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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Jules said...

A Thai appetizer dip at our Super Bowl party

February 3, 2014 11:29 AM
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Nodell3 said...

Chocolate chip cookie dough!!

February 3, 2014 11:29 AM
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Susie in Minnesota said...

I had to work all weekend so … the best thing I ate was when I had a chance to shove chocolate in my mouth!

February 3, 2014 11:30 AM
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emily said...

black sesame “pudding” from dim sum

February 3, 2014 11:30 AM
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Cassandra said...

The best things I ate was some chinese food…not too exciting but it hit the spot!

February 3, 2014 11:31 AM
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Zohar said...

Home made pizza! yumm!

February 3, 2014 11:31 AM
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Sarah B said...

7 layer dip at a super bowl party

February 3, 2014 11:31 AM
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Massiel Pimentel said...

Sushi!!!

February 3, 2014 11:31 AM
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Sandy Rutland said...

Super Bowl Foods

February 3, 2014 11:33 AM
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Shilain M said...

Mint chocolate triffle dessert.
Yummy

February 3, 2014 11:37 AM
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Lauren said...

I think the best thing I ate (drank) this weekend was hot chocolate.

February 3, 2014 11:38 AM
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Olivia Zhang said...

The best thing I ate this weekend were some delicious, potstickers to celebrate the Chinese New year.

February 3, 2014 11:40 AM
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Becky said...

The same thing I eat every Sunday during football season – Alton Brown’s Buffalo Wings. Simply the best!!

February 3, 2014 11:41 AM
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Carmella said...

My mom’s spaghetti…it’s my fave!

February 3, 2014 11:41 AM
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Liz Emily said...

Vanilla cupcakes made by me :) Deeeelicious! ?

February 3, 2014 11:43 AM
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Mannie said...

Had Korean tofu pot for dinner, then took a quick stroll to H-Mart and bought some fresh salmon sashimi and uni to eat at home while sipping hot tea–Delicious! Perfect way to end a Saturday evening.

February 3, 2014 11:44 AM
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itzia said...

the best thing i ate was a slice of pizza

February 3, 2014 11:45 AM
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Kathy B said...

I tried a new recipe and made a Salmon Pie. It was divine!

February 3, 2014 11:45 AM
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Jennifer said...

I made Martha Stewart’s cream cheese pound cake…..soooo good. Top it with sweetened whipped cream and berries…..yum!

February 3, 2014 11:47 AM
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Kate said...

Sweet! The new Butterfinger Cups. Oh so tasty!

February 3, 2014 11:47 AM
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Chris W. said...

My husband’s chili mac. Sticks to your ribs on a cold blustery day!

February 3, 2014 11:50 AM
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Agos said...

Homemade brownies :)

February 3, 2014 11:54 AM
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Carolyn said...

Had some delicious egg rolls for Chinese’s New Year! :)

February 3, 2014 11:54 AM
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becca said...

A sub sandwich from Jersey Mikes soo good!

February 3, 2014 11:55 AM
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Christina said...

Chicken Tandoori for lunch on sunday. Yummy!

February 3, 2014 11:57 AM
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Janet Martin said...

I made the S’mores cupcakes and my neighbors helped eat them. Wow, they want more. I am always baking and cooking something and I share with my neighbors. But these were mmmgoood

February 3, 2014 11:58 AM
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Kimberly Lloyd said...

Tiramisu cheesecake from TLC Cheesecake!

February 3, 2014 11:59 AM
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Heather said...

Best thing = my husband’s first try at eggs Benedict. He nailed it!

February 3, 2014 12:00 PM
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Jennifer I said...

I shared a platter of Vegetarian Tacos with a vegan friend – YUM :)

February 3, 2014 12:00 PM
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Amy Milne said...

Homemade potato skins for the superbowl!

February 3, 2014 12:01 PM
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Jennifer g. said...

Nachos of course.

February 3, 2014 12:01 PM
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Meghan said...

Chocolate peanut butter cup gelato…oh my.

February 3, 2014 12:02 PM
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Maddie said...

Chocolate chip waffles from Waffle House!

February 3, 2014 12:02 PM
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Tash said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was homemade soy and sesame oil roasted Chicken :)

February 3, 2014 12:03 PM
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Amanda said...

Since it was Chinese New Year we had some sweet and sour pork from my favourite place! We eat sweet and sour pork all the time but not from this one restaurant. It’s so good!

February 3, 2014 12:04 PM
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gjbaker said...

It was a project weekend, so no cooking…almost all takeout! However, I did take a popcorn break and made popcorn with coconut oil…yum!

February 3, 2014 12:06 PM
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Nicole said...

Delicious pineapple curry!!

February 3, 2014 12:07 PM
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Jenna said...

My friend made crostinis with a basil pesto and sweet potatoes. It was so delicious! Love anything with sweet potatoes!

February 3, 2014 12:08 PM
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Heaven said...

Best thing I ate this weekend was pad thai :))

February 3, 2014 12:09 PM
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Paula said...

My dad made some delicious fried shrimp!

February 3, 2014 12:10 PM
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Marie said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was definitely greek yoghurt mixed with honey drained walnuts. Best, healthiest snack you’ll have ever had. But very addictive! Ooh even thinking about it makes me want it.

February 3, 2014 12:12 PM
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Jennifer Garnick said...

Mint chocolate chip cookies

February 3, 2014 12:14 PM
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Katy Brunner said...

Chilie…Cold weather, cold game, great bowl of hot chili!!

February 3, 2014 12:15 PM
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Lynnetta said...

Best thing I ate?? Um, a bowl of Lucky Charms :)

February 3, 2014 12:17 PM
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melissa said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was a donut from Dunkin Donuts. I have been trying to watch what I eat, so that was a yummy treat!

February 3, 2014 12:21 PM
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Meaghan said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was a DELICIOUS crepe filled with pesto, spinach leaves, tomatoes, and mozzarella!

February 3, 2014 12:21 PM
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Rosa Saldana said...

I had an awesome Super Bowl meal…made homemade pull pork sandwiches for the first time and they were the bomb!

February 3, 2014 12:22 PM
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Karen Johnson said...

We made great brownies yesterday. This book looks really fun!

February 3, 2014 12:22 PM
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patti h. said...

I made Smitten Kitchen’s yummy Thick and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies….filled with craisins and walnuts…they were delicious!

February 3, 2014 12:22 PM
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Jessica Green said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was strawberry frozen yogurt with dinosaur sprinkles! :D

February 3, 2014 12:23 PM
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Melissa said...

Mini-cimmanon rolls for dessert last night

February 3, 2014 12:25 PM
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Tami F. said...

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies!!!

February 3, 2014 12:26 PM
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jackie said...

Finally made a good batch of gluten free brownies, and made pistachio cupcakes for everyone else!!

February 3, 2014 12:29 PM
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Kati said...

I’m wishing I ate these! But I had a yummy bowl of ice cream!

February 3, 2014 12:30 PM
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Suzanne said...

I went away this weekend and had some Caribbean Jerk BBQ chicken.. Mmm MMmm Good !

February 3, 2014 12:30 PM
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Jeanelle said...

We had delicious bacon wrapped little smokies at our Super Bowl party (Go Hawks!)

February 3, 2014 12:32 PM
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Kate said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! My 6-year-old and I made a mocha ice cream pie for my mother-in-law’s birthday that was a surprising smash hit!

February 3, 2014 12:33 PM
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Erika said...

I ate Chcolate Cheese came mmmm my favorite :)

February 3, 2014 12:33 PM
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Amy said...

beef stroganoff, yum!

February 3, 2014 12:34 PM
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Melissa said...

homemade rice pudding…mmmmm

February 3, 2014 12:34 PM
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Laura said...

dark chocolate almond bark! oh my yummm

February 3, 2014 12:35 PM
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Julie said...

The dinner I had Sunday was delicious! Baked chicken, green beans, and corn bread muffies!

February 3, 2014 12:38 PM
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Sarah said...

Buckeye dip with new pretzel spoons!

February 3, 2014 12:41 PM
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Heather H. said...

I had some yummy buffalo chicken nachos at a Super Bowl party!

February 3, 2014 12:42 PM
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Nicole said...

Strawberry Chex Muddy Mix :)

February 3, 2014 12:43 PM
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Tina said...

The best thing I ate were half a batch of homemade almond cookies for Chinese New Years!! Whoops :) <33!

February 3, 2014 12:44 PM
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Gina Guthrie said...

Chocolate super bowl cupcakes.

February 3, 2014 12:44 PM
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Allie said...

I made mini brownie fudge cupcakes! :)

February 3, 2014 12:44 PM
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Angelica said...

The best thing I had this weekend was a veggie frittata. It was delicious, packed full of veggies, and a surprising hit!

February 3, 2014 12:47 PM
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Brittney said...

My favorite thing I ate this weekend was this indian dish called a samosa. Delicious!

February 3, 2014 12:47 PM
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Jessa said...

Went out for Vietnamese! Delish.

February 3, 2014 12:48 PM
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Leanne Parker said...

A big delicious bowl of chili with a baguette.

February 3, 2014 12:53 PM
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Isabel said...

Superbowl taco salad!

February 3, 2014 12:54 PM
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Krystal said...

A warm gooey chocolate chip cookie :)

February 3, 2014 12:54 PM
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T in SD said...

Our friend brought a huge tupperware full of plain inari sushi to the Super Bowl party we attended, and I couldn’t stop eating them. So simple, but so great.

February 3, 2014 12:54 PM
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Carrie said...

Super Bowl bread it has sausage, cheese, and spicy peppers.

February 3, 2014 12:55 PM
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Vicky said...

It’s a tie between the red velvet cupcakes and queso. I couldn’t get enough of either!

February 3, 2014 12:56 PM
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Mandy said...

Grilled redfish…delish!

February 3, 2014 12:58 PM
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Coco in the Kitchen said...

These are just so lovely.
I’m going to ask St. Valentine’s for a marble pastry board and a kitchen torch!

February 3, 2014 01:00 PM
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Tatianna said...

Homemade chicken ranch wraps while watching the Super Bowl…enjoyed that more than the game!

February 3, 2014 01:05 PM
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tamra said...

The best thing i ate this weekend was sliced mango

February 3, 2014 01:05 PM
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Mary said...

My favorite pralines & cream ice cream!

February 3, 2014 01:06 PM
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April said...

The best thing I ate was homemade Biscoff ice cream. Delicious!

February 3, 2014 01:12 PM
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Jennifer Branson said...

Our Super Bowl snacks! Homemade mozzarella sticks, pigs in blankets and ice-cream sundaes!

February 3, 2014 01:13 PM
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Becky P. said...

I had a bowl of vanilla ice cream (I don’t do that very often) and it tasted really good!!

February 3, 2014 01:14 PM
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Rebecca W. said...

It’s hard to choose, but my little niece is now getting into baking and she made peppermint brownies. So good!

February 3, 2014 01:15 PM
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Sarah Roth said...

I made banana white chocolate chip muffins and they were delicious!

February 3, 2014 01:16 PM
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ALLISON K. said...

CHIPS AND SALSA! YUM!!!! :O)

February 3, 2014 01:16 PM
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Allee said...

The best thing I ate was taco salad for the Super Bowl! Yum yum!

February 3, 2014 01:17 PM
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Angela J said...

Limited edition peppermint Oreos– soooo addictive!

February 3, 2014 01:20 PM
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Bonnie said...

For hubby’s bday and the super bowl, I made brownies with thick Hershey’s candy bars in the middle. Served it with vanilla ice cream.

February 3, 2014 01:22 PM
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Brenda said...

I finally made some Caramel Coconut Cupcakes! So good!!

February 3, 2014 01:25 PM
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jane jalowitz said...

I had a piece of very yummy cherry cheesecake!

February 3, 2014 01:26 PM
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Janet said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was a ruby red grapefruit. Juicy and delicious! Oh wait maybe it was the eggs benedict with potatoes on the side or it could be the air popped popcorn…so many choices. Thanks for the giveaway!!

February 3, 2014 01:28 PM
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Amy said...

I love this S’mores cupcake recipe! As for yummy food, I made a delicious Buffalo Chicken pizza last night. Thank you Pinterest!

February 3, 2014 01:28 PM
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Judy S. said...

I had chips and dip. I can’t remember the last time I had this.

February 3, 2014 01:28 PM
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Chelsea said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was stuffed pizza bites.

February 3, 2014 01:31 PM
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Samantha said...

I had one of these delicious cupcakes from Trophy Cupcakes in Seattle! They are so yummy and I love their little shop!

February 3, 2014 01:33 PM
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abby norton said...

8 layer dip, I ate it all day lol it was my dinner!

February 3, 2014 01:33 PM
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Phyllis Beverly said...

kalamata olive hummus

February 3, 2014 01:34 PM
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