The Holy Trinity.
In culinary school, we talked about the Holy Trinity a bunch. Sounds like an odd topic for culinary school, but we were not talking about religion. The Holy Trinity is pretty much the base for every good Cajun recipe. The combination of Onions, Peppers, and Celery. It’s used for everything.
Many cuisines have their form of the Holy Trinity. The French call it Mirepoix: a mixture of 50% Onions, 25% Carrots, and 25% Celery. Leave it to the French cuisine to make everything complicated.
Well, I’m starting my own “Holy Trinity”. Cupcakes, Cookies, and Beer! Oh yea! I’m calling it the Ultimate Holy Trinity!
Nothing bad can come from this combination. Well, maybe an increase waist line, but everything in moderation, right? You only live once? Whatever helps you sleep at night?
A few weeks ago, I wanted Cookies, but I also wanted Cupcakes. What’s a girl to do? Porter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes, that’s what she did!
I cheated by using store bought, mini, cookies, but oh well. They were amazing, and I had no idea how to make a cookie small enough to fit on a mini cupcake. I’ll add it to my list of things to do.
Do you know how many mini cupcakes a box of cake mix makes? 75! I know because that’s how many cupcakes I had sitting around my house. I brought a bunch to work. I took some to the Barley Dolls meet-up. I gave them to neighbors. I even ate 5 while waiting for water to boil. Not my finest moment!
Mini cupcakes are deceiving. “Oh they’re small. I’ll only have one. But wait, that was only one bite. Now, I want another one…. I’ll have one more.” This continues until your laying on the couch, in a chocolate coma, hating yourself for eating a whole cake… “But they were mini, dammit!”
My advice, proceed with caution. Don’t make this recipe when you’re home alone, depressed, lonely, or in any mood that would encourage the consummation of large amounts of sweets. I do not want anyone mad at me because they ate a whole cake.
The girls in my Barley Dolls group loved these. Girls loving something made of chocolate? Who would have thought?
Huck also requested these for his birthday in 2 weeks. He wants full size cupcakes, so a full size cookie fits on top. Hey, it’s his birthday. Who am I to complain?
I used Breckenridge Brewery’s Vanilla Porter for this recipe. The beer has a very strong Vanilla favor. Maybe too much vanilla, for my liking, but perfect for desserts. I recently used this beer for Vanilla Porter Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cones, and I have a few more ideas. I’m going Vanilla Porter crazy! I cheated with this recipe and used a box cake mix. I used the Vanilla Porter instead of Water in my recipe. If you’re worried the beer flavor will be to strong, you can use a mixture of half beer and half water.