Dark Chocolate- Oatmeal Cookie Cupcakes

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Yesterday was a pretty amazing day in this crazy life of mine.  It started with a feature on the front page of the food section of the San Diego Union Tribune.  I opened up the paper to see a HUGE photo of me and my son in our kitchen preparing artichokes.  Such a fun memory we’ll get to share!  Then I had lunch with a very good friend from college, and while we were at the restaurant… our hair stylist of the last 25 years called the restaurant and paid our tab (how sweet is that?!)  Because of the article in the paper, I had phone calls, emails and texts streaming in all day, connecting me with friends I hadn’t talked to in years.  It was a neat day indeed.  So let’s celebrate with cookies.  No, cupcakes.  Okay, let’s compromise with both:  Dark Chocolate- Oatmeal Cookie Cupcakes!

Dark Chocolate- Oatmeal Cookie Cupcakes

These are best described as an oatmeal cookie dough that is studded with dark chocolate chunks and baked into cupcake tins.  Why not, right?

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I used a big chunk of Scharffenberger dark chocolate and chopped it into bits, but you can certainly use any sort of chocolate you’d like (or even chocolate chips).

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You can stuff the cupcake tins pretty full (I used an ice cream scoop to make things easy).  You’ll be able to fill 16 of them.

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Cupakes - RecipeGirl.com

They bake up like a giant cookie.  In fact, it’s kinda-sorta a nice, secret ploy to be able to eat a couple of cookies in one dessert.  A drizzle of chocolate ganache on top is the right way to finish it off.

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It’s not a soft cookie.  It’s more like a crunchy cookie cupcake.  They freeze well… just place them in zip baggies and defrost at room temp when the mood for a cookie cupcakes strikes.  Like now.

Cheers to good days- I hope you’re having one of those good days too!

P.S. Have you picked up a Recipe Girl Cookbook yet?  I think it might make quite a nice Mother’s Day gift, if you’re still in the midst of a brain-freeze on what to buy for Mom (or wife… or grandma… or ?)  It’s starting to pop up at Barnes & Noble stores and other bookstores too, and online through AmazonBarnes & Noble and Indie Bound.  I hope you love it as much as I do!

Dark Chocolate- Oatmeal Cookie Cupcakes

Yield: 16 cookie cupcakes

Prep Time:25 min

Cook Time:15 min


1 1/2 cups All Purpose Gold Medal® Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
2 cups quick-cooking oats
6 ounces dark chocolate bar, chopped into chunks (or use chocolate chips)

GANACHE (optional):
2 ounces dark chocolate bar, chopped into chunks (or use chocolate chips)
1/2 tablespoon cream (whipping cream or heavy whipping cream)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 16 muffin tins with nonstick spray.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to mix the sugar and butter until well-combined. Mix in the vanilla and egg. Then mix in the flour and the oats. Stir in 6 ounces of the chopped chocolate. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling each almost full. Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until the cookie cupcakes are fairly well set and no longer squishy when touched. Remove the cookie cupcakes from the oven and let them cool completely. My best method for removing them cleanly from the pan is to refrigerate the cupcakes in the pan until cool, then use a sharp knife to edge the cookies out of the tins.

4. If you're adding the ganache, combine the chocolate and cream in a small bowl and microwave just until hot. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Carefully spoon the ganache into a zip baggie, snip a small hole in the corner of the bag, and drizzle ganache onto each cookie cupcake. Store the cookie cupcakes in a single layer in a covered container at room temperature (or in the freezer).

Source: RecipeGirl.com

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  • Cass wrote:

    I saw the UT article, too! How great! I knew you lived in San Diego, but I didn’t know you were so close. We are only about 5 miles away. I’m sure our paths have crossed. And anytime I make anything with cookie dough on it I think if you! Plus my daughter has a little boy in her class named Brooks! Congratulations on all of your success!

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers wrote:

    Congratulations on making the front page of the Food Section! That is awesome! Speaking of awesome, these cupcakes look to die for!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts wrote:

    What a great day! Congrats on all of your success, and getting to connect with so many people!

    These cookie cupcakes look wonderful! Love the idea, and I have had a serious craving for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies lately, and this isn’t helping!

  • Tina Verrelli wrote:

    Congrats on your special day!! Good for you!!!
    The Cup-Cookie-Cakes look amazing!! ( :

  • Christi wrote:

    Love these cupcakes! I was wondering what to make for teacher appreciation week, these will be a hit!

  • Janelle wrote:

    That sounds good! I was thinking that would be a quick and easy dessert to whip up for freezing, then you starting talking about how great it freezes. How would you adjust the baking time for mini-muffin cups?

  • Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste wrote:

    What an incredible day indeed, Lori! Congratulations on all of your successes!

  • Mat @ trout recipes wrote:

    These look really yummy! and your photos are amazing Lori… great job!

  • Kristen@TheLittleBitchinKitchen wrote:

    Whaaat? You pretty much just combine four of my favorite things. Cookie cupcakes!? Get outta here! Yum, Yum, Yum! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl wrote:

    Congrats on the press piece!

    These look uber delicious. I love oatmeal cookies so these will be a hit…

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking wrote:

    Congratulations on all your big features, Lori! Your success is SO well deserved. Thanks for sharing these delicious looking cookie cupcakes, too!

  • Sue {munchkin munchies} wrote:

    Oh my…These giant oatmeal cookies are a DREAM (Beautiful photos too)! You’re a genius! Congrats on your fabulous newspaper article! How fun that your son is in the photo with you:)

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite wrote:

    These chocolate cupcakes are amazing and have me craving chocolate.

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen wrote:

    Congratulations on an amazing day and coverage in the San Diego Trib! What’s not to love about oatmeal chocolate chip cookies? Now, baked in a cupcake shape? With chocolate ganache drizzled on top? Irresistible! xo P.S. Like Averie, I am crushing on your little heart with Recipe Girl font. So sweet! It’s like saying, “With love, from Recipe Girl.” Swell idea, girlfriend!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet wrote:

    Your day sounds super fun! And these cookie cupcakes – swoon! Love everything about them! Pinning!

  • Jenny Flake wrote:

    Now, these are my kind of muffins! Congrats on all of the exciting things going on in your life right now Lori! So happy for you! xoxo

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar wrote:

    These sound awesome! Love this idea!

  • Tieghan wrote:

    Congrats on such an amazing day!! Sounds like so much fun and a free lunch!! Now that just rocks!
    Love the the cookies, or cupcakes! I could eat one for breakfast! I mean they do have oatmeal and dark chocolate so that totally counts as a healthy breakfast. Right?!?

  • Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) wrote:

    Wow, what a day it must have been for you. Congratulations! And these cookie cupcakes are just amazing.

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks wrote:

    Congrats on your amazing day! A friend meetup, a free lunch! (how cool!) and the big spread in the SD Tribune. Totally spaced out buying a copy, whoops!

    Love these cookie cupcakes. The chocolate work on top is so inviting. And random aside but I love the font/heart logo you used for your watermarking. Do you use photoshop? lightroom or something else? I use LR 4 and don’t think anything quite so cute is an option!