Happy New Years Eve! And a New Frosting Recipe

In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t made many cupcakes recently. I don’t know if I just got burnt out or what, but I’ve been making more bars and cookies recently. Bars are especially low maintenance which makes them so much easier to make than cupcakes. But cupcakes will always hold a special place in my heart. And I’ll continue to make them.

I actually made these cupcakes earlier in the year for a weekend getaway to a friend’s family lake house. I thought these photos with the sprinkles were perfectly festive for New Years Eve! Hubby and I are off ringing in the new year in Las Vegas with a big group of friends!

Since it’s our first trip to Vegas, I’m sure we’ll have a bunch of fun and plenty of stories to share when we get home. But for now, lets talk more about cupcakes. For these cupcakes, I used a classic chocolate cupcake recipe but I decided to try a new frosting recipe.

I used the new neon colored cupcake liners that have been in the grocery store this year. I love them because in general, the Wilton cupcake liners that come in a bag at stores like Michaels are cute, but they always seem to be a bit off in size. The cupcake liners that I order online are great – vibrant colors and the perfect size – but they’re a bit pricey. By default, I mostly use the classic pastel colored liners that come in the round plastic container, but recently, they’ve had these neon colored ones that are great. I can’t get enough of them!

This frosting has a great bakery-frosting flavor. It’s very sweet and everyone really enjoyed it. It had a decent amount of stiffness that was perfect for piping onto cupcakes as well. I will definitely be making this frosting again.

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Dawn's Buttercream


1 cup Crisco
1 pound powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons meringue powder


Cream shortening, water and flavoring.

Add powdered sugar and meringue powder. Mix until blended.

Add additional water until you reach the desired consistency. If you want really white icing be sure to use a clear extract. Vanilla extract will make the icing off white.

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9 Responses to “S’mores Cookies”

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    Rachel Cannon Humiston — October 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    These look SO delicious! I love cookies, especially as the holidays approach. Always on the lookout for new ideas! Thanks for sharing this one!

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    nutmegnanny — October 5, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    These look great! I did a S’mores brownie not to long ago and since then I have been craving more! There is something about S’mores that is just soooo awesome 🙂

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    Eliana — October 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    These beauties not look any cuter. And of course, they look super delish as well.

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    Daisy — October 5, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I’ve had these kind of cookies before. (Someone else baked them, not me!) they are so good!

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    DizzyC — October 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Over here in the UK we know that you all love S’mores and we are jealous as we dont have them!

    I am a newish follower and enjoying ur blog so much.
    I have an award for u on my blog.


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    newlywed — October 5, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    They look great! What a fun idea. I love S’mores everything! Over the summer, I had a very casual party, just days before my wedding, and made a bunch of toaster s’mores. They were so easy and a big hit!

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    Carrie — October 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I LOVE smores and will be trying these soon!!!

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    Jes — October 9, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I’m getting ready to make these tomorrow and I’m just wondering how many cookies this makes…

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    Jen — October 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Jes – It makes around 3 dozen. I updated the post to say that as well. Hope you enjoy them.

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