[Holiday sweets - Cupcakes - Desserts - Sinckerdoodles]
I'm not quite sure why it is, but there are a lot of desserts and recipes that are perfectly acceptable all year, but seem to really just get made during the holiday time of year. Because that happens, their flavor become associated with the holidays. Snickerdoodles are one of those types of desserts for me, but I've only ever had them in cookie form. As a kid, we would visit my grandma and grandpa and my sister and I would help bake a batch of snickerdoodles. And nothing smells as amazing and baking cinnamon.
Cookies are convenient, but for a little nicer occasion (Monday was my birthday) I found this recipe for a cupcake version of the yummy treat. I improvised a bit, because I didn't have time to make the batter or frosting (or anything really, LOL) from scratch. So I used boxed vanilla cake mix and pre-made vanilla frosting. I followed her layering instructions with the batter and cinnamon sugar, and I made half my frosting cinnamon, so could do the swirl on top. Then I did final sprinkle with my left over cinnamon sugar on the top, and viola!
But I think my favorite part is these tea cup cupcake molds I used. How stinkin' adorable are they? They're non-stick silicone, so you just bake the cupcake right in them. They come with the little saucers for the final presentation (those don't bake). I can envision using them for so many occasions: we had a baby shower for a girlfriend of mine once that we did tea party themed - these would have been perfect!! And you can obviously re-use them, and they clean up really easy. MY TIP: I did spray them with some coconut cooking spray before filling with batter, just as extra non-stick precaution, and I reccommend the coconut spray over other cooking sprays because it won't discolor the white silicone when it bakes.
I will definitely make these again - I do want to try the recipe from scratch. And I'm excited to try other cupcake recipes in my little molds. I think I'm sensing a tea party!
What are your favorite holiday sweets recipes?
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