Monday, October 12, 2009

Snickerdoodle Duo

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Cookies or cupcakes? That is the question.

Well, I couldn’t decide either. You see I’ve been mesmerized by a recipe for snickerdoodle cupcakes from Martha Stewart’s Cupcake Book. But, seeing as how I have never made snickerdoodle cookies, I had to make them, too. It’s only fair. Or at least it’s a good excuse… right?

These cookies were really easy to make and I’m not sure why I’ve never tried them before now. Maybe their name made them seem difficult or too fancy or something. Or, maybe it’s because they don’t have any chocolate in them. Yeah, that’s probably why. Recipes without chocolate usually get moved to the bottom of the list.

Snickerdoodles, prebaked

The cookie dough is rolled in cinnamon and sugar, which gives them their signature look when baked.

Simple and pretty!

Snickerdoodles

Here’s the original Snickerdoodle Recipe from marthastewart.com. It makes about 4 dozen cookies.

And here is how I tweaked it slightly to make about 20 cookies.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper. (I used one 14 X 20 and was able to get all 20 cookies on one sheet. Place about 3 inches apart and they won’t bake into each other.)
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixer, cream butter, shortening, and sugar on medium for about 2 minutes.
  • Add egg and mix until combined.
  • Add the flour mixture and beat until combined.
  • In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon.
  • Use a small 1 1/4 inch ice-cream scoop to form balls. Release in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and roll until covered. When coated, you can shape them in a nice round ball and place on the baking sheet. (reserve any leftover cinnamon sugar to top the cupcakes)
  • Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cookies begin to crack. Remove and let cool on a wire rack.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Now… time to make the cupcakes.

Here’s the original recipe from marthastewart.com that makes 28.

And here is how I tweaked it slightly to make enough for 12 cupcakes and 12 mini cupcakes (not shown).

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup milk, room temperature

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line regular and miniature cupcake trays with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium for about 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time and mix until combined.
  • Add vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add flour mixture to creamed butter and sugar in three additions. Alternate with milk in two additions.
  • Fill baking cups about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove cupcakes from trays and let cool.

To decorate, pipe on frosting, place one cookie on top and then pipe another dollop of frosting on top. Sprinkle with leftover cinnamon and sugar from the Snickerdoodle cookie recipe.

Store in an airtight container.

Seven-Minute Frosting

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. I used the same one Martha recommends. It’s a Seven-Minute Frosting. Recipe here.

I’ve gotta tell you… I’d definitely make the cookies and cupcakes again… they were yummy. But I think I would have to try them with another frosting. The seven minute frosting was kind of a pain to make and couple that with the fact that I’m not a big fan of light and airy or meringue-tasting frostings… well, I don’t think I’ll be making it again anytime soon.

But they sure do look cute.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

By the way, did you even notice these super adorable cupcake pedestals? They come in a box of 6. Thank you Naomi, for sending me the link. And, the brown cupcake liners are from www.confectioneryhouse.com.

Cookies & Cupcakes

Cookies or cupcakes? Cupcakes or cookies?

Hard choice, I know.

Here – let me make it a little more difficult with a few pictures from the inside of each of these books.

Cookies or Cupcakes

Do you want one?

Enter for a chance to win one of these books:
Martha Stewart’s Cookies or Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes

  • Just leave a comment on this post and let me know which book you would rather have. You get to choose. Easy.
  • Leave your comment with a way for me to contact you if you win.
  • Deadline to enter is Tuesday, October 13 at 7 p.m. ET
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Tuesday evening on this post.

Good Luck!

OK… TIME’S UP! I actually started counting all of the entries to see how many people wanted the cupcake book vs. how many wanted the cookie book. But, I stopped after a couple hundred comments because there was no way I would be able to get that done tonight in time to announce the winner. But fyi, in the first two hundred plus entries, cookies were slightly edging out cupcakes.

That’s good news for about half of you. Because all you cookie lovers are going to get another chance another day. The winner of today’s giveaway is a cupcake lover.

Congratulations Bailey! 1,751 is your lucky number.

winner

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Steph said...

I’ve been dying to get the cupcake book!

October 13, 2009 01:21 PM
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Trisha said...

I would love to have the cupcake book!

October 13, 2009 01:22 PM
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susanne said...

I would love the cupcake cookbook!!!!!!! I love baking and always look at your site weekly with my children. We have tried a few of your recipes and would love to try Martha’s as well!!!

October 13, 2009 01:22 PM
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D. said...

I would luv the Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes book :)

October 13, 2009 01:23 PM
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Melanie P. said...

Wow. Tough call. Either one would be appreciated but since you are making us choose…..I choose the cookie book.

October 13, 2009 01:24 PM
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JJLobitz said...

I don’t know… they book look really amazing! I think I would have to choose the cookie book. That picture of the chocolate cookie with the melted chocolate on top with white filling looks amazing!!

October 13, 2009 01:27 PM
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cara said...

ohh i would just love the cookie book please
and thank you!!!!!

October 13, 2009 01:28 PM
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katherine nuccio said...

Oh, my…if I HAVE to choose….the cookie one!

October 13, 2009 01:28 PM
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Kimberly Andrews said...

Cookies please!

Kimberly Andrews

October 13, 2009 01:28 PM
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Sharla said...

I would like to have the cookie book. I love to bake different kinds of cookies, especially for the holidays!

October 13, 2009 01:28 PM
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Robin said...

I would love the Martha Stewart Cookie book! My daughter and I love to bake, so the book would be wonderful.

October 13, 2009 01:29 PM
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Kristen said...

I love looking at your creations! I LOVE cookies but I would prefer the cupcake book. Someday when my 3 month old daughter grows up I want to try some of your ideas with her. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. :)

October 13, 2009 01:29 PM
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rose said...

cookies por favor!

October 13, 2009 01:31 PM
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Deidra West said...

I have really been on a cupcake kick lately and would love more ideas. Cupcake book, please!

October 13, 2009 01:31 PM
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Miranda said...

What a hard choice! How about cupcakes? No, cookies… dang, cupcakes, final answer!

October 13, 2009 01:31 PM
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Emma Guillory said...

Mmmmm cupcakes please! *Fingers crossed for a win!*
See email address with comment! (thanks!)

October 13, 2009 01:31 PM
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CarrieLynn said...

Cookies….I would love to win the Cookie cookbook!

October 13, 2009 01:32 PM
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Gina said...

i LOVE the cookie book. the cookies with hearts stamped outta them look especially amazing! :)

October 13, 2009 01:33 PM
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Theresa from New Mexico said...

I would love them both, but with Christmas just around the corner, I’m setting my sights on the cookie book.

October 13, 2009 01:33 PM
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Anna said...

Cookie book, they look yummy and adorable!

October 13, 2009 01:33 PM
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Meghan said...

Cookie! Cookie! Cookie!

October 13, 2009 01:34 PM
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catherine gilbert said...

It is such a hard choice- but I would really love the cupcake book!! They look so cute and yummy!

October 13, 2009 01:34 PM
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Brittney said...

Cookie book please! Can’t wait to try snickerdoodle cookies. I haven’t attempted them before.

October 13, 2009 01:37 PM
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Perkies said...

Cookies!!!! I can justify eating more cookies than cupcakes!! :)

October 13, 2009 01:37 PM
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melanie said...

“cookies” looks good!!!!!

October 13, 2009 01:42 PM
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pam burnham said...

I would really love the cookie book… I have always wanted it, but i’m too cheap to buy it.

October 13, 2009 01:43 PM
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Nadine said...

I would like to have the cupcake one I sooo love to make different kinds of cupcakes.

October 13, 2009 01:44 PM
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Tiffany said...

Hmm… tough choice but I think I’ll go for the cookie book.

October 13, 2009 01:44 PM
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Isabel said...

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE the cupcake book!!! =)

October 13, 2009 01:46 PM
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Sarah said...

I am a cookie kind of girl!

October 13, 2009 01:46 PM
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Victoria said...

What wonderful goodies! Everything you make always looks incredibly delicious and beautiful!

~ Victoria in Texas

October 13, 2009 01:49 PM
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Victoria said...

Arrrggghhh! Forgot to say which one I would love to win. Hmmmm…both???? Okay, just one then…the cupcake book!

October 13, 2009 01:50 PM
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Vickie said...

I am new to Bakerella and I love it, I would like to enter to win the cupcake book, thank you so much for all of the great ideas you show all of everyone.

October 13, 2009 01:52 PM
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Rae said...

Cupcakes! Even though they’re harder to transport, they’re way more fun. :D

October 13, 2009 01:54 PM
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Tara said...

Cookies! I already have (and love) the cupcake book!

October 13, 2009 01:54 PM
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Nicole Hogue said...

Martha Stewart Cookies

October 13, 2009 01:56 PM
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Anna said...

Absolutly the Cupcae book, I’ve been wanting to buy itsince the first time I laid eyes on it.

October 13, 2009 01:56 PM
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April Guy said...

I would love to win the cookie book!!!

October 13, 2009 01:57 PM
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Adri said...

Maybe it is my lucky day??? Here’s to hoping!

I’d love the cookie book!

October 13, 2009 01:58 PM
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Sarah Sanborn said...

Love those cupcakes, love your website and your photos are amazing! Would love to win the cupcake book, although it seems I am not the only one. Bakerella, you are my inspiration! (hope that doesn’t sound too wierd, but you are :)

October 13, 2009 02:00 PM
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Shelly said...

It’s all about the cupcakes! Look at the ones with the drizzled chocolate mmmmm…….

October 13, 2009 02:00 PM
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Christina said...

I already have her cupcake book so I would love the have the cookie book. I just made the snickerdoodle cupcakes last week and they were a huge hit.

October 13, 2009 02:01 PM
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Emily P. said...

Cookies, please! :)
mmmm I think I need to do some baking tonight!

October 13, 2009 02:01 PM
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Jennifer said...

Super Cute!! I sooo would love the cupcake book!!

October 13, 2009 02:03 PM
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Vicki said...

Cookie book please! I like cupcakes but I love cookies!

October 13, 2009 02:03 PM
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Colleen said...

I’d love EITHER book, they both look fantastic – if I have to pick only one, the cookie book since Xmas is coming. Thanks for all your great recipes and tips! :)

October 13, 2009 02:04 PM
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llj said...

COOOOOOKIES! (It helps if you say it in your best Cookie Monster voice.)

October 13, 2009 02:04 PM
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Carol J. Bridges said...

Cookies,cookies and more cookies! I love to make them and eat them and share them! Thanks for the chance to win!

October 13, 2009 02:05 PM
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Katie said...

cupcakes. that’s easy!

October 13, 2009 02:06 PM
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Candace said...

Both look great! I love to bake and cookbooks are always nice too have!

October 13, 2009 02:06 PM
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Charlotte said...

With over 3400 comments posted my chances are as slim as I will never be with the cupcake book!!! I’d love the cupcake book!
Pretty please!

October 13, 2009 02:08 PM
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Elise said...

I would really like to win the cupcake books as I have got lots of cookie cookbooks! BTW, your new website is so cool!

October 13, 2009 02:10 PM
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Jen C. said...

I would love to have the cookie cookbook I love love love cookies!

October 13, 2009 02:10 PM
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Garinee said...

I would love love love to have the cupcake cookbook! You are truly talented!

October 13, 2009 02:10 PM
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Mary said...

After much debate, I decided on the cookie book, but they botth look great. Or should I say…..

October 13, 2009 02:12 PM
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Elissa said...

I’m with you, I want both! Or either! As long as it contains chocolate usually I’m game for it :) But if I had to pick one, I’d say cupcakes, since I know less about them.

October 13, 2009 02:12 PM
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Skye said...

Cupcakes please! Also, I tried out your Blueberry Cornmeal Pancake recipe not long after you posted it, and it was so delicious that we make it almost every week. I tweaked it a little so I don’t have to buy buttermilk – SO GOOD!

October 13, 2009 02:13 PM
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Daniela said...

I would love, love, love, the cookie book!!!!!

October 13, 2009 02:13 PM
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Lindsie said...

I would really love to have the COOKIE book! Thanks for all of your great ideas!! Ü

October 13, 2009 02:13 PM
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Evelyn said...

CUPCAKES! I want CUPCAKES!

October 13, 2009 02:14 PM
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Diane Morris said...

I would just adore the cupcake book!

October 13, 2009 02:15 PM
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Christine said...

I’m obsessed with cupcakes and would much rather have the cupcake book! who can’t resist cake in a muffin form? i know i sure can’t!!!! :)

October 13, 2009 02:15 PM
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Jody said...

I’m having a really hard time deciding, but I think I’m going with the cupcake book — I always need new ideas!

October 13, 2009 02:16 PM
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Rocio said...

I would love to have the cupcake cookbook. I love your site, keep up the good work!!

October 13, 2009 02:17 PM
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mattie said...

I would love to have that cookie book!

October 13, 2009 02:17 PM
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Jeanine said...

I almost bought the cupcake cookbook the other day! I drooled over it when I saw it on the shelf :)

October 13, 2009 02:18 PM
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Cecilia said...

I would love the cupcake book!

October 13, 2009 02:18 PM
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Erin M said...

Ooh, those cookies look soooo god. I had snicker doodles for the first time this summer and now I love them. I would love either, but I have a fond spot for cupcake books.

October 13, 2009 02:19 PM
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Stephanie said...

I’d take either; I love baking. But if I had to choose, I’d go with cookies. I’ve always been more of a fan of them. They yield more, and you can eat more without feeling guilty since they’re smaller :)

October 13, 2009 02:19 PM
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Vanesa said...

I would love to win the cookie book!.

Love your blog!!! Those cupcakes/cookies look so yummy! Can wait to try it.

October 13, 2009 02:20 PM
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Kelly J. said...

Hm….I’m equally torn! If pressed, I’d probably go with COOKIES!!!!

October 13, 2009 02:21 PM
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Stacie D. said...

I have tasted a few cookies from the book and they are scrumptious! I would love the cookie book!

October 13, 2009 02:22 PM
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Rachel said...

Oohhh! That’s a hard one.
I’ll go with Cookie Book.

October 13, 2009 02:23 PM
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Virginia said...

Cupcakes please! Thanks for the chance.

October 13, 2009 02:24 PM
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Lucia N said...

Cookies for sure, I love making cookies for my brothers =)

October 13, 2009 02:26 PM
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maryellen said...

Cupcakes please! :) That book looks amazing!!!!

October 13, 2009 02:26 PM
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Karen O said...

Most definitely the cookie book. Decorating cupcakes is so outside my league, but cookies I can do!

October 13, 2009 02:28 PM
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melissa said...

I would love the cookie book. I love to bake for my family and I am always looking for new receipes

October 13, 2009 02:29 PM
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Laura Bolea said...

I would love the cookie book. I am a cake decorator with a passion for cookies. Weird, I know! Thanks for the beautiful posts. I look forward to this each week. I would love to see some pumpkin cake/cookie posts. I loved the mini pumpkin pies!

October 13, 2009 02:29 PM
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Cari said...

Ooooh the cupcakes! Or the cookies….no! The cupcakes!

October 13, 2009 02:29 PM
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zoey :D said...

Hard, Hard to make a choice but i would have to say CUPCAKES!! Yummy Yummy for my tummy!! My one year loves them :D

October 13, 2009 02:30 PM
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Kate said...

Cupcakes!!! You can never have enough cupcake recipes!

October 13, 2009 02:31 PM
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Heatjer Fox said...

I would love the cookie book since I already have the cupcake one:)

October 13, 2009 02:32 PM
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tammy said...

looks great…don’t have to choose

October 13, 2009 02:33 PM
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tmongan said...

Cookies or cupcakes? They both look so good…I will have to go with cupcakes! Please pick me!

October 13, 2009 02:34 PM
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Valerie said...

I would love to have the cupcake book and can not wait to bake these cookie-cupcakes.

October 13, 2009 02:34 PM
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erin said...

Cupcakes please! Thank you!

October 13, 2009 02:35 PM
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Sarah said...

I would love to win the Cupcake book. I’ve seen so many great recipes that have come out of there!
Are you going to count up how many cupcakes and how many cookie requests you had? It’d be interesting to see if there’s a majority :)

October 13, 2009 02:35 PM
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Rashelle said...

Oh they both look like nice books…I love cookbooks. Especially, for sweets. hehe I have a daughter in Kindergarten. I bet she would LOVE the cupcake one. We love to bake together. So if I am chosen although I would love either….I pick cupcake! :)

October 13, 2009 02:36 PM
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Stefanie said...

Cupcakes!

October 13, 2009 02:37 PM
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Whitney C said...

I would love the cookie cookbook!!! I just tried your cake pops over the weekend and they were so good!

October 13, 2009 02:37 PM
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Janine said...

Cupcake. NO wait, cookie. No cupcake. Yes. Cupcakes!

October 13, 2009 02:37 PM
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Christina said...

Pretty, Delicious and yummmmy! Cupcakess!!!!

October 13, 2009 02:38 PM
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Lindsey said...

Cupcake book for sure!!

October 13, 2009 02:38 PM
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Chasity said...

I love Martha and I love Bakerella!! Such a tough choice but I just ordered the cupcake book so COOKIE BOOK PLEASE!!!

October 13, 2009 02:38 PM
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Rachel said...

This is a huge toss up since my son and I bake cookies and cupcakes at least once a week but I’ll have to go with the cupcake book since his daycare loves cupcakes. I made the snickerdoodle cupcakes last night and I wasn’t a big fan of the frosting either so I’m making a new batch today but still haven’t found a good frosting yet.

October 13, 2009 02:39 PM
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Lihy said...

OMG! they look yummmm…

I would really love to have the cupcake book.
:-)

October 13, 2009 02:39 PM
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Tricia said...

Cookies, Cookies and more Cookies! I love cookbooks, but I love cookie cookbooks the most!

October 13, 2009 02:40 PM
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Krystal said...

I’d love the cupcake book! I’ve already got a lot of cookie recipes, but only one recipe for cupcakes. It’ll be an awesome graduation gift, since I just graduated from culinary school with a degree in pastry and baking!

October 13, 2009 02:42 PM
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Angie said...

That’s a tough choice….I love cookies and cupcakes. Being 6 1/2 months pregnant, I want to beat both! I would like the cookie book please!

October 13, 2009 02:42 PM
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