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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Molasses Spice Cookies

My dear friend Lisa left for New York City to explore the culinary worlds out there. We knew for a while, but it didn’t quite hit home until a few days before she left. We made different plans for last get-togethers: a potluck at her house, a Sunday brunch, and finally a dinner at one of her favorite places. The dinner was a group event with many of her former coworkers from two jobs ago. That’s the group my husband falls into, and how we first met! Well, I made a series of collages for her to remember us. I picked out the pictures I wanted to use, had K print them, then I cut them and layed them out. As I did the final step I really started crying. She asked me if it was hard leaving different friends when I moved here from Maryland, and I said that it was different. Basically, I was just one big sad mess because I was leaving all of my friends at once. There wasn’t time to think about each friend individually and what I would miss for each one. (That would have been really hard, so I’m glad my brain didn’t process that fully.) Of course, there was also the whole “I chose to come here for my husband” idea. That helped!

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