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Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

I’ve eaten my fair share of cupcakes, and I think it’s entirely accurate to say that this recipe is a winner! An excellent recipe for a classic and always delicious combination – can’t go wrong.

Cupcake ingredients
1 ½ C flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
2/3 C milk
1 ½ tsp vanilla
½ C (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 C sugar
1 large egg
2 egg whites

Frosting ingredients
8 oz cream cheese, softened
½ C (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
Pinch of salt
3 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted and still warm
2 C powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla
Milk (as needed)

Cupcake directions

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes

Beat in the egg and egg whites one at a time, mix until creamy.

Add in half the dry ingredients, milk and vanilla, and remaining dry ingredients. Mix after each addition.

Bake at 325 until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (varies by the size of your pan. Mini cupcakes take about 15 minutes, full sized about 18-20 minutes).

Chocolate cream cheese frosting directions

Beat together cream cheese, butter and salt until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes

Slowly add in melted chocolate and mix for about 1 minute

Gradually add in powdered sugar, mixing until just incorporated

Add in vanilla and just barely mix

If needed, add in milk until it reaches the desired consistency.

Combine, and enjoy!

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Cocoa Krispie Treats

This always delicious classic childhood treat gets a bit of an upgrade with additional chocolate!

Ingredientsdsc03469
1 bag marshmallows
3 Tbsp butter
6 C cocoa krispies
1 jar Nutella
Optional: melting chocolate/candy, food dye, flavoring

dsc03477Directions

Melt the butter (I prefer to do this in a large microwaveable bowl).

Add in marshmallows and microwave until large and puffy, about 1 minute.

dsc03479Add in at least half a jar of Nutella, the full jar if you are feeling indulgent! Stir thoroughly to avoid swirls (unless you want swirls)

Stir in cocoa krispies. Be sure to mix this really well – all the good gooey stuff tends to stick to the bottom.

Spread in a flat pan, and probably a thinner layer than usual. You may need two pans.dsc03482

Let the mix dry, then use a cookie cutter to cut out desired shapes.

Decorate by dipping in melted chocolate, perhaps flavored with cinnamon?

Enjoy!

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