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Sweethearts Series: Cupcake Creation!

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After Wednesday’s Sweethearts Series post, our sweet tooth really kicked into high gear! Today, we bring you another yummy treat that will satisfy your  taste buds and also be the perfect addition to any Valentine’s Day celebration: funfetti cupcakes! This flavor really reflects the fun you have spending times with loved ones and is the perfect mix to complement our multiple flavors of Sweethearts. To decorate these cupcakes, we love picking Sweethearts that have our favorite messages on them and placing them on top for each special guest. These delicious Cupcake Creations make for a delicious personal treat that you’ll want to make over and over again!

Ingredients & Baking Supplies:

  • 1 & ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 & ½ tsp baking powder
  • 8 Tbsp butter, unsalted & softened
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 & ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • sprinkles/jimmies
  • vanilla frosting of your choice
  • kitchen or hand mixer
  • medium and large mixing bowls
  • measuring spoons
  • frosting spatula
  • whisk
  • cupcake liners
  • Sweethearts

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Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F or slightly warmer to 375°F depending on the size and strength of your oven.
  2. Line your cupcake tray with cupcake liners.
  3. In the medium mixing bowl, gently whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In the large mixing bowl, use a kitchen or hand mixer to blend together the sugar and the butter. The speed best used is medium-high, and it should be beat until the mixture is completely blended and has a fluffier texture to it. You want to blend until there are no clumps.
  5. Add the egg and egg whites, one at a time, into the large mixing bowl, and again using the mixer, beat until the eggs are completely blended into the butter/sugar mixture.
  6. Once this is completely combined, blend in the vanilla extract until completely combined. Thoroughly mix to avoid clumps of ingredients.
  7. Once ready, gradually stir in the dry mixture from the medium mixing bowl and the milk in increments to the mix. On a low speed, use the mixer to blend until ingredients are just combined.
  8. Add the sprinkles/jimmies into the mixed batter and carefully, using either your hands or a frosting spatula, work them evenly throughout the mix.
  9. Pour the mix into the lined cupcake tray 2/3 of the way full in each liner. This will give the cupcakes room to expand without overflowing when they bake.
  10. Bake for approximately 18 minutes. You do not want to over-bake here. The best way to tell that your cupcakes are ready is to use a tooth pick to poke into the cupcake. When it comes out clean without cupcake batter on it, they are ready. Tipit’s sometimes helpful to rotate the cupcake tray halfway through baking to ensure complete baking coverage.
  11. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and move the tray to either a wire cooling rack or a cooled counter top in order for them to cool completely; allow several minutes for them to cool. Note: It is very important to wait this out. Attempting to frost warm cupcakes will tear up the top of the cupcake.
  12. Once cooled, use either a frosting spatula or a frosting pastry bag, to frost the cupcake. We added some colored sugar sprinkles on top for show.
  13. Decorate your frosted cupcakes with Sweethearts featuring your favorite sayings, and then it’s time to share and enjoy!
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Peanut Butter Clark Bar Surprise Cookies!

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Peanut butter is one of our favorite foods , which is why we just can’t resist our Clark Bar! It’s made of real chocolate with a real crunchy peanut butter center. The crunchy blend of PB & chocolate make it a regular snack and dessert for our loyal NECCO fans!

We love the Clark Bar so much that we love to incorporate it into many of our favorite candy-inspired recipes. For this weekend delight, we whipped up some chewy peanut butter cookies with a surprise Clark Bar filling.  With every peanut buttery bite you get the surprise crunch of our classic candy bar.  These will be sure to quickly disappear from the plate, and are perfect to enjoy alongside a cold glass of milk. So take a couple minutes to whip up these simple delights and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 and ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 1 & ¼ cups of peanut butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 & ¼ cup of light brown sugar
  • 2 Full Sized Clark Bars (or more if you want to add some crunch!)

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Baking supplies:

  • parchment paper
  • 1 or 2 flat cookie pans/sheets (depending on size of oven)
  • 1 large and 1 medium mixing bowl
  • mixer (stand or hand)
  • measuring cup
  • 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp , 1 tsp, and 1 Tbsp measuring spoons
  • whisk
  • cutting board
  • sharp, chopping knife

Instructions:

  1. Begin by pre-heating the oven for 350°F or slightly warmer to 375°F depending on the size and strength of your oven.
  2. In the medium sized mixing bowl, gently mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt, using the whisk. Set aside.
  3. In the large mixing bowl, add the the sugar and the brown sugar. Then, add in the butter. Using the mixer, carefully cream the butter and sugars together until ingredients are completely combined, and there are no clumps of butter in the sugar. The end result should be a light mixture.
  4. Once this mixture is near-fluffy, add in the egg whites. Using the mixer, beat in the eggs until completely combined.
  5. In the same bowl, pour in the vanilla extract and the peanut butter. Again, use the mixer to completely mix all ingredients in the bowl until completely combined. Be thorough in the mixing here to avoid clumps of unmixed ingredients.
  6. Once this mix is ready, slowly add the flour/baking soda/salt mix from the medium sized bowl in increments to the mix. Use the mixer on a lower setting to thoroughly combine these ingredients. This will be a gradual process to complete mix ingredients.
  7. On the cutting board, chop the Clark Bars to your desired size of pieces. When cutting, the Clark Bars often crumble. Don’t worry; these smaller pieces add a great peanut butter crunchy flavor and texture to the cookies!
  8. Use your hands to roll the pieces of dough into small balls. Push your thumb into the ball to hollow the center and place a piece of the Clark Bar in the open space. Fold the dough around the piece of Clark Bar making sure it’s completely covered on all sides.
  9. Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper, and place the dough balls 2-3 inches apart.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Pay close attention to the cookies to ensure they are not over-baked or burnt.  Remove from oven when cookies appear golden brown.
  11. Add time if needed. Once golden brown, remove cookies from oven and set aside to cool completely. Do not remove cookies from parchment paper until completely cooled to avoid crumbling.
  12. After 5-10 minutes, feel free to move cookies onto a cooling rack or other plate to complete the cooling process.
  13. Indulge! =)

Cookies can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature.

 

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