Milk and Cookies Cupcakes

Sometimes I look at recipes and get excited for different reasons. Sometimes I get momentarily excited and then disappointed. Like the time I had bought extra large eggs to use in an Ina Garten recipe and realized I could make one of her cakes…only to see that she used an entire can of Hershey’s syrup in it (I didn’t even know it came in a can?). This recipe was both interesting and exciting from the pictures, but as I started to think of ways I could make it okay for the Chiplet, well. Yeah, I couldn’t. So, look at this as a great recipe that I will likely never make again unless he outgrows his dairy allergy. Oh well. Make it yourself and enjoy it.

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Recent Successes

Lately I’ve been making lots of pasta dishes that I throw together in a skillet. It is an easy way to make some interesting flavors in a quick way, and I can pull out the food for the Chiplet before I add any dairy ingredients or any nuts. They have been hits for lunch, dinner, and in leftover form. For leftovers, I often add extra of an ingredient if I think we need more (like more vegetables or protein) and heat it up in a skillet. Adding a bit of oil or butter along with potentially some broth or extra seasoning helps make the leftovers seem fresh and new.

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Lots of Baking

I haven’t been making as many new savory dishes recently, but have been making new baking recipes to try out. After making the World Peace cookies that I just shared, I made other cookie recipes, including this bar you see below.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Fudgelet’s 4th Birthday Cake….s

Did you read the title? If you did then you can see that I made multiple cakes for the Fudgelet this year. We made rainbow cupcakes for his actual birthday and then his birthday party was a few weeks later. Since his birthday is so close to K’s birthday, we just made a small batch of cupcakes and then made a big cake for K this year (some years I do a smaller cake for K). And I knew the Fudgelet would get more cake at his party.

Let’s start with the cupcakes!

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S’Mores Cupcakes (best yet)

When I made these, Fall had just started. I wanted to make a new dessert since we had just finished the last one. As I was flipping through, I remembered liking the spice cupcakes I had made from this Food Network pamphlet, and decided to try a different recipe from it. I saw Chocolate Marshmallow cupcakes and was excited. Then, I changed some of the ingredients a bit, added graham crackers to turn them into proper s’mores and was very happy with the result. These turned out much better than my previous attempts at recipes like this.

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Cookie Butter Spice Cupcakes with Chocolate Meringue Buttercream

They say that girls are sugar and spice and everything nice. I think boys are also full of all of that good stuff. Well, these cupcakes have all of that, and not for a little girl. For my little boy. That’s right. He is no longer a baby, but today is a little boy. Sigh. Today’s post is to celebrate his birthday. I have filled this month so far with many chocolatey recipes in honor of his first birthday. Here is another one that I hope to make for him when he is a bit older.

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Flour’s Make-Ahead Chocolate Cupcakes

I know, I am all about the make-ahead recipes this week! First beef stew, and now this. Well, again, it works well for a girl who can’t handle much cooking or baking for long stretches of time. This is a “dump in one bowl” recipe (mostly) and I have never EVER had such easy cupcakes to spoon out. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t make a mess pouring cupcake batter into muffin cups? So hard for me. Each time I try to come up with a better plan, and it never works. Well, this batter was so easy to portion out. I will probably keep the recipe just for that reason.

And for how wonderfully domed the cupcakes came out. Each one was perfect! It made me feel like a master, which is just awesome.

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