Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Icing

Connor loves chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream so I thought it would be fun to make Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Cookie Cough Icing.

I made the cupcakes and Connor was in charge of icing the cupcakes.  Then we decided it would be fun to add even more chocolate chips to the top of them.

Can you ever have too many chocolate chips?

chocolate chip cookie dough icing

I started by making the cupcakes.

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes:


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup mini-chocolate chips


Step 1:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin cups with cupcake liners.

Step 2:  In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.

Step 3:  In separate bowl mix butter with mixer.  Gradually add sugar and continue to mix until combined.  Add eggs one at a time while mixing.

Step 4:  Add flour mixture, vanilla, and milk to butter mixture.  Continue to mix until combined.

Step 5:  Stir in chocolate chips.  Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

Step 6:  Bake for 18-22 minutes.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Icing


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mini chocolate chips


Step 1:  Mix butter and brown sugar with hand mixer.

Step 2:  Gradually add confectioners sugar and continue to mix.  Add milk and vanilla while still mixing.

Step 3:  Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and mix with a spoon.

Step 4:  Spread icing on cooled cupcakes.

Step 5:  Add rest of chocolate chips to a small bowl.  Dip each cup cake into chocolate chip, covering the top of each one.

And that’s it!  Now take a bite and enjoy these delicious cupcakes.

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Big Hero 6 Movie Night with Baymax Whoopie Pies

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It’s been an exciting week around here.  We had our second snow storm which is a big deal around here so schools have been closed for a few days.  Woohoo!  I love snow days!!


So, while we were grocery shopping at Walmart and getting ready for the snow, we picked up our copy of Big Hero 6.  Connor has been counting down the day until Big Hero 6 was released on DVD and it came out at the perfect time. Being snowed in is the prefect excuse to cuddle up on the sofa and watch a movie.

Big Hero 6 Whoopie Pies

And since we were snowed in, I thought it would be fun to make Baymax Whoopie Pies.  This was my fist time making whoopie pies and I have to admit that I was a little nervous.  I was afraid that they wouldn’t be round or fluffy but they turned out great!  I decided to make vanilla pies with chocolate icing so I could decorate them.


  • 1 box super moist white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • chocolate icing
  • black decorating icing


Step 1:  Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly spray cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.

Step 2:  Add cake mix, oil, water, and eggs to bowl.  Mix until well blended.

Step 3:  Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the batter for each cookie, leaving a few inches between each.

Step 4:  Bake for 7-9 minutes.  Remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack.

easy whoopie pies recipe

Step 5:  Once cookies are completely cool,  add icing to bottom of one cookie and place another cookie on top to form a sandwich.

Step 6:  To make them look like Baymax, I added black icing to the top.  I’m so glad Baymax is so easy to create:)

Step 7:  Admire your whoopie pies and enjoy!

Big Hero 6 Popcorn Cups

You can’t watch a movie without popcorn so I took some white styrofoam cups and a black sharpie to make Baymax popcorn cups.

We had a Big Hero 6 movie night right in the comfort of our living and it was perfect for a cold, snowy night!!

Big Hero 6 Toy

I also ordered Connor a fun Big Here 6 toy from to celebrate the movie’s release.  I ordered this mask and fist toy that he loves!

And guess what?  The Big Hero 6 Blu-Ray/DVD + Gift with Purchase set includes a digital movie on Vudu while supplies last.

Big Hero 6 Release

Simply scan your receipt using the Savings Catcher in the Walmart app.  Then look for a message on your phone or email.  Now you can watch Big Hero 6 on any device.  How awesome is that?!

Have you seen Big Hero 6 yet?

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Homemade Pantry Items You Can Easily Make Yourself

I shared yesterday that we are starting to eat more clean.  I read the labels of all the stuff in our pantry and if there was an ingredient that I couldn’t pronounce or recognize, it was donated or given to a neighbor.  And now I’ve put together a list of 10 Homemade Pantry Items that you can easily make yourself.  I like that most of these recipes make a lot so you won’t need to make them often and they don’t require a ton of ingredients.

10 homemade pantry items

I had no idea that there were so many clean recipes for pantry items that I buy all the time.

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup Mix

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup Mix by Couponing to Disney.  This recipe is so easy!  I will never buy cream of chicken soup again.

Clean Eating Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning by Clean and Delicious.  I can’t believe I’ve been buying the gross stuff at the store with preservatives all these years when this recipe is so easy.


Easy Ketchup Recipe by A Breath of Simplicity.  Can’t live without ketchup!


Homemade Almond Butter by Girl Meets Nourishment.  I don’t know about you but I love almond butter and I can definitely handle this recipe.

Clean Eating BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce by Southern Girl Eats Clean – YUM!!  I put BBQ sauce on so much stuff.

Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce by Clean Green Simple.  Connor loves applesauce and this recipe sounds delicious.

Clean Eating Pasta Sauce

Clean Pasta Sauce by Pure Grace Farms – So easy and this recipe will make so much tomato sauce so you can stock up.

Clean Eating Bread Crumbs

Clean Eating Bread Crumbs by The Gracious Pantry – I thought when I started eating clean that I was going to have to give up so many recipes that include bread crumbs but now I don’t have to.

Zucchini Chips

What pantry isn’t complete without chips.  These Zucchini Chips by Table for Two sound amazing!

Clean Eating Sweet Potato Chips

And I definitely need to make these Homemade Sweet Potato Chips by Sugar Baking Blog.  I’m so happy that I don’t have to give up snacking on chips.

Now I just need a clean brownie mix or clean cake mix and my pantry will be fully stocked.

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Salted Caramel Mocha Bites

My favorite drink at Starbucks right now is the salted caramel mocha.  I love the combination of sweet and salty.

And since I can’t go to Starbucks everyday because I’m too cheap, I had to come up with something similar to satisfy my cravings.

When I came across caramel Hershey kisses at Target, I decided to make pretzel kisses with them.

The best part about this easy recipe is that Connor and I could do it together.  Connor was so excited to be my little helper and unwrap the Hershey kisses; probably because he could sneak a few when I wasn’t looking!!

These were so easy to make and only require 3 ingredients:

  • Small pretzels
  • Caramel Hershey kisses
  • M&M’s

Heat oven to 200 degrees.  Spread pretzels out on cookie sheet.  Place a Hershey kiss on each pretzel.  Bake for 3 minutes.  Remove from oven and immediately press an M&M on top of each kiss.  Let cool.

Then pop a few in your mouth because you won’t be able to each just one!

Now I can satisfy my craving for a salted caramel mocha for the next few days or until my husband eats them all!!

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Pumpkin Treats

This time of year makes me think of the leaves changing colors, cool days with the windows open, and pumpkins!!

My husband loves any food made with pumpkin so I surprised him last week with pumpkin waffles and they were delicious.

Easy Pumpkin Waffles Recipe:

  • 2 1/3 cups Heart Healthy Bisquick Mix
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs

Heat waffle iron.  Mix ingredients together.  Pour batter onto waffle iron.  Bake until golden brown.  Enjoy!

Some other yummy pumpkin treats I can’t wait to make:

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
Baked Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes
Pumpkin Bread Pudding

What pumpkin recipes have you made lately?  If you have a great pumpkin recipe, please link up below.

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Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today I’m participating in a fun challenge hosted by Tina over at Moms Crazy Cooking.  Each month the challenge focuses on one feature food item.  This month it is chocolate chip cookies.


This fun challenge asks you to find a recipe from another blog, make it, and feature it.  I had so much fun looking for a fabulous new chocolate chip cookie recipe!

When I cam across Cook Bake & Decorate’s recipe for peanut butter cookie cups I knew I had to make them for my husband.  This combines two of his favorite treats – chocolate chip cookies and Reece’s peanut butter cups.

Cook Bake & Decorate’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I just dump in the whole bag)

Cream together the shortening and brown sugar till it is light and fluffy.  Beat in the milk, vanilla, and egg.  Next, stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Stir till well combined.  Next slowly mix in the chocolate chips.

Spray mini-muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.  Fill muffin cups with a spoon full of cookie dough.

Bake for 9-11 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press one mini Reese’s peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie.  Let cool in the pan for a few minutes, then remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

These were AMAZING!  And since my husband was coming home from his 6 week training course, it was the perfect little surprise for him.

Look at all the other fabulous chocolate chip recipes featured this month on the Crazy Cooking Challenge.  Don’t they all look delicious?

We need your help voting for the best recipe.  “Like” your favorite recipe below and help us find the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe!

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Grammies are the best!!

We celebrated my mom’s 60th birthday over the weekend and since all the grandchildren call her Grammy, we thought it would be cute to make Grammies.

These fun treats are chocolate covered graham crackers. They were delicious and so easy to make. Just dip graham crackers in chocolate, place on wax paper and place in refrigerator until chocolate sets.

My aunt added sprinkles to the first batch and it looks like people liked the ones with sprinkles better:)

Let me tell you, these things did not last long!

They were a big hit!!

So if you need a fun treat for your favorite Grammy, make her some Grammies!

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Yummy Treat Inspired by Pinterest

If you browse Pinterest as much as I do then I know you’ve seen the pin with the raspberries stuffed with chocolate chips.

My dad loves raspberries so when I went to visit this past weekend I made him this simple treat.

Let me just tell you – 
They were delicious!!
The best part is that they are so easy to make.
Only two ingredient! 
And I would say they are somewhat healthy.  Raspberries are high in antioxidants:)
If you need a quick and easy treat, I definitely recommend this fun idea.

Also, don’t forget to vote for your favorite Pinterest inspired project in The Great Pinterest Challenge Round 2.

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