Lovey Dovey Trifecta Cookies and Sweetheart Cupcakes

I’ll admit it–I’m a little vixen.

This crazy (good) cupcake-and-cookie love blast combo is brought to you by a little V-day vixen named Ala.

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Consequently, the V-day jean-size-enlargement-of-everyone-around-me scheme was also instigated by yours truly.

Because let’s face it: us bakers siphon off our baked goods onto our friends, classmates, family, significant others, grocers, landladies, and cute cafe seat neighbors for one reason, and one reason alone.

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We’re out to get your jeans.

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But in all seriousness–does anybody else out there feel the same way? Or am I just a complete aberration in occasionally feeling this way?

Anybody who knows me in “real life” can tell you that I have a terrible habit of encouraging people to indulge in every single desire they have the misfortune to express to me. I do a pretty darn great job of it too, if I say so myself. If the president was as successful at reconciling cross-party views as I am at persuading my friends to hit up every single one of the Seven Sins in the course of one party, every congressional session would just be a bunch of people clasping hands and singing hallelujah to a blown-up picture of a red & blue donk-lephant-ey.

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I’m not a moral degenerate myself. I’d actually like to think of myself as a sort of pre-transformation, goody two shoes Sandra Dee. (Did I mention that I saw Grease for the first time in a singalong theater on V-day? Fantastic! Young John Travolta doing pelvic thrusts on a car ::swoon::)

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At the same time, if I bring this entire tray of lovey dovey trifecta cookies (i.e. the best, fluffiest, chewiest PB oat choco-chip cookies you will ever have) and raspberry cheesecake-filled sweetheart cupcakes to my friends, as I did on V-day, and somebody says…

“Oh my GAWD, these are AMAZING…”

and then follows that by saying

“Take them away from me, or I’ll eat them all!”

I will say…

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You, eat them all?

“CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.”

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Yes, I am that girl. The girl you love to hate, and hate to love. <3 Just say it.

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If you ever have the misfortune pleasure of meeting me in “real life,” don’t tell me about how you really want to buy an entire jumbo-sized pack of Peeps from the store while we’re shopping.

Refrain from explaining why you’d really much rather be watching the entire BBC series of Pride & Prejudice (which I STILL have to watch) online than finishing your essay on the comparison between national patriarchal benevolence and hierarchical gender dynamics in a Maria Edgeworth novel (which I STILL have to finish).

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And definitely resist telling me how much you LOVE this lovey, lovely cookie-and-cupcake combo.

Because you inevitably will be tempted, and I will subsequently make sure you never fit into your jeans again.

Singlehandedly and proudly.

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Hey, I work hard at what I do.

Fortunately, you won’t have to work hard at either of these delectable treats the next time you want to show your love to somebody random! Jeans-sabotaging aside, they’re both super straightforward recipes and totally worth whipping up in a jiffy to share.

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They’re Alfred J. B’lloon–frock (he’s the balloon, pictured above) approved!

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So what are you waiting for? If you want to be a little vixen like me, or if you’re just a much better human being than I am and actually want to make these with as much heart as these cupcakes and cookies express, then I’m whisking you off to your kitchen and mixing bowl!

See what I did there?

Ha! Ha! Ha…

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Oh, never mind. I’m such a dorky little Sandra Dee after all. <3

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Why do YOU love to bake/cook?

If you loved this post, these photos, or this recipe (after giving it a try!), please let me know! I love hearing from all of you, and I promise I’m really not very vixen-y at all :)

Ala

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Lovey Dovey Trifecta Cookies
Yield: 3 dozen cookies
Adapted from Allrecipes
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup oats (quick-cooking or rolled are fine)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 36 Dove Heart chocolates (I used chocolate and raspberry creme)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. Cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy and smooth. Stir in peanut butter, vanilla, and egg until well-incorporated. Add flour, baking soda, and salt; mix in until just incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Drop dough by small tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes in oven, until golden.
  4. Remove cookies from oven and immediately press an unwrapped chocolate into the top of each cookie. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then remove from sheet and cool completely on a wire rack.

Sweetheart Cupcakes (Chocolate with Raspberry Cheesecake Filling)

Yield: 1 dozen cupcakes

Original chocolate cake recipe from Averie Cooks

(I wasn’t sure how Averie’s moist, delectable-looking cake would translate into cupcakes. In the end, the cupcakes were still great, but a bit dense for my purposes–still love the cake, as did everyone else, but might substitute a different chocolate cupcake recipe next time! Below is the original recipe I tested.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee, warm or room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Raspberry cheesecake filling ingredients:

  • 1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup raspberry preserves

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 cupcake tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, yogurt, oil, and vanilla. Stir in coffee and cocoa powder until smooth. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; mix until just incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Pour batter into cupcake liners until each is about 2/3 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center of each cupcake comes out relatively clean but with moist crumbs sticking to it. Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool as you prepare cheesecake filling.
  4. For raspberry cheesecake filling: Whip together cream cheese and white sugar in a medium bowl. Add egg and mix in until mixture is completely smooth. Stir in preserves.
  5. Assembly: Take a completely cooled cupcake and place on a cutting board. Running a sharp knife parallel to the base of the cupcake, slice off the muffin-top part that pops out over the cupcake liner. (In other words, you’re slicing the muffin-top from the base, so that the surface of the cupcake base is now as high as the cupcake liner.) Cut out a hole from the center of the muffin and fill generously with raspberry cheesecake. Carefully cut a heart shape out from the muffin-top and then replace the muffin-top on the cheesecake-frosted cupcake base. Voila! You have a cute raspberry cheesecake filling peeking out in the shape of a heart.
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11 Responses to Lovey Dovey Trifecta Cookies and Sweetheart Cupcakes

  1. I looooooove trifecta cookies, they’re my fave!

  2. I love that you can admit you are an enabler! Funny post! My jeans would definitely NOT be happy if ate the whole plate, but boy would I like to! Would love it if you’d share these at Saturday Share With Us!
    http://www.lemonsforlulu.com/2013/02/16/saturday-share-with-us-link-party-2/

  3. Really funny post. And really delish looking cookie. The only reason my wife and I remotely fit into our jeans is because we give away an awful lot of what we make. At least we like to think we fit into them. ;-) Super recipe – thanks. P.S. You really do want to watch the PBS Pride and Prejudice. I think the one that came out a few years later on one of the cable channels is a bit better, but they’re both wonderful.

    • If I had the spare time, I would be all over that series! And possibly sitting on my couch with all of these cookies and not fitting into my jeans. I’ll let you know which one I end up watching (probably BBC in a few weeks!); thanks, John!

  4. This post made me laugh!! hilarious. Cupcakes and cookies. Cookies on top of cupcakes. I can’t even process how amazing this is!!!! Especially when raspberry cheesecake is involved too!

  5. Thank you so much for coming back and sharing these beauties and your post with Saturday Share With Us! I’m thrilled you took the time! Plus I get to drool over these some more!

  6. I would so eat a cookie and a cupcake at the same time. Totally.

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