Thursday, December 13, 2007
Candy Cane Cookie Cupcakes
You know what's awesome? Well, besides me. Those cupcakes up there. Also awesome. My friends. :D Because of them, I have not one, not two, not three, but four - yes four boxes of Candy Cane Joe-Joes. Hell yes.
You see, that's especially exciting because you can't get those up here in Vancouver. I have been hearing people talk about these cookies on blogs and the PPK forums until I was sooo jealous it wasn't even funny. Then I realized that Seattle is close to here and most likely I could convince (meaning bribe with cupcakes) someone to get some for me. So thank you Seth and Roman for enabling me. :D
So what do cookies have to do with cupcakes? I put those cookies inside cupcakes, that's what. I know it, I'm out of control. But if cupcakes are wrong, I don't want to be right.
These are the basic chocolate cupcakes and fluffy vegan buttercream from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. All you have to do is crush up a bunch of cookies and add them to stuff. Add about 10 crushed up cookies to the cupcake batter right at the end, folding them in gently. For the frosting, crush about 5 cookies. Make sure to crush them really, really well if you're going to pipe them or you'll be cursing your frosting every 30 seconds like I was. If you have a food processor, it wouldn't hurt to pulse the cookies in there to get the crumbs fine enough. Once you've got the magical cookie crumbs, add them to the frosting right at the end.
I put a half cookie on top of each one, but if you do this, do it right before you're going to eat them or else the cookie gets soggy.
I really could have used about half the frosting recipe. I still had about a quarter of it leftover even after piping mounds and mounds of it on top of these cupcakes. It's delicious, but way too much. So unless you really want loads of sweetness, make half, it'll still be plenty to pipe.
I made these for a holiday party that I had last weekend. There will be more pictures and recipes coming soon. I just want to add - yay for Candy Cane Joe-Joes!