Snickerdoodle Cupcakes for a Buttery & Spicy Winter Treat

SnickerdoodlesSnickerdoodles are heaven-sent. Cookies of any sort are delicious, to be sure. Only a philistine would disagree with this sentiment. But snickerdoodles, with their chewy, buttery sweetness and cinnamon-scented warmth, are something special. Make a plate of them and almost immediately they vanish before they are cool, leaving only their lingering aroma behind them. Can you think of anything more perfect when it comes to hand-held desserts?

As a matter of fact, we can. Snickerdoodle ... cupcakes. That's right, the best of both worlds -- if by both worlds you mean cakes and cookies. Snickerdoodle cupcakes give you the airy buttery warmth of cake with the crackling sweetness of a Snickdoodle. I'm drooling just writing about it. Serve these suckers up, and you've got a crowd-pleaser on your hands like no other before you. But be sure you plan to double the batch if you plan on having leftovers! Don't say we didn't warn you. 

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Snickerdoodle Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 sticks salted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 6 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla.
  4. Add flour and milk scraping the bowl as needed. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes or until center of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  6. Beat butter, cream cheese, granulated sugar, and vanilla on medium until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar and cinnamon. Beat until smooth.
  7. Add cream and increase speed to medium high. Beat until light and fluffy, about a minute. Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with additional cinnamon sugar if you feel so moved.

What's your favorite hybrid dessert recipe?

 

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