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Monday, August 27, 2012

Reese's Peanut Butter Cupcakes

My favorite a cupcake?

I have been wanting to make these cuppies for a long time, now.
For some reason, I was hesitant...
maybe I was fearful that they just wouldn't do
my favorite candy
{of all time}
it's due justice.
Or maybe I was fearful that if I combined
my two greatest loves
{of the dessert world}
I would never stop eating them
and my battle to lose these {few} extra pounds
would seem insurmountable.
But my love for the two...
and my sweet tooth 
won me over.
I just had to give it a shot.
And I'm so glad I did
{but my waistline is not}!
They are DECADENT!
If you love Peanut Butter & Chocolate
you will simply
Click HERE for the recipe.

Peanut Buttery Blessings to you,
Kim  :)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Back to School...Apple Snickerdoodle Cookies

School is in full swing here in Oklahoma.
The first day of school was a bittersweet day for me...
I have loved having the kiddos at home with me!
This summer flew by way too fast!
But, being a {former} teacher, I also LOVE the
Back To School time of year!
Shopping for school supplies
New school clothes
Meet the Teacher
New friends
It's all SO exciting!
The kiddos were {mostly} excited about going back to school, too.
Here they are on the
 The oldest was off at Band Camp
but this is the rest of them...aren't they PRECIOUS!
So, to celebrate surviving their first day of school, I thought I'd make them a
special treat to enjoy when they got home.

 They love Snickerdoodles
{who doesn't?}
So I made a little variation to the classic recipe...
I added applesauce
{in place of the eggs}
and decorated them to look like apples.  :)
They were DE-LISH!

Here's the recipe.
*Adapted from Our Best Bites*
1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened
8 tablespoons vegetable shortening
2 large eggs (substitute 1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce)
Red food coloring/gel paste
Red Decorator Sugar (for final red "sprinkling")
Tootsie Rolls
Green candy melts (or any other green item for could cut up green fruit rolls, too)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
Combine 1/4 cup sugar and red food coloring in small ziploc baggie. 
"Smush" sugar and food coloring together until sugar is red. 
Combine with cinnamon in shallow dish and set aside.

Cut Tootsie Rolls in 1/2 lengthwise and then each 1/2 in half lengthwise to make 4 strips for stems.
Set aside.
Whisk flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt together in medium bowl.
Beat butter, shortening, and remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-6 minutes.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated, about 30 seconds, scraping down bowl as needed.
Reduce speed of mixer to low and slowly add flour mixture until combined, about 30 seconds.
Give dough final stir to ensure that no flour pockets remain.

Working with 1-2 tablespoons of dough at a time (depending on desired size) roll into balls.
Working in batches, roll dough balls in cinnamon sugar mixture to coat and set on prepared baking sheet spaced 2 inches apart.

Bake 1 sheet at a time until edges of cookies are set and just barely beginning to brown, but centers are still soft and puffy, about 10-12 minutes.
The cookies should look raw between the cracks and seem underdone.

Immediately sprinkle with Red Decorator Sugar while they are still warm.
Insert a Tootsie Roll strip into the top of each cookie and press lightly.
Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature.
Melt green candy melts according to package directions.
Spoon into piping bag fitted with small tip.
Pipe small leaves onto wax paper and let cool. {They don't have to look perfect...the more rustic the better}  :)

Once leaves are set, pipe a small amount onto the back and attach to the cookie near the stem.
Makes about 2 dozen 3-4 inch cookies.

The kiddos really enjoyed their 1st Day of School treat.
I hope yours do, too!! 
Back To School Blessings to you,

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes

I have attended countless BBQ's growing up in Texas.
One of the {many} things I miss about Texas is the BBQ!
I love me some meat!
Pulled Pork
Hot links
BBQ Chicken
But even more than the meat, I love the desserts
that accompany the meats.
The moist, chocolatey, sugary, nutty
goodness that it is!
It is not the prettiest cake you've ever seen.
It's usually served in a sheet pan
with the chocolate frosting smoothed on top
and sprinkled with chopped pecans.
Well, seeing how I'm obsessed with cupcakes,
I have been wanting to turn this favorite Texas BBQ Dessert
into a cupcake.
So I did.
And they were just as good as the original!
Click HERE for the recipe.
Blessings to you,