Monday, February 3, 2014

S’mores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with a graham cracker crust and toasted marshmallowy meringue frosting. Oh. my. gosh. These were super duper delicious! I’ve been so excited to make these S’mores Cupcakes for a while now but I didn’t have a kitchen torch to toast the tops. I don’t know why I haven’t bought one before, but I’m super excited that I got one for Christmas. Thanks Mom!

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties!

The recipe for these cupcakes is from Jennifer Shea’s new cookbook, Trophy Cupcakes and Parties! (pssst… I’m giving away a couple of signed books below) Trophy Cupcakes has several locations in Seattle. You should visit if you get a chance. Such cute shops and the prettiest cupcakes. I visited the shop in Bellevue a few years ago. Adorable!

But the first time I met Jennifer was back in 2008 when we were both on The Martha Stewart Show. What?!?

Yes. Still crazy to me. I was on to show Martha how to make my Cupcake Pops about six months after I started the blog (P.S. This past Saturday was National Cake Pops Day. YAY!) and Jennifer was on the show to make these same s’mores cupcakes … which I didn’t get a chance to try when I was on the show.

S'mores Cupcakes

So, I thought they would be the perfect ones for me to make from her new book.

And boy am I glad I did. They are fantastic!

graham cracker crust

They start with a graham cracker crust for the cupcake. Awesomeness!

Graham cracker crust

Place a teaspoon of the crust mixture in each baking cup.

Making cupcake crusts

And press with the bottom of a small glass.

Graham Cracker Crumb Cupcake Crust

Like so.

Chopped Chocolate

But that’s not all. They get chocolate, too.

S'mores cupcake crust

Yep. Just sprinkle chopped chocolate on top of the crusts and bake for a few minutes to set first.

Cupcake Batter

Cool and then… fill with the chocolate cupcake batter. YES!

S'mores Cupcake Batter

But we can’t stop there. Before baking, sprinkle more graham cracker mixture and chopped chocolate on top. I like where this is going … oh and I’m messy!

S'more cupcake

Beautifully cupcakes. I actually think they’re great just like this.

Toasted Meringue Frosting

But they wouldn’t be s’mores without the fluffy marshmallow frosting.

Swirl the meringue frosting on top of the cupcake with a star tip and then toast using a kitchen torch.

P.S. I love my kitchen torch. This was the first time I’ve used one, and now I want to toast everything. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to get one. So fun!!!

S'more Cupcake

But not as fun as biting into these babies. Yummmm!

Here’s the recipe … and check out Jennifer’s video on MarthaStewart.com too OR skip down below for the giveaway.

S'mores Cupcakes

Servings: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup boiling water

Meringue Frosting

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

Make the crust first:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bow, mix together crumbs and sugar. Add melted butter until well blended and no dry crumbs remain.
  3. Place 1 tablespoon of the mixture into each liner. Press the crumbs flat into the liner using the bottom of a small glass. Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of chocolate over each crust. (Reserve remaining graham cracker crumbs and chopped chocolate to top the cupcakes before baking.)
  4. Bake crusts for 8 minutes. Remove the pans and let crusts cool for at least 5 minutes before adding cupcake batter.

For the cupcakes:

  1. After crusts are prepared, increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Then combine eggs, milk, oil and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add sugar and mix until combined. Then add flour mixture. Blend at low and then increase to medium. Beat for 2 minutes until blended and smooth. Remove bowl from stand and add boiling water. Gently stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Batter will be thin. Then let batter rest for 15 minutes and stir again gently before using. Fill liners with prepared crusts three-quarters full with batter. Sprinkle with reserved chocolate and graham cracker mixture. Bake about 16-20 minutes until done. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and then remove to a rack to cool completely.

Make the meringue frosting:

  1. Combine egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of a stand mixer. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water without letting the bottom of the bowl touch the water in the saucepan. Hold the handle of the bowl with an oven mitt while whisking the egg white mixture until the sugar is dissolved and the whites are hot to the touch… about 4 minutes. Then transfer bowl to the stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, beat the mixture, starting on low and increasing to high speed. Beat until stiff, glossy peaks form and the meringue has cooled, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the vanilla and whisk just to combine. Use frosting immediately.
  2. Place the frosting in a pastry bag fitted with an Ateco #867 star tip. I used a Wilton 4B tip. Pipe high swirls on the cupcakes and brown the meringue using a kitchen torch and serve immediately.
Source: Trophy Cupcakes & Parties! by Jennifer Shea, 2013

Here’s a little peek into the book.

It’s filled with recipes for cupcakes and crafty ideas to help you create charming parties. It’s basically super cute.

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties!

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Trophy Cupcakes & Parties!

  • To enter just leave a comment below and share the best thing you ate this weekend. Was it sweet? Was it Super Bowl snacks? Do tell.

  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Sorry! Time’s Up, Winner announced below.

  • Two (2) winners will be selected at random and announced sometime Wednesday evening.

Good Luck guys!

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Okay – we have two winners. And I’m now super hungry for party food and appetizers!!!! Thanks for sharing all your best bites. Mine was actually these cupcakes. They are seriously so good. And… I’m still eating them. I have to stop.

Congratulations Katie B. and E. Nadler. Hope you enjoy the book and you should definitely make these.

*Amazon affiliate link.

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Jori said...

Even though it is cold outside…the best thing I ate this weekend was mini cookie dough ice cream sandwiches on a stick! Super delicious!!!! Cookie dough sandwich with cookie dough ice cream.

February 3, 2014 08:53 AM
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karen said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was the coffee ice cream for dessert with chocolate chips and sprinkles. (:

February 3, 2014 08:53 AM
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Angela Ellis said...

The best thing I ate this weekend is Shipley Donuts! They melted in my mouth. They are sweet, warm, and moist.

February 3, 2014 08:56 AM
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Lauren said...

My dad’s smoked barbeque ribs that he made with the smoker we got for Christmas. I requested that we always keep a supply of perfectly smoked ribs in the house.. you know, just in case.

February 3, 2014 08:57 AM
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Tanya V. said...

Mexican food I had for my birthday and a cheesecake I made for ME!

February 3, 2014 08:57 AM
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Grace V. said...

Delicious ham and my papaw’s house!

February 3, 2014 08:57 AM
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Amy Holland said...

Ate some curry dip at our neighbor’s house for the game last night. Best. Dip. Ever.

February 3, 2014 09:00 AM
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Beth S said...

The best thing I ate was Oatmeal Raisin cookies!! I am drooling over these s’mores cupcakes now though!!

February 3, 2014 09:00 AM
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Joanie from NC said...

This has not been a good food weekend :( best thing I’ve had were some Annie’s chocolate graham bunnies…nuff said! ;)

February 3, 2014 09:01 AM
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Angie Mae said...

Sadly, I’ve been sick all weekend so I was happy when I could finally taste my chicken noodle soup! I can’t wait to feel better and make these cupcakes!

February 3, 2014 09:01 AM
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Andrea Juranis said...

The best thing I ate on Super Bowl were the bacon wrapped mini sausages with brown sugar on top – fantastic!!!

February 3, 2014 09:02 AM
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Cathy said...

I had a huge steak for my 10th anniversary dinner!

February 3, 2014 09:02 AM
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Lisa said...

Best thing I ate this weekend was chicken parm and red velvet cookies. Thanks for always having fun giveaways!

February 3, 2014 09:02 AM
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Shannon Carter said...

The sweetest thing I had was chocolate chip cookies but I wish it would have been one of your cupcakes! They look so good! Can’t wait to win your amazing book. :)

February 3, 2014 09:02 AM
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Stephanie C. Morrison said...

Reheated pizza at midnight. It was so great because it was a snack shared with a friend of 20+ years and her husband after an afternoon visit turned into an impromptu sleepover! Brought us back to high school days, while our kiddos slumbered upstairs.

February 3, 2014 09:03 AM
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lalana said...

I didnt have anything too exciting, just choc dipped strawberry footballs. They were cute tho!

February 3, 2014 09:03 AM
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Morgan G. said...

Chocolate Chip Cookies at my Super Bowl Party. They were addictive!

February 3, 2014 09:03 AM
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denise p. said...

The best thing I ever ate was the cakes from Joanne’s Luncheonette in Elizabeth NJ! Nothing compares!

February 3, 2014 09:04 AM
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Jeanie said...

I did not have anything special to eat, but I sure would love that book!

February 3, 2014 09:05 AM
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Denise said...

The absolute best thing I ever ate is my grandmothers pierogis!

February 3, 2014 09:05 AM
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jane said...

That book looks like alot of fun packed into a small package!! The best thing I ate this weekend?? We made an array of pizzas, hot wing, bacon cheeseburger, caprese salad, reuben, etc..all made into pizzas,,and a decadant homemade red velvet cheesecake with cream cheese icing for dessert..it was bad, but soooo good! lol

February 3, 2014 09:07 AM
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Jamie said...

Frango mint chocolate chunk cookies! Made them with a big bar of chocolate that had been a Christmas gift.

February 3, 2014 09:08 AM
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Natasha said...

Chocolate chip coconut cookies

February 3, 2014 09:09 AM
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Shelley said...

The best thing I ate this past weekend was the Shrimp Scampi from Cheesecake Factory. I normally always order the same thing there…a salad…and my friend talked me into trying something new. HOLY. MOTHER. That was the best scampi I have ever had in my life. YUMMMMMMY!

February 3, 2014 09:10 AM
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julie said...

This weekend in France, no superbowl but sunday was the day of the “chandeleur” : the day to cook “crèpes” (and make them “jump”).
So, we had crèpes on saturday, and on sunday I baked traditional bugnes from Nice (on the French riviera). It was so good, we ate everything for tea time and did not have dinner !

February 3, 2014 09:11 AM
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Erin J said...

I ate homemade Tiramisu cake (with Bailey’s) to celebrate the 4th year anniversary of my kidney donation to my brother-in-law!

February 3, 2014 09:11 AM
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Hannah said...

I made some yummy stir-fry this weekend

February 3, 2014 09:14 AM
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Nicole said...

The best thing I ate was peanut butter buckeye cookies at a superbowl party. I tried my mom’s recipe and they came out delicious!

February 3, 2014 09:15 AM
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Diane said...

Best thing I had was homeade Mac & Cheese….nothing sweet this year…but those cupcakes look so awesome! Thanks for always sharing these wonderful ideas and treats with us!

February 3, 2014 09:15 AM
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Brenda said...

Canellini bean hummus

February 3, 2014 09:16 AM
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Anne's Scribbles and Doodles said...

The best thing I ate this weekend would have to be the pineapple carrot cake I made for the family! I enjoyed munching on it as much as baking it. :)

February 3, 2014 09:16 AM
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Ellen H said...

Best thing I ate was quinoa and veggies finally working on getting healthy!! Thanks for the giveaway these look awesome can’t wait to try!

February 3, 2014 09:16 AM
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Monica said...

These cupcakes turned out perfectly! And how wonderful to think back to the start of your amazing cake pops. : )
For the Super Bowl, I baked chicken wings using Cook’s Country’s method that I found from another blogger. The wings (I did buffalo and honey-bbq) were so crisp, you’d think they were fried!

February 3, 2014 09:17 AM
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Betty-Ann said...

I was at Scout camp all weekend with my troop as it snowed for 24 hours straight…the best thing I consumed was the hot chocolate!!!

February 3, 2014 09:17 AM
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Debbie K said...

Pizza from of all places Buona Beef! The best!

February 3, 2014 09:18 AM
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Bethany said...

Best thing I ate this weekend was some home made hot onion dip for the Super Bowl! I didn’t really eat anything sweet this weekend, which is a bummer within itself!

February 3, 2014 09:18 AM
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Debbie said...

I bought a new presssure cooker and cooked a chicken in it. So moist and yummy!

February 3, 2014 09:19 AM
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Sara said...

A fabulous Ice Cream.

February 3, 2014 09:20 AM
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Amy C. said...

We had a lot of yummy snacks for the Superbowl this weekend. The best were the toasted ham & cheese sliders!

February 3, 2014 09:20 AM
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Demi said...

I ate French Toast stuffed with cream cheese and Frangelico topped with Nutella, strawberries and bananas ! Delicious!!!!!

February 3, 2014 09:20 AM
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Becky said...

I made some copy cat Cosmic Brownies for our SuperBowl party, and they were delicious!

February 3, 2014 09:20 AM
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Debbie Dau said...

I made shredded beef sandiches with au jus juice, homestyle fries and served taco dip for snacks at half time. Yummy!

February 3, 2014 09:21 AM
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Anna said...

Frozen bananas with peanut butter and drizzled with dark chocolate,

February 3, 2014 09:22 AM
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Bethany Kocher said...

Peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips… so good

February 3, 2014 09:22 AM
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Virgil/Judy said...

My daughter made this delicious shredded beef soaked in with some sort of juice, texas fries and taco dip!! It was so GOOD!

February 3, 2014 09:23 AM
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Claudia said...

My friend made the cutest super bowl pretzel-cupcake things for her super bowl party. Thanks for the giveaway :)

February 3, 2014 09:24 AM
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Kim Teasdale said...

Beautiful cupcakes!

We made smoked pulled pork and smoked chicken wings for the Super Bowl!

February 3, 2014 09:25 AM
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Sheryl said...

Meatloaf my mom brought me.

February 3, 2014 09:26 AM
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Hope said...

My husband had an out-of-the-blue craving for churros, so I made Churros and chocolate dipping sauce from a recipe I found online.

February 3, 2014 09:27 AM
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Kim3timemom said...

Oh, I’d live to win this for my 10 year old neice. She loves making cupcakes. Favorite thing I ate this weekend, bowl of unsweetened applesauce topped with frozen blueberries.

February 3, 2014 09:28 AM
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fit foodie le said...

sweet and savory! i had pineapple and bacon pizza during the big game. YUMMINESS.

February 3, 2014 09:28 AM
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Terry C. said...

My husband’s honey smoked salmon at a super bowl party.

February 3, 2014 09:28 AM
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Isela Grayson said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was a vegetable omelet my husband made for me!

February 3, 2014 09:28 AM
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fit foodie le said...

sweet and savory! i had pineapple and bacon pizza during the big game. YUMMINESS!

February 3, 2014 09:29 AM
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Marissa (Garven's Mom) said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was roast, potatoes and carrots! I seared both sides of the roast and threw in Dutch Oven for about 2 hours and then I put in my potatoes/carrots and cooked another 1 hour. Boy the house smelled so good and the three of us chowed down!

February 3, 2014 09:29 AM
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Angie said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was a dark chocolate chunk brownie! Love the toasted marshmallow on the cupcake…. so pretty!

February 3, 2014 09:30 AM
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Lakshmi Seshadri said...

Those cupcakes look fabulous! The best thing I ate this weekend was a turkey burger.

February 3, 2014 09:31 AM
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Trina Bagley said...

Homemade cinnamon rolls!

February 3, 2014 09:31 AM
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Jamie Burton said...

My husband used leftover pork carnita meat to make grilled cheeses. I could eat that over and over! Just like these cupcakes….

February 3, 2014 09:31 AM
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Karla Alfaro said...

oh I want this so bad for my cupcake book collection!!! the best thing I ate this weekend was definately my chocolate hazelnut cupcakes, yummmm. crossing my fingers and toes!!! :)

February 3, 2014 09:32 AM
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Osrie Khaled said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was a homemade breakfast taco of turkey bacon, fresh salsa, shredded cheese, sour cream, and a sunny side up egg on Indian fry bread. Amazing.

February 3, 2014 09:34 AM
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Amanda said...

Didn’t watch the game, but had a nice picnic lunch with my parents and children. Always fun to have a picnic!

February 3, 2014 09:34 AM
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Rebecca said...

Best thing we ate this weekend was maple creme brulee; quite a good variation on the classic version!

February 3, 2014 09:35 AM
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Lola said...

Yesterday I baked some chocolate chips cookies and had also added mini M&Ms. They were delicious!

February 3, 2014 09:38 AM
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Katie Mast said...

I loved everything about last night. I made homemade pizza and wings, ate way to much. I don’t usually drink soda, but I loved it last night and had such a headache till I went to bed. but it was still fun.

February 3, 2014 09:39 AM
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Sunnie said...

I made a fudge peanut butter pie yesterday that was good.

February 3, 2014 09:40 AM
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Marie said...

Chicken and waffles. Salty, sweet…sooooo savory. Love them, mmmmm!!!

February 3, 2014 09:40 AM
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Breana said...

The best snack I ate this weekend was a sweet treat, caramel brownies at a Super Bowl party

February 3, 2014 09:40 AM
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Danielle said...

Braised short rib beef Wellington and mini churros with dulce de leche gelato for dessert!

February 3, 2014 09:41 AM
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Amy S. said...

My daughter (11) has just started getting into cooking and she made a cheese dip for us that was awesome! Definitely the highlight of the Super Bowl eats!

February 3, 2014 09:41 AM
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Karen said...

Best thing I ate was a delicious chocolate chip cookie!

February 3, 2014 09:41 AM
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Joyce said...

Busy weekend, only time to make a salad w/ a poached egg on top. I know it sounds weird, but try it. The best thing I will make this week is these cupcakes! Yum!!

February 3, 2014 09:42 AM
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Kayce said...

Bacon and Cheese tater tots during the Super Bowl! :)

February 3, 2014 09:42 AM
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Cole said...

Bacon caramel bourbon popcorn! Divine.

February 3, 2014 09:42 AM
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Linda Franklin said...

Some yummy pot de creme!

February 3, 2014 09:43 AM
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Kristin said...

Beer cheese dip and pretzel bread. Yumm!

February 3, 2014 09:43 AM
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Christina said...

Oh my!! These look amazing!! Makes me wish I was on the beach by a campfire right now! The best thing I ate this weekend was a chocolate cake with raspberry filling I made for a friends birthday. I dont normally eat sweets, just love to make them, but I agree a slice this time and it was yummy! I also has sushi that night which was pretty good too :)

February 3, 2014 09:44 AM
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Terri said...

A cinnamon roll

February 3, 2014 09:47 AM
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Michelle said...

Homemade Scones (fry bread) with vanilla honey butter!

February 3, 2014 09:48 AM
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Janae said...

Lemon Meringue Pie – it was divine!

February 3, 2014 09:48 AM
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Sherri said...

I made some Snickers Dip that was great, a huge hit with everyone.

February 3, 2014 09:48 AM
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Christina said...

Oh my!! These look amazing!! They make me wish I was on the beach by a campfire right now!! The best thing I ate this weekend was a chocolate cake with raspberry filling and buttercream that I made for a friends birthday. I don’t normally eat sweets, just love to make them, but this time I had a slice. I also had sushi that night too, which is always good!!

February 3, 2014 09:49 AM
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Brenna said...

I had homemade pizza this weekend and it was amazing!

February 3, 2014 09:50 AM
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Tanea said...

I ate caramel waffle wafers. Sooo good! I hope I win! Thank you Bakerella!

February 3, 2014 09:50 AM
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TeffanyH said...

Key Lime Pie

February 3, 2014 09:51 AM
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Lisa w said...

Ginger lime shrimp lettuce wraps. Thankfully was able to get fresh Texas wild gulfshrimp in .CA. yummy

February 3, 2014 09:51 AM
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Shayla said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was a Vietnamese dish called Bun Rieu

February 3, 2014 09:51 AM
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Tiffany W. said...

These cupcakes look delicious! My brother bought a torch so I need to try it out. These will be perfect!

February 3, 2014 09:51 AM
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Ross said...

Nachos w/ guac!!

February 3, 2014 09:52 AM
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Shayla said...

The best thing I are this weekend was a Vietnamese dish called Bun Rieu

February 3, 2014 09:52 AM
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Cathy said...

No Super Bowl for me..it was my mom’s birthday! :) Yummy mini strawberry/nutella hand pies..*drool*..had to sneak some away to make sure my sister and I had some for later! Lol!!

February 3, 2014 09:53 AM
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Jillian said...

Best thing I ate was a BAKED brownie – I had been wanting to try out the recipe for a while – delicious and fudgy – perfect with a bit of lightly sweetened whipped cream.. :-)

February 3, 2014 09:54 AM
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NancyC said...

The best thing I ate was a carrot cake muffin!

February 3, 2014 09:56 AM
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Tricia M. said...

Those cupcakes look delicious! My treat was eating my homemade oatmeal bread with butter & honey. :)

February 3, 2014 09:56 AM
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Edie said...

The best thing that I ate was homemade chili! Yum!

February 3, 2014 09:57 AM
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Reem said...

I made sticky chocolate date cake topped with homemade caramel and some candied toasted nuts. Oh and my grandma made some vanilla custard. So. Good.

February 3, 2014 09:59 AM
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Kay said...

The best thing I ate was some linguine with meatballs that I made on Saturday night for dinner!

February 3, 2014 10:00 AM
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Renee said...

Best thing I ate this weekend was a homemade strawberry mousse with sliced bananas and nilla wafers! Yum! This book looks like something I’d love to add to my collection!

February 3, 2014 10:00 AM
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Bree said...

Chocolate chunk cookies with walnuts!

February 3, 2014 10:01 AM
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Missie Petersen said...

the Superbowl cupcakes that I made were awesome. Made a mandarin orange cupcake with orange buttercream wth blue sprinkles and a blueberry cupcake with green vanilla buttercream with blue sprinkles. they went real quick at the superbol party that I brought them to.

February 3, 2014 10:02 AM
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