Holiday cupcakes

Hubby and I had a holiday party to go to at my friend Ren’s house. She asked if I would bring some cupcakes. I decided to make some holiday flavored cupcakes.

I made Gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and mint Oreo cupcakes. The original plan for the Oreo cupcakes was to make this recipe (hubby’s favorite) except to use the Trader Joe’s candy cane Joe Joe’s. The day of the party, the weather was nasty and I didn’t want to walk all the way to Trader Joes. So instead, I made the recipe (linked above) and added 2 tsp of peppermint extract to both the batter and the frosting.

Gingerbread Cupcakes (from Crazy about Cupcakes)
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
2/3 cup light molasses
2 tsp lemon zest
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour – I use King Arthurs White Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 cup sour cream

Preheat over to 375F. Insert liners into a medium cupcake pan.

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugars together with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Add the egg, molasses, and lemon zest to the creamed mixture. Beat well.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

Add portions of the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternating with portions of the sour cream, until they are completely integrated, about 30 seconds.

Fill the cupcake liners one-half to three-quarters full. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in the pan.

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14 Responses to “Samoas Bars”

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    thecookingnurse — May 7, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Those look so good, now we don’t have to wait unitl the GS are selling there cookies again 🙂

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    bakinandeggs — May 7, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Yum! They look delicious and your pictures are great.

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    Erin — May 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I made these a while back and loved them too! It’s nice to be able to make your own any time you want!

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    Memória — May 7, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Beautiful photos. You did an awesome job on these.

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    bcallegra — May 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I’m so glad you made these! I noticed these on another blog and had them on my “to make” list. Your pictures may motivate me to make them this weekend!

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    Ingrid — May 7, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    They look terrific and I’ve never been one to eat girl scout cookies.
    ~ingrid

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    Joelen — May 8, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Now these look amazing!! Great job!

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    finsmom — May 8, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Ive been wanting to make these – they look crazy tasty!
    Thanks for sharing! Yum!

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    Mermaid Sweets — May 8, 2009 at 6:06 am

    Great job – my hubby’s hoping I will give these a go.

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    Stephanie Wagner — May 8, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Samoas are my favorite too! I’m totally making some this weekend!!

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    Colleen — May 8, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    What a great way to enjoy Samoas when there are no cookies left!

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    bakersbakery — May 11, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Yum!

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    Hanaâ — May 12, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    These look great!! Although I don’t eat coconut, I’ll have to make them for my hubby and coworkers sometime.

    Not sure if you got my email last weekend but I was wondering if you know of any must-visit bakeries or eateries in Boston. We will be vacationing in Boston in a couple weeks. Thanks!!!

    Hanaa

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    Hanaâ — May 16, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks for emailing me, Jen. I emailed you back to the address you gave me. Hopefully that worked :o)

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