Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

I had some free time last night so I decided to make some cupcakes for work! They are super easy and really quick to make! They are the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes. It is a Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough in the middle, topped with a Vanilla Buttercream garnished with Mini Chocolate Chips and a Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie!! Sounds good, right??

Here is what you need for the cupcake:

  • Store bought Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Eggs (depends on your cake mix)
  • Oil (depends on your cake mix)
  • Water (depends on your cake mix)
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Chocolate Chip Cooke Dough (I used Nestle Break and Bake)
  • Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies (I used Mini Chips Ahoy)

Preheat oven to 350°. Make the Chocolate Cake Mix according to the package. Fill Cupcake liners half way with the cupcake mix. Then add 1 chunk of Cookie Dough to each cupcake.

Bake for 18-19 minutes, depending on your oven. They will look like this when they come out.

While they are baking, make you Vanilla Buttercream.

Here is what you need:

  • 2-3 tablespoons of Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 Sticks of Softened Unsalted Butter
  • 3-4 cups of Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of Vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Salt

In you mixer with the paddle blade, whip your butter until smooth and fluffy.

On Low, add in the 3 cups of Powdered Sugar, Vanilla, Salt, and 2 tablespoons of Heavy Whipping Cream. Turn up to Medium speed and mix for 3 minutes until smooth.  Depending on you consistency, you might need to add more sugar or cream. If the frosting is too thin add more sugar or if it is to thick add more cream.

Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, you can start frosting! I garnished the cupcakes with Mini Chocolate Chips and added a Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie to it!

These were so easy to make and took no longer then 30 minutes from start to finish. You should give them a try the next time you need to make a dessert!!

As Paula Dean likes to say, “Best Dishes, from my Kitchen to Yours!”

Until next time!

Love,

Jessica AKA Mrs. Ripple

Pinterest Project Tuesdays – Date Night Jar

Searching through all my pins I found the perfect project to do!! I had a bridal shower to go to on Saturday and I wanted to give a unique gift to this amazing couple! So the project I decided to do was a Date Night Jar but I added my own twists to it.

This is the pin that inspired my project!

The pin takes you to a cute blog about Jennifer Green and her family. Her jar is color coded by type of date and price. I just loved her idea but I decided not to color code or label the dates because I wanted the couple to make all the decisions about each week. SOOO here is my Date Night Jar I made!

Supplies (cost about $10-$15 depending on the size of jar you get):

1 – Glass Jar with an easy open lid

1 -2 packs of large Popsicle sticks

Ribbon of choice

Hot glue and gun

Scissors

Letter stickers of choice

Sharpie

First step is planning out what dates you want to do. I made a list of all the date night ideas that I could come up with and by looking online. I had dates that ranged all different prices and planning time. I also had dates that were local to us here in Texas.

From there I started writing one date night idea on a Popsicle stick until I had enough to fill the jar leaving some room to pick out a stick.

After I finished with the sticks, I added the bow to the jar. Make sure you put the ribbon below the jar lid so that you have no issues opening and closing the jar.

I hot glued the back of the bow to the jar as well as the front.

Then add ‘Date Night Jar’ to the front in stickers. I had to hot glue some of these down as they did not stick very well to the jar but I think that all depends on the type of stickers you use.

After that you are done! It is a super easy project and who wouldn’t love to go on more dates with their spouse! The most common advice I got before we got married was to go on lots of dates and spend time together. This is a sure-fire way to do that.

NOW, this was a gift for a bridal shower so what I did to make this more fun and unique was I picked 4 of the dates from the jar and bought her the stuff to go with the dates!! How cute is that, right??

The 4 dates I picked were:

  • Bake Something Together Date
  • Game Night and Pizza Date
  • Ice Cream Sundae Date
  • Italian Date: Pasta and Movie

Here is what I got her for the Bake Something Together Date:

Cupcake Pan

Cupcake Liners

Cake Mix

Frosting

Spatula

Whisk (off her registry)

Here is what I got for the Game Night and Pizza Date

Pizza Pan

Pizza Cutter (off her registry)

Oven Mitt (off her registry)

Pizza Sauce

Italian Seasonings

Pizza Dough Recipe

Jenga

Here is what I got for the Ice Cream Sundae Date

Ice Cream Bowls (2)

Ice Cream Scoop (off her registry)

Cherries

Sprinkles

Nuts

Here is what I got for the Italian Night: Pasta and Movie

Strainer

Kitchen Towel (off her registry)

Pasta

Pasta Sauce

Spoon (off her registry)

Letters to Juliet (based in Italy)

I wrapped each gift in a separate bag and labeled them what the date was. I then put all the bags and the jar in a big box and wrapped the box. In the card I gave her I told her to take the jar out first so that I could then explain that each bag goes with one of the dates!!

It was a hit at the shower and the Bride loved it!! I even got kudos from the groom! I can’t wait until the next shower to do this all over again!!

I hope you give this a try and go on lots of memorable dates!!

Until next time!

Love,

Jessica AKA Mrs. Ripple

30 Before 30 – #1 Get Married

DONE! November 5th, 2011 was the happiest day of my life! The day was perfect from start to finish, from the weather to the dancing! We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding and we are truly blessed and surrounded by wonderful people. To hear more about our wedding, please look here.

Until next time!!

Love,

Jessica AKA Mrs.Ripple

30 before 30!

With my recent 27th birthday back in July, I started thinking more about what I want out of life. So I decided to make a list of 30 things I would like to do/complete before I turn 30! I hope I can get them all done while enjoying life and having fun! So here are my 30 things. Two of them I have already completed but I felt they were so important that I included them!

  1. Get Married
  2. Become a Mom
  3. Be a home owner
  4. Learn another language (French??)
  5. Run a Disney Half Marathon
  6. Go back to London and Paris
  7. Give up Coca-Cola
  8. Eat better
  9. Host and cook Thanksgiving by myself
  10. Finish my Bachelor’s Degree
  11. Go to Harry Potter Land
  12. Pay it forward
  13. Get back to a healthy weight
  14. See a real Broadway play in New York
  15. Read 30 new books
  16. Pay off my credit card
  17. Own the Balenciaga Bag  that I have wanted forever!
  18. Learn to play an instrument
  19. Host a theme party
  20. Go Geocaching
  21. Sew a blanket for my first-born
  22. Buy stock in Disney
  23. Take a trip with my Best Friend only
  24. Buy a nice camera and learn how to use it
  25. Complete 30 scrapbooks
  26. Meet Chris Daughtry
  27. Visit Michigan at least 2 times
  28. Go on a date wearing Louboutins (my wedding didn’t count)
  29. Have breakfast at Tiffany’s
  30. Celebrate my 30th Birthday in style!! (Maybe London??)

These are my goals and I am so excited to get started on this! I look forward keeping you guys up to date!

Until next time!

Love,

Jessica AKA Mrs. Ripple

Pinterest Project Tuesdays!

Yes, I know that today is Wednesday but I could not get my pictures to load to my computer yesterday. ANYWAYS! I decided that I am going to do a Pinterest Project weekly! It is going to range from crafts to organization to exercise! I can’t wait!

This week I decided to do a craft for our new house! I made a Jute Wrapped Monogram Letter Wreath for our front door. Obviously I found the idea on Pinterest! HA When I found this pin, I knew it was something I had to try.

The pin takes you to a blog called Two Twenty One which seems like a great blog that I might start following. She gives you step by step instructions on how to create the wreath. SOO here is what I created.

Supplies (cost around $10 for the whole thing):

1 – 12″ Paper Mache Letter (The only place in Houston that I could find these was Joann Fabrics)

1 – role of Jute Twine

Hot glue and gun

Ribbon (in your choice of color)

Felt

Scissors

First step is to glue the jute on the back of the letter.

Then start wrapping the vertical sections! She did not mention to glue as you went but I glued the first wrap all the way around as I found that it was moving when I tried wrapping it.

Continue to wrap all the vertical sections. Depending on the letter your doing, the easier it is. The letter ‘R’ is going to take longer then a ‘T’.

Once you wrap all the vertical sections, you want to glue down a  few strands of jute to the areas that are not covered yet, like this.

Then you are going to start wrapping the letter horizontally until you cover the whole letter. In general just keep wrapping.

Once you are done with that you are going to make your felt flowers and your bow for the front and the ribbon hanger. She did not list how do make the flowers, so I simply googled “how to make felt rosettes” and plenty of tutorials popped up. They were pretty simple, here is what I did.

I took the rectangular piece of felt and cut it in half.

With one side, I cut about 1/3 off to make it into a square.

From there I started cutting in a spiral from the outside until in reached the point I could not cut.

Then I started wrapping the felt around in a circle, creating a rosette!

From there I glued the bow down, then the rosettes, and the hanger onto the back and I was done!

The project does take some time so make sure you give yourself at least 2 hours to start and finish. It’s a great craft to do while catching up on TV since you are just wrapping and wrapping and wrapping.

 

 

I love it and it looks great on the door! I hope you give it a shot and love it as much as I do! Just don’t forget that Hot Glue is hot and end up with a small injury like I did…. HA

Until next time!

Love,

Jessica AKA Mrs. Ripple

We’ve Moved Postcard

With us being so far away from some of our family and friends, I was trying to think of a creative way to tell them we have moved and give them our new address with out just calling. So I contacted my friend Janelle, who does awesome custom invitations. She did my wedding invitations, which I loved, and she is doing my Sister-in-laws as well. I told her that I was trying to find something to send out about us moving and she said what about a post card! It was such a great idea and we went from there adding pictures and what not!

The postcards turned out perfect and were exactly what we wanted!! She really does the best job!! If you are ever in the need of invitations, you should contact her! She does all custom work and at great prices, you can’t beat it! As well as ships everywhere! To look at some of her designs take a peek at her website at www.janelle-davidson.com, you can see the wedding invitations she designed for us as well as others! She also has an ETSY store where she sells invitations as well! Check it out at www.SweetDStationery.etsy.com! I hope you keep her in mind for your future invite needs!!

Until next time!

Love,

Jessica AKA Mrs. Ripple

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

For those who don’t know me, I love to cook and bake! The funny part about that is I don’t eat half of the stuff that I make though. I know that the key to making something good is by trying it but I just use my husband as my guinea pig! HA

Anyways, I had a request a work to make something with peanut butter. The only thing I could think of was the traditional Peanut Butter Cookie with the Hershey Kiss on top. So I started thinking about what I could do with Peanut Butter and then it hit me! I could take my Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe and alter it a bit. BOOM now I have the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookie recipe.

Here’s what ya need!

2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of salt

1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup of granulated sugar

3/4 cup of brown sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla

2 eggs

2 cups of the mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F and gather up your ingredients!

In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.

In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until fluffy. It is very important that your butter is softened.

Once that is fluffy, beat in 1 egg at a time incorporating each egg well.

Once eggs are incorporated, add in the dry ingredients slowly.

Once everything is added, remove the bowl from the mixer. Using a spoon or a spatula, add in the mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. You do not want to use the mixer for this because it will break the cups apart.

Using a tablespoon, place the dough balls about an inch apart on your baking sheets.

Bake for 8-9 minutes. Make sure you watch these though because the cups will burn much faster than chocolate chips.

Once done let cool and you are good to enjoy!

Everyone at my office loved them and they went super quick! Give them a try and let me know how they turn out!

Until next time!

Love,

Jessica AKA Mrs Ripple

Best Husband in the World!!

So I am sitting at work on Thursday minding my own business doing expense report after expense report counting down the minutes until I can go home when I notice our mailroom guy is  standing at my desk with a box of flowers. I was very intrigued to find out who they were from and what for as it was not my birthday or anniversary or any other holiday.

What a surprise when I opened the flowers to find that they were from Brent with the sweetest of notes! He sent me flowers saying “Hope you have  a good Day! Love, Brent”! It made my day!! Little gestures like that are just one of the reasons why he is the best! I can’t believe that we have been married for 9 months already, boy time flies, but I couldn’t ask for a better 9 months! He truly is my best friend and the best husband a girl could ask for!

Here are the flowers after one day of blooming! SO PRETTY!

Until next time!

Love,

Jessica AKA Mrs. Ripple

IKEA Date Night

With us being so busy and buying a new house we really haven’t had time to do a date night. So a couple of weekends ago we were running some errands and what not and we stopped at IKEA to have a look around. I thought this would be a perfect spontaneous date!

It wasn’t anything too fancy! We walked around the store picking out decoration things that we would like to get for our house and generally just spent time together. We bought a couple of vases, a silverware tray and some steak knives and we found a couple of things that we are going to go back and get. After standing in line FOREVER (we forget it was back to school time and the store was packed with parents getting stuff for their college students), we finished the date off with a $1 ice cream cone!

I think the next time we go, I will have a real plan and do a Scavenger Hunt type of game!!

Until next time!

Love,

Jessica AKA Mrs. Ripple