it.

On Saturday it was still so bad that I went back in to CareNow (third mistake), where they did more tests – all of which came back normal – and prescribed a different antibiotic and some steroids. The steroids made everything better except the fatigue. Until Thursday, when all the other symptoms returned. But I had another deadline, so I waited… And went to CareNow on Saturday. Again. (fourth mistake) More tests, different antibiotics and more steroids. Same results. Except that my white count came back at 21,000 – way above what it should be. So I went back the next day, my white count was lower (17,000) and the steroids again made me feel better, but still tired.

Adding the oreos to the mix.

Finally I went to my GP on Tuesday (3 weeks later), where he said to NEVER go back to CareNow again and gave me his card with his cell phone number (HA). I was told that because of everything that I had been on so far that any tests would be inaccurate, so he treated me on the symptoms alone. One more different antibiotic (supposedly a really strong one), and by Thursday I was feeling about 50% better – without any steroids so I could tell it was working (genius).

I was so tired of being in bed that as soon as I started feeling better I got out of bed and started cleaning a little and then decided it was past time to cook again!!!! The kids and the hubs had been surviving on pizza, tacos and wings for a month… Enter the subject of this post!

These were a HUGE hit both at home and at work. Lots of complements on the icing!

The cupcakes were OK. I think I would use one of my other chocolate cupcake recipes next time, but if you don’t have a favorite recipe, this one works just fine. The frosting MADE these cupcakes DELICIOUS! I took them to work and they were gone within about an hour of me sending an email blast that there were some in the kitchen. Lots of compliments were given – from family and from coworkers.

Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Cupcakes (from the back of the cocoa box)

What You Need:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

What to Do With It:

  1. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
  2. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).
  4. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter.
  5. Bake 22 to 25 minutes.
  6. Cool completely before frosting.

Makes about 24-30 cupcakes.

Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting (THIS IS “DA BOMB”)

What You Need:

  • 2 8 oz packages of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 C butter, room temperature
  • 6-8 C powdered sugar (use more or less depending on how stiff you want the frosting to be)
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2+ C crushed Oreos (more or less depending on how Oreo-y you want the frosting…)

What to Do With It:

  1. Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer) whip cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy.
  2. Stir in powdered sugar two cups at a time.
  3. Add vanilla extract and mix.
  4. Stir in crushed Oreos.

Enjoy!!

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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies (did you drool as you read that?)

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I went on sugar overload when I first heard of these cookies – just from reading the name… So I never could convince myself to make them until the other night.

Once a month, we have a game night with several of our other friends and their wives/husbands/significant others, etc. We rotate host houses, the host provides the main course, and everyone else brings a side dish and their own beverages. This time it was at Janel and Scott’s. She said she would be making Buffalo Chicken Garbage Bread (I was skeptical, but it was absolutely delicious), Barbara was bringing salad, and I offered to bring a dessert.

Enter THE cookies…

This recipe is from Lick The Bowl Good’s blog, which is very dangerous to follow – you have been warned!!  http://www.lickthebowlgood.blogspot.com/

I might use my own chocolate chip cookie recipe next time, this one had a lot more flour, less butter and sugar and just wasn’t quite the same as I’m used to – but the overall cookie turned out really tasty!

The dough ball that winds up on the cookie sheet is literally the size of a tennis ball! Check out the blog above for more details…

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

What You Need:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 oz bag chocolate chips
  • 1 package Oreo Cookies (not all will be used)

What to Do With All That:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a stand or electric mixer cream butter and sugars until well combined. Add in eggs and vanilla until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt and baking soda. Slowly add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips until just combined.
  4. Using a cookie scoop take one scoop of cookie dough and place on top of an Oreo Cookie. Take another scoop of dough and place on bottom of Oreo Cookie.
  5. Seal edges together by pressing and cupping in hand until Oreo Cookie is enclosed with dough.
  6. Place onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet and bake cookies 9-13 minutes or until cookies are baked to your liking. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Makes approximately 20-24 very large cookies

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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