Monday, August 24, 2009

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Everyone knows my favorite cookies are snickerdoodle. I LOVE them!! This past spring we visited the Napa Valley and hit up our favorite store Dean & Deluca in St. Helena. At the bakery shop i was introduce to my very first snickerdoodle cupcake topped with edible sparkles and a mini cookie. It was absolutely divine. Since then we decided to find a very delish and super simple recipe for this great cupcake and we believe we found perfection. After sifting through several we found online we landed on one from GroupRecipes.com. We really liked it because it was super easy and fail-proof. We also have one that is a homemade cupcake recipe. If you want the homemade cupcake let us know and we'll post it later!


Recipe:
1 Vanilla Box Cake Mix
3 Eggs
1 C Milk
1/2 C butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
Preheated over at 350 degrees

Start by adding the cake mix to the mixer. Then add the eggs, milk and melted butter and mix.

Next add the vanilla and cinnamon. These are the key ingredients that really make these taste homemade. After adding them, beat the mix on medium speed for about 3 minutes.

Pour the batter into 24 prepared baking cups.


Bake for 20-22 min, just until the edges are barely golden and a toothpick placed in the center comes out clean. You don't want to over bake them or they will be really dry and dense. Let them cool in the pan for a few minutes and then place them on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Now its on to the real star of the show the Snickerdoodle frosting!

Recipe:
1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2-3 tsp milk (start with 2 and add more to get the desired consistency)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
4 cups powdered sugar

Start by beating the cream cheese and butter till smooth. Add the vanilla and milk and mix. Then add the powdered sugar one cup at a time and beat until smooth and creamy.

We like to use our cookie scooper to make sure that each cupcake gets the same amount of frosting.
Here is some finished cupcakes. We also like to add a small snickerdoodle cookie on top as a garnish, but trust me they are just as amazing by themselves! We hope you enjoy these quick, but delicious cupcakes.

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