Cup-cookie-cakes?!

Dan and I teach Sunday school for 2nd and 3rd graders every week. The kids love it when I bring snacks, especially when they get to decorate them themselves. I realized on Saturday that I had nothing planned for them the next day. I bring in doughnuts a lot when I’m feeling lazy but this week I wanted something a little more involved. What do kids love to decorate more than anything else? Cupcakes of course. Perfect… I would make cupcakes. I even had a box of cake mix in my pantry ready to go. (Yes I had a pre-made box of cake mix). But, if you know me I can’t do anything straight from a box. I have to add my own twist somewhere. I’m not sure why, maybe I just don’t like the idea of being able to fail at simply following instructions. You see, if I make a box of cupcakes and they turn our horrible- I apparently ruined something so simple that a kid could bake blindfolded. However, if I make something from a box but add something on my own and it tastes bad- I can say “Well I won’t try that again!” and no one thinks anything less of me. Wow, I must have low self-esteem. Anyways… I also had some eh-hem… “cream-filled chocolate wafer cookies” on hand so I came up with the wonderful idea of combining the two. Ok, I lied. I read an article a while back where someone baked the cookies into the cupcakes and the picture looked so good that I vowed to try it one day. This was the day.

Here are the super easy instructions.

Fill the cupcake liners with half a cookie- cream side up like so…

Safe the sans-cream side of the cookie for later. Mix the cake batter according to the instructions on the box (or use your own recipe if you aren’t lazy like me). Then fill the cupcake holders 2/3rds of the way full- pouring the batter right on top of the cookie. Looking back on the process I may try pouring a little of the batter in before the cookie and the rest of the batter on top so that the cookie sticks to the bottom of the cupcake better but I’m not sure how that would turn out so attempt at your own risk.

Next, pop the pan in the oven and bake as instructed on the box. I know… too easy. When the are ready, take them out and let them cool completely. I used frosting with “chocolate-wafer-cookie” crumbs mixed in, but you could use any kind. The I topped them with the un-frosted half of the cookie that I had left over from before. Voila! CupCookieCakes!

Dan liked them. Most of the kids liked them in the our Sunday school class too. Some of the kids said they would rather have the cookie and cupcake separate though. They thought the combo was a little too weird. My only issue with the recipe was that some of the cookies fell off the bottom. I think they look really yummy though!

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