Raspberry Mojitos

Fresh lime juice, mint and raspberries make this sweet, flavorful drink the perfect refreshment for a hot, summer day!

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My husband loves me.  Seriously.  He loves me lots.  You see, as I was making dinner this past Sunday, my husband Dave came up behind me and tapped me on the shoulder,  I turned around to see him smiling at me with a beautiful beverage in his hand.

“I thought you would like a drink.”  he said sweetly to me.  “I made it just for you because I know how much you love raspberry.” he explained.  I asked him what it was and he told me that he took his favorite drink, the mint mojito and turned it into a raspberry mojito.  His favorite drink plus my favorite fruit equals a drink full of love!

And a super delicious drink at that!

Dave started these Raspberry Mojitos by muddling mint leaves, sugar, lime juice and ice together in the bottom of a glass.  He added raspberries, rum and club soda to the glass and then topped all off with a few floating berries and a whole sprig of mint for garnish!

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Dave wanted me to make sure to mention that typically a mojito uses a simple syrup instead of just adding sugar to the glass.  But Dave says that he likes how the coarseness of the sugar helps work into the mint to get the oils out of the leaves and break them down a bit more.  I happen to think this technique is an excellent idea and really brings out the mint flavor of the leaves!

Beautiful. And simply perfect.  These raspberry mojitos were sweet, smooth and full of delicious raspberry flavor.  I really truly loved them! And of course, the man who made them for me.  I love him too.

So, if you are in need of a fruity, summertime drink, these Raspberry Mojitos are for you!

Enjoy!

Like the cupcakes you see in the pictures?  Those cupcakes were inspired by this drink! Check out my recipe for Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes

Raspberry Mojitos
 
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Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 6-8 mint leaves, stems removed
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (about ½ shot) fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup roughly crushed ice
  • 8-10 fresh raspberries
  • 3oz (2 shots) white/clear rum (We used Bacardi)
  • 4-5oz club soda
Instructions
  1. In a glass, combine mint leaves, sugar, lime juice and crushed ice.
  2. Using the end of a wooden spoon (or a muddler), muddle (smash) the ingredients together in the bottom of the glass.
  3. Add 6-8 raspberries and gently muddle again, barely breaking up the berries.
  4. Pour in the rum and stir.
  5. Pour in the club soda to top off the drink and stir again.
  6. Garnish with 2-3 fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint on top.
  7. Serve immediately.

Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes

Tart lime caked filled with rum infused raspberry filling topped with fresh mint buttercream make these Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes the perfect treat! Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com My neighbors are getting ready to move back to the USA are downsizing a lot of their stuff before they leave… including their alcohol supply.  SCORE for us! They gave us a giant bottle of Bacardi rum and over the weekend, my husband made his favorite drink with the rum… Mojitos! Raspberry Mojitos - Fresh lime, mint, raspberry and rum! | JavaCupcake.comI’m not sure how he came across the recipe for raspberry mojitos, but while we were cooking dinner last night, Dave hands me one (get the recipe here!).  Oh. Em. Gee it was delicious! And it got me to thinking!  I bet I could transform these flavors into a cupcake! Lime, raspberry, mint and rum.  That’s too easy!  Plus, I have’t been posting too many cupcakes on my blog and I was about due for a new recipe. Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.comSo… the idea for a these Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes was born! The cake is packed full of lime flavor including sugar that was infused with oils of lime zest and freshly squeezed lime juice.  The raspberry filling was made with rum and reduced over heat to cook off all the alcohol. Topping the cupcake is a mint buttercream which is whipped to airy perfection.  The entire cupcake is topped with a fresh mint sprig and a whole raspberry. Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.comCupcake Awesomeness! If you’re worried about the alcohol content in these cupcakes, don’t be.  There is a very small amount of rum in the raspberry filling and it should all cook off when you make it.  So if you wanted to make these cupcakes for a family friendly party… no worries!  The flavor of rum is subtle by design! Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com Before I even had a chance to take pictures of these cupcakes, my husband was scheming to get his hands on them!  They’re pretty darn delicious. Seriously delicious.  Like, I couldn’t just eat one, delicious.  Like, I’d probably eat a dozen of them myself if I didn’t need to fit into a ball gown this weekend! hehe Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

Happy Baking!

Sweets & Treats BoutiqueLove the liners on my cupcakes?  They’re grease-proof liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique.  These are my new favorite pattern, quarterfoil! Make sure to stop by Sweets & Treats Boutique and pick up a pack for yourself!

PS… Check back on Thursday for the recipe for the inspiration for these cupcakes, the Raspberry Mojito!

Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 16-18 cupcakes
Ingredients
Lime Cupcakes
  • 1¾ cup cake flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • zest of 2 limes
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • Wilton Leaf Green Gel Food Coloring
Rum Raspberry Filling
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 3 Tbsp white rum (I used Bacardi)
  • 1 Tbsp Chambord raspberry liquor (optional)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
Whipped Mint Frosting
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening (I used Crisco)
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp mint extract
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • pinch of salt
  • mint sprigs (enough to top each cupcake)
  • fresh raspberries (enough to top each cupcake)
Instructions
Lime Cupcakes
  1. Get out your eggs and buttermilk to bring to room temperature 30 minutes before you begin.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350F degrees and line your cupcake pan with liners.
  3. Zest the 2 limes into a small prep bowl and pour the sugar over it. Using the back of a rubber spatula, press the sugar into the lime zest until the sugar has become fluffy and fragrant. This process should take 2-3 minutes.
  4. In a medium prep bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cold, cubed butter on high until smooth.
  6. Add the lime sugar and beat until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. NOTE: The butter and sugar will not become light and fluffy because of the oils in the lime.
  7. One at a time, add the eggs and mix on medium-high for 30 seconds after each addition making sure to scrape the sides and the bottom of the bowl to ensure everything is incorporated.
  8. Add the lime juice and mix in. NOTE: The mixture will look curdled, but don't worry... this is normal.
  9. Using a toothpick, add a small dollop of the gel coloring and mix until the color is uniform. Scape the bowl down to make sure all the batter has been dyed.
  10. In three parts, add the flour with the mixer on low speed. Between each addition of flour, add half the buttermilk. After the last amount of flour has been added, turn the mixer off and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and fold in the remaining flour. Turn the mixer back on to medium-high speed for 10 seconds. DO NOT OVERMIX!
  11. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full with batter.
  12. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  13. Cool cupcakes in pan for at least 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Rum Raspberry Filling
  1. While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the raspberry rum filling.
  2. In a medium frying pan, stir together the raspberries, sugar, rum, Chambord (optional) and salt over medium high heat.
  3. Cook until the berries break down completely and the mixture begins to bubble, stirring constantly.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until the mixture has reduced by about ⅓-1/2 and has become thicker. Stir constantly during this process.
  5. Pour mixture into a glass bowl and set aside to cool. To speed up the cooling process, place the bowl in the refrigerator.
Whipped Mint Buttercream
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and shortening.
  2. Add the powdered sugar mix on medium for about 30 seconds. Add half the heavy cream and beat on medium high until smooth.
  3. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and then mix in the mint extract and salt.
  4. Add the remaining heavy cream and beat on high for 3-4 minutes until smooth and fluffy.
Assembly
  1. Core the center of each cupcake using and apple corer.
  2. Fill the hole with raspberry filling, pressing the filling down to the bottom of the cupcake. Fill the hole with enough filling so that it is flush with the top of the cupcake.
  3. Fill a piping bag fitted with a round piping tip with the buttercream.
  4. Pipe a swirl of buttercream onto each cupcake.
  5. Garnish with a mint sprig and fresh raspberry.
  6. Serve immediately.

Victoria Sponge Sandwich Cake

This British-inspired Victoria Sponge Sandwich Cake is my spin on the a classic.  It includes layers of cake filled with rich vanilla pudding, strawberries and topped with fresh whipped cream and is the perfect Sunday afternoon treat or Spring-time dessert!

Victoria Sponge sandwich cake with vanilla pudding & fresh strawberry filling topped with fresh whipped cream, lemon zest and more strawberry! | JavaCupcake.com

Easter is a holiday that I just can’t seem to decide how I want to celebrate.  I grew up Catholic, so that part of me knows the “real” meaning of the holiday.  Jesus gave his life for us and on Easter He rises to Heaven.  It’s some pretty amazing, deep stuff to think about… and should be celebrated!

But, since I’m not a practicing Catholic anymore, I find myself questioning the reasons to celebrate Easter.  I am not the type of parent that can rationalize spending tons of money on an Easter basket for my kids full candy and toys they’ll probably never play with.  And I just don’t think that visiting the Easter bunny at the mall for some cheesy staged photo is worth my time.  I just can’t wrap my brain around all the hype surrounding Easter when the focus isn’t on the true meaning.

So, what’s left?

Family.

Victoria Sponge Sandwich Cake with vanilla pudding & fresh strawberry filling topped with fresh whipped cream, lemon zest and more strawberry! | JavaCupcake.com

If I’m not going to celebrate Easter for it’s true meaning and I’m not filling my kids with Easter candy… I will use this day to spend quality time with those l love, to cook and bake for them and to enjoy their joy when we share a meal together.

This year, my family includes my husband who is recently home from Afghanistan and my best friend Chasity and her family.  Chasity is moving soon so this may be our last holiday together.

Victoria Sponge sandwich cake with vanilla pudding & fresh strawberry filling topped with fresh whipped cream, lemon zest and more strawberry! | JavaCupcake.com

 

I knew that I needed to make something amazingly delicious for dessert this year.  Chasity requested strawberries & cream to be included in the dessert so I started researching recipes to use.  I have always wanted to try Mary Berry’s recipe for Victoria Sponge, so I decided this would be the perfect opportunity!

This Victoria Sponge Sandwich Cake has two layers of Mary Berry’s cake recipe.  Since this is a British recipe for cake, I knew it wouldn’t be like the American cakes I was used to eating.  Mary’s cake is less sweet but perfect when paired with the pudding and strawberries of the filling.

A traditional sponge cake is just filled with jam and topped with powdered sugar.  But, I wanted to liven things up a bit, so I filled my cake with jam, berries and pudding then topped it all with whipped cream and more berries.  SUBLIME!

Victoria Sponge Sandwich Cake with vanilla pudding & fresh strawberry filling topped with fresh whipped cream, lemon zest and more strawberry! | JavaCupcake.com

Matty loved it.  He was first at the table to get his slice!

When I served the cake, my family requested more of the filling to pile on top of their slice!  So make sure you reserve the extra fillings after you assemble the cake to serve with the finished cake to your guests!

I will definitely make this cake again… I think next time I may even try a blueberry filling.  Yum!

Happy Baking!

Victoria Sponge Sandwich Cake
 
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Serves: 1 8in 2-layer cake
Ingredients
Victoria Sponge Cake
  • 225g (about 1 cup) unsalted butter, soft
  • 225g ( about 1 cup) granulated or caster sugar
  • 225g (about 2 cups) all purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 5 medium eggs or 4 large eggs or 8oz eggs
Vanilla Pudding Filling
  • 1 package Jell-O Cook & Serve Vanilla Pudding (NOT instant)
  • 3 cups heavy cream or half & half or whole milk (NOT skim, low-fat, 1% or 2% milk)
Strawberry Filling
  • 3 cups strawberries, cleaned and quartered before measuring
  • ¼ cup to ½ cup sugar (or more if you like it more sweet!)
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • Juice of ½ large lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • 5-6 strawberries, stems removed & sliced (reserve for assembly)
Whipped Cream Topping
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 4 Tbsp granulated or caster sugar
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 5-6 whole strawberries with stems/leaves (for garnish)
  • Lemon zest (for garnish)
  • Powdered sugar( for garnish)
Instructions
Victoria Sponge Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 355F degrees.
  2. Grease & flour 8in cake pan and line with parchment paper.
  3. Measure/weigh your ingredients and set aside.
  4. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy - about 3-5 minutes.
  5. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt 3-4 times until completely incorporated.
  6. Add the flour to the butter/sugar and mix until just combined.
  7. Mix in the almond extract.
  8. One at a time, add the eggs and mix well after each addition.
  9. After all the eggs have been added, mix about 2 minutes on medium-high speed until the mixture is smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure everything has been incorporated.
  10. Divide the batter evenly and spread into prepared pans.
  11. Bake about 25 minutes until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. NOTE: DO NOT open the oven to check on these cakes. Let them bake the entire 25 minutes before opening the oven to check done-ness. The cakes will collapse if a sudden rush of cool air hits them before they are fully baked.
  12. Cool in pans for 1 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before assembling.
Vanilla Pudding Filling
  1. In a medium pot, combine the contents of the vanilla pudding package and the heavy cream.
  2. Prepare as directed on the package.
  3. Pour into a glass bowl and place in the refrigerator until set - about 2 hours.
Strawberry Filling
  1. In a large pan over medium, mix together the prepared strawberries, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, spices and vanilla.
  2. Using a potato masher, mash the berries until only small pieces remain but most are broken down.
  3. Stir & cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove about ¼ cup of the juice from the pan and place in a small bowl. Add the corn starch to the liquid and mix until smooth. Pour this mixture back into the berries and mix until incorporated.
  5. Cook strawberries another 1-3 minutes or until it has thickened.
  6. Remove from the pan into a glass bowl and place in refrigerator until cool - about 2 hours.
Whipped Cream Topping
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, pour in the heavy cream.
  2. Turn mixer on medium-high and beat the cream for about 30 seconds.
  3. One tablespoon at a time, drizzle in the sugar. Mix in the extract.
  4. Continue to beat on medium-high until soft peaks form and the cream holds it shape.
Assembly
  1. Once the cake layers are cool, the cake can be assembled. Place one layer of cake on a cake stand.
  2. Spread a layer of strawberry filling across the top of the cake, leaving ½in of cake uncovered along the edge of the cake. You'll use about ⅓ cup of strawberry filling. Arrange sliced strawberries on top of the filling and gently press down.
  3. Fill a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1M star tip with the vanilla pudding. Pipe a layer of pudding over the strawberries. Use an offet spatula to gently spread the layer smooth.
  4. Place the second cake layer, top side down, onto the filling and GENTLY press.
  5. Dust the entire cake and cake stand with powdered sugar.
  6. Place a generous amount of whipped cream on the top of the cake in the center.
  7. Zest a lemon over the top of the whipped cream and cake.
  8. Arrange 5-6 whole strawberries on edges of the whipped cream to garnish.
  9. Keep cake chilled until ready to serve.
  10. Serve cake slices with extra vanilla pudding, strawberry filling and whipped cream topping.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Mary Berry

Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers

Never buy store bought graham crackers again!  Instead, use this simple recipe to make your home Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers!

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I’ve had the idea to make chocolate graham crackers for several weeks now, but the timing to make them never seemed perfect.  I wanted to make them on a day where I could take the bake chocolate graham crackers into the back yard, roast marshmallows, and make s’mores! But, the weather has been yuckie and I was a little busy welcoming home my soldier from Afghanistan!

Finally, we’ve got a 4-day weekend, the weather is perfect and my husband decided to break out the firepit and picked up some wood from the store.  The perfect conditions for s’mores in the back yard.

These Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers made the most amazing base for our s’mores.  The dough came together incredibly easy in the mixer and baked up so crisp.

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The sweet taste of the honey comes through in these crackers just enough to add the perfect amount of sweetness to compliment the dark chocolate flavor.

Unfortunately, I don’t own a square cookie cutter.  So, instead I used a spring themed flower shaped cutter.  Which worked out pretty well actually.  Any shape cookie cutter could be used as long as it didn’t have any pointy edges, like a star does.  You want the crackers to bake evenly without any of the tips burning.  Soft edges are best.

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To build these s’mores we simple roasted marshmallows over the hot coals of our fire until they were golden brown.  Then added a chunk of Lindt dark chocolate to one of the chocolate graham crackers, put the hot marshmallow and another cracker on top and smushed it all together.

Oooooooooh yes.

So gooey.  So delicious.  So good.

I’ll take three, please!

Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers - Perfect for s'mores! | JavaCupcake.com

I think this summer, I’ll make regular honey graham crackers and homemade marshmallows and use super fancy dark chocolate to make s’mores.   Gourmet s’mores!  Yum! I can’t wait for that!

Until then… I hope you make these chocolate graham crackers!  They’re so easy and so good! Your family will love them!

Happy Baking!

Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers
 
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Serves: 3+ dozen crackers
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cold & cubed
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup heavy cream, very cold
Instructions
  1. Line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine on low speed the flour, sugars, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure everything is incorporated thoroughly and that no lumps are visible.
  3. Add the cubed cold butter and continue mixing on low speed until the butter has broken down into very small pieces.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the honey and cold heavy cream. Add this to the mixing bowl and mix on low speed until a dough ball forms. If you dough is too dry and does not come together after 2-3 minute of mixing, add 1 additional Tbsp of cream.
  5. Separate the dough into two balls and place one on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough to about 1/16in thickness.
  6. Using a cookie cutter, cut 2-3 inch shapes out of the dough and place on prepared baking sheet. You could use a square, circle, rectangle or a flower shape.
  7. Use a fork to poke holes into the top of each cracker.
  8. Repeat until all the dough has been used. Chill on baking sheets for about an hour in the refrigerator.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  10. Bake each sheet for about 15 minutes.
  11. Cool on the pan for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Use these graham crackers to make s'mores, dip in chocolate or eat as a snack!
  13. Store in an air tight container or a ziplock bag for up to a week.
Notes
Recipe highly adapted from Happy Food Happy Life

Homemade Nutter Butters

Enjoy the flavors of a childhood favorite cookie without leaving your kitchen with these Homemade Nutter Butters! Homemade Nutter Butters - Step by step tutorial to create your favorite peanut butter cookie at home! | JavaCupcake.com

I’ve been holding on to this recipe for a few weeks now… waiting for the right moment to share it with all of you here.  I’ve been so busy with family, life and dealing with reintegration, I knew that after my soldier came home I wouldn’t be up or much baking.  So, I made these Homemade Nutter Butters and saved the recipe to share with you today!

The process to make these cookies was pretty easy. Roll a ball of dough in sugar, flatten it, press fork marks into the top then squeeze the middles.  Easy peasy.

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Who doesn’t love Nutter Butters?  Okay, maybe those few people who are allergic to peanut butter or who don’t like peanut butter (my husband hates peanut butter!).   Nutter Butters are one of those cookies that are just timeless.  They’ve been around for decades and as far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved eating these delicious peanut shaped cookies!

Homemade Nutter Butters - Step by step tutorial to create your favorite peanut butter cookie at home! | JavaCupcake.com

My version of Nutter Butters aren’t exactly like the store-bought cookie.  My version is bigger… a lot bigger!  And they’re a bit softer.  My Homemade Nutter Butters are chewy with a rich peanut butter filling.

Don’t worry though… all that great peanut butter flavor that we love in Nutter Butters is still in my homemade version!

Homemade Nutter Butters - Step by step tutorial to create your favorite peanut butter cookie at home! | JavaCupcake.com

The filling for these Homemade Nutter Butters is based on my favorite peanut butter buttercream recipe.  However, I didn’t want the filling to be quite as smooth and fluffy as my favorite pb bc.  So, I used less butter, more sugar and less cream to create a thick, rich filling… just like the original cookie! So good!

So, if you’re looking for a peanut butter cookie that is reminiscent of your favorite cookie from your childhood, try these Homemade Nutter Butters!

Happy Baking!

Homemade Nutter Butters
 
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Serves: 2 dozen GIANT sandwich cookies
Ingredients
Cookies
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar, for rolling
Filling
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar until smooth.
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well after each addition. Add the vanilla and beat on high for 2 minutes or until it's light and fluffy.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour.
  4. Add the flour to the mixing bowl and mix on low until just combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix on medium high speed until the dough has come together.
  5. Cover and chill overnight or 8 hours.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 F degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Roll 2-3 Tbsp of dough into a 2-3 inch log and roll in sugar. Place the log on the prepared baking sheet. NOTE: For smaller cookies, use only 1 Tbsp of cookie dough and reduce baking time by 1 minute.
  8. Gently press the dough log flat with your fingers. Press a fork into the dough to create a cris-cross pattern. Squeeze the center of each log to create a the Nutter Butter shape.
  9. Bake 7-8 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.
  10. Cool on the pan 3-4 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before filling.
Filling
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and peanut butter.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.
  3. Add the vanilla and milk and mix until the filling forms a ball... about 30 seconds.
Assembly
  1. Spread a generous amount of filling onto the flat side of one cookie.
  2. Gently press a second cookie, flat side down, onto the frosting.
  3. Eat!
Notes
If made as directed above, recipe yields GIANT cookies. If you want cookies closer to the size of actual Nutter Butters, use only 1 Tbsp of dough when rolling and shaping the cookies and reduce baking time by 1 minute.

Cookie recipe adapted from Cookies and Cups

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

My sweet new friend, Erin from Texanerin Baking is here today with a recipe for simple and delicious Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins.   Don’t let the “healthy” ingredients fool you… Erin has come up with a recipe that is so sinfully amazing!  Thanks, Erin for helping out today!

To see more of Erin’s healthier dessert options, check out her blog, Texanerin Baking!

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins by Texanerin Baking for JavaCupcake.com

Hi everyone! I’m Erin and blog over at Texanerin Baking, which is all about making healthier baked goods that taste just as decandent and amazing as their unhealthy counterparts! I do about half whole wheat goodies and the other half is usually grain-free. I don’t have any dietary issues – I just happen to love almond flour and so my goodies coincidentally come out grain-free and gluten-free.

I realize most people don’t have almond flour at home so today I made something 100% whole grain for you! I really recommend using white whole wheat in these. It’s got all the nutrition of regular whole wheat flour but doesn’t have that cardboardy whole grain taste. The whole grain taste is usually easy to cover up with cocoa powder, spices and other strong flavors, but here we just have a little cinnamon, which isn’t enough to be victorious over regular whole wheat. 😉 If you don’t have white whole wheat, you can totally use all-purpose flour.

I rarely bake vegan, just because I really love using eggs in baking, but sometimes you just need a cinnamon sugar donut muffin and so you have to find a vegan recipe. But any vegan recipe won’t do for me – it needs to taste exactly like a egg-laden, butter-filled version (like these peanut butter chocolate chip macaroons!) and these vegan cinnamon sugar doughnut muffins from Baker By Nature fit the bill! They’re soft, fluffy, moist and completely funkiness-free.

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins by Texanerin Baking for JavaCupcake.com

So I made these muffins, and I guess I was so ecstatic at how they came out that I wasn’t thinking about the vegan thing and dipped them in butter. Whoops. So these aren’t actually vegan anymore! If you need a vegan version, dip them in melted coconut oil or just sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top of the muffins before baking.

I hope you enjoy the muffins and if you ever have a hankering for some healthier sweets, I’d love to have you come over and visit me on Texanerin Baking!

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins
 
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Serves: 32 mini donut muffins
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cup (219 grams) white whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (100 grams) unrefined or granulated sugar (use ¾ cup if you like things on the sweeter side)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (230 grams) applesauce
  • ½ cup (118ml) warm milk
  • ½ cup (112 grams) melted refined coconut oil or canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted (or coconut oil for a vegan version)
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F and grease a mini muffin tin.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the applesauce, milk, oil and maple syrup.
  4. Add the dry mix to the wet and stir just until combined! Over-stirring will result in tough muffins.
  5. Fill the liners almost completely full and bake for 6-8 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  6. While the muffins are baking, mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  7. Immediately turn the muffins out onto a wire rack and dip each muffin in the melted butter and then roll in the cinnamon sugar.
  8. Place on the wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Serve immediately and refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Notes
Adapted from Vegan cinnamon sugar doughnut muffins from Baker By Nature

Chocolate Drizzled Cookie Sticks

While I’m taking a break from baking to by with my soldier and my family, the wonderful Toni from Make Bake Celebrate is here to share her recipe for Chocolate Drizzled Cookie Sticks!

A heartfelt thank you goes to Toni for helping me out this week!  Please, show her all kinds of love and visit her sweet blog, Make Bake CelebrateChocolate Drizzled Cookie Sticks by Make Bake Celebrate for JavaCupcake.com

Hi! I’m Toni from Make Bake Celebrate, a blog full of bright and cheery easy to make treats! And I’m so excited to be filling in for Betsy today here on Java Cupcake. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Betsy for some time now, not only as bloggy buddies but as fellow Army wives as well! It’s not everyday that you come across somebody who shares your passion for cupcakes, frosting, and combat boots! In case you haven’t heard, Betsy welcomed home her hero this week!

I can honestly say I’ve been in that same spot and let me tell you no amount of sprinkles in the world could pull me down from the clouds in the days that surround homecoming. So when Betsy asked me if I could stop by and share a little something sweet here at Java Cupcake while she spends a little time with those who matter most – I practically had my piping bag ready!

But before we get to the yumminess I would like to say WELCOME HOME to Dave!! As well as CONGRATS to Betsy, you did it and you’re stronger then ever. :)

Chocolate Drizzled Cookie Sticks by Make Bake Celebrate for JavaCupcake.com Chocolate Drizzled Cookie Sticks by Make Bake Celebrate for JavaCupcake.com
While I was going over my “to bake” list to pick something to share with you guys I was looking for something fitting to Java Cupcake, but Betsy said, “No way, pick something that’s totally you!.” (What she really meant was covered in sprinkles) Let’s hope she was serious because these chocolate cookies bars are totally me. Chocolate, more chocolate, yummy, cute, crazy easy, and well you know – covered in sprinkles. Like all of my favorite things wrapped into one! I’ve been wanting to make these every since I made these Birthday Cake Cookie Bars last year. They were a big hit, and a chocolate version only seemed natural!

So if you’re looking for a step by step tutorial to help you out on these you can always follow the same directions from the Birthday Cake Cookies Bars and just swap out for the recipe listed below.

I really love how these Chocolate Drizzled Cookie Sticks came out and just how fun and festive they can be! They start with an easy rolled chocolate cookie, cut, baked, then drizzle on some melted milk chocolate, toss on some sprinkles and you’re done! A simple treat to impress.

Thanks so much Betsy for inviting me over to Java Cupcake, and I hope you guys enjoyed my post! If you guys want to head on over and say hello over at my place I would love to have you – you can never have too many buttercream loving friends!

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Chocolate Drizzled Cookie Sticks
 
Ingredients
Chocolate Drizzled Cookie Bars
  • 1 Cup Salted Butter (cold)
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • ¾ Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 8oz. Melting Chocolate
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Makes approx. 36 cookie bars.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small mixing bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. Chop up cold butter into little chunks. Place in bowl of electric mixer and cream on medium until light and fluffy. Add in sugar and whip until fully combined.
  3. Add in egg, beat, then add in vanilla, beat. Slowly add in flour mixture and mix until dough has formed into one large chunk. (Dough will be crumbly at first, keep mixing! If needed remove from mixture and work together with hands just a bit)
  4. Divide dough into two parts and place one half in the fridge wrapped in clear wrap. Roll the other half out between two pieces of wax paper to desired thickness. Use a pizza cutter to cut strips of cookie about 1.5in X 3.5in. Gently transfer cookie bars onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and place in freezer for 2 minutes. (This will help keep the cookie's shape)
  5. Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes, remove from oven and carefully slide parchment paper and all on to cooling wrack. Repeat with remaining dough until it is gone.
  6. Once cookies have cooled remove parchment paper from under cookies and place under the cooling rack. (so you can now drizzle your chocolate and the paper will catch the mess) Melted melting chocolate and drizzle over cookies. Add sprinkles if you would like. I pour my melted chocolate into a decorators bottle to make the process very fast and easy. Let chocolate firm before serving.

Easy Samoa Cupcakes

Impress your friends with these super easy Samoa Cupcakes!  Made with my tried and true chocolate cake recipe, these cupcakes are topped with a brown sugar frosting, toasted coconut, chocolate drizzle and a Samoa Cookie!

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This past Saturday, my neighbor Doris invited me and the kids over for a BBQ to help the time pass before my husband comes home from Afghanistan.  It was a last minute invite, seeing it was already 4:30pm and I was in my sweat pants with no make-up on so I hesitated at first about coming over.  I mean… it’s one thing to be in sweats in front of my neighbor, but in mixed company… I wasn’t too sure.

After a little convincing, I decided I’d toss the kids over the fence and join the neighbors, their kids and another family for a BBQ dinner.

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My mom taught that when someone invites you for dinner, you bring something to the table.  You don’t come empty handed.   So, I ran into the kitchen and did a quick inventory of what I had on hand to make.  I always have supplies for cupcakes, but what could I throw together that would have that “WOW” factor?

I still had a few boxes of Girl Scout Samoa cookies left, so I decided I’d do a play on those for the cupcakes.

I started with my favorite chocolate cake recipe for the cupcakes.  Then, I topped the cupcakes with a brown sugar frosting.  I didn’t have any caramel, so I wanted to incorporate the flavor of caramel into the frosting… brown sugar was the easiest way to do that.

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While the cupcakes were cooling, I toasted some sweetened coconut and pulled the Hershey’s chocolate syrup out of the fridge to come to room temperate.  I halved a few Samoa cookies and I was ready to put it all together.

On top of the swirl of brown sugar frosting, I sprinkled a generous amount of toasted coconut.  Then, drizzled the chocolate sauce over the coconut and garnished the entire cupcake with half a Samoa Cookie.

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Easy Samoa Cupcakes! The entire process took less than two hours… most of which was spent waiting for the cupcakes to cool enough so the frosting wouldn’t melt!

Happy Baking!

Easy Samoa Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 1 dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • Use THIS RECIPE for the chocolate cupcakes
  • NOTE: For this recipe I used a caramel flavored brewed coffee
Frosting
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
Garnish
  • ½ cup toasted coconut
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Samoa cookies, halved
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Make cupcakes according to the directions in THIS RECIPE
Frosting
  1. Cream the butter and brown sugar together until smooth - about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
  3. Add the cream/milk and beat until smooth, light and fluffy. Add more milk if you desire a looser consistency.
Assembly
  1. Using a Wilton 1M piping tip, pipe a swirl of frosting on to each cupcake.
  2. Sprinkle toasted coconut on top then drizzle chocolate sauce over.
  3. Garnish each cupcake with ½ a Girl Scout Samoa Cookie.