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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Tanya said...

I would LOVE the cookie cookbook!! I need to work on my cookies, they never seem to turn out like the pictures:)

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

Ohh!! I’d like the cupcake book! I volunteered to make about 100 cupcakes once a month for my church youth group birthday parties…I usually choose 4 flavors, so I’m always on the lookout for yummy recipes!

October 13, 2009 02:44 PM
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Kristen said...

Cookies, but it’s a really really close call. Really close.

October 13, 2009 02:48 PM
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Jenny said...

Easy to choose between those two books you said? NOT AT ALL! I love baking both cupcakes and cookies, but I guess I would go for the book about cookies. With all the cookie cutter sitting in the kitchen cupboard, I guess new inspiration, just as this post, would be good!

October 13, 2009 02:48 PM
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Asmita said...

I would love to have the cupcake book.
Love cupcakes! love to eat them, love to make them! yum!

October 13, 2009 02:49 PM
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Denise Medeiros said...

I’d be happy with either book but i’d really like to have the cupcake book :)

October 13, 2009 02:49 PM
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Kylie said...

Cookies!!! My family makes them several times a week, and it would be fun to experiment!

October 13, 2009 02:50 PM
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La Pixie said...

I would prefer the cookies book!

October 13, 2009 02:51 PM
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Deidre said...

Mmm… cupcakes? or cookies? cupcakes? or cookies?
Cupcakes!!!

October 13, 2009 02:52 PM
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Chari said...

I dont know what to choose!!! I think i’ll go with cookies! Yummy!!!

October 13, 2009 02:53 PM
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Karen Hutto said...

Welllll…. I just CAN’T decide! Really, either one would be GREAT! Because cookies are just plain good. And cupcakes are just plain cute. And I could take a little more of either one in my life — good and cute. So PICK ME! Surprise me! My boys love to eat!!

xxoo

October 13, 2009 02:54 PM
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Jamie Rose said...

Decisions, decisions. Cookies!

October 13, 2009 02:56 PM
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Erica Baumer said...

I would love the cupcake book!

October 13, 2009 02:56 PM
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Natalie said...

Um… over 3,000 comments? No way I’m going to win, but IF I did, I’d want the cupcake book. Mmmm…

October 13, 2009 02:57 PM
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Marcie in NC said...

Definately cupcakes!

October 13, 2009 02:58 PM
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Michelle said...

Argh! It’s a hard choice, but I guess I’ll have to go with cookies, since the holiday season will soon be upon us and I hope to have my first cookie exchange. A cupcake exchange seems rather gluttonous, no? : )

October 13, 2009 02:59 PM
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Rachael said...

Hmmm…i’ll have to go with the cupcakes

October 13, 2009 02:59 PM
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Heidi M. said...

I would love to see all the different kinds of cookies to make! Cookie book 4 me!

October 13, 2009 02:59 PM
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Kerry said...

I think the cookie cookbook would be used more by me and my little ones but the cupcake cookbook sure looks good! Either one would be fun!

October 13, 2009 03:01 PM
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Rickey C. said...

I’m thinking cupcakes….

October 13, 2009 03:01 PM
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Monica said...

I would love the cupcakes book!!

October 13, 2009 03:02 PM
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Jamie F. said...

I live with a Cookie Monster….definately the cookie book for me!

October 13, 2009 03:03 PM
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RDFransen said...

I would love to devour every kind of cupcake in two bites! Cupcakes for me!

October 13, 2009 03:05 PM
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megan guerrero said...

Cookies please!!!!!!!!!

October 13, 2009 03:06 PM
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Robin said...

choose – it’s easy – yeah right!
Cupcakes it is!

October 13, 2009 03:07 PM
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Lydia U said...

Cookies!

October 13, 2009 03:08 PM
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Vickie G said...

Love me some cookies! So, I would l.o.v.e Martha Stewart’s Cookie Cookbook.

October 13, 2009 03:11 PM
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mary mack said...

Ohhhhhhh I would love to have the Martha cupcake book! I love cookies too though but if I had a choice the cupcake is the one I would love to have. I love your site!! and your the cutest too!!

October 13, 2009 03:12 PM
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Jean said...

Bring on the cookie book!

October 13, 2009 03:13 PM
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Kate said...

Oooh the cookies book please – although I love the idea of making cupcakes, they just seem more complicated to me and I am much more like to use the cookie book.

October 13, 2009 03:14 PM
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Allison said...

well they both sound wonderful, but i definitely make cookies more. so cookies!

October 13, 2009 03:15 PM
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Christina said...

Definitely COOKIES! My all time favorite thing to bake =]

October 13, 2009 03:15 PM
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margaret said...

wow tough decision but i’ll go with cookies! :D

October 13, 2009 03:16 PM
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annieS. said...

wow, that is a hard choice! I think I would have to go with cupcakes though. They are so cute and adorable it makes them twice as yummy to eat!!
=)

October 13, 2009 03:17 PM
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Nancy said...

Cookies, no, cupcakes! No, cookies. Sorry, definitely the cupcakes. This time I mean it.

October 13, 2009 03:17 PM
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Robin Flores said...

I think the cookie one would be more used in my kitchen, although I would be happy with either!

October 13, 2009 03:19 PM
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Jennifer said...

I love them both! So hard to decide. I guess I’d rather have the cupcake book. : )

October 13, 2009 03:19 PM
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Kristin said...

I would love the Cookie book! I’ve tried many of her cookie of the day recipes and have wanted that book for awhile. :)

October 13, 2009 03:20 PM
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sara said...

As much as I love cupcakes (and I do love cupcakes!), I much prefer to make cookies (so much easier to store… and to sneak a sample without anyone missing it!). So I would love the cookie book. :)

October 13, 2009 03:21 PM
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Jacqueline Moore said...

Those look amazing! I LOVE snicker doodles and am definately going to try this recipe. Thanks!!

October 13, 2009 03:23 PM
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Shelley said...

That looks yummy!! I too want the book.

October 13, 2009 03:23 PM
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Aulii said...

Cupcakes!….no wait….Cookies!!…No…no…Cupcakes!!! Definately the cupcake book please!* crosses fingers* Been wanting this book for a while now.

October 13, 2009 03:23 PM
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Daisy said...

I already have the Martha cupcake book (delicious!) and would love love love the cookie book :)

October 13, 2009 03:24 PM
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anne said...

these look so good!!

how can i make them halloweeny?!?!

October 13, 2009 03:24 PM
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Molly said...

Cupcakes! A friend and I just started playing around with decorating cupcakes and we’re hooked!

October 13, 2009 03:25 PM
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Debbie said...

Mmmmm both books look edible!! Im guessing the cupcake one is calling me since im hopefully just in time before the end of the comp!!

October 13, 2009 03:26 PM
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Ali said...

oooh, that’s such a hard choice!

if i HAVE to choose, i would go with CUPCAKES!

October 13, 2009 03:29 PM
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Loydene said...

Love the pedestals — love the looks of either book!!

October 13, 2009 03:30 PM
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Ashlee B said...

mmmm cookies :)

October 13, 2009 03:33 PM
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Jenny said...

I think that cupcake book would be wonderful!

October 13, 2009 03:33 PM
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Holly said...

I’d love to have the cupcake one! love the snickerdoodle duo! i’ll have to try that because i love snickerdoodles and its also one of my cat Snickers many nicknames :)

October 13, 2009 03:35 PM
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Krista said...

I have the Cookie book and it’s fantastic! I just made chewy chocolate chip cookies last night. I’ve been coveting the Cupcake book for awhile now and been thinking about putting on my Christmas list…. maybe Christmas could come a little early? :)

October 13, 2009 03:36 PM
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Erika said...

Do I really have to choose? Either would add pounds to me, but since I bake cookies most often, I would choose the cookie one, since you twisted my arm…

Thanks!

October 13, 2009 03:36 PM
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Morthoniel said...

I sure will try this! Cinnamon… Love it soooo much!!

I wish I could have the cupcake book!! I’m more the ‘Cake’ type than ‘Cookie’ type! =)

October 13, 2009 03:37 PM
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Aurelie Martins said...

Such a tough decision to make. I’d have to say the cookie book, since I haven’t yet mastered my cookie-making skills.

October 13, 2009 03:37 PM
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Shari said...

I love your website. I’d LOVE the cupcake book since I already have the cookie one. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas with us!!

October 13, 2009 03:38 PM
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Maria B. said...

Cupcakes, please and thank you!

October 13, 2009 03:39 PM
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Kayla said...

I love your site and REEEEALY want that cupcake book. i’ll keep my fingers crossed until 7pm tonight i guess.

October 13, 2009 03:41 PM
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Meaghan said...

I would LOVE the cookie cookbook!!

October 13, 2009 03:41 PM
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Cupcake Activist said...

It’s a hard choice, but surprisingly I would choose the Cookie cookbook. I have a ton of cupcake cookbooks, but very few cookie ones.

October 13, 2009 03:42 PM
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Cheryl said...

OH I love to bake cookies! I definitely want the cookie book!!!!

October 13, 2009 03:42 PM
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Priscilla said...

The cookie book please! That would get more use around here.

October 13, 2009 03:42 PM
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Rebecca Boetticher said...

I would love the cookie cookbook!!

October 13, 2009 03:43 PM
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Emily said...

I am a cookie person that book looks the best to me. These look yummy! I am curious to try these cookies to see if they come out soft and chewy or crunchy.

October 13, 2009 03:43 PM
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Becky said...

I would love the cookies cookbook. I love your blog. You are SO talented! Keep up the wonderful work :-)

October 13, 2009 03:43 PM
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Maia said...

Oh my…cupcakes galore…that cupcake book looks sweet. I would love it!

October 13, 2009 03:44 PM
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Rosalyn Garcia said...

I would LOOOOOVE the cookie cookbook!! I’m not good at cupcake decorating… but you can’t go wrong with yummy cookies! =D Mmmm!!

October 13, 2009 03:45 PM
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kirsten said...

I would pick – cookies! you can eat way more cookies than cupcakes.

October 13, 2009 03:46 PM
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Brenna said...

I am dying for martha’s cookie book! I can’t get enough of your ideas, every new post gets put on my to make list!!! keep up the good work =)

October 13, 2009 03:47 PM
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Tanya said...

YUM! Send the cupcake book my way!

October 13, 2009 03:49 PM
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Ginny said...

Cupcakes!!!! Cute ones that you decorate . . . or really yummy ones that you don’t . . . but definitely chocolate! :D And yes, I’d rather have the cupcake book!

October 13, 2009 03:49 PM
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Rachel said...

Those are super cute! Everything you make is super cute and my family loves me even more since I found your site. That cupcake cookbook has my name all over it. I would probably have to quit my job since I would never leave my kitchen if I had that book!

October 13, 2009 03:55 PM
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Heather said...

I LOVE the cupcake pedestals! We have a cookie monster at our house, so the cookie cookbook would be perfect!

October 13, 2009 03:56 PM
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Marcia said...

I love your site! Your photos, recipes & commentary are fabulous! So until you come out with your own cookbook, I would sure love Marthas Cookie cookbook!!

October 13, 2009 03:57 PM
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Sabrina said...

I loooooovvveee cupcakes! So that is the book I would like :) P.S. I love your site! I make cake balls all the time and my family and friends LOVE them!

October 13, 2009 03:57 PM
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Vanessa Tuau said...

I’ve never heard of these cookies but will definitely try them:)

October 13, 2009 03:57 PM
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Dena said...

Decisions, Decisions They both look like really good books to have in the cooking arsenal. Hmm I think the Cupcake Cookbook would be the one I would like. Love your site always great and helpful ideas. Keep them coming!

October 13, 2009 03:58 PM
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Morgan said...

I’ve never been a big fan of snickerdoodles, though I dont think I really gave them much of a try. The name always confused me, so I always turned to the undoubtable chocolate filled cookies!

I’m definitely going with the cupcake book. The cookies such do look good though, almost made me second guess myself. But I know Im much more likely to make cupcakes over cookies. :]

October 13, 2009 03:58 PM
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Marty said...

Cookies please! But those snickerdoodle cupcakes have to be tried.

October 13, 2009 03:59 PM
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Alya said...

I want the cupcakes one because I dont have many ideas on how to make different types of cupcakes. Would love the different variations!

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October 13, 2009 03:59 PM
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Lauren said...

It’s so close, but I’d have to go with cookies….

October 13, 2009 04:00 PM
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Amy K said...

COOKIE BOOK! I have always wanted to open up a cookie shop (maybe one day…) My friends and i have a cookie swap every Christmas and I LOVE making a gazillion different cookies to share with my friends!

October 13, 2009 04:00 PM
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Jaimi said...

I love to have a cookie book please! Thank you!

October 13, 2009 04:01 PM
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Angela said...

hmm ~ tough decision! But I would pick the cookie cookbook!

October 13, 2009 04:01 PM
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Ben said...

I’d get the cookie cookbook for my wife. Then later it will be dessert for me!

October 13, 2009 04:03 PM
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Jenny said...

Cookies, for sure. Yum.

October 13, 2009 04:03 PM
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andipandi said...

I think I have to go with Cookie, since I never have wrappers or other stuff.

October 13, 2009 04:04 PM
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Sarah said...

Those cupcakes/cookies look yummy! I tried making Snickerdoodle cookies this past Christmas and they were hard as rocks…don’t know what I did wrong. Guess I could learn a thing or two from the cookie book!

October 13, 2009 04:05 PM
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Becky said...

I really want the cookie book too!!

October 13, 2009 04:05 PM
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Jennifer McKinnon said...

Before reading your blog I would have said cookies, for sure. But after reading your blog religiously for more than a year I would have to say cupcakes. They’re so dang cute and when you give away adorable cupcakes people think you’re a domestic goddess, that is my goal after all!

October 13, 2009 04:06 PM
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Ellen said...

I would LOVE the cookies book!

October 13, 2009 04:06 PM
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Liz said...

I would really love the cupcake ook. I think this would be a great addition for our bake sale fundraisers with so many fun and creative recipes!!

October 13, 2009 04:07 PM
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Jamie A said...

love your blog! i would like the cupcake book please! =)

October 13, 2009 04:07 PM
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emily said...

i loveeee cookies so i would love the cookie book!

October 13, 2009 04:07 PM
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Nicole Smith said...

COOKIE!
i already have the cupcake one and love it to pieces! the cookie one would round my cookbook collection out.

October 13, 2009 04:08 PM
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emily said...

i loveeee cookies so i would love the cookie book!

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October 13, 2009 04:08 PM
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Jennifer Daly said...

We love cookies in Baton Rouge, LA!

October 13, 2009 04:08 PM
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Carrie said...

It is a tough decision, but I would have to go with cupcakes.

October 13, 2009 04:09 PM
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Dee said...

Cookie!!!

October 13, 2009 04:09 PM
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Katie said...

I would just love the cookie book!

October 13, 2009 04:10 PM
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