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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.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Day 2: Spritz Christmas Trees

Living in our mini house in East Falls is difficult around Christmas time. Between moving out on our own, getting married and the occasional sidewalk shopping we do we have amassed a large number of  decorations. I think a normal couple would choose a few that mean the most and just display those, but we've crammed all of our decorations into this tiny place.

As was the case with yesterday's post, this picture is clearly just for demonstration purposes.
I just found it on google. Got it?

We even take out the back portions of the Christmas tree so it'll fit in the corner of the dining room. 

Because that's where Christmas trees go.

So while we're putting decorations on top of shelves that are packed with books, hanging hand made stockings and lighting cheap candles that smell like cinnamon - I'm also filling the house with Christmas cookies. It's what I'm best at.

And now I have a cookie for you to try, as we swing back into the 2nd day of the 12 days of Christmas Cookies; Spritz Christmas Trees.

This cookie is another traditional favorite up at the Wells residence, and it's also a recipe that calls for using tools. So, win win. (Amazon link for a cookie press at the end!)

Spritz Christmas Trees
By: Very Merry Cookie Party

1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Food coloring
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1. Preheat oven to 350, prepare ungreased cookie sheets

2. With a large bowl and mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light (2-3 minutes). Beat in the egg yolks, vanilla and almond extracts, food coloring and baking powder until smooth. On a low speed, gradually beat in flour until mixed. The dough should be stiff, pliable and slightly sticky. 

3. Fill a cookie press with dough, using the Christmas tree disk that should have come with the press. Press the cookies onto the sheets, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Top with sprinkles if you're feeling particularly festive.

4. Bake in the center of the oven until dry and set to the touch, when they're just beginning to turn dark around the edges -- 10-12 minutes. Let cool on the wrack for 2 minutes then transfer to wire wracks to cools.

If you're interested in picking up a cookie press that your grandmother never bought for you at a yard sale, here's a link to a good one from Wilton: Press my cookies

Tune in for tomorrow's post; I've got two words to describe it. Chocolate-Dipped. Shortbread.

Okay, that just pretty much gave it away.

Source: A Book!  > Very Merry Cookie Party; How to Plan and Host a Christmas Cookie Exchange
By: Barbara Grunes and Virgina van Vynckt


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