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Snickers Cupcakes

Easily one of the best cupcake recipes I've come across, these chocolate cupcakes have middles that are filled with bits of snickers covered in homemade caramel sauce. What, did your teeth just tell you to stay away from these? You may want to make a dentist appointment after eating them, but they're amazing and will charm the pants off of your everyone at your party when you bring them out!

Chocolate Dump Cake

It may not have the prettiest title, but this chocolate cake is so easy that you'll actually volunteer to bring it to family functions. No kidding! With a shockingly low amount of ingredients, this chocolate cake spans seasons. Need a quick dessert for dinner? Dump cake. Need to bring a cake into work when you don't care enough to bake something for people you don't even like? Dump cake.

Red Velvet Cupcakes + Cream Cheese Icing

You only turn 26 once, and when you do you should celebrate with Red Velvet! These cupcakes come with a long line of recommendations and will not disappoint. Scouts honor.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Day 1: Peanut Butter Blossoms

..And you thought I forgot.

Welcome to Day 1 of the 12 Days of Cookiesssss!

^ That logo is just so good, I have to keep using it.

Today is the first day of my personal Christmas cookie challenge, posting one recipe a day for 12 whole days. Since the completion of my grad school finals I've been going over recipes in my head, and today is the day that it all begins.

The first recipe is a Wells family favorite, and it's a peanut butter cookie. What could be better? 

At 12 ingredients, Peanut Butter Blossoms are a perfect way to begin this countdown! So here's the recipe:

Peanut Butter Blossoms

48 Hershey Kisses
3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
More granulated sugar to roll the cookies in

1. Unwrap the kisses, and heat the oven to 350.

2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in a large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup of granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla and beat well. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and salt and gradually add it to the butter mixture.

3. Roll dough into one inch balls, roll through sugar and put on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. Immediately press a hershey kiss into the center of the cookie. Move to wire wrack to cool.

What they should come out looking like. This is obviously stolen, and will probably be replace
(although I'm not promising it'll be anytime soon), in order to show you that I can actually bake these.

Not too shabby for the first day. Come back tomorrow for a classic Spritz Cookie recipe!

Source: Hershey's Kitchens or the back of a Hershey Kiss bag


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