Sequence of Events (Recipe: Paula Deen’s Cookies & Cream Cupcakes)

Paula Deen and I appear to have something in common. We both believe that if you are going to make dessert, you might as well just go all out. Bring out the butter, pour on the sugar… none of this Splenda and light this and that business. Everyday cooking, you need to lighten up, but dessert? If you can’t making something indulgent, why make anything at all?

Now, listen carefully because there is a significant sequence of events that have led me to have to say goodbye to Paula for awhile. Even though I love Ms Paula, a few words “from the mouths of babes” have encouraged me to re-think things a bit. Maybe there is a reason those of you who post about light desserts are skinny. Maybe, just maybe, you are on to something.

Written here, is the sequence of events that have certainly changed my immediate future as I know it.

  • On a whim, I saw Paula Deen’s Best Desserts on the magazine stand and I picked up a copy
  • As soon as I got home, I thumbed through the magazine and dog eared page, after page, after page of delicious dessert recipes
  • Fast forward a few days and I am in the shower. In to the bathroom walks my 3 year old. She glances at me and says “Mama, why are your boobies laying down on your tummy?” To add insult to injury, I thought for sure I had misunderstood what she said, so I  had her repeat it. Nope… word for word, spot on. No denying what she said.
  • Just a mere two days later, my 6 year old walks into my bathroom, again, while I am in the shower. She looks at me and her face turned to the most excited expression and she shouts “Mom? We’re having another baby??!!!!” Yeah… thanks a lot. She was immediately cut from the will.
  • I quickly decide that #1 – I need to get a door on the master bath so my insulting kids can’t come in and verbally assault me anymore while I am helpless in the shower and #2 – I need to buy an elliptical.
  • Elliptical purchased, kids banned from my bathroom, and my dear, Paula Dean Best Desserts magazine sits staring at me, day after day…taunting me to make something – anything.
  • Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore. Paula Deen and I meet again. I had an occasion to make a dessert. Is it a sin to make something of Paula’s light? I think so. I’m pretty sure it would have been #11 in the Ten Commandments had they had room on their stone tablet for one more.
  • Made Cookies & Cream cupcakes and <gasp> did cut down on the powdered sugar by a couple of cups, but otherwise kept all of the butter, sugar, cream, in tact.

These Cookies & Cream cupcakes from Paula Deen’s Best Dessert Special Collector’s Issue (which should be banned from butter lover’s anonymous because there is a lot of butter in this book. Paula must have something special going on with the National Dairy Council.) They may have a lot of calories, but they are worth every last little bit. And if your kid starts to comment on the size of your behind, just stuff a cupcake in their mouth. That should take care of it.

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes from Paula Deen Best Dessert Special Collector’s Issue

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 14 coarsely crushed cream-filled chocolate wafer cookies (Oreos)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)
  • Garnish: miniature cream filled chocolate wafer cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 28 muffin cups with foil liners.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed with a mixer until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition. Stir in crushed cookies. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks. Spread or pipe Cream Cheese Frosting evenly over cupcakes. Garnish with cookies, if desired.

Cream Cheese Frosting (Makes 6 cups… I only needed half of this recipe for the cupcakes)

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 9 cups confectioners’ sugar (I only used 6 cups and the frosting was great)

In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with a mixer until creamy. Beat in cream until combined. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth.

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  1. says

    LOL! I’m so glad I live alone now haha. I insult myself enough as it is. I couldn’t handle hearing it from the mouths of babes haha.

    These cupcakes look great. I would have reduced the amount of powdered sugar, too. Nine cups seem a bit excessive.

  2. says

    Out of the mouths of babes! I have stories that would curl your hair – just take note from someone who’s been there, done that – you WILL make it out of this stage alive . . . kids on the other hand . . . just kidding!
    .-= smithbites´s last blog ..SPAGHETTI ALLA CARBONARA =-.

  3. says

    I’m still chuckling about the kids comments, but veryvery glad they can’t get into MY bathroom! I’ve gotten used to European desserts, which are not nearly as sweet as American ones, and I can’t eat Paula’s stuff anymore–it sends me into sugar shock! But I grew up with that kind of cooking, and I have fond memories…
    .-= Kate at Serendipity´s last blog ..Under the Little Big Top =-.

  4. says

    Oh my dear Kristen! I can totally relate to what you have written about, though the lock on my bedroom door is securely fastened when I take a shower (with an 8 year old boy in the house!) Some lightened up desserts can still be good, but not AS good as the original. I prefer to make them full-fat, sample them and then scoot them out the door and give them away as soon as possible! Many times, they make their way into the freezer for lunches, and I’m not as tempted to defrost them if they’re in there!
    .-= Lori @ RecipeGirl´s last blog ..Kumquat Marmalade w/ Orange-Pecan English Muffin Bread =-.

  5. says

    I’m feeling like another commenter, guilty for laughing at what your kids were saying to you:)

    Out of the mouth of babes! I LOVE Paula Deen. I am from the south and everything is better with butter and sugar. We went to The Lady & Sons and met both of her boys. They were very nice.

    I am definitely making these. I just bought her new book today “Savannah Style.”
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..How I Met My House. =-.

  6. says

    Oh dear.. this made me literally laugh out loud! I’m glad I wasn’t drinking anything or I would have spewed it all over the computer screen.

    Although I have never actually seen you… never mind naked (& let’s keep it that way)… you look perfect to me! :)
    .-= Cheri´s last blog ..Homemade Pita Pockets =-.

  7. says

    Oh boy, have I been there, done that! My daughter (who is old enough not to have actually come out and said anything) looked shocked when she saw me in the shower. And I have to tell you that I work out 6 days a week. I think it’s my horrible metabolism and the fact that I don’t cut down on the butter and sugar when I cook. But I am dieting right now…doesn’t mean I can’t still make stuff…I do. But now I just take one bite and let my family eat it all or give it away.
    But let’s face it, Paula Deen and Ina Garten (my favorite) probably don’t look good in the shower either. I’ll still make this lovely cupcake recipe!

  8. Sylvia says

    Yum! These have oreos actually in the batter.. gotta love that. Paula Deen is the BEST! She was just here in Houston for a book signing and I got her latest book AND a picture with her. What a great woman.
    Solar Arizona


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