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Boozy Chocolate-Vanilla Cupcakes

  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 54 min
  • Servings 12

Chocolate FUN da-Middles™ cupcakes filled with stout beer and vanilla frosting. ...MORE+ LESS-

Girl Versus Dough
January 30, 2015


15.4-ounce box Betty Crocker™ FUN da-Middles™ chocolate cupcake mix with vanilla cream filling
cup dark beer (preferably stout)
cup vegetable oil
Creamy peanut butter and chopped pretzels for topping (optional)


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  • 1
    Place paper baking cups in a 12-cup regular muffin pan. Preheat oven to 350 °F (325 °F for a dark or nonstick pan).
  • 2
    In a large bowl, beat cupcake mix, eggs, beer and oil on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
  • 3
    Fill each baking cup about 1/3 of the way full with batter (about 2 tablespoons). Reserve remaining batter.
  • 4
    Squeeze filling pouch 20 times. Cut off corner of pouch and squeeze filling evenly into the center of each baking cup, being careful that the filling does not touch the sides of the cups.
  • 5
    Fill each baking cup evenly with remaining batter, being sure to completely cover filling. Bake cupcakes 24 to 29 minutes or until the tops appear to be fully baked through.
  • 6
    Remove cupcakes from oven and cool 20 minutes before removing from muffin pan. Frost with peanut butter and top with chopped pretzels, if desired.

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  • Maybe this will age me significantly (kind of like when I ran into someone the other day whom I used to babysit who’s now, like, an ADULT), but when I was little, I loved to watch the show, “MacGyver.”

    Nay, my life revolved around the show. I’d plan my day around it so nothing would get in the way of each episode. And every time I watched it, I was mesmerized equally by MacGyver’s skills and his mullet. Let’s be honest, both were pretty stunning.

    When I was in college, I found that the MacGyver mindset came in handy in the kitchen (as well as in other college-related things, like duct taping a chair back together or using a backpack as a pillow. These things happen). Because when you’ve got nothing else to work with besides the typical college student staples, you’ve got to be pretty crafty when it comes to making gourmet meals.

    Thankfully, the old noggin still remembers some of my culinary tricks. These tasty recipes use common ingredients that are more likely to be around in college. All you need are bread or tortillas, cereal, peanut butter, hot dogs, booze and Ramen noodles and you’ve got yourself a myriad of delicious options – no duct tape necessary. MacGyver and his mullet would be proud!

    1) Ramen Pad Thai

    Pad thai is fancy. Ramen is not. But when you use those good ol’ Ramen noodles you’ve been storing in the annals of your dorm room or kitchen cabinets, toss them with Green Giant frozen mixed veggies and a savory peanut sauce (using peanut butter, another staple), you have a fancy feast without using fancy ingredients. Your roommates will be impressed.

    2) No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls

    Let’s be honest – these aren’t the prettiest things you’ve ever seen. But you should know by now not to judge a book by its cover (unless it’s titled, “Principles and Methods of Molecular

    Biology and Biochemistry,” in which case, yeah, it’s probably as boring as it looks). These little frozen bites are packed with good-for-you ingredients like Cheerios, peanut butter, honey and chocolate chips so they’re sweet like dessert but also energizing. Perfect for all-nighters!

    3) Hot Dog Skillet Pizza

    Pizza + hot dogs = Two of the college student’s basic food groups. This easy-peasy recipe combines the two using leftover hot dogs, zesty Muir Glen pizza sauce and shredded cheese to make a quick and satisfying thin crust pizza for lunch, an appetizer or dinner. Or second dinner.

    4) Boozy Chocolate-Vanilla Cupcakes

    Maybe the words “leftover” and “booze” don’t register together in your college experience, but if you’ve got some extra beer around and a hankering for dessert, these cupcakes are your go-to treat. They’re stuffed with vanilla frosting, they taste like chocolaty beer (or is it beer-y chocolate?) and if you frost them with peanut butter (and pretzels, if you have those on hand) they taste like MAGIC. Sweet, satisfying MacGyver-ed magic.

    So there you have it! Four delicious and easy recipes using college staples that go above and beyond run-of-the-mill dorm room meals. May the MacGyver force be with you this school year!

    Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!

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